Has Eminem lost his edge?

This is an interesting point to debate. From the « Infinite » album to the « 8 Mile » soundtrack, we cannot deny Eminem’s musical and personal evolution.

Of course, Eminem doesn’t sound the same on the « Slim Shady LP » than on the « Eminem Show », but he doesn’t have to.
On the Infinite album, Eminem’s goal was to be known by the public. He had put a lot of verbal energy and exposed some personal problems.
In the Slim Shady LP, Eminem appears to be more scary. The Slim Shady LP exposes a new born character : Slim Shady, Eminem’s evil alter ego.
In his debut album, Eminem has developped a concept with producers Jeff and Marky Bass that worked very well : the concept of a shock rapper.
Eminem’s goal was to shock people and thus to attrack their attention.
He was supposed to be the « Marilyn Manson of rap ».
At the time Marshall wrote the album, he still had a lot of issues and was facing financial and personal problem. The Slim Shady Lp appears to be a perfect reflection of Marshall’s life before he became famous.
It also exposes the American ghetto life in its harsh reality.
Slim Shady is a symbol for the violence contained in Marshall’s illest thoughts.
There are many references to drugs and Marshall gave a complete enumeration of the drugs he used to take. in the song « I’m Shady ».
Most of Eminem’s targets change, the things or people that used to annoy him can be very different within several years of difference.
The « Marshall Mathers LP » is probably Eminem’s most offensive and verbally violent album. It was first supposed to be called « Amsterdam » because of its many references to drugs.
At the beginning of his career Eminem really needed to distinguish himself from so many pop artist. He wanted people to know that he was a rapper, not an ordinary pop singer. The fact that he was white and that his hair was dyed blonde certainly increased the confusion in people’s mind. So Eminem decided to attack many pop artists such as N’Sync, Britney Spears. Boy and girl groups were targetted first. In ‘The Real Slim Shady », Eminem claims :
« I’m sick of you little boy and girl groups, all you do is annoy me/
So I have been sent to destroy you. [bzzt] »

This was also a good way to get some attention. Eminem also disses some artists in the « Marshall Mathers LP » in reaction to what they said about him. Christina Aguilera is one of those artists Eminem made look ridiculous in his album.
But the « Marshall Mathers P » has been much more controversial than that . Because of his frequent use of the word « faggot » (Eminem was not the first rapper to do this) and his references to domestic violence, Eminem has been attacked and protested against by feminists and by activists from the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation).

The period that separates the « Marshall Mathers LP » from the « Eminem Show » (The « Devil’s Night » album had been released in the meantime), has been a period of big trouble for Marshall in his personal life. He was facing Court charges and could have been sent to jail for five years because of the incident thar happened with Kim and the argument with Douglas Dail from ICP.
At this time, Marshall was living dangerously.

« The Eminem Show » exposes a man that has become more mature. Eminem has made some mistakes, he has learnt from them and wants to share this with his public. He has abandoned the mask and the chainsaw, but in fact he’s still rebellious. Rebellious against censorship, rebellious against the goverment…
Eminem also wants his public that is composed by a majority of young people to learn from him. He wants them to know that unprotected sex is bad and can lead to desease. This is the main topic of « Drips », featuring Obie Trice.
He also wants to show them that he’s got a sensitive side. Hailie’s participation certainly helps people to discover the artist’s real side.

From the negative rodel model he was in the past, Eminem has certainly become a positive role model to the young generation. But that doesn’t mean he’s ready to accept anything just to sell records. Eminem goes on speaking his mind like he usually does. Eminem losing his edge ? Don’t think so. Take a loo at « Nail In the Coffin », where Eminem does an excellent job in killing Benzino verbally. Take a deeper look at the « White America » lyrics…

Eminem is not and will never be a commercial rapper. Of course, he’s become rich, but he never forgets where he came from and when he raps, he is still « underground ».
He is used to speaking his mind and, as far as I’m concerned, I think he always will during his whole career. Eminem doesn’t make music to please people : he’s got something to say and he expresses his message with assurance.
If you ask me if Eminem has lost his edge, I’d rather say no. Eminem still got the same verbal energy than at his beginnings when he spits his verses and never fakes his feelings.
He has earned a lot of respect from numerous people for that.
Eminem still go the mind of a rebel. Did you forget he’s the spokesman for « White America » and that he came with a plan to ambush this Bush administration ?

7 thoughts on “Has Eminem lost his edge?”

  1. There’s no doubt that Eminem is taking rap to a new level. There’s problems, of course. He tries, but does not, represent the black ghetto. Because of this, he raps about hair, white youth, and pop america. He cannot help it that he is a hero to young people. As such, he incorporates his experiences in a positive way and becomes like a teacher to them. Gangster rappers tell their own story and Eminem tells his. His is one of a lower class upbringing, fame and fortune, a bad marriage, a young child… and how surreal this all is, how unbelievable (even frightening). He tells us how he copes with all this (drugs, escaping to his home, trying to be a father); while all the while everyone is trying to make him out to be Jesus, King of the World, even Hitler. Eminem’s edginess is well-hidden — the trick is to appear mainstream (the truth, he IS a rebel, this has become a danger to him). Still, those of us who love him do not have to look very deeply to find the same controversial wit which brought him to the attention of his fans in the first place.

  2. i think emminem is just tring to express his feelings to people and everyone is just taking his feelings and tring every way thay can to make him look bad.Adults hate the way he raps but children love him because thay can understand the way he feels because they feel th same way .And this is the way the childeren can let go of all the bad feelings cause it makes them feel beter when they lisen to his music. It makes them feel free and to know that there is someone out there who feels the same way.

  3. Eminem has a lot of things to deal with.Eminem’s goal when he was a kid was to become a rapper.Even though he dissed Christina Aguilera,*NSYNC,and Britney Spears he STILL has that sensitive side of him……right? anyway,Eminem’s REAL goal is to take care of his daughter and let her have a good life when she grows up.

  4. The Marshall Mathers Lp was supposed to originally be called AMSTERDAM because of its many drug references, it was however mainly written in Amsterdam as well.

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