VIBE has graced us with multiple covers for its year-end issue, featuring, Eminem, Yelawolf and T.I. Check out some excerpts from their interviews with the mag below:
Eminem and Yelawolf
YELAWOLF’S THOUGHTS ON WHITE RAPPERS USING THE N-WORD:
“When Yelawolf heard the presumptuous white female rapper V-Nasty was peppering her sarcastic raps with the N- word, he called it embarrassing, telling VladTV that an N-bomb-dropping white rapper might find themselves ‘slapped up, and it might be by a white boy.’ While he admits to using the word as a child, he says the word term is off limits for any white person, rapper or otherwise.
‘[In Alabama] we have a dark history concerning the relationship between Black and white people. I’m not a role model by any means, but if I said it around the house I got popped in the mouth,’ he says, noting that his Black friends used the word as a term of endearment for him as well.”
EMINEM AND YELAWOLF TALK ABOUT THEIR PAST HISTORY WITH DRUGS:
“You mentioned getting yourself right. Are you completely clean these days as far as alcohol and drugs?
EM: Except for the heroin I shot up this morning. Except for that, I’m clean. [Laughs]
VIBE: While you’re clean, Yelawolf here smokes weed and—
Yelawolf: No, I don’t.
VIBE: I hear that in your music a lot.
YW: I started smoking weed at 11. By 12, I was smoking dust. Thirteen, acid, Freon, special k, mushrooms; 16 years old, I was selling X pills at school. Not even because I was a good dope boy, but because I was a scumbag. It was called chocolate chip, and it had heroin in it. I used to take that shit and go to class. I went so heavy into drugs that I had a bad trip one time that lasted for months.”
ON CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND HIS BELIEFS ABOUT BIN LADEN’S DEATH:
The conversation shifts from Muammar Gaddafi’s death—which occurred five days prior—to Osama Bin Laden’s assassination to both Eastern giant’s once empowered relationship with the U.S. government. “It’s like everybody that the U.S. was besties with, years later they’re the worst person in the world,” says Tip. “My question is what character traits do they possess now that they didn’t possess when y’all were besties? What made it go astray, and who’s to say they were on the dishonest end of that?”
The politic’n doesn’t stop there. Before an article can be selected from the “Osama Bin Laden killed” search, T.I. twists his lips in sarcastic fashion and shoots, “If that really happened.”
VIBE: So you’re skeptical about the legitimacy of Osama’s death?
T.I.: Man, I’m a conspiracy theorist by nature. You can’t experience the federal penal system and not be somewhat skeptical.
ON EQUAL RIGHTS AND HOMOPHOBIA:
“Man, I will say this, the funniest joke I ever heard Tracy say during a stand-up was, ‘C’mon man, I think gay people are too sensitive. If you can take a dick, you can take a joke.’ [Cracks up laughing.] That shit was funny to me. And it’s kind of true.’
While T.I. makes clear that he supports anyone’s sexual preference, he then connects, in his opinion, a current oversensitivity among gay people with a consequential and ironic offense of the First Amendment. ‘They’re like,‘If you have an opinion against us, we’re gonna shut you down.’ … That’s not American. If you’re gay you should have the right to be gay in peace, and if you’re against it you should have the right to be against it in peace.’”
ON TALK THAT TINY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE DRUG CHARGE FOR HIM:
“I’ma tell you, 50 Cent and anybody else, we not gonn’a have no discussion about what my ole lady should’a, would’a, couda done for anything as it pertains to me,” begins his rant. ‘We ain’t gonn’a do that. I’m the only one in my family that’s gonna take a lick when it pertains to the legal system. Since me, none of my other family members have seen a jail cell. Nobody. I’m the last one. The buck stops here. I feel that a person that stands behind [his woman for a criminal charge] is a coward anyway.’
VIBE: I doubt she would have gotten any time.
T.I.: She wasn’t gonna catch it period, ’cause I’m there. That wasn’t even a consideration. Even if she asked me to I would’ve been like, ‘Nah, you trippin’.’
So you didn’t feel you were more valuable to your family, employees and business partners on the street?
That’s a discussion between me and another man. Not with the mother of my children. Not with the nurturer of my household.”
Issue hits news stands on December 6.