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      29.07.2008 12:47

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      Eminem! The most crapiest rapper/singer/artist/composer/vocalist/musician I have ever known to date. His vocals are so bad that make me puke when I listen to him. His music and lyrics are nothing but about his hatred for the world. His music does not pump in inspiration, but anger and rage. He IS a bad influence and alot of the $hit that happens IS because of people like him. Music makes sence to only those who are wana-be idiotic fools who think everything bad happens only to them and all of a sudden this white trash comes up and saves the bloody day by singing a bitch as$ song. Anyone who likes him basically is implying that I am an as$, I have nothing to do, I hate this world, so I will sing a miserable song to make others miserable too.

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      03.11.2002 02:22
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      Ok. I'm going to be blunt, Eminem is the best rap star. He rap's about his own life experiances,and tries to make us think about life. I know for a fact he isn't all swear words,after all he isn't letting his daughter listen to his music. He shows support for his daughter,even though he made some mistakes it doesn't make him a bad person. Just because he isn't like us doesn't mean to say he's offensive or different. I think when people say nasty things about him, they have their opion, but half of them don't even have a reason to hate him. Most people i've met like his new ablum "The Eminem Show",the songs maybe a bit harsh on some people,but as i said before he's just showing his opinion,everyone has a right to.And people who slag him off probably don't know anything about his lyrics or his life, so i don't think it gives them a right to judge him.

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        01.11.2002 00:49
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        VARIOUS ARTISTS – ‘8 Mile – Music from and inspired by the Motion Picture’ – Shady 2002 A case of forgetting how effective the flick is for now and just looking at the line-up on the soundtrack to Eminem’s big screen debut. Jay-Z, Xzibit, Rakim, Nas, Gang Starr…it’s approaching something exceptional already. Mathers has already been receiving acclaim for his performance in front of the camera – now it’s a test to see whether he can headline just as well on his more natural home turf. Naturally this OST will divide those who, when it comes to scoring films, either like the musical accompaniment to bear relevance to the screenplay it’s meant to be part of, or will just marvel at the gathering of those involved and take it as an album of its own right. Slim does the plot justice through the eyes of the aspiring rhymer, and in contrast there’s hardly a poor performance on offer from the cast extras just doing their own thing. It also makes no bones about providing Shady signings Obie Trice and 50 Cent to get amongst matters – so as a film, label and guest exhibition, it does the job successfully on all counts. Eminem’s pivotal contribution spans across three individual outings, plus hooking up with Obie Trice and 50 Cent on Love Me and dissecting the Rap Game while back amongst the ranks of D12. Though conceptualising his rhyming is nothing new to Mathers, the character perspective he spins on Lose Yourself, 8 Mile and Rabbit Run must have been one of the easier plots he’s had to work with. The unrelenting pace to the lead single seeps into the subconscious in no time, an Eye of the Tiger adrenaline leading into the title track - essentially a connecting add-on - and Rabbit Run depicting the frustrations of a combustible rhymer with writer’s block, screwed up notepad paper soon flooding the floor. The creeping Love Me offers a spiky selec tion of 50 Cent-speared shot-calls aimed at various stars from Lauryn Hill (‘used to listen to Lauryn Hill and tap my feet/then the bitch put out a CD that didn’t have no beat’) to D’Angelo and Charli Baltimore. D12’s Rap Game rolls through with Eminem on fine samurai sword-drawing form, minimal scare tactics employed through a covert crawling below the surface still capable of producing the odd throwaway rhyme to release the pressure. Witness ‘I’m too fucking retarded/I don’t give a fuck about my dick, that’s why I’m dating Lorena Bobbit’ as proof. The assembled cast aiming to turn cameos into show-stoppers has Guru and Premo flexing over a routine Gang Starr production – head-jolting drums and blazes of swift brass - notable for twisting pieces of QB’s Finest and Audio 2 upon going into Battle. It doesn’t matter what the sonics are, Guru will continue to admit he’ll either ‘advise ya or I might pulverise ya’ and confirming ‘I ain’t talking romance but you’ll get swept off your feet’. Nimbly manoeuvring waves of acidic oscillations, Rakim continues in the role of renaissance man by spelling out what’s what, and Jigga toasts the return of the renegades (‘Where were you before I blew this up? I didn’t see you in the courtroom when everybody was suing us’) with Freeway (‘the rap gingerbread man’) in tow in going 8 Miles and Runnin’. Rounding up the bonus disc, Trice’s Rap Name – the intro that gets the needle pulled across it before Eminem’s Without Me takes centre stage – gets a full airing this time round, aiming to ‘bang all you European Pamela Lee’s’ while he’s at it. A couple of surprising but pleasing r&b numbers with a saucy skip in their stride hold their head up, Brooklyn’s The Weekend and the sassy California by Shaunt a. Both show a positive deviation initially brought about by Boomkat’s Wasting my Time, an altogether gentler moment upstaging Macy Gray’s Time of Your Life. Big names on the soundtrack should equal big business on the sales front, and the depth to 8 Mile’s OST makes it one of those appendages that shouldn’t need to rely on the success or failure of its film basis to determine its own fate. Shady Records also look to be in a healthy position with Trice and 50 Cent spearheading the charge should Eminem permanently ditch busting rhymes for Broadway – good value for money as the bleached Detroit lion continues to roar… RIP JAM MASTER JAY

