Rebellious, violent, explicit, misogynistic and homophobic — all words we have no problem associating with popular rapper Eminem, but in an interview with Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes,” the Grammy-award winner says that’s not how he really is at home.
“I’m a parent, I have daughters. I mean, how would I really sound, as a person, walking around my house ‘B-tch, pick this up.’ You know what I mean? … Profanity around my house? No,” he told “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper. (See the Video clip here).
Eminem has three children, his own daughter Hailie, who is now 15, and was sometimes included in some of his songs, like “Mockingbird,” and two other adopted daughters, Lainey and Whitney.
“I’m not saying there’s not glimpses of me in the music, there’s not truth in things that I say, but this is my music, this is my art,” he also said, presumably protecting his credibility as a rapper.
He also feels it is the responsibility of parents to protect their children’s virgin ears. His songs with explicit lyrics come with warnings, and he told Cooper that parents should take the responsibility for their own kids.
According to the Detroit News, some of the footage in this interview was filmed at the end of July around Detroit. Eminem showed Cooper Anderson where he lived as a teenager; Gilbert’s Lodge, where he had a job in the kitchen; the Burger King he frequently wrote rhymes in before hitting the big time; and Eminem’s recording studio. The larger part of the interview took place in September after Eminem and Jay-Z’s Yankee Stadium concerts.
Eminem also shows Anderson Cooper how to rhyme words with “orange.” “People say that the word orange doesn’t rhyme with anything and it pisses me off,” Eminem says, “I can think of a lot of things that rhyme with orange,” An example is: “I put my orange, four-inch, door-hinge in storage and ate porridge.” It’s easy, according to the rapper, you just “have to figure out the science to breaking down words.”
Actually, for Eminem’s edification, it’s hardly anything to get uptight about. Just look in the Rhyming Dictionary — it says there are no “perfect” rhymes for orange, but there are 105 near rhymes (hinge is one of them). Some of them are perfect rhymes if you use the French pronounciation of orange.