Hip-hop is not exactly renowned for its wallflowers, but there have been few stars as outrageously controversial as Eminem, aka Slim Shady. As prodigiously talented as he is confrontational, the Detroit rapper, born Marshall Mathers on 17 October , worked his way up from the underground to become the most successful hip-hop artist in the world. Among his many crowning achievements, in the 00s Eminem outsold every other musician in the US. Taking on the guise of Slim Shady, he employed jet-black humour to delve deep into his troubled past — and to imagine the darkest of alternate futures. But who was the real Marshall Mathers and who was Slim Shady? At times his lyrics played out like a real-life soap opera, their emotional directness pre-empting modern hip-hop stars like Drake. Recorded in , it found the nascent star still developing a distinctive style.
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Alex Clarke , Staff Reporter January 19, He is still the same Slim Shady on some of the tracks, spitting ridiculous punch lines, telling stories that involve him as a murderer and talking about his relationship with his daughter. The two personas create a disjointed, sometimes jarring rollercoaster of an album, leaving listeners questioning who Eminem is now. Each song seems crafted to the unique skills and personality of the feature, and while that seems like good music writing, the effect is strange. The most jarring part of the album for me was trying to understand where Eminem stood. They also feel appropriate for his place in music today as a year-old father. If he plans to continue his rap career, Eminem needs to firmly decide where he stands and who he is now, not who he used to be. Alex Clarke is a senior with majors in english and psychology and a minor in marketing. She also writes for Trill Mag, wrote for McClatchy newspapers for In an effort to promote dialogue and the sharing of ideas, The Observer encourages members of the university community to respectfully voice their comments below.
It was released as the lead single a month before the album's release. Eminem, Dr. The first single was intended to be "Who Knew. The song is a critique of manufactured pop songs that were popular at the time. It was a hit single, becoming Eminem's first chart topper in some countries, and garnering much attention for insulting various celebrities, including:. The sudden jump and increase in tempo as well as pitch recreates the motor of a chainsaw coming to life. PopMatters described this song: "In a number of songs on the new album, including the current single, 'The Real Slim Shady,' Eminem slams his 'enemies' with comic book intensity. Voila, he's a teen idol. Poor Em, can't win for losing. IGN cited: "The album's obligatory 'pop' number is exposed on 'The Real Slim Shady,' which chugs and lurches along to a boinging electro funk beat.