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        05.06.2002 06:57
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        Eminem - Love him or hate him. Eminem started off in April 1999 with ''My name is'' and that landed Number two. But in August 1999 Eminem realesed ''Guilty conscience' which had Number five. But that in June 2000 ''Forgot about dre'' and had Number seven. Then came the all famous love it or hate it ''The real slim shady'' which was realesed in July 2000 and went straight in at Number one. But then in October 2000 Eminem realesed ''The way i am'' which got Number Eight. Then in December 2000 came on Stan which got to Number one. Then in May 2002 just recently Eminem has realsed ''Without me'' which has gone in to Number one. Emimem had a rise to fame. In little over a year the rap artist become a CD Single Artist impressive. Even though Eminem is quite popular but i do not like his music at all. I have heard all his tracks but still think they are below average completly. My name is was absoulty terriable i am still suprised at what position it got to. The others like Guility COnsiciene, Forgot about Dre, The way I am follow on and are absoultly unlistenable they have the most lame lyrics and dont make me think Eminem is a superstar. Stan i was quite fond of and thought it deserved its place - but again too catchy so its not something i would play everyday, its norhing special. The one i hate the most is ''The real slim shady'' abouslty boring i have heard it and his catchy lyrics and his voice just gives me a headache - i completly dislike it and dont want to listen to any of his music. Album wise he has done quite well. But still not any of my fancy. I dont think whatever this rap artist can sing to is not a faviourite of mine. Just recently Eminems Without me has been knocked out of the top position by Will Youngs Light my Fire - Now Will Young thats what I call truly brilliantly wellsang excellent music. Eminem will never be a fa viourite of mine. He may be a best seller but does not for me either is Eminem anything special.

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          29.05.2002 07:33
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          • "Compares himself to Vanilla Ice AGAIN - how fucking self-aware."

