“I think the word that I called him on that song was one of the things where I felt like this might be too far,” Eminem said in an interview with Sway. “Because in my quest to hurt him, I realize that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it…It was one of the things that I kept going back to and going ‘I don’t feel right with this.'”
The Detroit rapper then talked about why he felt compelled to diss Tyler on the Kamikaze track and said that he took issue with comments Tyler and Earl Sweatshirt made about him in interviews and on social media.
The moments the Slim Shady rapper specifically mentioned are when Tyler tweeted about 2014’s Shady XV and called it “ass,” and when Earl said “if you still follow Eminem, you drink way too much Mountain Dew” in a 2015 interview with Spin.
“I was like, really? What the f**k,” Eminem said. “You guys were just on tour with us, we hung out, we kicked it, made jokes.” However, the “breaking point” for the rapper was when Tyler criticized his Beyoncé collaboration “Walk on Water.” The comments about Tyler begin around the 9:30 mark.
In the interview, Em also talked about his scathing anti-Donald Trump freestyle at the BET Hip-Hop Awards and confirmed that Trump’s Secret Service visited him after the televised event.
“They came to my studio, yeah,” he said. “They were basically just asking questions about my lyrics to see what the intent was behind them and if I was making an actual threat or just expressing myself.”