Darin Byrne, MTV News
Date: Early 1999
In early 1999, MTV News producer Darin Byrne sat down with Eminem for his ever MTV interview. Byrne's first impression of Em was very different from how the masses view him these days.
I honestly didn't think he was gonna become a superstar. Even though I heard 'My Name Is,' I didn't think it was gonna blow up as big as it did. And I didn't think he was gonna have that huge pop appeal. I thought 'My Name Is' was novelty. But lyrically and his flow both were very good. I didn't think he was like one of those Young Black Teenagers, 'Tap the bottle and twist the cap' type of rappers. I didn't think he was a flash in the pan.