Eminem has said that he has always respected Gwen Stefani, with whom he recently collaborated, despite once writing a song asking her to “pee pee” on him.
The pair recently worked together on new collaboration ‘Kings Never Die’. The song appears on the soundtrack to new film Southpaw. Eminem has overseen the film’s soundtrack having originally been attached to star in the film itself.
Speaking about his work on the film in a new interview with the New York Times, Eminem was confronted with the lyrics to his 2004 song ‘Ass Like That’, which appeared on the ‘Encore’ album, in which he targeted a number of famous women with derogatory remarks. Stefani is among the targets in the song, alongside Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson.
Quizzed on the song’s lyrics, including the line “So Gwen Stefani, will you pee pee on me please? I ain’t never seen an ass like that, Cuz the way you move it, you make my pee pee go, Doing, doing, doing” Eminem maintained that he has always admired the No Doubt singer.
“I don’t think it was ever anything that was disrespectful. I mean, maybe I said she could pee-pee on me, but I don’t care who you are—that’s funny regardless,” he said. “But I’ve always respected Gwen Stefani. She’s an incredible talent, but also her longevity is one of the reasons she was perfect for that song.”
Elsewhere im the interview, Eminem listed the rappers he enjoys listening to and revealed an admiration for Kendrick Lamar’s work.
“I try to stay up on everything that’s out. I love [Lil] Wayne, Drake, Big Sean, ScHoolboy Q. I love Kendrick [Lamar]. I just try to pay attention to what’s out. Wayne puts out a new song, and my ears perk up. There are certain artists that make me do that just because of the caliber that they rhyme at—it’s like candy to me. Kendrick, the way he puts albums together—front to back, they’re like pieces of art. But hip-hop needs Drake, too. Hip-hop needs Big Sean. I feel like hip-hop is in a good place right now. There’s this balance of things going on, and it feels like some of the best rappers are the most successful. Sometimes that’s not the case. … Kanye, as well—I forgot to mention Kanye.”
Eminem was originally set to star Southpaw when it was announced in December 2010, but later postponed the project and eventually dropped out entirely. He was replaced by
Jake Gyllenhaal plays the lead role in Southpaw opposite Rachel McAdams. Rita Ora has a small role as a dishevelled drug addict and prostitute in the forthcoming boxing drama, in which Gyllenhaal stars as a retired fighter who launches a comeback following the death of his wife. The film’s impressive cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson.