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Favorite Album: "The Marshall Mathers LP. That would probably be my favorite. That whole album pushed him over for me as far as lyricism and standing ground to who he is. He was out the shell already, but he became more expressive about who he was, what he represented, and what he didn't like. That is when I realized you could write a conceptual rap album. Every song was formatted perfectly. The album is more than just 'Hi, my name is.' It was all real songs. 'Stan,' that song was amazing to me. All the tracks work because they stay true to consistent theme and tone.
I love how he stays true to the Midwest and true to Detroit. It is good to someone come from a market like Detroit and really resonate and put hip-hop on the map.
"I was just having having a conversation in the studio and said, 'Em made the angriest albums, ever.' They always sold well and connected to listeners. His honesty is so brilliant on each album. I always tell people that he and Luda have the best flows in the game. They ride over any beat. Em went stupid on 'Rap God.' He is one of the best."
Favorite Moment: "I love how he stays true to the Midwest and true to Detroit. It is good to someone come from a market like Detroit and really resonate and put hip-hop on the map. That is special to me, coming from Ohio. He really set in stone that lyricism comes from the Midwest, that we have rappers who really care about the culture.
"As an Ohioan, I have to concede that Michigan has the best rappers. Facts is facts. I will be the first to tip my hat to Michigan rappers. Detroit itself has a lot of great lyricists from Em to Royce. You can go to guys like the Chedda Boyz. There were always guys making noise on both a large and small scale. Detroit has the best lyricists and battle rappers. I'm a big fan of battle rap. I know that Em comes from that circuit."