          Guess who's back...? Back again...? Peakly's back... Tell a friend... (Oooooooooooooh I've waiting for a long time to return. Truth is, I'm still not prepared. So, it's gonna be a shortie, ok?) "it occurred to me - I am Eminem, not me as in me, but me as in you me - me to you - Peakly, on Dooyoo - the moody teenager with the loudest voice, the baddest choice and the worst raps (imagine music as you read this crap) - dooyoo NEEDS the voice of the misguided, the hopes of the long-sighted, the dreams from the steam of the burning pit of youth - the truth, the mutherfluckin' ruth-less resident proof - it occurred to me - this is my favourite scene - it occurred to me - I've missed Peakly YO! YO! YO! THAT'S GODAM RIGHT MUTHERFLUCKER, PEAKLY'S BACK IN THE HOUSE Y'ALL!!!!" Ah, up ya arse. This opinion is actually about the new Eminem album - 'The Eminem Show' - but Dooyoo haven't added it yet. I wasn't about to sacrifice my central juxtaposition just because no one can be arsed anymore. They can move it when the album is added. Ok so here we go. Eminem's new album cost me a penny less then ten pounds, which is better then the penny less of six pounds I was originally going to pay for the new single - 'Without Me'. That particular song, by the way, is rather good. Unfortunately, that's exactly why the rest of the album isn't. Lemme explain. The single, Without Me, is Eminem at his most bearable - catchy hip-hop with agenda-free lyrics, that poke fun at Marshal Mathers and his audience alike. It's similar to 'My Name Is' and 'The Real Slim Shady', only slightly edgy and with more impressive vocals. It's got a good video too, though that's not my department. The rest of the album is different. It's... Mature? De ep? Sinister? Unbalanced. Whoever produced this album (Dr. Dre) is a g-whiz-genius. He's mixed guitar loops with big bass - like the NWA, only slower and more radio-friendly. Not that this is a bad thing. Tracks like 'Cleaning Out My Closet' and 'Sing For The Moment' sound divine beneath the rapping... a blend of vaguely Clapton-esq riffs and sharp electronic drum with the warm fuzzy sound of an expensive production studio. Even opener 'White America' (in which Eminem is politically conscience for thirty seconds) survives the soft-rock make-over. The problem is, the quality of the music exceeds the quality of, well, Eminem, and by a significant degree. Rap is about vocals, just like Heavy Metal is about distorted guitars. Even Plant would sound shit, if Page couldn't hold note and dropped his plectrum half way through every song. Eminem's lyrics rhyme well. Unfortunately, they are also self-indulgent to the point of tedium - not to mention about issues sufficiently milked in his first two albums. Also, his voice often fails him. In 'Soldier', he's singing to music only a voice like DMX or Ice Cube's could tame (perhaps Dre should have had a go) - trying to emulate the power and aggression of his forefathers. It's not good enough. In 'Till I Collapse' he struggles. The same for much of 'Business'. Oh, and his 'skits' - interludes between songs - just waste time. That's all. Even when the NWA shoved sound clips in-between songs of themselves loading guns and swearing it was bad. Eminem probably thinks his 20 song-titles make him look like a creditable artist. 15. The rest are Eminem being a bad 'muther or a personal joke no one else gets, which ruins the pace of the album. Blergh. Um..... Oh..... Buy it if you like Eminem. If you think he's funny and you like the things he raps about. It's polished, length y (to be fair) and about as Eminem as Eminem gets. Oh, and he sings on a record to his daughter. Sounds sweet, until you realise it's full of swearing and slagging her Mother off. Shocking, huh? Personally, I think it's a mediocre rap record, from a very mediocre rapper. Eminem is wonderfully ironic and self-aware about everything, except the fact he's not very good. I guess that's where him and you-me differ ;) It's good to be back.

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            23.05.2002 13:38
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            Ok, lets take a moment to think about the kind of messages this... I hesitate to even call him a performer... is sending to the public, not to mention the numerous impressionable teenagers who buy up the latest trends in music like candy. Emenem's lyrics are so profane, so offensive, so vehement, and so incredibly lame they read like they could be a script to a gangster themed porn movie. I'd site some lyrics, but the language and nature of them would probably violate the TOS of this site and get my review erased. Just look them up on the web; there are plenty of places to find lyrics. Whatever you do, don't give this hatemonger more fuel by purchasing any of his recordings. The fact that he names individuals in his songs, makes direct comments to and about them, and in some cases even graphic verbal depictions of sex and violence is exceedingly disturbing. It amazes me to no end that someone this sadistic and demented not only managed to get his so-called 'songs' past whatever amounts to an pproval board at the record company that publishes him but he's also being publish and basically being given a license to corrupt our youth and fill their heads with violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, and murder. I may be a little 'oldskool' but I find it rather degrading when other guys talk about things they'd like to do with an attractive female just in passing comments. I'm certainly disgusted to find this behavior in the music industry. Freedom of Speech is a privilege that this sorry excuse for an artist is abusing to the fullest. I used to be ok with Rap 'back in the day' when the rap scene was kind of fledgling and the performers actually had talent. Don?t get me wrong, there still are good rap artists but those who truly deserve the spotlight are unfortunately overshadowed by very pathetic examples of how shock value sells more than true talent. Such is Emenem. &qu ot;Will The Real Slim Shady Please Shut Up!"

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              18.04.2002 00:09
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              • "Feel sorry 4 himself"

              I love all aspects of Hip Hop, and have done for all my time. Over the years there has been many rap artists come and go within the charts: Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, VAnilla Ice, Tupac, Biggie and the likes. when i was younger i used to think Snoop was the Bee's knee's his beats where massive and his lyrics, well funny to say the least. As i grew older i started to realise that all these artist (apart from maybe a couple) are fakes and frauds they grew up in nice nieghbour hoods and had good upbringings. Marshall MAthers is one of the above mentioned people, except for the fact he waited a few years for the hype to calm down, and then released hi s song 'My name is.....' which if you think about it is a crap beat with soem funny lyrics over it. However the released of his debut album was quite promising, track 13 been a personal favourite of mine. Soon afterwards he releases 'Stan' a very good tune indeed, with a huge fat baseline which i just loved, shame about the lyrics. Eminem's Rhymes Why the hell does he nag on about his wife, mother life, killing, Homosexuals, cutting him self, beating people up, etc whats the point. From my opinion its sounds like he has nothing to rap about apart from how hard done by he is! He's filling childrens minds with crap about himself. Now he has the cheek to say leave me alone when you see me in the streets! what does he expect when he's made himself such a teen idol. If i had to catergorise Eminem i would put him under chart music.

