Ed Sheeran has to be one of the most interesting and unsuspecting artists out here. After his Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon spot singing "Trap Queen," to him covering Drake at one of his shows, now Sheeran credits his smoother crooning to none other than Eminem.
The Hollywood Reporter stated that Sheeran told folks in a speech at a New York City fundraiser at the American Institute for Stuttering's Freeing Voices Changing Lives Benefit the following: "My Uncle Jim told my dad that Eminem was the next Bob Dylan -- it's pretty similar, it's all just storytelling -- so my dad bought me The Marshall Mathers LP when I was nine years old, not knowing what was on it. I learned every word of it, back to front, by the time I was ten. He raps very fast and melodically and percussively, and it helped me get rid of the stutter."
For all those Eminem buffs out there, Sheeran embraced the same ideology with the fans listening to his work at the fundraiser. He said something very similar to Em's "Be proud to be out of your mind and out of control," with "Embrace your quirks. Being weird is a wonderful thing."
Check out this fan video of Sheeran performing at The Fillmore in Detroit where he does a mashup of his song "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" with "Lose Yourself" by Slim Shady. The Eminem part comes in at 7 minutes.
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