Eminem is getting stage fright.
The seasoned rapper, 49, went on SiriusXM’s “Sway in the Morning” on Shade 45, where he talked about his upcoming Super Bowl LVI halftime performance.
Just Being Honest
Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, admitted to host Sway Calloway, 50, that he’s nervous about being on the big stage.
“I’m gonna tell you is it f–king nerve-racking. Okay, it’s f–king nerve-racking,” he said. “This to me — there’s nothing more final than live TV. So, if you f–k up, your f–k up is there forever.”
The “Lose Yourself” hitmaker is performing alongside Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, and Snoop Dogg for the star-studded halftime show.
Praising His Fellow Rappers
During their conversation, Eminem shared with Calloway what he thinks about Kendrick Lamar — calling him the best lyricist “of all time.”
“Kendrick is like the very top, top tier of lyricist, not just this generation but of all time,” Eminem stated.
The musician was also “blown away” by Dr. Dre’s vision for their big performance.
“When the whole thing started going down and we were like, ‘OK, this might be actually serious,'” he explained. “I was trying to envision what Dre might do. I was thinking like, yeah, that’s dope that all of us are gonna rap together, right, and that kind of thing, but I didn’t expect the production to be like this.”
Eminem Is Rooting For This Team
As for the football game, Eminem is rooting for the home team, telling Calloway he’s backing the LA Rams and their quarterback, Matthew Stafford, who previously played for the “8 Mile” star’s home team, the Detroit Lions. This year’s big game will see the LA Rams and Cincinnati Bengals face off against each other at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
“Stafford, first of all, we feel like, this is the closest we’re gonna get to a Super Bowl — is through Matt Stafford,” he said.
“It’s a perfect scenario where I can root for a team that I like because of Matt Stafford and the Detroit connection, but the stars are aligned,” he continued, adding, “And I’mma tell you why. Because Al Michaels is doing the game and I’m a huge fan of Al Michaels.”
Dr. Dre Likes The LA Rams
Dre, 56, also said he’s rooting for the Rams during a press conference ahead of the big show.
“I’ve been manifesting the Rams, ever since the beginning of the season,” he said.
The West Coast rap legend also shared his excitement for the show and his co-performers.
“I’m not trying to be egotistical or anything, but who else could do this show here in L.A.?” he said. “Who else could perform the halftime show, other than these amazing artists that we put together?”
A Proud Moment For Snoop Dogg
At the time, Snoop Dogg talked about how momentous the show will be for his community, both as an artist and a SoCal native.
“This is a great moment, considering that the stadium was built just a couple of years ago. I have people that I know who helped build the stadium, that the city of Inglewood gave opportunities to, to actually be a part of creating the stadium,” he explained. “So knowing that the stadium was built, that the Super Bowl was gonna be here, and that we had an opportunity to perform on that stage, it’s just a blessing.”
He added, “The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the world, and hip-hop is the biggest form of music in the world. For us to be able to have the opportunity to bring those worlds together? We got the queen of R&B, we got the king of hip-hop, all of his proteges, that’s what it’s about.”
Dre agreed, saying, “We’re gonna go on and do a fantastic show, and we’re gonna do it so big that they can’t deny us anymore in the future.”
Grateful For The Opportunity
As for Blige, 51, she’s honored to have been chosen by Dr. Dre to perform on the show.
“Dre is the one who called us all to be part of this moment and it’s an honor because we love and respect him so much,” the singer told USA TODAY. “Everyone (in the lineup) is an artist that Dre produced or wrote for or has a connection. You get that call and you’re like, ‘What do you want me to do and I’m there.’ And if he gives you two or three minutes of Super Bowl time … wow. I appreciate the offer and I’ve earned the right to be anywhere that amazing. I’m going to be a team player and let them know, thank you for recognizing my talent.”