“Have you ever been hated or discriminated against? I have; Ive been protested and demonstrated against Picket signs for my wicked rhymes, look at the times Sick as the mind of the motherfuckin kid thats behindAll this commotion emotions run deep as oceans explodin Tempers flarin from parents just blow em off and keep goin…” – Eminem, Cleaning out my closet, first verse.
Eminem, born as Marshall Bruce Mathers III, had a difficult childhood. His mother was a drug addict who could not hold a job, and his father left when he was a baby. He bounced around the United States until he ended up in Detroit at the age of twelve. He had always loved rapping and has memories of rapping to his babysitter as early as the age of five years old. (eminem.net, quotes/growing up)(Bingaman, 2012) "We just kept moving back and forth because my mother never had a job. We kept getting kicked out of every house we were in. I believe six months was the longest we ever lived in a house." - Eminem (eminem.net, quotes/growing up)
Even as a child, Eminem facedthe discrimination of being awhite boy in a blackneighborhood. He frequentlygot beat up, and eventuallydropped out of school afterfailing the 9th grade 3 times.Eminem says that he didn‟t failbecause he was stupid, butrather because he just didn‟t goto school. (eminem.net,quotes/growing up)"There was a while when I was feeling like,Damn, if Id just been born black, I would nothave to go through all this." - Eminem(eminem.net, quotes/race) (Eminemlounge.com)
Eminem created the alter ego Slim Shady to express his malevolent side. In Eminem‟s music Slim Shady says, and does, all of the wicked things that Eminem cant. Slim shady is a pill popping, womanizing, gun toting, crazy person with a “just don‟t care” attitude.(Howien07, 2012)
After Eminem released the hit single “My name is,” his mother, Debbie Nelson, tried to sue him for $10 million for defamation of her name. In his song he talks about how his mother did drugs and was not there for him emotionally. His mother says that it is not true; she always supported him. After the trial, she said "I did not mean to sue my son for defamation. I just wanted to stop my home being repossessed and clear up the financial problems that had been caused." (Fuoco, 2008) Lyrics from Eminem‟s hit single “My name is” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA6_yvgS9As Second verse: (Min. 1:58-2:09) “Ninety-nine percent of my life I was lied to I just found out my mom does more dope than I(mlive.com) do (Damn!) I told her Id grow up to be a famous rapper Make a record about doing drugs and name it after her (Oh thank you!)” (azlyrics.com, 2000- 2012)
At the end of the hearing, the judge ruled in herfavor. However, instead of getting $10 millionshe was awarded $25,000; almost all of whichwent to her attorney. Debbie Nelson only endedup with about $1,600. Nelson‟s lawyer hadhoped that suing Eminem would give him a“wake up call” and maybe he wouldn‟t rap abouther anymore. That did not work. About a yearlater he released another hit song titled“Cleaning Out My Closet.” This entire song isabout his upbringing and his relationship with (radaronline.com)his mother (Fuoco, 2008). I found this song, andvideo, to be very moving. It really shows you hisperspective of what it was like growing up thatkind of household.
