Eminem has already answered many tough questions about his The Marshall Mathers LP 2 — just look at our interview with Em, when Sway Calloway asked him head-on about the controversial anti-gay lyrics in “Rap God” — and on Thursday, the MC opened the floor to his fans, giving them the rare opportunity to ask him anything during a Q&A session on Facebook
And while most of his sit-downs have been focused on what many deem homophobic and misogynistic lyrics, Thursday’s chat was slightly different, with the legendary MC picking and choosing the queries he wanted to answer. Luckily for you, MTV News combed through the chat to wrap up the 14 things we learned about Slim Shady.
1. One fan, Taylor Whitman, wondered just how intimate things got between the rapper and legendary producer Rick Rubin in the studio. “Did you ever stroke Rick Rubin’s beard in the studio to get ideas?” she asked. He answered, “no, we only sampled ‘the stroke’,” referring to a sample on “Berzerk.”
2. And while Em worked with old pals like Rihanna on the album , one fan, Philip Johnson, wanted to know if he considered working with Dido on “Stan” sequel “Bad Guy.” “Yes, was considering her for bad guy but thought it might give it away,” he revealed.
3. On top of his clever pop-culture references, Em is also known for his being very serious in public. So Kerry Wang asked, “How do you keep a straight face when you incorporate so many awesome puns in your lyrics?” Eminem dished, “i laugh enough when I am recording them, thats why I never smile.”
4. While most of the chat was lighthearted, Em also once again addressed the controversy surrounding tracks like “Rap God.” Jeremy M Breeding asked, “Are you the first rapper to smack a bitch or say f—–?” Eminem’s sarcastic response? “apparently yes.”
5. Eminem also shared his thoughts about some of the newer rappers in the game. Kelly Johnson asked, “What do you think of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and their style? What other artists do you like?” Em dished, “i think they made a great album.”
6. He had even kinder words for J.Cole when fan Jeremy Haughton asked about him. “He is dope,” he shared.
7. Earlier this week, MTV News dissected some of the nerdiest references on MMLP2 . And, Em let his nerd flag fly during the chat. Kris Esparza wanted to know, “What is your all time favorit video game?” His pick? “Donkey kong bitch.”
8. “Who’s your favorite comic-book hero?” Yeshu Dave asked. Em’s choice? Spider-Man.
9. Shazim Mohammad asked, “What is your favorite TV series/show?” The rapper apparently DVRs “The Wire.”
10. Things also got personal and a bit NSFW when Jamie Geierman wanted to know, “Favorite spot to [masturbate] outside of home?” Apparently, Em opts for a McDonald’s bathroom.
11. Meanwhile Megan-Rose McCann’s query of “what do you wear to bed?” was less eyebrow-raising, yet still insightful when we learned he only wears socks.
12. When he wasn’t letting fans into his life outside of the studio during the session, he doled out some career advice to Nikko Padillo, who asked, “What tips can you give to people who’s just starting to write songs.” Em’s secret? “keep writing.”
13. And it doesn’t seem like he has plans to shake up his record deal anytime soon. Tylor Farley asked, “Now that your contract is up with Interscope Records, will you still bless us fans with more solo music through Shady Records? And would you ever give me a chance in the music industry if I could prove myself lyrically?”
“who said my contracts up with interscope ?” Em asked back.
14. And, if you think that Em plans on going anywhere anytime soon, you’d better think again. Damian Starzz asked, “What is one thing that you get annoyed at the most?”
Eminem responded point-blank: “when people keep asking me if I am retiring.”