Eminem Talks Lil Wayne, Hip-Hop’s Future

AllHipHop Staff

With his highly anticipated Relapse album less than a month away, Detroit superstar Eminem is continuing to open up about his feelings on today’s top stars and the direction of Hip-Hop culture.

For the past year, Lil Wayne has pleaded in the media for Eminem to end his sabbatical with a all-star, joint collaboration.

In a recent interview on Shade 45, Eminem expressed his willingness to make the song a reality despite Wayne’s tenuous relationship with his Shady/Aftermath superstar 50 Cent.

“I would. There hasn’t necessarily been a time for me to really get out there and do collaborations lately because I’ve been so locked down in the studio,” Eminem explained. “I’m open for whatever. There are a lot of artists in the game that I respect, especially right now.”

In gauging Hip-Hop’s health in 2009, the Detroit emcee argued that the culture is showing signs of life and growth after being mired in years of mediocrity.

“For awhile it seemed that Hip-Hop was not really in a good place,” Eminem stated. “For a good three to four years it just seemed that all anybody really cared about was having a dope beat [and] a good hook. There was no substance. It seems to be coming back with artists like Lil Wayne and T.I. I like Kanye a lot, too. And especially because I’m back.”

Eminem’s latest single “We Made You,” is the rapper’s second Top 10 Billboard single this year following the Dr. Dre and 50 Cent collaboration “Crack a Bottle.”

Eminem’ sixth studio LP Relapse is currently set for a May 15 release.