For the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, Brian Hiatt found himself in a suburban Detroit studio with Eminem during the last days of the Marshall Mathers LP 2 mixing process. Slim Shady opened up about the nostalgic feel of the album, getting Rick Rubin on board, and living up to the original.

“Calling it The Marshall Mathers LP 2, obviously I knew that there might be certain expectations,” he says. “I wouldn’t want to call it that just for the sake of calling it that. I had to make sure that I had the right songs – and just when you think you got it, you listen and you’re like, ‘F-ck, man! I feel like it needs this or that,’ to paint the whole picture.”

Eminem describes the album as more of a revisit, than a sequel.

“So there’s not gonna be, like, continuations of every old song on there or anything like that,” he adds. “To me, it’s more about the vibe, and it’s more about the nostalgia.”

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