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But, Eminem...
by Alan Vega

But, Eminem...
No, I've loved rap for a long time, especially when
it got out of its first period and became this gangsta rap,
ya know this heavy rap thing? That's when I started to fall in love with it.
I loved the lyrics.
I loved the beat.
- Alan Vega

But of course it's always gonna be Suicide,
our fingerprints, ya know? You can't ever get rid of that.
- Alan Vega

It was when I saw Iggy Pop, that's what did it for me.
That changed my life pretty much.
- Alan Vega

Experience really does make you better,
man.
- Alan Vega

 

We're just getting better at our trade,
man.
We know what we're doing, and the reason why is that
we've spent 30 years doing it.
There's nothing that can replace that.
- Alan Vega

I'm showing some of my sculptures in Holland in the spring,
so we'll see.
- Alan Vega

I always said I was never gonna be an entertainer,
Suicide was never supposed to be entertainment.
- Alan Vega

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It's easy for me to say that now, now I'm a father,
I've got a four-and-a-half year old boy,
I'm a different person.
Well, I'm still the same person, but I'm different.
- Alan Vega

We played in Texas about a year ago,
at Emo's,
the famous country and western club in Austin.
And I figured, well, if I'm finally gonna die onstage,
that's where it's going to be!
- Alan Vega

You're gonna laugh when I tell you this,
man, but I'm starting to enjoy Eminem.
- Alan Vega

I like performers who I know are for real.
You can tell, man, there's an intensity about their stuff.
You can tell right away they're real people,
ya know?
- Alan Vega

Marty and I are playing with the same intensity.
That's the beautiful thing, man, we're actually better now than ever,
probably more intense now than ever,
tighter now than ever.
- Alan Vega

John Coltrane - I've been listening to the 'Trane again.
It blows you away, because I know more now and I hear
more now and I had a life that I've lived!
- Alan Vega

That's why so much of the music today sounds so much alike,
because there's no in-between.
So it's kind of nice to still turn some buttons every now and then.
- Alan Vega

Lately I've been listening to some classical music again,
some jazz.
- Alan Vega

I did a couple songs with this hip-hop guy named Tim Dark.
He was working in the same studio I've been working in,
he heard my music and he said, aw man,
I've got to do something with you.
- Alan Vega

Every now and then you think about your life,
what you would like to be, you start at Number 1 and you go down to 100.
And down at the bottom, 100, was - Stage.
Go figure.
That would be the last thing.
It terrified me, man.
But I had to do it.
- Alan Vega

Usually I'm the one who does the covers.
And I just said, man, it would be nice to see what somebody else could do,
outside of this thing.
A fresher look.
And I never, in a million years, would have come up with this.
Believe me!
- Alan Vega

That's what so sad about a lot of modern music,
in my opinion, so many young bands never stay around
long enough to fulfill their ultimate promise.
They only get halfway there or a quarter of the way there.
- Alan Vega

I probably won't be able to hear it until five years from now anyway.
That's when I always hear my own music.
It takes five years to sit down with it after not hearing
it for a couple of years.
- Alan Vega

People said that way back in the early days I was probably
one of the first rappers;
the reason is that I couldn't sing,
so I had to talk!
Lou Reed was probably the one who started it all.
- Alan Vega

That's something - you laugh about Eminem...
It's funny, man, because I didn't like him when he first came out,
ya know.
It seemed like a big joke.
But I think the guy's for real, and I like his lyrics!
- Alan Vega

And I learned a lot from working with this kid,
and I think he's gonna be a big star.
Remember the name, Tim Dark, because he has something
about his voice that's different from all the other rappers,
even though his style is similar.
- Alan Vega

That's what my music...
I'm working on a solo record right now,
it's gonna be more hip-hop than anything,
like electronic hip-hop, futuristic hip-hop.
I'm probably gonna be rapping on it.
- Alan Vega

But it was great, we sit in the same dressing room where,
like, Johnny Cash sat and Willie Nelson and all those guys.
That was in itself something amazing -
I was on the same space these guys stood on,
ya know?
- Alan Vega

You actually can make it, no matter what.
I truly am a firm believer in that.
Eminem's living proof.
- Brittany Murphy

I'm just going to do me; I'm not trying to do the Eminem thing,
the D12 thing or the 50 thing.
- Obie Trice

