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My Mother's latest crush!!
Eminem in general
Member Name: Blurbubble
Eminem in general
Date: 31/08/01, updated on 31/08/01 (160 review reads)
Advantages: Very entertaining,, clever lyrics.
Disadvantages: The music can grate after a while,, "corruptive" influence??
Yes! You read that right - the supposedly dangerous, ill-mannered, child-corrupting 26 year old American Boy that is Eminem is much loved by my own Mother!
Having recently read other people's opinions about this man I felt compelled to write my own having also recently seen Eminem play live at the Reading Rock Festival.
Real name Marshall Mathers, Eminem is also known as alter-ego Slim Shady too which some people find pretty confusing! He has shot to fame over the last couple of years or so due to his controversial lyrics as a white rapper grown up in the 'hood, as they say. He plays with guns, he plays with drugs, he swears like f**k knows what, he abuses women, he is homophobic - allegedly. How much of this is true or merely exaggerated may never be known by your average punter but this is certainly not the first, nor will he be the last, to court such controversy.
So far I only have his "Marshall Mathers" LP though I intend to soon buy his "Slim Shady" album! I have reviewed the album elsewhere so I won't repeat myself about it. So what of this phenomenon? He's only a little guy with short peroxide blonde hair and innocent eyes - my Mother thinks he's cute and probably just misguided! True his lyrics are littered with expletives but these days you'll find that to some degree with a lot of non-pop bands who are "real" bands, it doesn't really shock that much these days, does it? I mean you do remember the Sex Pistols from 25 years ago right? I mean even John Lennon swore - "Working Class Hero" anyone?!
I don't think anyone can deny, if they listen beyond the swearing, that his lyrics are very cleverly put together, with well constructed songs and more than a large pinch of humour in many cases. He often utilises South Park voices and references - a cartoon which also was seen as controversial initially.
Now on to his live show! Even my hard-roc
kin', heavy metal loving boyfriend agreed that his live show at the Reading festival was great! He appeared on the bill after Marilyn Manson (who also evokes similar criticism and controversy) so it was quite a night. On stage he performed with fellow rap band D12 and came across as actually quite a friendly, humourous and likeable guy. There was an interval in the middle of his show in which he screened a "Slim Shady" cartoon show in South Park style which was also very amusing (though not for children maybe - although there were many in the audience). There was a family behind me with a young boy who was obviously an avid fan and his mother was giving him the appropriate "guidance" throughout the show - he can listen to 'those' words but it was not OK to say them, etc. He was certainly undeniably very entertaining with a lot oF on-stage interaction with D12 and use of inflatables, fireworks, cannons spraying out glitter/confetti etc - he knows how to put on a show and it was going down a storm. He even had Marilyn Manson on stage singing "The Way I am" with him at one point and how strange they looked together!!
The only criticism I could level myself is that I found the rap music itself a little grating after a while as I prefer guitar-based rock music so I found it a little monotonous in places but at those moments it was best to concentrate on the lyrics and the whole show to overcome that.
In my opinion I reckon any controversy/hype will die down in time whether it is deserved or not and Eminem will become a well-established star in his field and my Mother will continue to wear her Eminem T-Shirt with pride!