Ed Sheeran is giving Eminem all the credit for helping him overcome a major obstacle in his life. The “Eyes Closed” singer opened up in a new interview about how a classic album by the rapper made a huge impact on him.
As the English singer-songwriter explained, he developed a stutter after undergoing surgery to remove a birthmark in his early years. He was gifted The Marshall Mathers album as a kid by his uncle. The album helped him to grow out of it. “I was going through all sorts of speech therapy,” Sheeran, 32, said.
When he was nine, his uncle told his dad about the rapper, “‘This guy’s the next Bob Dylan.’ My dad didn’t really clock it. He’s just like, ‘OK, Edward’s gonna go and listen to that.'” After learning the record and “rapping it back, to back, to back, to back,” it cured his stutter. “And I stopped… talking like that.”
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Sheeran and Eminem have worked with each other on several occasions. The most recent was during November’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony performing Em’s hit, “Stan.”
The two have also collaborated on songs, with Eminem featured on Sheeran’s “Remember the Name.” Meanwhile, Ed appeared on Eminem’s tracks “River” and “Those Kinda Nights.” Since the singer-rapper duo have collaborated, Ed said they’ve gotten to know each other “pretty well.” Recalling when he was asked to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, he remembered shooting 14 music videos back-to-back for his newly released Subtract album. “It was on my day off from shooting the music videos, and I was like, I can’t say no,” Sheeran said. “So I got a plane straight after my music video, flew there, sung and then that night flew back. And it was really worth it.”
This isn’t Ed’s first venture out of his own genre to collaborate with other artists. He’s worked with Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Meek Mill, Young Thug, N.E.R.D., Chance The Rapper and PnB Rock, the list goes on. Besides collaborations, Sheeran always hangs out with rappers, including Snoop Dogg, who recently gave him a Death Row chain. He has also been pictured hanging out with Kodak Black, Meek Mill and Burna Boy.