Stephen Colbert Interviews Eminem – Is Rapping ‘A Career? A Hobby?’

Stephen Colbert Interviews Eminem – Is Rapping ‘A Career? A Hobby?’
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Stephen Colbert hosted the Michigan public access television show “Only in Monroe,” where he interviewed Lose Yourself rapper Eminem.


Introducing the rapper, Colbert said, “My next guest is a local Michigander, who’s making a name for himself in the competitive world of music. Please welcome, Marshall Mathers.”

The interview consisted of the two men talking about Bob Seger tracks, Eminem’s career as a rapper and, lastly, his hoodie.

According to ABC News, Colbert pretended that he didn’t know who Marshall Mathers – also known by his stage name, Eminem – was before moving on to testing him about Bob Seger’s songs.

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“You claim to be from Michigan, but you don’t know these songs,” Colbert remarked. He then dove into the kind of rap the artist performs.

“Are you more political or are you more booty rhymes?” Colbert asked.

“In the middle? Right in the crack,” Eminem said.

But the show took a rather surprising turn when Colbert steered the interview towards the career of the 15-time Grammy winning rapper.

“So, where do you hope this goes,” Colbert asked. “Is it a career? A hobby,” before warning him that it “is a tough business, do you have a fallback position? Carpentry? You just have to make plans for when the dreams die.”

Colbert said that while rapping is more or less a leisurely activity, Eminem needs to buckle down if he is considering starting a family.

“I’m so confused right now,” Eminem said. “I’m trying to figure out if you’re serious…”

Colbert also took a shot at Eminem’s hoodie, according to People Magazine, asking the rapper if it was his “money maker.”

“Have you ever thought of taking the hoodie down? You have such a cute face, why hide it?” Colbert asked. But when Eminem did take the hoodie down, Colbert remarked, “My mistake.”

Eminem sung a few of his favorite Bob Seger songs, to which Colbert later tweeted, “I’ve never met a better Bob Seger cover rapper.”

Eminem, who won the Grammy award for best rap album for The Marshall Mathers LP2 this year, was at the show to promote the boxing movie “Southpaw,” slated for a release on July 31.

While “Only in Monroe” has been kept unlisted in the YouTube page of Colbert, who is set to officially host “The Late Show” after David Letterman’s retirement, the Eminem interview was posted on Michigan’s public access channel website.

Other than Eminem, other “Only in Monroe” hosts – Michelle Bowman and Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Wilson – were also interviewed by Colbert.

Colbert will host “The Late Show” beginning September 8.

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