He also spoke with GQ contributor Peter Schrager about the bright future of his beloved Lions, who he’d start a NFL franchise with, and whether he’d work Tim Tebow into a rhyme someday. Over the course of the playoffs, we’ll be back each week with another member of Shady’s crew, including Yelawolf, Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden from Slaughterhouse, and manager Paul Rosenberg. But today we start with the boss. Click here to read the full Q+A with Mr. Mathers. A sample below.
GQ: The Saints just knocked your Lions out of the playoffs. Could the 49ers slow them down?
Eminem: I’m really interested in that Saints-Niners game. Drew Brees is playing like a fucking animal right now, but the way that the 49ers have turned that team around. It’s crazy, right? That’s going to be a hell of a game to watch. I think the Broncos and Patriots could be crazy, too. I don’t know how far Houston’s going to make it, though. Baltimore’s tough.
GQ: You and Ray Lewis—the way you approach your professions, that intensity—I feel like you’re very similar.
Eminem: Ray Lewis, man. That’s a very passionate dude. He’s an animal. He’s the last of a dying breed, really. Obviously, he’s going to the Hall of Fame. He’s fucking iconic. They don’t make them like him anymore. He’s cut from a whole different sort of cloth.
GQ: If you’re building your own NFL team, in any era, and you can pick your quarterback and head coach—who are you going with?
Eminem: Wow. This is hard. I want to…Man, this is hard. Joe Montana? Or Troy Aikman? I mean, Aikman was a winner, too. But I’ll go Montana. And coach? Fuck. Tom Landry. Give me Tom Landry in that hat. Yeah. Can’t go wrong with Joe Montana and Tom Landry.
GQ: You’ve mentioned Marcus Allen, Michael Vick, and Ben Roethlisberger in songs before. When can we expect a Tebow lyric?
Eminem: Who knows? A lot of things rhyme with Tebow, though, right?
The Survivors: An Exclusive GQ Video.
Keith Richards! Jack White! PJ Harvey! Robert Plant! Jimmy Cliff! Beck! Big Boi! Mick Jones! Lou Reed! Erykah Badu! (We Could Go On. And On. And On.)
OK, hands down, this is our favorite music video of the month. Behind the scenes at the photo shoots with every single one of the musicians in GQ’s November cover package, “The Survivors,” set to the sounds of My Morning Jacket’s “Outta My System.” At the risk of overhype, we get chills watching this cuz it’s such an insane group. Also: don’t forget to come back to GQ.com every day for the next month for an exclusive Q+A with all of them. Today: Eminem. Tomorrow: Keith Richards.
On our cover this month: an incredible photo portfolio by GQ contributor Mark Seliger that we’re calling “The Survivors.” The ones who keep going, evolve, even flourish, long enough for us to still be listening to them ten, twenty, even fifty years later. Forty-six artists about whom you’ll never say, “I only like their early work.” The legends—or legends-in-the-making—who refuse to die, quit, back down or shut up. Watch this exclusive video to see who (along with our three cover subjects) made the list. And visit GQ.com every day for the next month for an exclusive Q+A with all of them. First up: Will Welch’s interview with Eminem.