Eminem is the best thing EVER and I'm like, his number one fan! Em's lyrics can be either VERY funny or VERY clever (and obviously, usually both). "Stan" was a Hip Hop masterpiece and wheather you like Hip Hop or not, you can't deny it has to be one of the best songs ever written and songs like "Without Me" display his amzing, witty and clever writting skills (as well as being annoyingly catchy). And Of course another song with AMZING lyrics, even if you don't like hip hop you can't faunt the lyrics in this, is "Sing For The Moment" ... =) Those are jst 3 songs out of the many Em has done, and It would be silly to name more great songs because ALL OF THEM are good. As a budding rapper myself, Em is my greatest influence and I don't understand how he can write soooooo many GREAT songs.and keep churning out hit after hit, also Em's freestyling skills are incredibly hot. One of my fabve freestyles is one Em done on the UK Tim Westwood Radio One Rap Show. It was over the beat of Mobb Depps "Got It Twisted" and it was v. funny!. Em's group (NOT band. GROUP) D12 ie: Dirty Dozen / Detroit Twelve are INCREDIBLY talented Mcees. The other 5 members : Kon Artis, Proof, Kuniva, Bizarre and Swift each have a MASSIVE range of talent, and its impossible to say that they are just ridding on Eminems tailcoats, as they all spit with as much effort on there songs as Em does. All 6 of them are my idols and so the answer to the question staed "does Eminem do it for you.." in my book, YEAHS! Em is also incredibly good looking, no one can faunt that. He's lovley blue eyes and his fit body and his nice hands... Mmmmm.... And of course Em is a GREAT father to his daughter Hailie. I LOVE EM!
Throughout this op, I will purposely try to stray away from the fact that Eminem is white, for I feel this, along with media hype and his general controversial being detract from his undeniable talent as a hip hop 'mc.' I thus want to focus more intimately on his character and music. I will not mention his poor upbringing, his loathing of his mother or even his dead uncle Ronney. Nor will I give any mention to his turbulent relationship with ex wife Kim, or his much publicised use of narcotics, or his trial for 'pistol whipping' someone for that matter. I'm sure you can find all kinds of weird and wonderful facts by consulting other ops, but for now lets for once ignore the hype and take a closer look at the character and his music irrespective of irrelevant facts. Rap artist after rap artist, time after time choose to base their tracks on pure self-glorification and materialistic obsessions, which is now recognised as typical of the 'bling bling' rap industry. However, Eminem, quite refreshingly tends to reverse this. His lyrics tend to be more concerned with home issues- being neglected as a child, drug abuse etc. This is perfectly illustrated in the 'Steve Berman' skit where his manager says, and I quote: "You know why Dre's album was so successful? He's rapping about blunts, forties and bitches. You're rapping about homosexuals and vicatin" This is the underlying essence of Em'. He'll say what other people won't say so as not to loose face. Most call it intentional controversy. I call it honesty- "He didn't just say what I think he did, did he?" Yes he did. He will be openly homophobic (not something I necessarily condone) despite political correctness. He will openly mock the political establishment. He will openly tell everyone he hates and thinks about murdering his wife, and his parents for that matter and will not once shy away from it. Tracks lik e 'Kim' on 'The Marshall Mathers LP' (where he does indeed murder his wife) and 'Cleaning Out My Closet' on his most recent album, 'The Eminem Show' are explosions of anger, which express this hatred perfectly. It is apparent that he uses his art as a channel through which he can release his built up anger and as a means of self-expression. This, I suggest is a primary reason for his tremendous success. Eminem wears his heart on his sleeve (pardon the cliché), which draws the fan closer to him in that they can identify and sympathise with the man. Upon the subject of Eminem, this site is littered with 'ops' produced by those with elitist mentalities who generally tend to afford little or no credit to a legend in the making for they would consider him to be too 'mainstream' and not 'underground' enough for their liking. This is despite the fact that Eminem did in fact hail from 'the underground' as we know it. Nevertheless, the true elitists within hip hop circles-his fellow rap artists tend to consider him to be amongst the greatest lyricists around. His style and delivery are original and upon listening to his material, you often find yourself gasping in awe and asking 'How did he come up with that?' A prime example is 'Stan,' probably his most popular and influential track to date. As you'll probably already know, the song depicts a crazed, obsessive fan that kills himself, wife and child as a result of Eminem's failure to reply to his letters. It's a very emotion-evoking track with its deep, solemn base line and rain effect allied with Dido's soft vocals. Very original in its deviation from the happy, party atmosphere that seemed to characterise the majority of hip hop tracks. And its things like this that set Eminem apart from the rest. A white, weedy, squeaky voiced boy who obviously has issues, would, with this alone have no chance of bre aking into a predominantly black, thuggish and well established industry. This shows the extent of his great talent. A talent that has the ability to transcend borders which indeed makes Eminem undoubtedly amongst the best. <br>
