Quand Ed Sheeran rappe sur "Criminal" d'Eminem / When Ed Sheeran raps over Eminem's track "Criminal"

Posted by Clique on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

There's no denying that Eminem's run from the late 90s into the 2000s was hugely influential on pop culture and budding artists tapping into Em's creative flow. Back in August of 2014, actor Chris Pratt showed off his command of Eminem's iconic "Forgot About Dre" verse, and while Ed Sheeran doesn't quite demonstrate the same lyrical precision here, his crack at Em's "Criminal" is a worthy send-up.

Sheeran, who is otherwise known for his singing and songwriting, was a guest on French media outlet Clique, and without much context, the above video has surfaced of Sheeran reciting a few bars from The Marshall Mathers LP cut. Back in September of 2014, XXL spoke to Sheeran about his favorite rap songs, and the pop star listed Em's "Stan" among them, saying, "Number one is 'Stan,' Eminem. Just because I think having a seven minute song about suicide being No. 1 around the world is a pretty impressive feat. And it's just a very [great] song." Stan is also featured on The Marshall Mathers LP further proving that album's influence on a young Ed.

While Sheeran remains a much better singer than rapper, he has been known to bust out a rhyme or two, with The Weeknd telling GQ in August of 2015 that Sheeran rap battled Waka Flocka in the R&B singer's kitchen. “That was pretty dope," The Weeknd said. "Good times.” Check out the video of Ed rapping above which appears to be a teaser for a longer interview dropping Feb. 12.

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