"By learning that record - and rapping it back to back to back to back - it cured my stutter."
Ed Sheeran is busy promoting his new album, - (Subtract), and part of the whole album promotion game is participating in a tonne of interviews.
On Wednesday (10 May), Sheeran appeared on The Howard Stern Show and talked about winning his recent copyright trial, played a snippet of Eric Clapton’s Layla, performed some new songs, and listened back to a track he wrote at 14 years old.
Sheeran’s uncle gifted him with the 2000 album, The Marshall Mathers LP when he was nine. While he was undergoing intense speech therapy at the time, the Shape Of You singer credited rapping along to The Marshall Mathers LP as curing his stutter. He also divulged some information about his friendship with Eminem.
"(My uncle) just said to my dad, 'This guy is the next Bob Dylan. You gotta let him listen,'" Sheeran recalled. "And by learning that record - and rapping it back to back to back to back - it cured my stutter."
Opening up about his friendship with the music icon, Sheeran continued, "I think it's different with Eminem because he is quite reclusive, doesn't see or meet that many people.
"I've known him now (for) six years and we've done three songs together; I've played with him twice onstage. He's another person I really relate to, as he lives in his hometown still and has his eco-system around him.”
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Sheeran then noted that he leapt at the opportunity to perform Stan with Eminem at the rapper’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction last year.
"I remember getting the call to do it. I was shooting... 14 music videos back-to-back... and it was like on my day off from shooting the music videos, and I was like, 'I can't say no. I can't,'" he explained. "So, I got a plane straight after my music video, flew there for the song, and then that night flew back. It was really worth it."
Check out the video interview below.
Last week, the jury in a New York court ruled in Ed Sheeran’s favour in a copyright trial that alleged the Castle On The Hill singer plagiarised the Marvin Gaye classic, Let’s Get It On.
At the end of the trial, Sheeran reportedly told the press outside the courthouse, per Evening Standard, “I’m obviously very happy with the outcome of this case and it looks like I’m not going to have to retire from my day job after all.”
However, the singer’s feelings were mixed. He added, “But at the same time, I am absolutely frustrated that baseless claims like this are allowed to go to court at all.”