Lyrics from “cleaning out my closet” by Eminem Verse 3: (2:56-4:00) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ9_TKayu9s “Now I would never diss my own momma just to get recognition Take a second to listen for who you think this record is dissin But put yourself in my position; just try to envision Witnessin your momma poppin prescription pills in the kitchen Bitchin that someones always goin throuh her purse and shits missinGoin through public housin systems, victim of Munchausens Syndrome My whole life I was made to believe I was sick when I wasnt Til I grew up, now I blew up, it makes you sick to ya stomach Doesnt it? Wasnt it the reason you made that CD for me Ma? So you could try to justify the way you treated me Ma?But guess what? Youre gettin older now and its cold when your lonely And Nathans growin up so quick hes gonna know that your phony And Hailies gettin so big now; you should see her, shes beautiful But youll never see her - she wont even be at your funeral! See what hurts me the most is you wont admit you was wrong Bitch do your song - keep tellin yourself that you was a mom! But how dare you try to take what you didnt help me to get You selfish bitch; I hope you fuckin burn in hell for this shit Remember when Ronnie died and you said you wished it was me? Well guess what, I am dead - dead to you as can be!” (AZLyrics, 2000-2012)
Due to his controversial lyrics, Eminem has been suedapproximately 47 times for a total of $23 million (Aaron).Seven of the times he was sued was by his own mother(Answers). In 2000, Eminem released the song “The Way IAm” which is about his stress of being famous. It talks abouthim being sued, and being blamed for other peoples actions.The song “Sing For The Moment” is also about his stress ofbeing famous. In verse 3 he says:“They say music can alter moods and talk to youWell can it load a gun up for you , and cock it tooWell if it can, then the next time you assault a dudeJust tell the judge it was my fault and ill get suedSee what these kids do is hear about us totin pistolsAnd they want to get one cause they think the shits cool”
Lyrics from Eminem‟s song “The Way I am” And all of this controversy circles me And it seems like the media immediately I sit back with this pack of Zig Zags and this bag Points a finger at me (finger at me)... Of this weed it gives me the shit needed to be So I point one back at em, but not the index or pinkie The most meanest MC on this - on this Earth Or the ring or the thumb, its the one you put up And since birth Ive been cursed with this curse to just curse When you dont give a fuck, when you wont just put up And just blurt this berserk and bizarre shit that works With the bullshit they pull, cause they full of shit too And it sells and it helps in itself to relieve When a dudes gettin bullied and shoots up his school All this tension dispensin these sentences And they blame it on Marilyn (on Marilyn)... and the heroin Gettin this stress thats been eatin me recently off of this chest Where were the parents at? And look where its at And I rest again peacefully (peacefully)... Middle America, now its a tragedy But at least have the decency in you Now its so sad to see, an upper class ci-ty To leave me alone, when you freaks see me out Havin this happenin (this happenin)... In the streets when Im eatin or feedin my daughter Then attack Eminem cause I rap this way (rap this way)... To not come and speak to me (speak to me)... But Im glad cause they feed me the fuel that I need for the fire I dont know you and no, To burn and its burnin and I have returned I dont owe you a mo-therfuck-in thing Im not Mr. NSync, Im not what your friends think [Chorus:] Im not Mr. Friendly, I can be a prick If you tempt me my tank is on empty (is on empty)... Im so sick and tired of bein admired No patience is in me and if you offend me That I wish that I would just die or get fired Im liftin you 10 feet (liftin you 10 feet)... in the air And dropped from my label and stop with the fables I dont care who is there and who saw me just jaw you Im not gonna be able to top on "My Name is... " Go call you a lawyer, file you a lawsuit And pigeon-holed into some pop-py sensation Ill smile in the courtroom and buy you a wardrobe That got me rotation at rocknroll stations Im tired of arguin (of arguin)... And I just do not got the patience (got the patience)... I dont mean to be mean but thats all I can be is just me To deal with these cocky caucasians who think Im some wigger who just tries to be black cause I talk [Chorus:] With an accent, and grab on my balls, so they always keep And I am, whatever you say I am