Eminem is more like a friend.
And I'm also a fan on Eminem.
- Obie Trice

My father? I never knew him.
Never even seen a picture of him.
- Eminem

Well, Eminem, you know, I know him longer.
Ive been signed to his label since 2001 and he's a good friend.
- Obie Trice

Where's Eminem, when is Em coming out,
Em this, Em that, 50 this, 50 that...
What about Obie?
- Obie Trice

It would be great to see somebody like Kid Rock kissing a man.
But I'm sure that he wouldn't like the prospect of it put to him,
and I won't even go there with Eminem.
- Robbie Williams

Everybody in the '80s, well, we hate rap.
Now, the biggest rapper in the world...
Eminem.
Rap's a black thing.
- Chubby Checker

Somewhere deep down there's a decent man in me,
he just can't be found.
- Eminem

I'm stupid, I'm ugly, I'm dumb, I smell.
Did I mention I'm stupid?
- Eminem

If there's not drama and negativity in my life,
all my songs will be really wack and boring or something.
- Eminem

These times are so hard, and they're getting even harder.
- Eminem

After reading Eminem's autobiography,
which I did because I'm so interested in him as an artist,
I respect him a lot.
Even though he seems angry and mad, he's had to fight
so many demons in his life.
- Taryn Manning

When you're a little kid, you don't see color,
and the fact that my friends were black never crossed my mind.
It never became an issue until I was a teenager and started trying to rap.
- Eminem

I say what I want to say and do what I want to do.
There's no in between.
People will either love you for it or hate you for it.
- Eminem

Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.
- Eminem

I think my first album opened a lot of doors for me
to push the freedom of speech to the limit.
- Eminem

Before I was famous, when I was just working in Gilbert's Lodge,
everything was moving in slow motion.
- Eminem

My character is meant to know nothing about rap,
and not to like it very much, but I know about it,
because my kids make me listen to it.
There's some rap I do like very much.
I like Eminem, Blackalicious.
- Harrison Ford

Anybody with a sense of humor is going to put on my
album and laugh from beginning to end.
- Eminem

Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned.
They're only powerful when you got your back turned.
- Eminem

My thing is this; if I'm sick enough to think it,
then I'm sick enough to say it.
- Eminem

There was a while when I was feeling like,
'Damn, if I'd just been born black, I would not have to go through all this'.
- Eminem

Fame hit me like a ton of bricks.
- Eminem

It sometimes feels like a strange movie,
you know, it's all so weird that sometimes I wonder
if it is really happening.
- Eminem

I am whatever you say I am; if I wasn't,
then why would you say I am.
- Eminem

I come from Detroit where it's rough and I'm not a smooth talker.
- Eminem

The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow.
Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.
- Eminem

I might talk about killing people, but that doesn't mean I do it.
- Eminem

I always wished for this, but it's almost turning into
more of a nightmare than a dream.
- Eminem

I don't hate women - they just sometimes make me mad.
- Eminem

My only scheme was to be a rapper.
- Eminem

I am who I am and I say what I think.
I'm not putting a face on for the record.
- Eminem

I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour,
but I'm not ashamed of anything.
- Eminem

I want to solidify as an artist and show that as I
grow as a person and make mistakes and learn from them,
I'm going to grow artistically.
- Eminem

I need drama in my life to keep making music.
- Eminem

It'd be stupid for me to sit here and say that there
aren't kids who look up to me,
but my responsibility is not to them.
I'm not a baby sitter.
- Eminem

I'd go to, like, six different schools in one year.
We were on welfare, and my mom never ever worked.
- Eminem

A lot of truth is said in jest.
- Eminem

To the people I forgot, you weren't on my mind for
some reason and you probably don't deserve any thanks anyway.
- Eminem

Personally, I just think rap music is the best thing out there,
period.
If you look at my deck in my car radio,
you're always going to find a hip-hop tape;
that's all I buy,
that's all I live, that's all I listen to,
that's all I love.
- Eminem

Say there's a white kid who lives in a nice home,
goes to an all-white school, and is pretty much having
everything handed to him on a platter -
for him to pick up a rap tape is incredible to me,
because what that's saying is that he's living a fantasy life of rebellion.
- Eminem

Yeah, I did see where the people dissing me were coming from.
But, it's like, anything that happened in the past between black and white,
I can't really speak on it, because I wasn't there.
I don't feel like me being born the color I am makes me any less of a person.
- Eminem

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein


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