Eminem put the Compton rapper to the test.
After releasing two brand new singles on Friday, Ed Sheeran is quickly jumping right back in to the media spotlight, interviewing with multiple different media outlets. Speaking with The Zach Sang Show, the singer/songwriter shared a story he heard from producer Rick Rubin about the first time Kendrick Lamar and Eminem worked together, a track that would later become the song “Love Game” on The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Ed Sheeran explains:
“I heard a very cool story about Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Eminem heard that Kendrick Lamar was the best rapper and he invited him to the studio to get him on a song. He arrived and Kendrick came with all his mates and Eminem said, ‘I just want you in the studio, just you on your own. And then my engineer is gonna come in and then record you doing it. But your mates aren’t allowed in.’ Eminem said that he did it to test Kendrick because he thought he had a ghostwriter. He then realized that he didn’t, and then claimed he was the best, which is kinda cool I think.”
Rick Rubin presumably heard this story directly from Eminem, rather than having been there himself.
You can listen to Ed Sheeran tell the story around the 7:50 marker in the video above.