Eminem’s interview with Stephen Colbert on Rewind 94.3, a public access radio station in Monroe, Michigan, has become a fan favorite due to its awkwardness.
The interview was so bizarre that one fan called it ‘the weirdest s*** you’ll ever watch.’
Monroe Public Access executive director, Milward Beaudry, admitted that they didn’t even know Eminem was going to show up until the day of the interview.
He said, “We did not know anything about Eminem. We knew about Colbert, but not Eminem. Only when they gave us papers to sign on the day of did we learn who his guest was.”
During the interview, Colbert acts like an inept interviewer and pretends not to know who Eminem is.
The rapper, who has a history of poking fun at himself, is in on the joke.
The ‘My Name Is’ rapper is the second highest-selling singles artist in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), only behind Drake.
However, Colbert introduces him as a ‘local Michigander who is making a name for himself in the competitive world of music.’
Things get even weirder when Colbert asks Eminem to take down his hoodie so they can see his face.
Eminem complies, but when Colbert sees his face, he tells him to put the hood back on, saying, “Yeah, you should probably put the hood back on. My mistake.”
The conversation then turns to the negative effect Eminem’s music might have on kids.
Colbert asks him if he worries about kids listening to rap, to which Eminem responds, “I don’t do any of that. Keep it clean.”
Anyone who’s listened to Eminem’s music knows he’s clearly lying.
Colbert then asks Eminem if he has a message to artists with x-rated lyrics, and he says, “You don’t have to do it. Watch your f**king mouths.”
Colbert continues to grill him, asking where he hopes his career will go and if he has a fallback plan.
Eminem, who seems confused, responds, “I’m so confused right now. I’m trying to work out if you’re serious. I put out quite a few albums.” Colbert hits back, saying, “I’m sure that feels good. Doesn’t pay the rent.”
Fans loved the awkwardness of the interview, with one commenting on the video, “Kudos to Eminem for virtually maintaining a straight face for the entire video. You can tell he really struggled not to laugh. This was hilariously awkward. Well done. Haha.”
Another joked, “Seems like a pretty decent young man. Wishing him a great career in the rap business.”
In the end, the interview was just a fun and awkward skit that had fans laughing.
Eminem has sold over 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.