Eminem and Paul Rosenberg chopped it up with veteran journalist Sway Calloway during a recent interview on Shade45 where they visited a myriad of topics. Naturally, the subject of the current pandemic came up and Em revealed how self-quarantine has been affecting him.
Although he says his celebrity status has basically kept him isolated for years, the stay-at-home order is still something he struggles with accepting.
“Fame has definitely over the years kinda already had me quarantined, but it’s the fact of knowing that you can’t really go out and we can’t move like how we normally move,” he said. “It’s not just the same thing for me every day that it always is. There’s something to be said about knowing that you can’t go out and do certain things.
“It’s not the same when you can’t do a lot of your regular routines and shit, and going to the studio is like my outlet. We can’t really get in and do much, so I’ve just been writing.”
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Elsewhere in the conversation, Shady recalled getting the silent treatment from Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan during a rare phone call.
“Everything was good until we get to the end of the phone call and I said, ‘Yo man, when are you gonna come to Detroit so I can dunk on you?’” he said. “And it was crickets. I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I think he just was kinda [laughing]. I remember getting off the phone going, ‘Oh my God, I think I mighta just blew it.’ To me in my head, it was a total joke.”
Em also talked about his COVID-19 relief efforts, which include donating his famous Mom’s Spaghetti to Michigan healthcare workers and his “Love Your DJ” contest.
Watch the full interview below.