askin If I wasnt, then why would I say I am? The same fuckin questions (fuckin questions)... In the paper, the news everyday I am What school did I go to, what hood I grew up in Radio wont even play my jam The why, the who what when, the where, and the how Cause I am, whatever you say I am Til Im grabbin my hair and Im tearin it out If I wasnt, then why would I say I am? Cause they drivin me crazy (drivin me crazy)... I cant take it In the paper, the news everyday I am Im racin, Im pacin, I stand and I sit I dont know its just the way I am And Im thankful for ev-ery fan that I get But I cant take a SHIT, in the bathroom Sometimes I just feel like my father, I hate to be bothered Without someone standin by it With all of this nonsense its constant No I wont sign your autograph And, "Oh, its his lyrical content - You can call me an asshole Im glad - the song Guilty Conscience has gotten such rotten responses" [Chorus:]
Eminem‟s relationship with Kim was rough to say the least. They got married and divorced two times, they cheated on each other, and there was domestic violence involved. After Eminem found out that Kim had been cheating on him, he lost it. He found them at the Hot Rocks Café in Warren. Kim was with a man named John(Today‟s Top Opinion, 2006) Guerrera. Eminem approached them to threaten Guerrera with an unloaded 9mm pistol. Eminem allegedly pistol whipped Guerrera across the head but Eminem swears that it was his fist. In Eminem‟s song “Sing For The Moment” the last line of verse two says, “you‟re full of shit too Guerrera, that was a fist that hit you!” (LittleItaly, 2010). In 2000, Eminem wrote the extremely controversial song titled “Kim.” (Zimbo Inc., 2012)
Lyrics from “Kim” by Eminem Verse 1 0:24 – 1:17http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2wrwXNwoj8 (dton47, 2009) Dont make me wake this baby She dont need to see what Im about to do Quit crying bitch, why do you always make me shout at you? How could you? Just leave me and love him out the blue Oh, whats a matter Kim? Am I too loud for you? Too bad bitch, your gonna finally hear me out this time At first, Im like all right You wanna throw me out? Thats fine! But not for him to take my place, are you out youre mind? This couch, this TV, this whole house is mine! How could you let him sleep in our bed? Look at Kim Look at your husband now! (No!) I said look at him! He aint so hot now is he? Little punk! (Why are you doing this?) Shut the fuck up! (Youre drunk! Youre never going to get away at this!) You think I give a fuck! Come on were going for a ride bitch (No!) Sit up front (Well I cant just leave Hailie alone, what if she wakes up?) Well be right back Well I will. youll be in the trunk (AZLyrics, 2000-2012)
Eminem‟s daughter, Hailie Jade Scott Mathers, has been his main source of inspiration since the beginning. He talks about how much he loves her in several of his songs. Eminem‟s grandmother Kresin (Lilshadeebaby.com, 2005) said “He always wanted to be there for her, because his dad wasn‟t around for him, and he made sure she didn‟t want for anything.” Eminem ended up with full custody of Hailie after the divorce. He also won the court case when Kim tried to sue him for the song “Kim.” Hailie is now 16 years old. (ABC News)(Damncoolpictures.com, 2012)
Lyrics from “Hailie‟s Song” by Eminem Verse 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5w3zl7aL58 Man, if I could sing, Id keep singing this song to my daughter If I could hit the notes, Id blow something as long as my father To show her how I feel about her, how proud I am that I got her God, Im a daddy, Im so glad that her mum didnt abort her Now you probably get this picture from my public persona That Im a pistol-packing drug-addict who bags on his momma, But I wanna just take this time out to be perfectly honestCuz theres a lot of shit I keep bottled that hurts deep inside o my soul, And just know that I grow colder the older I grow This boulder on my shoulder gets heavy and harder to hold And this load is like the weight of the world And I think my neck is breaking should I just give up, Or try to live up to these expectations? Now look, I love my daughter more than life in itself, But I got a wife thats determined to make my life livinhell But I handle it well, given the circumstances Im dealt So many chances, man, its too bad, coulda had someone else But the years that Ive wasted are nothing to the tears that Ive tasted So heres what Im facin: 3 felonies, 6 years of probation Ive went to jail for this woman, Ive been to bat for this woman Ive taken bats to peoples backs, bent over backwards for this woman Man, I shoulda seen it comin, whatd I stick my penis up in? Woulda ripped the pre-nup up if Id seen what she was fuckin But fuck it, its over, theres no more reason to cry no more I got my baby, baby the only lady that I adore, Hailie So sayonara, try tomorra, nice to know ya My babys travelled back to the arms of her rightful owner And suddenly it seems that my shoulder blades have just shifted Its like the greatest gift you can get The weight has been lifted (AZLyrics, 2000-2012)