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                01.03.2002 23:12
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                I haven't bought any of Eminem's albums because basically he is rubbish when he sings alone. The only talent that is ever brought out by Eminem has always got a proper black gangster rapping along with him.Every pairing that Eminem has done with people like Dr.dre, Xzibit and Snoop has been first class but then he goes straight down to the bottom of the hill when he TRIES to rap alone.It just doesn't work. When you listen to classic rappers like Dr.dre, Notorious BIG, Xzibit and Busta rhymes it is a long way off Eminems lame attempts to be a black gangster.

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                  11.02.2002 02:09
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                  EMINEM I think Eminem, Real name Marshall Mathers, also known as Slim Shady, is a great rapper, while some people take his music the wrong way and do as hes saying, others take it as help of what not to do, it helps some and doesnt help others as most things do. Some of his music is offensive but i think he has had a realy rough life and finds that expressing his feelings helps him get through life. I think hes a realy nice guy and most of the rumers and gossip is false, The impending releases of the Slim Shady LP, his first set on Aftermath/Interscope Records, already has undergrounded hip hop heads fiending for Eminem. Chock full of dazzling lyrical escapades that delve into the mind of a violently warped and vulger yet exstreamly talented wordsmith, the 14 cut collection contains some of the most memorable and demented lyrics ever recorded. I think some of his old records are best like My Fault, Guilty Conscience, Real Slim Shady, My Name Is and The Way I Am, because they give a good idea on life, this is why i think teenagers praise him so much, Also Some of his new songs like "Stan" which is brilliant and was a big hit, it gives the idea on life about big fans and there idols, also some of the songs he has done with Dr Dre as a duet, one of the best is "Forgot About Dre" which tells you because new singers are coming out doesnt mean forget about the old singers, and makes some of the singers feel unwanted and out of date. Eminem was in a group before he sang solo called "D12" which have had some good songs out to like "Purple Hillz/Pillz" which i thought gave the impression "dont take drugs there no good" while some might decide to take them, it might get through to others that not to because there bad. Eminem told D12 that if he gets to the top he wont forget to take them with him and he didnt, he kept his promise and out came "Purple Hillz/Pillz". He is just an ordinary person and doesnt take fame and stardom to heart or brain, as most do change Eminem didnt. I think Eminem trys to tell everybody that his life went down hill, and in his lyrics he trys to get the point accross that life isnt all good, and tells you his mistakes and hopes you wont make the same ones, as what can happen if you take the wrong path in life you could go through the same bad life and problems that he has gone through, and he doesnt want anyone to do that. Eminem doesnt realy like his parents and relations as they were never there for him and have put him through a bad life, his problems were partly there faults, as they didnt care about anything but thereselves, money, beer and drugs. There is a book called "The Unautherised Biography Of Dr Dre And Eminem", which is pretty good to read, written by Kelly Kenyata in 2001. Also one called "Eminem", written by Sarah Delmege in 2001, which is also good to read. There is a video called "Eminem E", which was done in the year 2000, which is worth watching, also a newer video called "Eminem Behind The Mask Unautherised", which is alright. Eminem has had alot of Albums out like In The Spotlight With Infinite The Marshall Mathers LP Maximum Eminem/Audio Biography The Slim Shady LP Slim Shady World (Edited and Uncut) Xposed The Interview Eminem Platinum Also comin soon "A Tribute To Eminem" done by various artists, should be good My best ones are "The Marshall Mathers LP", "The Slim Shady LP" and "Eminem Platinum", I recomend these... Thanks for reading and i hope this helps to understand him, and maybe become a fan if your not.

