Steve Miller Shares Statement About Eminem Sampling Him On “Houdini”

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Steve Miller Shares Statement About Eminem Sampling Him On “Houdini”


Yesterday, Eminem launched his return with “Houdini,” which came with a video featuring cameos from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Pete Davidson, and more. The song sampled the Steve Miller Band’s 1982 hit “Abracadabra,” and Steve Miller shared his reaction shortly after the release.

“Hey EM,” the 80-year-old musician wrote on Instagram. “There is a long chain of stories, poetry, lyrics, and musical roots that have crossed cultures and generations inspiring the whole world for hundreds of years and in all those lines of thought, music, and rhythm there are special artists who take it all in and create new original ideas from their own feelings and experiences.” He continued:

You are one of those timeless originators building something new on a long musical legacy of original artists.

For me it’s Les Paul, T-Bone Walker, Bill Doggett, Johnny Guitar Watson, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, the Beatles, Chuck Berry, Willy Dixon, Leiber & Stoller, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane & Miles Davis. I have always tried to credit, honor, and respect the major influencers in my life and to always credit, honor royalties and share knowledge of their work through my own work. I didn’t know it would be this way when I was a kid trying to make a living playing music and making records, I only knew I had to respect the art that came before me and fight for it too among all the crooks, thieves, and imposters.

There aren’t many artists who take the time or make the effort to stand up for themselves and credit and respect their influencers at the same time. Marshall Mathers you are an exception and on my short list of people who respect the art. To be included in your process feels good while I’m still singing and playing the music I love. I’m Honored.

Thank you,

Steve Miller

“Houdini” is the lead single from The Death Of Slim Shady (Coup De Grâce), possibly the rapper’s last album. Meanwhile, SZA recently shared a pretty cover of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”

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