Eminem is at it again full force. His latest single from his upcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 entitled, “Rap God” is fire. Although he mentions no names, Eminem is making a statement. He’s letting everyone know that he’s top dog in the industry. He said he’s not a king, he’s a God.
Eminem is not wasting any time building up anticipation for his soon to be released album; he’s leaking the new singles pretty quickly. He’s already released; “Survival” and “Berzerk” but “Rap God” is a much more powerful than his first two. He makes it very plain to those who may think they outrank him that he’s the man.
This wasn’t always this rap star’s story. Eminem had a turbulent childhood. His story is not one of just surviving a crisis, but he had to learn to adapt and then thrive in it!
You can say what you want about him, but it will not negate the fact he’s a Grammy winner, rap icon and house hold name with a gang of platinum records. Believe it or not he has overcome severe adversities throughout his life of which I’d like to point out a few:
- He dropped out of high school in ninth grade: During Eminem’s teenage years he attended Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan. He failed the ninth grade three times before he eventually dropped out. He may have been a poor student but he was good in English and loved language. He would even study the dictionary; it’s no wonder he’s such a superb lyricist.
- He was forced to work minimum wage jobs to support his rap dreams: Eminem worked several odd jobs to make ends meet while participating in rap battles and desperately attempting to land a record contract. He didn’t just sit around waiting for someone to sign him; he worked restaurant jobs and whatever else he could while working on his dream.
- He endured severed relationships with his mother, ex wife and daughter: He and his mother never really got along. She was a single parent who had a hard time keeping a job. Eminem said she was abusive and on drugs and that played a role in her demise. Eminem and Kim got married early but divorced in 2000. They continued to maintain a tumultuous off-and-on relationship until remarrying in 2006. Nevertheless, they divorced again several months later and began a protracted, ugly and highly public custody dispute over their daughter Hailie.
- He had to overcome drug addictions: As time progressed Eminem found himself sinking further into alcoholism and addiction. In December 2007, Eminem said that he overdosed and nearly died. He said if he would have gotten to the hospital just two hours later, he would have been gone. By early 2008, Eminem had managed to kick his addictions to drugs and alcohol and returned to recording music
- He thrived in opposition: Although at the time rap music was almost exclusively produced within the African American culture, Eminem, with his blue eyes and pale white skin stormed the Detroit rap scene with his lyrical skills. He was a regular competitor in various rap battles. Eminem proved to be highly skilled at verbal sparring, despite his race, and quickly became one of the most respected figures in Detroit’s underground rap scene.
Interestingly enough the word ‘crisis’ when written in Chinese holds a dual symbolism of both danger and great opportunity. I guess it is all about how you determine to see a thing. Notice the words of Slim Shady’s hit from the movie “Lose Yourself.”
“Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted – One moment. Would you capture it, or just let it slip? You better lose yourself in the music, the moment you own it; you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance and blow this; opportunity comes once in a lifetime”
In 1999 Eminem released The Slim Shady LP and it went multi-platinum, acquiring Eminem two Grammy Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards. In 2000, he followed up with, The Marshall Mathers LP, which took off as the fastest album to sell in rap history. In 2010, Eminem released the album Recovery which was another Grammy-winning project and he’s back again, this November, with The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Eminem is undoubtedly one of the most acclaimed rappers in the game. As much as any other individual artist, he is a major contributor responsible for the transformation of rap into a mainstream music genre over the past decade. He’s ten years in with seven albums. He’s the artist who stunned the music world with the rage of his youth with as a lyricist to be reckoned with and has successfully reinvented himself to be deemed a mature artist.
On August 25, 2013, Eminem announced plans to release his eighth album, MMLP2, on November 5, 2013. He wanted a certain status so he worked hard for it. To decide whether Eminem is a god or king in the rap game; take a listen to his lyrics, then decide.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)