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                    14.12.2001 18:15
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                    The white Detroitian rapper Eminem would make an unlikely star: He never met his father, his mother was never in work, he dropped out of high school after failing his grade three times and was put in a three day coma by gang rivalry when he was nine. Yet he has been nominated for four Grammys and his singles have reached the Number One spot in six different countries, bringing him in line with mainstream artists such as the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears (who he’s insulted in "The real Slim Shady"). What really is unique about Eminem is his ability to attract people from both sides of the social divide. His fans from the "neighbourhood", with a similarly deprived background to his own are predictably ardent followers of the young rapper. What is more interesting is his following from middle-class American teenagers, and now young Europeans and Asians. It was this uniqueness in the marketplace, and Eminem’s extraordinary talent that brought rap royalty Dr Dre on the scene. After signing him to his own label, "Aftermath", the two worked on the single "My Name Is" which sold over a million copies world-wide, making Eminem an immense star. Not everyone is taking this success as good news however. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance, The Sun, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and half the parents and politicians in America to name but a few. Of his "Marshall Mathers" album, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance said it contained "the most blatantly offensive, homophobic lyrics we have ever heard”. Members of the music industry itself have criticised the rapper, most noticeably the editor of "Billboard" who accused the rapper of "glamorising violence against women”, and urged his readers not to buy the album. Only heavily edited versions of his song are played on the radio. Yet "Stan" which tells of an obsessive fan who murders his girlfriend and kills himself when Eminem does not respond to his letters, but contains fewer expletives than his other songs, has many of the lyrics dubbed, or simply cut out of the song. Even his wife Kim has had her reservations. When Eminem "saw” her kissing another man in the car park, he revenged her by stabbing a blow up doll called "Kim" on stage. The real Kim proceeded to slash her wrists. The song "Kim" wasn’t one's average dedication to a loved one either, ending in the lyrics "Bleed, Bitch, Bleed”. His mum was similarly treated with the lyrics "When I was little I used to get so hungry I would throw fits/ How you gonna breastfeed me Mom when you ain’t got no tits?”. But she sued him over $10 million for claiming that "I just found out my Mom does more drugs than I do”. It is no wonder then that certain parents are becoming concerned. As the man himself said "Hi Kids! Wanna copy me and do exactly like I did? Try acid and get fed up worse than my life is?” On the other side of the coin, his collection of fans forms a very diverse bunch: members include Sir Elton John who described him as "a genius”, Charlotte Church, Dr Dre, Missy Elliot, David Beckham and the other 25 million who’ve bought his music. His video for the single "Stan" has become one of the most frequently requested items on the music video channel The Box. And whatever the morals (or lack of them) behind his music, it cannot be denied that Eminem has an extraordinary gift: The ability to articulate the feelings of a depressed drug addict from a broken home with little schooling who has finally been given the chance to speak out. His cynical self-analysis is enthralling: "There’s a million people just like me, Who dress like me, Who just don’t give a f**k like me, Walk, talk and act like me, And might be the ne xt thing but not quite me.” The real brilliance of Eminem is that he speaks for everyone – on one level for the underrepresented, the poor, the uneducated from a broken home; on another for humans in general who are depressed but can’t get their feelings across. It is this autobiographical lyrical eloquence however which is much of the controversy surrounding Eminem: We have always been able to accept decadent imagery as purely fictional entertainment, but come reality the mothers and the teachers and the media come rushing out the protect our children’s ears from such a dark vision. Nevertheless, as Eminem himself says: "Since birth I’ve been blessed with this curse just to curse, And just blurt this berserk and bizarre s**t that works, and it sells.”

