Many people are shocked by Eminems subject matter and dont understand why the talented M.C chooses to talk so much about his life and to share so many things about his past with his audience. Rapper Tricky, whose childhood has also been a living nightmare said about Eminem :
« Eminem should shut up about his fucking mum and dad. His mum was an alcoholic and his dad wasnt around and he slept on his friends couch cause he was broke, right? My mum committed suicide when I was three; I found my dad in a phone book when I was 12, and I didnt sleep on my friends couches I slept in prison cells. You dont hear me on records every minute saying Oh, my mum, my dad! Oh, Ive been in prison! Im here to touch peoples souls. For me, talk about prison and fucking guns dont make any sense. The reason Im a musician is so that I could get away from that »
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Maybe Tricky doesnt realize that it would have been better for Eminem to grow up as an orphan than with a mentally sick and unstable mom. Maybe he doesnt realize how much Eminems wounds are deep and how much he needs to talk about with an audience that is ready to listen to him and to fully understand his pain. Nothing allows him to judge Eminems motivations in doing his music.
Does Tricky know how much difficult it is for a little kid to constantly switch school, to see boyfriends come and go all the time, to be constantly humiliated and forced to take medication he didnt need at all ? Eminem had no peace inside of his home nor outside. Abused at home and bullied at school. He nearly lost his life several times.
People have no right to judge Marshall Mathers. Marshall Mathers is lucky to have survived to all this. Some people are unable to overcome the problems they had to face during their childhood and become self destructive or land in psychiatic institutions. Worst, some of them commit suicide.
Marshall had opportunity and the courage to expose his life in its uglyness.
Who would have thought that Marshalls story that happened in Michigan would deeply move and help one of his listeners (me) in France ?And I am not the only one to say so.
Eminem touches peoples lives all around the world. So many of my fellow fans have been transformed by his music.
What do you think, Tricky ? Eminem is also here to touch peoples souls. And his music has done miracles in my life.
People who superficially know Eminem always think that he is only a self-centred person who constantly bags on his mom and his ex-wife.
Im currently in touch with young people who get abused by their moms and who find their force and solace in his music.
Some other people who experience bad marriages can relate to songs like « Kim ». Not that they tike the song literally, but they fully understand and can relate to the feelings of frustration and rage that are expressed in his song.
Dont be so fast in trying to shut down or censoring any artist. You may not like him, you may not find his or her songs meaningful. Never forget that what doesnt mean anything or make any sense to you may rescue some other people.