Eminem is known all over the world for his both solo rapping career and for teaming up with other great singers such as Sir Elton John, D-12 and dido. Many people know that last year Eminems mother sued him for £6 million for saying in one of his songs that she did drugs. But Eminem was later quoted to say ”Just because I say go rape a girl it doesn't mean u should go and do it.” By this he means he did not mean what he said he just used for the sake of the song. A lot of people think that Eminem is on drugs and that he is a rude , insane, sick American rapper, But Eminem is said top be a really nice bloke and he has been tested many a time and he has never been caught taking drugs. He has young daughter and a successful marriage, although the couple has had it’s ups and downs. In all his songs he is just putting across his views on life and living, weather these thoughts are just written down to make money or he actually means them I don’t think it is anyone's part to tell him what he can or can not sing about. If some people like his music they will buy it, if they don’t they won’t. he seems to be doing alright at the moment so more people must like him than hate him. everybody is entitled to their own opinion and that opinion should not be influenced by anyone or any thing.
First of all I'd just like to say that my impression of Eminem has definitely changed since what I used to think of him. I used to think he was alright and that everyone who moaned about his bad and dodgy lyrics were just too pathetic to even bother with. Eminem has made his way to success over the years working with many famous rap artists such as Dre Dre just for one. He has also worked with Elton John. Although Eminem sung and produced many times before releasing 'My name is Slim shady' this was the tune where people first started to recognise him. Now, after a few years of Eminem and Slim Shady my views have completely changed. I've always liked Eminems music and have found him an alright guy but my true feelings came out when I was reading my latest issue of BLISS. There was an article in the magazine which I read called 'EMINEM KILLED MY SISTER'. I read the article and was amazed. It was about a young girl who had a happy life but started to get depressed after being tormented and bullied at school. The father of the child and the brother said that she changed totally and instead of coming home from school each night and blasting out her fave pop songs she would instead blare out her latest Eminem CD's which she NEVER used to listen to. Apparantly she listened to the lyrics very carefully, including words and sentences about killing or harming yourself in different ways. One day, the young girls father was furious as his daughter had been sent home from school, once home he found she had locked herself in her bedroom, after many attempts to get her to talk, the father and brother broke into her bedroom only to find the poor girl hanging in the cornor of her room. She had killed herself. The brother and father have written in the report about how Eminem encouraged and put ideas into her head about ending her own life. He literally forced her to. This report was horrible and got me thinking of what Eminem may be doing to other people at this exact moment. Nowadays I can understand why people cannot stand the lad but then I also understand why loads of other people love eminem, whether Eminem himself or his tunes. If you think about it Eminem has never really been on many peoples good sides. He was threatened to be sued by his very own mother for the lyrics in one of his earlier songs, 'my mother does more dope than I do'. After that all blowed over there was the incident invloving his chain saw which he used for his concert in the UK. Overall though, no one's forced to listen to Eminem's lyrics. But then maybe at school children might recieve stick for not listening to Eminem if they don't, then maybe this certain kid will go out and buy his latest CD just to be in with the 'cool crowd'. The problem there is that the kid will soon start to like Eminems music and another person may lead to another tradgedy. I'm sure that many of you people out there know that his