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                      26.10.2001 21:09
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                      Eminem=controversy. I could start and finish with that. That is my equation for this man. Love him or hate him, can you honestly say you haven't been influenced by him? Can you say his name has never come up in a conversation? Can you honestly say you have never been slightly interested in his dark world, which he portrays through twisted lyrics and profanity? I'm not sure if anyone in the Western world today can answer no to all three questions. Eminem is undoubtedly one of the most successful musicians ever. My personal feelings towards Eminem are mixed, I think lyrically he is a genius. I do not condone his choice of lyrics, his anti-female, homophobic feelings which spews out in fits of anger and rage in his songs. Listening to one of his albums all the way through is like witnessing a horror film through your sound system. Is that a bad thing? Thousands of young people enjoy his music and idolise him. Is that a bad thing? Many would argue yes, the way Eminem raps in his songs could be interpreted by innocent ears as a personal message and influence them to things they don't know is wrong. Many people would argue the point that Eminem is an evil man, but is he? Could he just be using these popular, hateful lyrics to appeal to people who have pent up frustrations and are looking for something to vent there anger on. It could be a ingenius ploy to make money. This however would make Eminem morally corupt though, would it not? I don't think many people could argue that Marshall Mathers is a genuinely nice person, as the way he is perceived is directly linked to how he acts on a C.D. Most parents and preachers alike hate Eminem, but why? Are they worried that this blonde, swearing 'bad boy' icon, can eradicate all of an impressionable childs or persons personal morality and blur the line between right and wrong. Is their faith in their offspring so weak, that a man on T.V they see for four minutes could make more o f an impact on them than years of thoughtful advice from the parents or guardians. As children reach adolesence they more often than not, get excited by rebellious antics which are so frequently exploited by people like Eminem. So should all this criticism and controversy lie firmly on Eminems shoulders? Thus far I have only asked questions and given possible answers, and this is supposed to be an opinion. So here it is: I believe that if people allow themselves to be influenced by Eminem or other such people, surely it is them and not Eminem who we should be worrying about. I will conclude with a quote I take from Jim Carrey when he introduced Eminem at the Video Music Awards: "Yeh Eminem scares me, he does, I think his lyrics are totally anti-social and immoral, but I think if we all spend a little more time with our kids, we'll be ok!"

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                        "His lyrics are totally, socially, unacceptable, but you know, if we just spend some time with our kids, we'll be ok!!!" That is the introduction that Jim Carrey gave Eminem at the MTV awards a couple of years back, and it sums up the truth perfectly. OK, his lyrics are, shall we say, opinionated, but they are only lyrcis, lets just remember that fact. People say that Eminems lyrics inspire violence, encourage drugs and drive youngsters to shoot their schoolmates etc. Somehow, shootings are automatically blamed on usually rap artists in general, but more recently, Eminem himself, even though the incidents will have had nothing to do with him. As Eminem says in his song, "The Way I am", the lyrics "Where was his parents at?", suggesting that it is the way the parents bring thier kid up that influences them the most, not one of his songs. Lately, people have been blaming homophobia on Eminem. How can this be branded on him, after his appearance with Elton John. He duetted with him, and then HUGGED HIM at the end. Surely not the work of a homophobic narrow minded lady-beater, but that of a normal human being, doing what he does best. Now, violence has also been blamed on Slim, but while parents still encourage their kids to play with Action Men and toy soldiers, there is no way that this is fair. Think about for a second if you are an Eminem hater. Everything I have said is just my opinion, but I believe it to be absolutely true. It's JUST MUSIC...

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                          27.09.2001 00:51

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                          Im not sure how difficult you guys out there find it to speak your mind but there is one man who doesn't.Eminem or is it Marshall Mathers. This guy has taken a slating for the things he says in his music.However none of this is truly offensive,its just music after all.We shouldn't criticise someone for going out there and speaking there mind,we should applaud them. I see this guys music as in a way positive.After all we cant all go around pretending the world is a great place.Just look at the tragic events in America last week.Eminem takes all that is bad with the world and uses his music to express himself.Surely that is a good thing,for children to know that they can say what they want. However there are all those people who oppose his music in a way they could be seen as justified.But why take these things to heart.If they truly don't like the music, don't protest against it,don't criticise just don't talk or stress yourselves about it okay. In my view Eminem is not a bad guy if he was a homophobic why would he have performed with Elton John?This guy os enjoying the publicity he gets from all of the people out there actually offended by the music. MORE POWER TO HIM!!

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                          06.09.2001 06:20
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                          Would the real slim shady please stand up, i repeat would the real slim shady please stand up. The first part of The real slim shady song by Eminem. Now parents hate him and politicians say he should be banned or in the words of George Bush "Eminem in the greatest threat to our children sinse Polio". Personally i think thats a load of s***. It doesn't really matter what he says people won't go round killing and maiming. His lyrics express what is wrong with the world. If is a breath of fresh air to get some grungy rude lyrics instead of the happy love ones that many bands churn out on a regular basis. I have not listened to all Eminems raps but of what i have listend to i have enjoyed. He is very talented vocally and is very good at rhyming words and making things sound good and flow. This is a skill many other artists lack. Eminem had a difficult childhood so i think it only fitting that he is now very popular and known to millions. He would have never been as sucessful with out being rude and a bit violent. All of this is mainly a stage act however. Eminems real name is Marshall Mathers and his twisted alter ego is Slim Shady. I rekomend trying his music but it won't be to everyones tastes. Lots of swearing and explicit lyrics labels!

