While speaking with Billboard at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Jack Harlow opened up about a recent phone call he had with Eminem following their collaboration “Killer.”

“We didn’t get to meet, but we had a phone call that meant the world to me,” Harlow said. “I haven’t shared it with the world yet, but I can’t wait until the world hears it. He gave me a lot of props that any artist would love to get. Sometimes, the best gem is just somebody you admire, letting you know who you think you are. He let me know, ‘You’re that. You’re dope.’ I’ve waited a decade to hear that. So it was special.”

Back in May, the 23-year-old rapper jumped on the remix to Em’s Music to be Murdered By single “Killer.” Several months earlier, Harlow named the Detroit rapper one of his biggest influences in an episode of GQ’s “Actually Me” video series. 

“I grew up listening to Eminem,” Harlow told the magazine last year. “I idolized Eminem, big influence of mine while growing up. I mean he’s so dope. But also obviously… I remember when I was ten or eleven, I would wear like a toboggan, and hoodie and headphones around my neck. Cause I wanted to feel like him.”

“I definitely had an Eminem phase feeling like wow, just that Caucasian connection, you know. It’s strong,” he added.

Check out a clip of the interview below.