music is frequently listened to and is very good, with great beats and some good yet some not so good lyrics. His jam-packed full of action album 'The Marshall Mathers LP' remained a number 1 album for weeks on end and sold thousands, millions of copies, this was the album that brought himself success.Eminem says his lyrics are to do with real life problems and experinces and his way of releasing them is by rapping the, in his tunes. All I'm worried about is what Eminems lyrics are doing to certain people, they're destroying some kids and bringing them to a terrible climax. Eminem, I'm sure is probably a pretty decent guy, it's obvious he loves his child, Hayleigh and he appears to be best buddies with Elton John. ~ In which he sung a brilliant duet version of STAN with at the Grammies 2001. You all know what I think of Eminem now and I wish him all the best, I just wish he could read this opinion and maybe realise that he might have been the reason someone destroyed their own life. I wish him luck with D12 and will continue to listen to most of his tracks. Just think people, Eminem's come into our lives and his sure gonna go out of them too! (With time!) Parents, your in your kids life 24/7, Eminems in it for a while and then he'll be gone. Thanks for reading. ~M~
BBBBBBBOOOOORRRRIIIIINNNNNGGGGGG Nah, not him, the opinion. I don’t want to write this for Christ’s sake, stop me! <Sigh> It’s 01:58 (time of writing, not posting), I’m not even a bit sleepy, and I might be going insane. Um, I just read an Eminem op (I always scan through the new music ops at night, leaving snotty comments), so I figured I should do one too. I’m filled with that special feeling of uncertainty, that this opinion will even been finished, let alone posted. I have a hundred of ‘em, gathering dust on my hard-drive. It’s like an opinion graveyard or something. I might just be talking to myself, I could just… Wait! My reluctance to start talking about Eminem has already annoyed you to the point where you may simply give up or rate SU! Ah, fluck it, who cares. Game on. Um, I know – imagine this: A generation from today/away, and although the basic drive of our sentiments remain the same, the finer details differ. We still think fondly of our childhood, and of the naïve little things we did, and of then-terrifying white-lies we were told. Today, we tell the half-truth of the story conceived by our Grandparents/Parents/Elder Sister, which was designed to scare us for our own good – something like ‘if you go outside/talk to strange men/cut the other kids, then the boogey-man will get ya!’. Now, it’s Eminem. Eminem beneath the bed. Eminem in the toy-cupboard. Don’t spill your juice Timmy! Don’t you dare spill that juice Timmy! Eminem will come Timmy! He’ll rap in your ear and gently inhale your soul Timmy! Timmy, Timmy nooooooo! Jeez. Imagine that. Eminem is a big fat target. Above him circles a plane, full of pizzed off parents. They’re angry at him for hurting their children. Their plan, is to pull down their trousers, whip out their bits and pieces and urinate on him, so that his eye-balls burn. Poor, poor fools. Eminem turns your urine to liquid gold, and from it he fashions new clothes, and cars, and dancing women, which he uses to help sell his image, upon which the success of his music relies. Success among the young, that is, who thrive upon your disapproval… really, you’re urinating on your own children, and that’s illegal. Your only comfort should be that Eminem will be in your child’s life for a mini-second, but you’ll be there for ever. I wonder who’ll do more harm. And what about that music! Huh? “Despite the controversial nature of his raps, Eminem is a talented and quick-witted lyricist. His sense of rhyme and rhythm is both…” - Shhhhhhhhhhhhh. You’re not being clever by trying to convince us the man is a poet misunderstood in his time! Are we expected to ‘wow’ at the fact he can make words rhyme? That’s his job. It doesn’t disguise the blatant sensationalism of his every action, nor the obvious, easy figures he chooses to insult. “His raps are well wicked! They’re giving the kids something fresh, raw and genuine for a change! Eminem is keeping it real, not like all these pop acts!” - I see. So you’re saying that Eminem’s world is real, and the kids sense that. My God you’re right – Eminems younger fans in the dales of Northumberland, can really relate to his description of a traumatic middle-America white-trash upbringing. Countless 13 year old across the globe are giving a sigh of relief, that an artist finally understand their drug-abuse, wife-beating inclinations and ‘unwanted’ media attention. They are glad that finally someone out there is speaking the truth about how naff boy bands are, and how angry they are at critics who don’t buy their pre-conceived, bottled-angst, fabricated aggression bullsh*t. Yes, I ’m sure the kids like him because he’s political, and because he