Celeb: Marshall Mathers (Eminem)
Occupation: Rude Rapper
Eminem is another music/rap artist I tend to like in general, or used to like until he screeched to a stop with his CD Recovery – especially the explicit version (I didn’t know he had a non-explicit version). What is it about this dude that he has to slip motherf—ker and f–k, into his lyrics? His anger, raw and honest, is often expressed in a terribly bleak manner, referring for instance to his mother as a “fuckin’ bitch” in Cleanin’ Out My Closet. Ouch. An artist with true talent shouldn’t have to resort to obscenities in order to keep a following, and he does have talent. He has a great rap voice. His accomplishment as a white rapper who has reached the height of fame he has is undeniably impressive and unprecedented. He said it himself, “I’m the first white singer since Elvis to use black music and make myself wealthy”. Unlike Elvis, his songs get lewder and lewder even as his musical style becomes more sophisticated. There’s an oxymoron for you – or perhaps, just a moron.
Kids care about Eminem. They model themselves after him – attitude, clothes, and language. Eminem himself admitted to producing a PG version of his music for his daughter Hailie, when she was 7 years old, because the original version was too vulgar for her precious ears. Why not keep that in mind for everyone else’s kids? I often wonder how music artists like Madonna and Eminem justify their images or lyrics to their children. If I was Lourdes, my mother’s videos and concerts would make me cringe. Amazing that their children don’t simply disrespect that significant aspect of their images and lives. That’s where it gets tawdry. (Well actually what in Eminem’s image hasn’t been tawdry?) Eminem used a blow-up doll as a replica of his ex-wife Kim in obscene and brutal acts, causing her to get into a car accident on the way home from his concert. This is supposed to reflect poorly on her? Great role model for Hailie.
Recovery features emotional content and the theme of the album revolves around his positive changes, anxiety, and emotional drives. It was the best-selling album of 2010 worldwide. Many of the messages in Eminem’s songs are moving and valid. The lead single “Not Afraid”, released on April 29, was about “getting sober“ and learning from his past mistakes. During Relapse he admitted he was not “paying attention to what the average listener might like or not like.” In “On Fire” he shows “a murder-and-dismemberment fantasy” with gruesome rhymes. Dude needs to get himself therapy. Like him or hate him (and I don’t, actually), there is no denying that he needs to clean up his act and start growing up and keeping his words clean, alongside his daughter Hailie.