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"Better than 90% of you rappers out there"...
Eminem in general
Member Name: mikeyman
Eminem in general
Date: 10/11/00, updated on 10/11/00 (183 review reads)
Advantages: fantastic rapper, meaningful songs
Disadvantages: some may dislike his swearing and his misogynistic and homophobic views, his life is pretty messed up
...and probably better than 100%. Dislike him or love him, as an artist Eminem aka Slim Shady aka Marshall Mathers is simply brilliant. Quite easily the best of a short line of white rappers (Marky Mark, Beastie Boys) he has been accepted by the black rapping community, and by most of rap fans and non-fans alike.
Yes, he seems very controversial, but that's only because of his mainstream acclaim. Many other rappers have said and done far wosre, it's just this is the album that most pre-teens will buy out of any of them.
His songs are quite simply brilliant, not only catchy and well-executed, but his lyrics are quite sensational. In his latest album, the Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem takes shots at the gov't, a nanny state, obsessive fans and celebrity. His lyrics have a lot of meaning, trying in one to explain himself, why he seems so angry all the time. And in others, he just sinks into a vitriolic lair of hate at homosexuals, women and his wife and his mother.
So you may dislike him because of his personality and his image (he has divorced his childhood sweetheart and his mother is suing him for slander), but isten to his music carefully and you will see there is more to eminem than just the anarchistic Slim Shady. Wait until the absolutely brilliant "Stan" is released - quite different to his other work, it has melody and a tune to it, as opposed to just a great beat. I think it will convert a lot of narrow-minded people, and of course reach no.1.