Eminem's Incredible Rise to Stardom

CNN's Anderson Cooper Profiles The Rapper

Listen to the lyrics of many of his early songs and you do get the feeling his music has been a painfully public way of settling scores, including with his mother.

And his father, who left him when he was six months old.

Eminem told Cooper he never knew his father and never met him.

Asked if he wants to meet him, the rapper said, "I don't know. I don't know. Some people ask me that. I don't think I do. I just, I can't understand how, if my kids were moved to the edge of the Earth, I'd find them. No doubt in my mind. No money, no nothin', if I had nothing, I'd find my kids. So, there's no excuse. There's no excuse. "

Eminem may be fiercely protective of his kids, but he's been accused of being harmful to just about everybody else's. The language he's used in songs sparked protests and accusations that he promoted violence against women and gays. He's been branded a misogynist and a homophobe.

"I felt like I was being attacked," he told Cooper. "I was being singled out. And I felt like, is it because of the color of my skin? Is it because that, you're paying more attention? Is it because there's certain rappers that do and say the same things that I'm saying. And I don't hear no one saying anything about that. I didn't just invent saying offensive things."

"I mean some of the lyrics, Kill You, 'Bitch, I'm gonna kill you, you don't wanna eff with me.' 'My word's like a dagger with a jagged edge that'll stab you in the head, Whether you're a fag or a lez, pants or dress, hate fags, the answer's yes,'" Cooper said, quoting lyrics.

"Yeah, the scene that I came up in, that word was thrown around so much, you know? Faggot was, like, it was thrown around constantly, to each other, like in battling, you know what I mean?" Eminem said.

"But, I mean, do you not like gay people?" Cooper asked.

"No I don't have any problem with nobody, you know what I mean. Like, I'm just whatever," he replied.

"And for some parent who's listening to this, and says, 'Well, you know, my kid hears this, hears you calling somebody a bitch, or using the f-word, and starts to use it themselves.' Do you feel a sense of responsibility?" Cooper asked.

"I feel like it's your job to parent them. If you're the parent, be a parent. You know what I mean? I'm a parent. I have daughters. I mean, how would I really sound, as a person, like, walkin' around my house, you know, 'Bitch pick this up.' You know what I mean? Like, I don't cuss," Eminem said.

"That's not how you are in your real life?" Cooper asked.

"Profanity around my house, no. But this is music, this is my art, this is what I do," Eminem said.