Mr. Mathers adds another magazine to his catalog as he graces the front-page of this month’s Rolling Stone issue.

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The Detroit emcee talks to the publication about the impact hip hop had on his life, theBeastie Boys, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur and more.

Hip-hop saved my life, man. It’s the only thing I’ve ever been even decent at. I don’t know how to do anything else. I think they have a word for that — what do they call it? Idiot savant?

Being a student of hip-hop in general, you take technical aspects from places. You may take a rhyme pattern or flow from Big Daddy Kane or Kool G Rap. But then you go to Tupac, and he made songs. His fucking songs felt like something — ‘Holy shit! I want to fucking punch someone in the face when I put this CD in.’ Biggie told stories. I wanted to do all that shit.

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