October 11, 2010 07:50:15 GMT
Anderson Cooper tailed him around from the harsh neighborhood called 8 Mile where he grew up to the stadium which was about to be packed by thousands of his fans.
Eminem's profile on "60 Minutes" aired in full, Sunday, October 10 with him revealing what kind of teenager he was and what kind of father he is now. Anderson Cooper followed the rapper through several places which are historical in the making of his career. He went home to Detroit where he lived with his troubled mother and showed Cooper the underground club where he battled black rappers.
"I would change schools two, three times a year and that was probably the roughest part," Eminem recalled his unstable childhood. "[I got] beat up in the bathroom, beat up in the hallways, shoved in the lockers, just, for the most part, being the new kid."
Eminem repeated ninth grade three times and never went beyond that but he was always good with English. He took Cooper to a recording studio and revealed how he came up with words that rhyme. "People say that the word orange doesn't rhyme with anything and that kind of pisses me off because I can think of a lot of things that rhyme with orange," Eminem said, before proving his point by mentioning "door hinge", "storage" and "porridge".
He felt the pressure of being white in a crowded black Hip-Hop community. "There was certainly a rebellious youthful rage [in me] ...and the no-getting-away-from fact that I am white and this is predominantly black music and people [are] telling me, 'You don't belong and you're not gonna succeed because you're this color,' " Em said. "Then you want to show those people that you can and you will."
The interview also included Eminem's close encounter with death in 2007. He collapsed in the bathroom of his house due to overdosing on some prescribed pills which would have killed him if he was admitted to hospital two hours later. He admitted that his homecoming concert with Jay-Z last month was the first time he was able to see his fans' face from the stage without blur.
As for his personal life, he still chooses not to connect with his father who left while he was a baby. "If my kids move to the edge of the earth, I'd find them," he said. "No doubt in my mind. No money, no nothing. If I had nothing, I'd find my kids. So, there's no excuse." The rapper himself is quite protective when it comes to his kids. "I'm a parent; I have daughters. I mean, how would I really sound as a person like walking around my house [saying] 'Bitch, pick this up!' Profanity around my house, no," he revealed.
A part of Eminem's '60 Minutes' interview: