After reviewing Eminems first commercial release The Slim Shady LP I decided to read the lyrics and give a listen to his next The Marshall Mathers LP. Once again I thought to myself in an angry, befuddled, and dumbfounded tone, what on Gods green Earth is this?! And this guy is number one on the billboard charts for several weeks running. What does this say about our society in general and our young people specifically that they would buy and listen to this filth?
I decided to investigate Eminems brand of rap after listening to Guilty Conscience release from the The Slim Shady LP and seeing the video on MTV. I enjoyed the video and the message the music had to relate and thought Eminem might be about something positive; an artist with something to say worth listening to. And maybe he will have positive influence on the youth that listened to him. Wrong! Very wrong! Very, very wrong!
Eminem has been in the news a lot lately, and most of the stories have been related to the ongoing struggle, trials, and tribulations with his wife; she most recently tried to commit suicide. On the The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem has devoted a song to his wife called (gasp) Kim in which he rails against her in a torrent that if put in letter form would be considered a treat worthy of criminal investigation. Here are some of the highlights:
Shut the f*ck up! (You're drunk! You're never going to get away at this!) You think I give a f*ck! Come on we're going for a ride b*tch (No!) Sit up front (Well I can't just leave Haley alone, what if she wakes up?) We'll be right back Well I will, you'll be in the trunk So long, b*tch you did me so wrong I don't wanna go on Living in this world without you You really f*cked me Kim You really did a number on me Never knew me cheating on you would come back to haunt me But we was kids then Kim, I was only 18 That was years ago I thought we wiped the slate clean That's f*cked up! (I love you!) Oh God my brain is racing (I love you!) What are you doing? Change the station I hate this song! Does this look like a big joke? (No!) There's a four year old boy lyin' dead with a slit throat In your living room, ha-ha What you think I'm kiddin' you? You loved him didn't you? (No!) B*llshit you b*tch don't f*cking lie to me What the f*ck's this guy's problem on the side of me? F*ck you a**hole, yeah bite me Kim, KIM! Why don't you like me? You think I'm ugly don't you (It's not that!) No you think I'm ugly (Baby) Get the f*ck away from me, don't touch me I HATE YOU! I HATE YOU! I SWEAR TO GOD I HATE YOU OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU How the f*ck could you do this to me? (Sorry!) How the f*ck could you do this to me? Ha! Go ahead yell! Here I'll scream with you! AH SOMEBODY HELP! Don't you get it b*tch, no one can hear you? Now shut the f*ck up and get what's comin to you You were supposed to love me *Kim choking NOW BLEED! B*TCH BLEED! BLEED! B*TCH BLEED! BLEED! So long, b*tch you did me so wrong I don't wanna go on Living in this world without you
Eminem rose to wide spread public awareness on the strength of Guilty Conscience and My Name is , back in the later part of 1999. Both of these hits are off of The Slim Shady LP. And while I will admit that both have a catchy beat and redeeming message on the surface, what lies below the surface is a whole other matter altogether. My Name is for instance was recorded in three different versions, two of which well are unmentionable here.
Eminem is one very angry, disturbed, repugnant, and socially retarded individual who sees fit to share his demented and twisted mind and screwed-up life with us! It now seems to be socially acceptable to air out our emotions in public; to parade our private lives in front of everyones noses and hope for a sympathetic ear or shoulder. Our troubled past and present seem to be license to do and say anything as if we were no longer responsible for who and what we are. The measure of a man used to be in how much he could take of life and still maintain his self-respect, dignity, and strength of character. It was a standard to be admired and respected. By that standard Eminem has failed, not only himself, but his family as well; what future could his daughter have with two parents like this!?
Whether you love him or hate him, it's hard to deny that Eminem is the best rapper today, and may be the best rapper of all time. His clear diction, rapid fire delivery, innovative beats, and clever lyrics make for very entertaining music. He didn't win a Grammy for nothing. This Grammy Award winning CD is awesome and powerful. Songs like The Way I Am and Marshal Mathers are sung with power and conviction, while the more humorous The Real Slim Shady and Who Knew are provocative and clever. And Eminem's … more
Pros: Variation, Beat, Riveting Lyrics Cons: Vulgarity beyond anything you've heard before! I bought the Eminem CD because my 15 year old son asked for it and I wanted to see what he was listening to. The first run through appalled me. I was shocked by the language and the use of such subject matter as killing and drug taking and wife beating. The second time, I started to LISTEN to what Mathers was saying rather than just … more
Personnel: Eminem, Snoop, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, Sticky Fingaz (rap vocals); Dido (vocals); Jeff Bass, Steve Berman, Paul "Bunyan" Rosenberg (spoken vocals); Mike Elizondo (guitar, keyboards, bass); Sean Cruise, John Bingham (guitar); Tommy Coster, Jr., Camara Kambon (keyboards); DJ Head (programming). D-12: Kon Artis, Proof, Kuniva, Swifty, Bizarre (rap vocals). Producers include: Dr. Dre, The 45 King, Mel-Man, F.B.T., Eminem. Engineers: Richard "Segal" Huredia, Mike Butler, Aaron Lepley. THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. "The Real Slim Shady" won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year. Personnel: Eminem (vocals); Mike Elizondo (guitar, keyboards); John Bigham (guitar); Tom Coster, Jr., Camara Kambon (keyboards). Audio Mixers: Chris Conway; Mike Butler; Michelle Lynn Forbes; Akane Nakamura; Eminem; Rob Ebeling; Richard Huredia; Rick Behrens. Recording information: 54 Sound,... Song List: Disc 1 1. Public Service Announcement 2000 2. Kill You 3. Stan (featuring Dido) 4. Paul (Skit) (skit) 5. Who Knew 6. Steve Berman 7. Way I Am 8. Real Slim Shady 9. Remember Me? (featuring RBX/Sticky Fingaz) 10. I'm Back 11. Marshall Mathers 12. Ken Kaniff (Skit) (skit) 13. Drug Ballad 14. Amityville (featuring Bizarre) 15. B**** Please II (featuring Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg/Xzibit/Nate Dogg) 16. Kim 17. Under the Influence (featuring ...