Eminem’s freestyle at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards one of the was the most talked moments in 2017. RZA and DJ Mathematics were no exception. The Wu-Tang Clan affiliates shared why they were impressed with Em’s approach in a new interview with XXL.
“I thought he had a platform and he used it. He had something to say and he said it,” Math tells XXL. “Hip-hop was founded on expression and he expressed himself. He was genuine about it and he took the whole time to address it. It was really something weighing on him that he really wanted to get out there. I dug it.” – Math
“I dug it as well. When you write a lyric, you know, you write, erase, scratch and go back and you keep going. You may even write a lyric, like a email. You ever write an email, then look at it and go, ‘Nah, I’m not gon’ send it.’ He wrote it, got it to where it was, memorized it and then performed it. So that means he was committed. I appreciate him being committed to it because for a White man to say that has different weight than a Black man sayin’ it. A Black man sayin’ it, all of a sudden we’re complaining. A White man is like, “Nah, bro.” This is a reflection that is hitting your children now, hitting your people…He put his balls on the table.” – RZA
Watch interview below:
Legendary Redman was also impressed with what Eminem did:
“I called Eminem yesterday. I talked to Em yesterday. Yesterday was his birthday. Happy birthday again, Em. I talked to him for about a half hour on the phone. [Maybe] 20 minutes and shit, and we had a good fucking convo. You know he just…I didn’t look…the delivery was great to me. It wasn’t bad. I didn’t read the comments like I said, but what I saw from it and talking to him yesterday on how…when Eminem do something, it’s not just a song. It’s not just a freestyle. It’s a statement. Even the way he talks, it’s a statement. He talks to state things. Not just to be talking shit. Not just to have a gang of words come out your mouth and not mean it. He likes to get the point across the board heavy. Just as I do. I watched that BET cypher, and I’m like, ‘Wow,’ Eminem could have went up there and blacked out all rhymes, with flows, and killed that shit. But he felt as a person of his color to represent us on BET with a rhyme addressing the President. Y’all gotta understand that, alright? He’s not Black. He’s White. We all know that. But he has power, and he used his power on that BET cypher to make a statement for us as well, as a people. As all of us as a people, but especially for us. And everyone, anyone, should respect that man for that because he didn’t have to do it.” – Redman