Along his rise to fame, Eminem has developed several enemies.A few of them include:Ja rule – Got mad at Eminem and Dr. Dre forsinging 50 Cent to Shady/Aftermath Records.Ja Rule threatened Dre and Eminem that if 50Cent released a diss track toward Ja Rule orMurder Ink. (Ja Rules record company), hewould hold Dr. Dre and Eminem responsible(http://www.eminem.net/enemies/ja_rule/) (spin.com)ICP (Insane Clown Posse) – Back in 1995Eminem was going to perform at a party andwas handing out flyers. On the flyer it said“Appearance from ICP….Maybe.” ICP tookthis as a form of disrespect, so Eminem andICP were at it for years. Several diss trackswere released before they finally decided tobe adults about the situation and “squash the (Kooz Top 5)beef.”(http://www.eminem.net/enemies/icp/)
Moby – At the Grammys, Moby calledEminem a misogynist, a homophobe, a racist,and an anti-Semite.„ Eminem responded toMoby‟s insult in his song “Without Me.” Inverse 3 Eminem says, “and Mobyyou can get stomped by Obie [Obie Trice is arapper that works with Eminem‟s recordcompany], you 36 year old bald headed fagblow me! You dont know me, youre too old,let go, its over, nobody listens to techno.”On The Late Night Show with Conan O‟Brien„Moby said “I only wish Eminem could relaxand enjoy all he has: his unique talent, andhis smooth white hair, which brings to mind a (Carrozza)beagles nutsack. He should lighten up... Imean, my mom was a bitch too, but I dont gowriting songs about it.”(http://www.eminem.net/enemies/moby/)
Eminem, “Without Me.” 2002.Verse 3 :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVkUvmDQ3HY“Though Im not the first king ofcontroversy I am the worst thing since Elvis Presley,to do Black Music so selfishly and use it to get myself wealthy (Hey)”I thought this was an interesting linebecause we just learned about how ElvisPresley was the controversial bridge forthe gap between white and black music.His hip gyrations and sexual lyrics causedan uproar in the white community, andnow Eminem is doing the same thing.
Despite his controversial lyrics, Eminem has been presented with multiple awards.Some of which include: In 2009: 2 MTV Awards In 2010: 2 American Music Awards 2 Grammy Awards 3 MTV Awards 1 Music of Black Origin Award 1 People‟s Choice Award 1 Soul Train Music Award 3 Teen Choice Awards In 2011: 6 Billboard Music Awards 2 Grammy Awards 4 Peoples Choice Awards 2 MTV Music Video Awards in Japan 1 Teen Choice Award 3 Detroit Music Awards 1 Creative Arts Emmy Award 1 Barbados Music Award (eminem.net)
Eminem‟s new album “Recovery” is a lot lesscontroversial than his past albums. This albumis about recovering from his drug addictionsand hardships rather than how negatively theyaffect him. My favorite song from this album iscalled “Not Afraid.” It is about him recoveringfrom drugs. I like this song because I saw howthe drugs affected his music and hisappearance. He looked really sick for a whileand it is nice to see him healthy again. Thevideo is good too. It shows him looking at hisreflection and seeing how he used to look.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-yKhDd64s (Atkins, 2011)Last verse of “Not Afraid”:“It was my decision to get clean, I did it for meAdmittedly, I probably did it subliminallyFor you, so I could come back a brand new meyou helped see me through”
Although I listen to mostly rock and not very much rapmusic, I chose to do my project on Eminem because Ithink he is an inspiring individual. He had a difficultchildhood and has had to overcome so muchdiscrimination. I think that his willpower to continue,despite his hardships, is something that we can alllearn from. Many people grow up in similar situationsto what Eminem had to experience, and it is extremelydifficult to overcome the emotional traumas associatedwith seeing the things that he saw as a child.I also admire how unique his style is. He uses wordsand phrases that seem to be beyond the education of arapper. Very few rap artists use a wide range ofvocabulary like Eminem does. I think he is a brilliantartist that was dealt a crappy hand in this game calledlife.
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