VIBE.com recently spoke with Eminem.
On the response to "Forever":
Eminem: The response was great. I didnt really look it like Im competing against these guys. Im on a record with them, but I just wanted to make a good song. Certainly, the response helped, as far as me being able to feel good about myself again. It took me so long to just even be able to do that. I was pretty down for a few years. I went through some things and not just with addiction, some personal setbacks and I was down. Just being able to get back up again feels good. I think everything played a factor of where Im at now.
On being excluded from MTVs 2009 Hottest MC list:That hottest MC list that I was left off, it was one of those things that I was glad that I am at where I'm at. Im glad Im in this place now, because a few years ago I would've let it bother me more than it did. I took it not as a slap in the face but more so like, "Maybe Im not on that list for a reason. Maybe Im not doing the things that I need to be doing. Maybe I need to look at myself and step it up." I dont know what I would have thought being in the mind state that I was in. I just felt like maybe I need to do better.Peep the full interview here: http://vibe.nu/dhUagt