Daniel Radcliffe Takes On ‘The Real Slim Shady’

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Daniel Radcliffe may be a well-known actor, but it looks like his love of hip-hop is continuing to catapult to the forefront. This time, the British-born 25-year-old did his best Eminem impression with the assistance of fellow actress and current girlfriend Erin Darke.

Radcliffe took to the stage of Cameron’s Inn: Pub & Restaurant in Half Moon Bay, Calif. this past weekend for some good ol’ karaoke fun with his rendition of the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling single “The Real Slim Shady.” Darke bops and sways along as Radcliffe commands the stage with his impressive memorization skills. Darke then gets her chance in the spotlight for the chorus as she hops up and down, pointing to the audience as she helps Radcliffe with the lyrics.

Eminem has been nominated for 43 Grammy Awards, 15 of which he took home. One of these was for “Best Solo Rap Performance” in 2001 thanks to “The Real Slim Shady.” Its album, The Marshall Mathers LP, also claimed “Best Rap Album” and was nominated for “Album of the Year” in the same ceremony. The track’s video was also nominated in six categories at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, claiming “Video of the Year” and “Best Male Video.”

Daniel Radcliffe made a name for himself in the title role of the Harry Potter series. While he has continued his acting in a range of other roles, he has also made it clear that acting is not his only love and hip-hop is pretty far up there as well.

In an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Radcliffe admits he is an avid rap fan despite how that may surprise people. Fallon asks him what rap he enjoys and he says he initially got into Eminem. “I think I was the first kid in my class to learn all the words to ‘The Real Slim Shady’,” he says. “I’ve always had kind of an obsession with memorizing complicated lyrically intricate and fast songs.” This revelation led to Fallon challenging Radcliffe to perform Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics,” which he did with ease and as Fallon flashed letter cue cards.

Like Radcliffe, Eminem has also swapped mediums taking on the leading role in 2002’s semi-autobiographical 8 Mile. According to Business Insider, his talent there caught the attention of father-son producing partners Alan and Peter Riche who wanted him as the lead in the upcoming boxer drama Southpaw. Eminem agreed, but four weeks prior to shooting, they found out he would be backing out. “We were told that he really loved it, but that he feels he’s a musician first and an actor second and he had a lot of inner energy going on for his next album, [2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2], and that’s where his muse was taking him,” Alan Riche says.

The role ended up in the hands of Jake Gyllenhaal, but Eminem was still involved in the soundtrack. He created two original songs, “Phenomenal,” which can be heard in the movie’s trailer, and “Kings Never Die” featuring Gwen Stefani. The album will be released via Shady Records the same day the film hits theaters Friday, July 24.