30 Rap Artists Talk About Their Favorite Eminem Song, Album, and Moment Image via rap genius

Danny Brown

Favorite Song: "'Rain Man.' I just remember hearing it for the first time and I was completely blown away. I never thought somebody could take it that far-the impersonations-he was just doing too much man. Anybody could just pick up a pen and write a rap but he was just doing too much and that's what I like. You know that was like his overtime-Eminem is somebody we obviously know who puts overkill into what he is doing so I couldn't imagine how long... I would actually like to know the story to that song-I'm pretty sure it took a long time to write. It's very uncomfortable, that's what I'm saying. Maybe just me and my dark sense of humor that I'm able to it. I learned a lot from it actually."

Em just seemed like the coolest guy I ever met. I've met a lot of rappers and I've met a lot of people and I don't know—he just felt normal to me. Maybe cause he's from Detroit too and there was a connection there.

Favorite Album: "It would be easy for me to say The Marshall Mathers LP because I listened to that one the most, but I would say the one that hit home to me the most was Encore. I was in New York at the time when I heard it and I was doing my whole New York grind going to studios. I don't know, something about that album made me feel close to home. Every time I heard it—because he had that 'Yellow Brick Road' and stuff like that. It was inspiring in some sense too."

Favorite Moment: "When I met him to be honest. We were actually in Belgium playing a festival—we are signed to the same management, so his manager Paul Rosenberg was out there. Paul was helping me do stuff and helping him do stuff. There came a time when Paul was like sit down and meet Em. Eminem to me is like a bigger than life kind of dude. At this point I was already like hammered drunk so I probably embarrassed myself and said too much shit.

"But he just seemed like the coolest guy I ever met. I've met a lot of rappers and I've met a lot of people and I don't know—he just felt normal to me. Maybe cause he's from Detroit too and there was a connection there—and that's all we pretty much talked about was Detroit. I felt like, 'Damn this guy is fucking normal.' I feel like I'm like that in some sense too, I rap but don't look at me like a rapper—I'm still a human being. I might have looked at him like he was this larger than life figure, but when I sat down and talked to him—I felt like I just got to know Marshall. He was a regular cool dude to me."

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