raps about the kind of things they experience! Alternatively, Eminem could be a big pile of poo. He’s poo, you’re poo, his fans are poo and his haters are poo. REASONS WHY EMINEM IS POO: He enforces the worrying message that it’s cool to walk around like life’s handed you a bad deal. Instead of cherishing and making use of his fame, which, incidentally, is undeserved, he uses it to further inflate his ego and increase his bank balance. Instead of kissing the feet of every honest-to-god musician, who’s song-writing talents and voice can never compensate for their unattractiveness or lack of ‘style’, he waves guns around and engages other equally pathetic musicians to a ‘battle of words’ through his songs. He is deliberately offensive, sensationalist and extravagant – even though he has no lack of talent to disguise. The potential of his lyrical ability is seemingly limit-less, yet instead of doing something worth-while, he chooses to roll around in his own sweaty self-indulgence, whining like a child. REASONS WHY YOU’RE POO: You’ve read this much of this poorly structured, confusing, careless opinion, despite realising a while ago that I’m not taking anything too seriously. REASONS WHY HIS FANS ARE POO: Far from being in any way obligated to justify why or why not they like any particular artist, Eminem’s fans seem to have the annoying habit of offering an explanation of their admiration prior to you even asking. This is immediately suggestive of a deep lack of conviction and strong denial on their part – the more intelligent will try to suggest he is an important, honest, misunderstood artist, while the less intelligent will simply insist that he has ‘wicked songs’. The deadly combination of an unprovoked defenc e and one of the lame arguments above, form a fairly transparent window – revealing what was always obvious. Eminem’s younger fans are attracted to his exciting, bad-boy, anti-rules, anti-censorship, anti-aunty image. Yes, they enjoy the sound of his music, but what makes them fans of HIM, despite his repulsive behaviour, is his controversial reputation and unpredictable tongue. Elder fans enjoy saying they like him because really elder people shouldn’t, and so they appear young at heart and broad-minded to other people. Young adults still grasping at the fleeting heels of their childhood will tend to side with Eminem over The Rest Of The World’s Grown-Ups, since they still remember faintly what it is they used to despise and who they vowed never to become. WHY EMINEM’S HATERS ARE POO: Because they achieve the exact opposite of their aims, and that’s just stupid. It is the angered parents that make sure Eminem has a temporary place in their child’s affections, it is the angered parents that make sure he receives all the attention that he receives. It is their disapproval that ensures his success, and it is their stubborn assault that will pro-long his reign. They dance for him, and, in some ways, are really the biggest fans of all. They make him their scapegoat, but they fail. Like to think you’re educated? Then watch South Park: The Movie – it says this much better then I ever could. FINALLY, DISPITE ITS ABSENSE FROM THE ORIGINAL LIST, WHY THIS ENTIRE DEBATE IS POO: In a period of time, a copy of this opinion could be quite easily uncovered, and never understood (without research). In a slightly shorter length of time, it could be uncovered, and laughed at. Those periods are about 15 months and 12 months respectively. Remember Elvis, why don’t ya? The way the world fainted when he moved his groin – and how, today, most of us do imitations of the same dance. Well Eminem is no Elvis, and we’ll get over him much, much quicker. Leonard Peltier’s in jail, and we’re talking about Eminem. People walk miles in the heat for black water, and we’re talking about Eminem. I’m talking about Eminem. I might as well sit cross-legged by a stream, and waffle on endlessly about every passing twig or streaming fish, ignoring the fact that the tree I’m resting on is slowly dying, and I myself need a sweater and a drink. My point, is that he doesn’t matter. Big Brother doesn’t matter, Coronation Street doesn’t matter. The whole Eminem ‘thing’, gets so much attention, and why? Is his success a mystery? Is the whole thing so hard to figure out? I’m aching, all over. I’m exhausted, I can’t sleep. I don’t care about Eminem, or what he does, or who he offends, or what he might be doing to our children. Actually, I don’t care that much about Leonard Peltier either. I’m just so very weak and tired. And maybe, when I awake tomorrow from a pebble-dash-roller-coaster few hours rest, I’ll still find myself not caring. And maybe, when I have my own children, I’ll still not care about Eminem, or whoever is the bogey-man of the time. Maybe I’ll just want them to know who the real heroes are, and maybe, I’ll just want them to sleep. Does Eminem dO it for me? No. Now please, just go away.
