Answer by Mahbod Moghadam:
2 years ago, his manager told me that Eminem never uses the Internet. He doesn’t use Twitter, Facebook, nothing – the ONLY thing he does on the Internet is, when he gets really depressed, he goes on Rap Genius and reads his fans’ interpretations of his lyrics, because that’s the only thing that cheers him up.
Last week, Eminem finally got a Genius account:
A lot of artists don’t really understand how the site works – they just go on there and give info about the songs/production/etc. Eminem understands perfectly. He annotates his specific lines, you can tell he truly understands the value of close reading.
So I would say, YES: in his own way, Eminem is extremely cultured and intellectual. He didn’t go to Harvard or whatever, but he’s still got it.