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                            05.09.2001 21:19
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                            This opinion largely arose as a reaction to snappy's opinion on Eminem, where he suggests that Eminem is mindlessly abusive, sexist, homophobic etc. and not something that it is appropriate for children to listen to. I disagree. And here's why: I think we underrate Eminem's intelligence. If you listen to the lyrics (not always pleasant, I'll admit, especially those about Ken Kaniff from Connecticut), Eminem seems to be equally scathing about himself, his own position and his own opinions. Ironically, the lyrics of Stan are usually chopped just before the end on children's TV shows, I assume because the ending is considered too harsh for the children, although it may just be a time factor. It is, however, at the end of the song where Eminem points out that he never wanted Stan to live his life in this way and that he has been misinterpreting the lyrics. The Eminem character turns out to have been quite different from how Stan assumes and is actually concerned about his fans and having had genuine reasons for not replying to Stan's letters. Until this point, I had fallen into the trap of believing that Stan was writing in vain and that he had no chance of a star actually replying to him, be it Eminem or any other. Eminem also gives the opinion that it is foolish to kill yourself in a car and that Stan ought to be nicer to his girlfriend as they 'need each other'. Indeed, as snappy points out in his opinion on this subject, Eminem is just the stage character of Marshall Mathers - which is the name that the artist known as Eminem was born under. This name is also now frequently used in Eminem's songs along with the real-life names of his wife (Kim) and his daughter (Hayley). I assume, from the song in which Eminem describes how he kidnaps and murders his wife in front of his daughter and then runs off with his daughter - speaking directly to the character 'Hayley' about 'Kim', that he has been devel oping stories and characters for real names as well. To the best of my knowledge, Kim is still alive and in the process of divorcing Marshall Mathers. This clever blurring of reality and fiction gives pause for thought, particularly to the young people at whom these songs are often said to be aimed. Young people, on the whole, are the ones who know more real life facts about their favourite artists than the artists themselves and must therefore be aware of the unreality of this particular lyric, hopefully causing them to question the level of truth in all the lyrics. If this is too subtle for you, in a further song on the same albumn Eminem blurs the boundaries between fiction and reality directly. Here, he makes it clear that you cannot believe everything you hear in the media by first claiming to have taken various drugs, then claiming the opposite, taking the stance 'what, you believed me when I said that?'. If children are listening properly to the songs (rather than just hearing them occasionally when someone else plays them), surely they must be able to hear these messages. It is a little hard to imagine that our children, bombarded as they are every day by media images have not gained a degree of media literacy. I think Eminem is fulfilling a very valuable role in educating our children in a way that might actually get through to them - after all, children are excellent at detecting the source of warnings and the reason they've been given, which is why teenage pregnancies and instances of teenagers smoking continue to rise The majority of it is just swearing and saying the sort of thing that you've been able to hear on school playgrounds since I was at school. The only difference being that Eminem is famous. I seriously doubt that most of the teenage children who claim to have spent their weekends taking drugs and having sex actually have either. OK, presumably Eminem does have sex occasionally, he has a wife and a daughter a nd groupies, but this does not mean his descriptions of the act are accurate depictions of what he himself has actually done. To be honest, even if he has done it all, it's not going to be any more harmful to his listeners than hearing various made up tales. I find I can only detect the reality in a story if I have enough experience to say that sounds like how it happened when I did it or no way, that would mean you have to be able to bend your knee joints backwards and occupy two different points in the space-time continuum simulataneously. As to violence, I believe that actions speak much louder than words and it is those children who get hit who are most likely to hit others, not those who have heard about it. When my parents hit me, but told me that violence solved nothing, I did as they did not as they said and hit my brother and others - which violence cannot be attributed to violent media images as my parents felt strongly that that was the sort of violence I should be sheltered from. In other words, I think that Eminem plays an important role in educating our already media literate young, and that his lyrics call us to think twice about what we are being told. I'm not saying that his lyrics don't shock me, I'm just saying that I think there is a place for this in our society. The days of getting pregnant because you didn't know what sex was are long gone and should not be mourned. This is the logical extension. Plus, I thoroughly enjoy his music which is catchy and easy to listen to. Bear in mind, no-one is forcing you to listen to it. It's not exactly hard to avoid the kind of radio station and TV shows that play it. If you're not in the mood to be shocked, just switch it off.

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