9 months ago I was Eminem?s biggest fan. I have all his albums and have listened to them for rather a long time, and at the time I thought they were great. I still have to say that 'Stan' is a modern classic and a lot of his songs are good. But for some reason I just don't like them anymore. Now on one hand this is quite a normal occurrence, you go off an album that you've listened to for weeks, but at some point in the future you'll likely come back to it. When I hear Eminems songs now I do feel a little silly for once liking them. Just like the cringe worthy Robson and Jerome album that I'm sad to say I found in my collection earlier this week! So why Eminem back then, and not Eminem now? Who knows. Perhaps my musical tastes have moved on since then, but I still like my other music? Personally, I am beginning to realise that Eminem was just a fad, a craze that came and like other fads will go. His music will be what you cringe at in 5 years time, I already find that I find that the original 'My Name Is' is rather annoying now. It's funny, but you find the music you most like is the music that you hate later on. It happened to me lots of times, but now I seem to have settled on a few bands and albums that I love and listen to all the time. I used to always listen to new music, and while new music is still important I seem to have decided who I like. It's like when you are a kid you always love the charts, and want your favourite song to get to number one, well now I don't care - I like what I like and I don't care if no one else in the world does. I could be being a little unfair to Eminem though, as to be honest my change of heart extends to the whole gangsta rap/hip hop genre. I used to love Eminems' counterpart Dr. Dre, but I now find his music equally annoying. I just sit there, listen to the words and think to myself that it's all a little silly. It's almost as if I have ta ken a step outside of the craze and realised I just don't like it, and that perhaps I got in to it just to be the same as all my friends. But I would like to point out to all Eminems die hard critics that I don't think for a moment that his music is bad. Some people out there would have the likes of Eminem and Marilyn Manson banned, but although I may not like his music anymore I do not have any problem with any of it. His lyrics are not going to create a generation of crazed killers, nor is he going to make everyone drive off a bridge to kill themselves. As far as I am aware there are three main albums Eminem has released, 'The Slim Shady LP" (as well as another earlier version of the same album), 'The Marshal Mathers LP' and 'Infinite'. There is another album, 'F**king yzarc' but this seems a little shrouded in mystery. 'Infinite' is the earliest album and was made before Eminem got popular, as opposed to 'The Slim Shady LP' and 'The Marshal Mather LP' which were what brought Eminem his fame. General thought is that he has gotten better as time passed, but personally I quite like 'Infinite' as it is very different to the new albums. It doesn't seem as polished or professional, but sometimes that?s not a bad thing. And again, I want to say something about Eminem?s talent. I think he has some. Will people please stop hating Eminem just because you disagree with his music. You cannot be this popular without some talent, but personally I think Eminem has a lot. He's certainly a lot better than the sorry excuse for artists that half our pop bands are made up of. Whether you like Eminem or not, at least give him the respect he deserves for doing so well.
In America and a few other countries, Eminem hass being banned from performing his songs. A radio station has been fined for playing a clean, edited version of one of his songs. These are a few of the ignorant ways people are trying to stop Eminem from expressing his opinion. He raps about rape and violence, but he's only rapping about whats wrong with the modern world. What I find really irritating is the way everyone says he's a bad role model for teenagers. Teenagers think by themselves,they aren't some mindless puppets which can be brainwashed, and Eminem is an excellant role model for teenagers and aspiring rappers. He persisted in this chosen career field, even when the press made a huge deal about him being white. He can't help what colour he is, and I admire him for putting up with all the negative comments he keeps recieving. Half the time when he talks about people in his raps,he's just responding to the comments they said about him. How would you feel if the person running your country wouldn't let you do your job, wouldn't let you express your opinions. I don't know about you but I really respect Eminem, even if no-one else does, and I will continue to support him and buy his records, I urge you to do the same.
