You would see assistants go home in tears and quit all the time.” “You could never do anything right in her eyes,” says an ex-employee.
“You couldn’t send an email without it being approved by Cara.
As a junior staffer — and the rare woman — Lewis took on underground acts others dismissed. “She was doing that to maintain power.” Part of Lewis’ power is maintaining an air of mystery.In those early days, rap was still viewed as a novelty — and largely feared because of security concerns over youth violence at the concerts. Almost no details are known about her private life, including marital status and age — though her work timeline suggests Lewis is in her 50s.Asked why he prefers fountain drinks to cans, he turns serious. “They say it’s been known to cause cancer, so I cut that shit out. There’s no aspartame in the fountain.” A few years ago, an artificial sweetener would have been the least of Eminem’s worries. A large painting of Biggie and 2Pac graces one wall, while a plaque leaning against another celebrates Eminem’s status as Sound Scan’s Artist of the Decade: 32 million albums sold in the past 10 years, trouncing runners-up the Beatles. He was around until I was about six months old, so I guess he had pictures from then. But I never even got so much as a “Brucie, your dad says hi.” Did that hurt? But the older you get, you start to realize, “Fuck.
A dozen years into his career, he remains one of pop’s most bankable stars – a rare feat for any artist, and, for a rapper, almost unprecedented. I’ve got a small circle of friends, and it’s a lot of the same friends I’ve known forever. I came out of some difficult things these past couple of years. But I didn’t even know what my father looked like until I was 18 or 19, and my mother showed me a picture. I would never do that to my kids.” You start getting a chip on your shoulder, getting bitter.
“I was picked on and ridiculed a lot because people didn’t understand what I was doing,” Lewis has said. (She did not respond to the New York Post’s request for an interview.) Marcus Washington worked for Lewis in 2008.
Insiders speculate that such treatment could have prompted her to cultivate a rep as a ball-buster — and one of the most feared people in music. “She told me from the beginning: ‘Don’t internalize anything that I say or do,’ ” he says.
After half an hour, Eminem emerges from the vocal booth, where he’s working on tracks with Dr. He’s dressed in black cargo shorts and a gray T-shirt, and a diamond crucifix hangs from his neck. I kind of feel like I’m just now finding my footing. I remember being a little kid, coloring in front of the TV at my aunt and uncle’s house, and he would call on the phone.
His features are delicate, nearly feminine, and his hair is a deep, natural shade of brown. So I want to make sure that’s secure before I go out and do anything else.
LL’s album, “Exit 13,” wasn’t exactly burning up the charts at the time, and yet Lewis was able to fight her way to huge deals for him.