In a new interview with The New York Times, rapper and “Kings Never Die” collaborator Eminem called Gwen an “incredible talent” and says that he’s “always respected” her.
Eminem has referenced Gwen a few times in some of his songs including “A** Like That” (“So Gwen Stefani, will you pee pee on me please?”) and “A**hole” (“Good luck tryin’ to convince a blonde, it’s like tellin’ Gwen Stefani she sold out / Cause I was tryin to leave, no doubt”) but says that he’s never disrespected Gwen. “I donâ€™t think it was ever anything that was disrespectful. I mean, maybe I said she could pee-pee on me, but I donâ€™t care who you are â€” thatâ€™s funny regardless.”
He credits Gwen and says that “longevity is one of the reasons” why she was perfect choice to be featured on “Kings Never Die”.
Gwen also spoke about collaborating with Eminem on the track saying it was an honor to work with him. She said that the â€œprocess was really simpleâ€ and the call came quick to be on the song. â€œâ€¦ all of a sudden they called me and said, â€˜It has to be done todayâ€™ and I was like, â€˜Ah, my voiceâ€™ â€” I had a cough or something. I went in and I made it happen, but it was like, barelyâ€¦ It was like, â€˜God, why does today have to be the day my voice is not happening?â€™ But it ended up turning out good.â€
“Kings Never Die” is available now digitally and will be available on the Southpaw movie soundtrack out July 24. A lyrics video is also set to be released the same day.
Photos courtesy of Jeremy Deputat (NY Times) and Kate Peters (Stella).