I've listened to all the media hype about Emminem, and just don't get all the hysteria. He comes across as being a very angry young man who could do with several years of therapy. As for the real slim shady? Please sit down. One thing I will give him though, is that his song 'Stan' is fantastic. The first time I realy listened to it, and look in the lyrics, it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Another angry young man, Stan, is obsessed by his music idol Slim Shady. He writes, telling how he loves him, identifies with his personality and loves his music. He declares similarities in their lives, eg - Stan's girlfriend is pregnant (Slim's has had a baby) and his uncle committed suicide (the way it is worded, you assume that someone close to Slimalso committed suicide). His letters go unanswered, and he starts to get angry at being ignored. One letter to many received no responce, and Stan flips. He takes an overdose of drink & drugs and drives his car off a bridge with his girlfriend tied up in the boot of it. While he is driving, he is making a tape to Slim telling him how he's let him down. After he's dead, Slim writes to him, explaining that he's sorry not to have done so before but he's been busy. As well as Emminem's rapping/talking, the chorus is sung by the beautifully haunting voice of Dido. I've lost count of the number of times I've listened to this song, but it still gets to me everytime. There's quite a lot of swearing in the song, but although I usually don't approve of this (sorry to sound like a big old prude), I feel that the choice of language only adds to the value of the song. Stan's hope, frustration and then pain is almost palpable. The chorus "My tea's stone cold, I wonder why I got out of bed at all........" brought across the desparation felt by his girlfriend. Emminem is over-rated, yes. He seems pretty screwed up. Yes. But he definately has a talent. Hope he doesn't throw it all away like the character Stan he so brilliantly created.
Eminem is one of the most controversial artists of our time and its isn’t without a lot on incidents especially in his songs that have brought these about. I myself cannot see the big fascination with Eminem, all I see is a screwed up kid and although I feel sorry for the kind of childhood he received, it still doesn’t give him any right to treat people the way he does especially people that are mentioned in his songs like Christina Aguilera, and even if it is supposed to be taken lightly, it isn’t really fair on the people including artists that are receiving his abuse. When he first came onto the scene, I noticed him for the catchy tune of “My Name Is” which I admit was quite good but there was always a part of me which thought “He’s not gonna last” but he’s still here and annoying me! I thought that I’d give the guy another chance to redeem himself and so I borrowed the Marshall Mathers album to have a listen to and couldn’t believe that it was actually available to buy! A lot of the songs are similar in style and there is a lot of swearing which in most cases is not needed. There was one track which I thought was nice when It started off with and that was “Stan” I heard this song on the album before it was released as a single and thought “hmmmm this track sounds quite good nice and mellow" ” then suddenly he bursts onto the track and seemed to wreck it. At first, in my mind, all I could think was that he was spoiling it but when I listened after a few more times, I realised the song was putting a message across as I listened to the lyrics and gradually I began to take a shining to it. This I admit was a song which I liked and I also like the sample that was taken from Dido’s newest single “Thank You”. The newest track that Eminem is on is “Purple Hill” by D-12 and although the cho rus is catchy, this is not one I will be listening to. I know a lot of you guys enjoy his music and I appreciate that but remember that this is only my opinion. All I have to say though is that it seems as if this guy is filled with anger. I feel that Eminem will soon be past his sell by date and we will get bored of him (hopefully) Thanx for listening. Bye for now.
Eminem is widely becoming one of the hottest rappers around, however, I cant say that he does anything for me! (sorry all Eminem fans!) Incase you dont already know, he write music in a way not familiar to us as such. He generally seems to lacks any respect for those he insults in his lyrics yet his fans view them as "the next best thing". His latest song, Stan, is just one of them. The general story line of Stan is as follows: It is about a devoted fan, who is basically obsessed with Eminem. (Personally I see this as Eminem blowing his own trumpet, but there we go!) This fan writes to Eminem but his letter gets lost in the post and so there is no reply, so this fan writes again. So this seems a bit boring and of no relevance right?! Well in one respect you'd be right! However then this fan thinks that Eminem doesnt care at all about anyone and so he commits suicide [nice I hear you all cry!!] - this Stan guy drives his car of a bridge, with his girlfriend and their unborn child inside [now that really is thoughtful!] The video for this is in two halves, one where the fan writes the letter, and the second where Eminem writes a reply. However the reply is too late to save Stan's life. Now I know its only a song and everything, and im not against songs with lyrics like these in the slightest. It doesnt bother me at all. A good friend from school was 100% obsessed with Nirvana, so lyrics that are, shall we say "different" dont bother me! However no one in thier right mind can say that the lyrics are "nice" nor can they say they have "deeper meanings" - as I understand there are in a lot of cases like this. But in the case of "Stan" I do not believe to be the case. I do understand that the lyrics reflect his life and his fans - but he doesnt have to have people topping himself in his songs surely! I definitely am under t he impression that you either love Eminem and his work or you hate him! I can see perfectly where some parents are coming from when they "dont approve". (And no, im not a mum!!) Im sure that if he kept the same style yet improved his general attitude and also the language with which he uses then he would do a lot better for himself. If only he improved one of them, im sure it would improve a lot more people's opinions about him a great deal. After all, im sure that if I was a mother I wouldnt want my 12 year old daughter listening to his songs, from both the language side of things, his general attitude as well as the actual lyrics in his songs. Im afraid Eminem simply doesnt doo anything for me!
