Steve Miller is ‘Honored’ That Eminem Sampled His Song


Eminem in a black and white photo. Steve Miller is opening up about Eminem sampling his song and says he's "honored."

Eminem Steve Miller news – Story by Cat Badra, photo by Danny Clinch image

Eminem is known for sampling other artists’ music, as are many hip-hop greats. Last Friday (May 31), the Detroit rapper released a new single, “Houdini,” which sampled the classic, 1982 Steve Miller Band song, “Abracadabra.” Now, Steve Miller is opening up about Eminem sampling his song and says he’s “honored.”

Steve Miller Shares Thoughts on Eminem Sampling ‘Abracadabra’ in ‘Houdini’

“Houdini,” the new single from Eminem, is off the rapper’s upcoming studio album, “The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce).” When it arrived last Friday, the track featured a flashy music video with with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and more. It also sampled Miller’s “Abracadabra.”

In response, Steve Miller took to Instagram to discuss Eminem using his music. He posted an image of “The Death of Slim Shady” cover art along with a heartfelt message. Not to be a spoiler, but this message really couldn’t be any more supportive of Eminem.

“Hey EM,” Miller started. “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,” Miller wrote. “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.”

Finally, Miller closed out the post with more kind words about the Motor City rapper rapper. “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,” he wrote. “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.”

So, if you’re wondering Miller’s thoughts on Eminem sampling “Abracadabra,” there you go. He’s obviously incredibly happy to have his music used in this new Eminem track.

As for the full new album from Eminem, “The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce)” will arrive this summer. There’s no specific release date set yet. The album will mark Eminem’s follow-up to 2020’s “Music to Be Murdered By.” It will also be Eminem’s 12th studio album and, he’s claiming, his final under the “Slim Shady” moniker.

Cat Badra
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