Eminem's impact on society

Love him or loathe him, you cannot deny Eminem’s impact on society.
Eminem’s music influences a lot of people. Why do so many different people buy his albums ? Because he uses a lot of cusswords ? Certainly not !
The answer can be found in « The Real Slim Shady » :

“The only difference is I got the balls to say it
in front of y’all and I don’t gotta be false or sugarcoated at all
I just get on the mic and spit it
and whether you like to admit it {*ERR*} I just shit it
better than ninety percent of you rappers out can
Then you wonder how can kids eat up these albums like valiums…”

Eminem has the courage of his opinions, he doesn’t need to be fake nor sugarcoated. He simply exposes his truth, whether you like it or not and he handles words so well that you can only be impressed by his high level of skills. Who could deny his great ability to rap?

Nowadays, kids and adults are in search of authenticity and Eminem gives them what many artists completely lack: a great artistic integrity.

One main reason why Eminem has a great impact on society is the fact that he points out our contemporary society’s hypocrisy and failures.
To conservative people who usually live in a too comfortable world to be real, Eminem will always be a big threat. Of course, the rapper’s words will always hammer against them.
When you have everything you want, when life has always been easy for you, it is difficult to understand white trash and underground people’s rage. That’s why I particularly love those few lines from “Rock Bottom”:

« Ah yeah, yo!
This song is dedicated to all the happy people
All the happy people who have real nice lives
And who have no idea whats it like to be broke as fuck… »

I fully understand what Eminem means, because I have been through similar dramatic circumstances in my past.

Eminem points out the existence of white trash people in America while the American government would rather hide them as if they were America’s dirt.
Ghetto people have something to say and many of them have found their voice in Marshall Mathers.

To many of his detractors, Marshall Mathers is a menace to the youth. Let me tell you that you are so wrong. I remember one of my fellow fans telling me : « Marshall has helped me to realize that I could succeed despite what I’m going through at home. » Many teenagers find their solace in Eminem’s music and it helps them to move forward despite many difficulties they may go through at home or at school.

To Eminem’s detractors, I would also like to oppose that Eminem has’t invented society’s violence, hatred nor any other subject he is talking about. Eminem offers a clever parody of our society’s violence, misogyny and homophobia. I’m afraid people from the GLAAD (Gay And Lesbian Allliance against Defamation) never understood Eminem’s subtle way of telling it.

I have also heard people make some parallels between Eminem and Richard Wagner (in order to prove their racial and negative beliefs…). Comparing Eminem with Richard Wagner would be a big mistake. Let me tell you why.
Richard Wagner has lived in the 19 th century in a context where antisemitism was commonly admitted. He has been influenced by French writer Gobineau (whose racism is well known). Wagner’s beliefs corresponded to what he expressed in his art. The antisemistism you will find in « Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg », for instance, can also be found in his written works (Gesammelte Schriften und Dichtungen). Wagner clearly expressed his racial and antisemitic points of view.
Eminem doesn’t believe in his « homophobic » or « misogynistic » words. His words are sarcasm.
His art is satyre. Of course, you will need to have a sense for second degree to understand Eminem. Eminem used to live in a multicultural context on the black side of Detroit and has fully proven to be a non racist person, whatever the Source’s owners may want us to believe in order to increase their sales.

People should take time to go deeper into Marshall’s lyrics. This would allow them to discover a talented artist who intelligently handles words and sentences. Eminem has something to say. Have a deeper look at his words before trying to shut him down. His points are valid.
He is not responsible for our society’s decay, he ironically draws its picture to make you understand what’s wrong. Try to understand when Eminem says : « There is a positive message in my music. It’s « fuck you ». Try to get the irony of his statements instead of judging him at first sight.

Eminem has a big impact on a society that is in tremendous need of authenticity. His attitude has taught many people not to accept what they’re going through as a fatality. He has given them some hope and a new attitude and has shown them the path to success. The 8 Mile movie contains a great message of hope and encouragement that has reached many people and will certainly keep on encouraging them.

4 thoughts on “Eminem's impact on society”

  1. here you go
    there is a cognitive framework of hip-hop, in particular the lyrics and music aspect of the culture, that coincide with a set of policies and ettiquettes that are no longer pre-requisite to make the music. this was lost towards the end of 1993. 95% of the music after that was inadvertently a mockery of the original and deserves very little to no respect in my book. a prime example is this m.matthers kis, who stepped over numerous boundaries. he would’ve got tossed off the stage in my day. put it like this: the state of hip-hop has deprogressed, by way of marketing to kids who haven’t lived a day out of the burbs( which inadvertently delegitimizes the music for the originally intended audience in the city)to the point of no recovery. because now the kids making the music were the kids getting hustled into buying it years ago. and from the standpoint from a kid who knows whats up and grew up on the music, i’m not trying to hear a potentially great music ruined by a bunch of shmucks who are trying to copy what the last person did, who inturn was telling someone else’s story that that person heard in turn from someone who at one point had a little style. i’ll put it to you like this: take the violence, and the coinciding attitude, out hip-hop and there is no market, no audience. it’s one thing if a few folks want to mock the music, but this is where it is going as a movement, and in the eyes of america, who is for the most part uneducated as to the origination of hip-hop from rick rubin to russ simmons, it appears that a hip-hop is just a medium to disrespect ones own culture.
    by the way, i’m the kid that had to pull aside carlton ridenhour( chuck d) in front of his whole damn entourage and sucker kids lining up for autographs and broke him off for his underlying anti-semetic leanings. that’s fine, too., as this is america- a free country. but all i ask is for him to do is to respect his own stance,and inadvertently the representation of his own community; and therefore to understand that if he thinks hes going to go around to cal state schools and give lectures about his culture and cross-cultural understandings, he himself needs to be exemplary in that respective area. of course, this left him with nothing to say. the quick-tongued, political activist, who’s dealt with the hardest that americas streets has to offer, got beat at his own game( sizing people up and getting points across quicker, harder, and funnier than the next man) by a small, half-asleep, in the middle-of-homework- doing business major from san juan cap. chucky d. where you at???
    write back if at all knowledgable on things,
    adam kramer

  2. Isabelle you were right on the money! Adam Kramer you obviously just dont get it and never will. Just about every point you made was…guess what wrong! LoL

    Oh and Diana, 2 pac was not the best sorry to burst your bubble….

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