Eminem's Eminence Essay

1165 words - 5 pages

Despite taste in music, age or nationality, everyone is bound to know the famous rapper, Eminem. Many eagerly awaited his return to the music industry; while some hoped to never see his name on the charts again. After a long break from the industry, Eminem made his return in 2010, rising to the top of the charts once again. Critics have claimed his lyrical content is inappropriate and effects the nation’s youth negatively, but his fans argue that he and his 2010 return have been a source of inspiration and encouragement in their lives.
Eminem was born Marshall Mathers III on October 17, 1972. His home life was extremely troubled. He was raised by his mother who was only 15yrs old when she gave birth to him. His father left when he was only six months; he never returned and did not keep in contact. His mother did not hold a steady job, which in turn caused them to move often. He switched schools several times a year. He was bullied at school often and even beaten to the point of hospitalization once. They moved back and forth between Missouri and Detroit. Finally at the age of twelve they remained in Detroit, Michigan. Due to failing the 9th grade three times, Marshall dropped out of school; continuing in his life of trials and poverty. at age twenty six he and his girlfriend, Kim, had their daughter Hailey.
Most rappers and all successful ones were black at this time. Despite the fact that Eminem was a Caucasian and rejected by most other local rappers he pursued his passion. He entered into “Rap battles”, which freestyle rapping against an opponent. It was rap battles that lead him to fame, when someone from the Aftermath record label asked for a demo cd. They wanted to bring take it back to owner, Dr. Dre. Dre later signed him and Eminem catapulted to the top of the charts, but not without controversy and protest. He was criticized for his explicit lyrics and the negative references he made about Kim, his now ex-wife, his mother, and homosexuals to name a few. Critics claimed he is corrupting the minds of the youth. Even still his talent was undeniable within the rap community. His ability write, rhyme and flow on the microphone continued to keep the attention of many.
Against all odds, he had succeeded far beyond what the world presumed possible. His personal life was cast into the limelight, as it was the center of most of his music. Marshall touched on topics many would never rap about. He created an alter ego for himself, known as Slim Shady. He makes reference to the fast changes in many of his songs, “Ya know, I just don’t get it, last year I was nobody, now I am selling records.” (Eminem). The criticism only gave him more to write about, most of the time exaggerating what critics had to say about him. Parents claimed he promoted and provoked violence in his songs, causing those that listened to his music to become violent. Gay activist protested against him at the 2001 Music Awards, claiming he was homophobic...

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