OK so Eminem is a rags to riches story. Great for him, I thought, even sympathizing with his stories of 'no money' on the SLim Shady LP. I got bored of him and moved on. He sweared too much for my liking (my parents couldn't hack it either) and although I don't take his sick jokes personally, I went off in search of something less degrading and more challenging. Fair pie, I found it. But then he reappeared wailing about his money, fans and fame and how they made his life a misery! Yawat?Is this the same fella who spent half of his debut complaining about the lack of money and his dreams of fame. How......stupid. I give up. If all eminem can do if swear, degrade and complain then he's not worth the paper he writes on. The kids aren't all right if this is who they listen to, I should know that, I'm a kid myself.neh
Though Eminem has sometimes been described as an overnight success, Eminem has grown from a poor boy from the street’s of Detroit to one of the best Emcee in the world today. Eminem has influenced the rap game with his rhyming skills and his twisted lyrics. Eminem was born Marshall Bruce Mathers 111 in Kansas City, Missouri, he was born 0ctober the l7th, 1975, and he was raised by his mother (Debbie Mathers) as his father left when he was six months old. Eminem had a very unsettled childhood, moving house every couple of months, he first lived in Kansas City then moved to Detroit when he was five, then from five to nine years of age he moved to Kansas City again for five years, then he moved to Detroit permanently, the change in schools frequently made it difficult for Marshall to form attachments and to make friends. As a child Marshall was interested in comic books and television, he now says he didn’t really start opening up until the eighth grade, going into ninth. Marshall was a target with neighbourhood gangs and local bullies, it got so bad that Marshall was put into hospital with a coma with a near fatal cerebral haemorrhage, and spent much of the next ten days in a coma. Eminem discovered rap music when he was aged nine, at the moment he heard the Ice-T track “Reckless” he quickly became devoted to rap music. Eminem had received the Ice-T track “Reckless” from his uncle, Ronnie Polkinghorn, who was also a hip-hop fan. Though Ronnie was just a few months older than Eminem he became a big influence on him especially when Ronnie began making recordings of his own raps. When Ronnie committed suicide in l993 Eminem was devastated, and that made Eminem strop rapping for over a year. When Eminem eventually got his life back he attended Lincoln High School in Michigan. He also began writing and recording his own raps at the age of thirteen. He got his name Eminem from his initials; he would regularly compete in free styling skills against his classmates. At the age of fifteen he formed his own rap group Bassmint Productions, but two years later he dropped out of school after failing the ninth grade three times in a row. He would still go to perform his raps at a local Hip-Hop shop but would always get shouted at and booed at because he was white, but a pair of Detroit Hip-Hop Producers noticed his talents. 0n Christmas day of 1995 Eminem’s girlfriend (Kim Scott) gave birth to their daughter (Hailie Jade). Eminem released his first album Infinite but it received no respect from the rap community things got so bad that Eminem would later try to commit suicide by taking an overdose but later recovered, but his rhyming skills were noticed by a person who received a copy of the album Infinite who liked it enough to invite him to the l997 Rap Olympics in Los Angeles. He attended the Rap 0lympics Eminem took second prize (out of fifty competing MCs) but while attending he was giving people a copy of the Slim Shady E.P.demo to various music companies. He also took part in local radio appearances. Among those who heard Eminem on the radio appearances was West Coast Legend Dr.Dre who was impressed enough to sign Eminem to his record label (Aftermath) where he released the Slim Shady L.P which gained lots of respect to the rap game, it sold over 1 million copies. There was also a bad thing to the Slim Shady LP was it’s twisted lyrics that offended people all across the world which that was when the critics started giving the album a bad name but worse was still to come for Eminem when his own mother filled in a law suit to sue Eminem for the way he calls his own mother a drug-user in his lyrics and the critics started to strike. So that made his relationship with mother very unstable. Eminem always said he wanted to rap about things that other rappers were scared to rap about. In November 1999, Eminem released another album which was t itled after his own name Marshall Mathers LP which offended anyone who had criticised Eminems last album. It sold much better then the Slim Shady LP it is now the fastest hip-hop selling album ever which he now believes he has got respect in the rap world. Eminem’s troubles are still with him as he has to got to jail for six months later this year for hitting a man with a gun. Eminem has also just filled in a divorce for him and his wife to separate
