American Music History: Madonna And Eminem

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Music is an important component in our lives, which is everywhere we turn to these days. Music has evolved and expanded from the 1960s to present day and we still have yet to discover the full potential and growth of music in the coming years due to skilled music artist in all music genres. One quality many people can share is their love from music regardless of what type of music is preferred by the individual. Music is powerful in itself because it helps communicate with other social groups, can have an influence on our mood, and portrays our culture or any other important aspects of our life. Without the countless efforts of all the talented music artists, we would not have such incredible music being contributed to our history and the world of humanities.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, also known as Eminem is considered to be a famous record producer, American rapper, actor, and songwriter ("Marshall Bruce Mathers III"). Eminem struggled throughout his childhood years by switching numerous schools and homes. He eventually dropped out of school after he had failed the ninth grade three times to focus on what he liked to do best, which was writing music and rap. Even though he was never really good at school, “ Eminem found a way to express his passion for language, as well as to release his youthful anger through the emerging musical genre of hip hop” ("Marshall Bruce Mathers III "). During the late 1980s and early 1990s, most rap music was produced and sung by black people. Many people did not take him seriously because he was a white male who tried to rap in the competitions, “battles” in Detroit with black people. Getting his name out there and winning battles was what he had a passion at the same time the struggle for making ends meet at home financially. As a frequent competitor in the “battles”, “Eminem [was] proved highly skilled and, despite his race, quickly became one of the most respected figures in Detroit’s underground rap scene” ("Marshall Bruce Mathers III"). Eminem is hands down one of the most influential rappers in our time today and is trying to slowly shift himself from his youthful music years into a mature music artist. As a well- known artist of our time he” is responsible for rap’s transformation into mainstream music genre over the past decade” ("Marshall Bruce Mathers III").
Eminem’s career as a rapper was an inspiration of his daughter, Halie’s birth. When Eminem released his first album, Infinite, it did make a big profit and did not get much fans except for locally ("Marshall Bruce Mathers III"). With the help of Dr. Dre, Eminem got the opportunity to be signed on Dr. Dre record label, producing The Slim Shady LP record, which was a success and was the stepping stone for his all of his future accomplishments. His first single, “My Name Is” was filled with immature lyrics as well including profanity and violence. His second album, The Marshall Mathers L.P , came out it was a hit and had won a Grammy Award...

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