Up until about a month ago, you may have asked,”His name is…what? His name is…who?”. But by now, unless you have been locked away in a closet, you have heard Eminem’s latest single, “My Name Is”. Lately, it seems like everyone knows his name. People in the industry have dubbed the sudden popularity “the Eminem phenominon”, and 1999 is said to go down as “the year of the white rapper”. For most new fans, Eminem (a.k.a. Slim Shady, and born into the world as Marshall Mathers) seemed to appear out of nowhere … Dr. Dre’s newest prodigy with a catchy single and a hilarious number one video. In recent press, he has been called a “squirrelly rapper” (Vibe, Feb. 99), “a pissy 24-year-old white welfare kid” (Spin, Feb.99), and a “misogynist rap snot” (Vibe, April 99). These descriptions seem more to refer to his self-named alter ego, “Slim Shady”, the dark, sarcastic, unforgiving side of Eminem’s personality.
The bloke is a lyrical genius, and he is growing. Teenagers love him, and parents hat him, and giving him a 3-month sentence wont stop him! I am a fan of rap, and I like to see white rappers give it ago, and I am even more welcoming to successful white rappers. I have two out of three of his albums, and I can’t get hold of his third because of its rarity. Yes, he is very controversial, but it works, and he has followers weather you like it or not. I can understand the view of parents and other Eminem haters, but from my point of view, if you were that bothered then don’t let your children buy his albums. They do have a parent advisory sticker on them, but this doesn’t stop children from buying his tracks. I think that if you are protesting against Eminem, then you should be protesting for a ‘certificate’ on his tracks and not to ban him. He is too world-widely loved to ban him. I could agree with a rating of 15 or 18, on his tracks, because after all, his music is quite rude and disrespectful to many minorities. He has done some criminal acts in the past, and people want him put away for 3 months, but personally this would make him worse. He would go through some bad experiences in jail, and whilst he is in there, he would be writing more songs. Then as soon as he is out he would record and release his tracks, and I think they would contain more graphical details. So putting him in jail would give him ammunition to dominate even more. He had terrible experiences at school, where he was bullied, and some of his songs are written about his experience, and they are graphic enough. So at the end of the day, he’s achieved a lot and has a lot of talent, and I am looking forward to his next concert.
I have always been very into rap music. I do believe that there is a fine a between rappers using eplicit lyrics without any meaning, just as a form of aggression and rappers actually sending a message all be it often through aggression. I certainly do not advocate anyone sending any messages that are making light of woman beating, gay issues, suicide etc. But if you actually listen to Eminem then you have to realise that his lyrics do not always advocate doing bad things against women and gays and other minority groups. He brings these very real issues to the surface and makes us think. There are many television programmes and films that contain sex, violence, bad language and other things that people may well find offensive. However we all have the choice of whether or not we wish to watch them and we all are all capable (and have a right) to form an opinion after viewing. We can turn the radio off or switch the Tv over. What I really admire Eminem for, is his ability to make so many people think about these issues. I have also encountered many people who are very hypocritical when expressing their views on his lyrics. I have often listened to one of his songs and found myself laughing at a lyric and then suddenly had this surge of guilt. I then realise that the only reason why I feel this way is because he has made me more aware of own opinions. I think that Eminem will have the last laugh. Everyone is getting very excited by his lyrical content. However if they really thought about it, wouldn't it be far more effective to completely turn the other cheek and ignore someone you find so offensive?. He's taking the mick out all of us for getting in such a state!. If those who find him so offensive have to wait until a musician brings these moral issues to the surface then it says more about them.