Battling is and will certainly remain one of Eminem’s biggest passions. You can feel a certain nostalgy in his words when he recalls Rap Olympics in 1997:
Just a short note before MiJack fans get mad at me: I do respect your idol’s artistry. I just can’t stand his attitude towards Eminem.
The press has spilled a lot of ink about Eminem’s so called ‘ misogyny ‘. A further examination of his life and statements will make people understand that those allegations are totally unjustified. Like many other rappers, Marshall Mathers may have talked about ‘ bitches and hoes ‘ that should be ‘ raped ‘ and ‘ murdered ‘ in his lyrics. Matter of fact: Marshall is different in real life.
Do you like Detroit gangsta tales? Then you will probably enjoy Backstab’s second album ‘ Blow Me ‘.
Infinite is Eminem’s first album and also his introduction to the world. Marshall Mathers had placed a lot of hope in the release of his debut album, that, unfortunately sold only 1000 copies.
Devil’s Night is one of the most provocative rap albums. No wonder it has raised a lot of controversy.
Growing up in the Northwest Detroit hood
Obie Trice grew up on the Northwest side of the D. The hood he grew up in can be described as « mix of struggling families and thugs ».
Growing up in the hood, no matter where you come from, has never been easy. Even going to school will confront a kid very early to typical problems like drugs and bullies. Ghetto inhabitants are survivors and they have it at least 10 times harder as other people.
They used to call him « stank » as a kid. A nickname that sometimes annoyed Obie when he was growing up:
We called him Stank, cause he was a little stanker. He didnt like that. When he was 12, we were in the store, and I called him by that name. He said, Mama, dont call me that no more! (Eleanor Trice)
Obie is the youngest of four brothers names Gerald, Terry and Damon. All of his brothers are graduates with good job positions.
Obie was the rebellious character of his family. Why? Simply because he was as spoiled kid:
« The reason why Obie was sort of rebellious is because I think hes the one that was spoiled the most. »
« Gerry and Terry, they were sort of self-reliant. Damon was kind of a loner, but he was focused on his future. Obie got everything he wanted. And, you know, when it comes easy, it goes easy. He didnt learn the value of anything at that time. You know how kids are. » ( Obies dad)
The brother Obie is close to is Terry:
Thats the only manager I roll with, hes a father figure to me, but [back then] he was gone away to school. Id holler at him over the phone, but the phone aint shit on havin somebody around you, know what I mean? »
Obies parents are divorced, but Obie has always been in touch with his dad. Obies dad had a determinant role in Obies rapping skills:
« He had a dictionary and some index cards, and he would ask me questions about various words. Whats this word mean, that word mean? How do you use it in a sentence? I never realized that he was building his vocabulary to rap. »
Beef with Eleanor Trice
Like many teenagers, Obie caused some trouble and sorrows to his mom.
Obie was a rebel who raised hell in his moms life.
Those conflicts between kids and parents are necessary, because they are part of growing up in an adolescents life.
Me and my moms used to have a good time together, you tell me, and, as I got older, just seein the transition in her face, like, you know, her lovin me as a little guy to gettin to where she cant stand me, that shit was crazy. I was doin what I was doin, though. You couldnt tell me shit back then.Eleanor had also to struggle with her sons bad frequentations. Obie happened to bring unwanted guests at his moms home, like this girl his mom had to through out of her living room at 4 am:
I went and grabbed a knife long as my arm, Bitch, get outta my house. (Eleanor Trice)
Obie also got involved in hustling and the fact that he rapidly quitted his job « because it was too cold » became a living nightmare for his mom.
But right now Obie has settled his beef with his mom. His recent « Dont Come Down » song and video out of his debut album cheers is an open and moving apology to Eleanor Trice.
Obie Trices career
Obie has known his D12 fellows since the Hip Hop Shop:
Ive known Obie since the Hip-Hop Shop » (Proof)
Proof gave him his rap name:
« That was around 94, 95. I thought he was incredible. Back then, he said his rap name was Obie One. I asked him, Whats your real name? He said Obie Trice. I said, Thats your rap name. (Proof)
But his way to stardom is a long story of determination and patient work in the shadow.
Track Nr15 on D12s « Devils Night » album made people attentive at Obies voice.
Rufus Johnson (D12s Bizarre) introduced Obie Trice to his future boss, Marshall Mathers.
Obie Trice appeared in the « Without Me » video in 2002 and he made a second apparition in the well made « Rap Name » video.
Obie appears on the 8 mile soundtrack. Listeners had the pleasure to enjoy Obie in sonsg like « Adrenaline Rush » and « Rap Name ».
With his debut album « Cheers », released in 2003, Obie made his official steps in the rap game. He is certainly one of the realest and skilled Detroit rapper signed to Shady Records.
London, Nov 20 : After enraging Madonna and Michael Jackson, Eminem gave some anxious moments to the French security services by planning to stage his show near Jacques Chirac’s gunship.
According to The Sun, the rapper reportedly wanted to stage a gig on HMS Belfast, which is docked on the Thames just yards from the gunship, which is being used by the French president, who is currently on a state visit to UK, as an emergency bolthole in the event of a terrorist scare
Have you ever watched Obies video « Dont Come Down »?
Parents, moms in particular will get Obies touching message towards Eleanor Trice. When I saw Obies video, it immediately made me think about my 14 years old son and the many conflicts that have opposed us as he entered his adolescence. You might be the coolest mom in the world and even have a liberal point of view on education, share the same musical tastes, have a lot in common with your progeny , there will always be conflicts.
The words that come out of Obies mouths are the words of a matured man who fully understands his former mistakes. The song is an open apology towards his mom, who obviously suffered from his foolish teenage years behavior:
I could write a book on Obie. Obie was a mess. Yes, he was. (Eleanor Trice)
Picture Obie in front of his house in Northwest Detroit in the middle of the winter. The whole lanscape is surrounded with snow.
Obie is very conscious that he didnt take his moms advice seriously when he was younger. Typical teenage behavior. Teenagers always think they know better. Now that hes a grown man, he is perfectly conscious of it:
« As a child i was fowl
(uh) Ma, I couldn’t understand them things that came out ya mouth (daddys ain’t shit)
You would cuss, fuss till your blood pressure went up, then give up and slouch on the couch and drink ya liquor (fuck you dog)
A hard headed nigga I was quick temper short attention span not attending class (no) what a dummy
I would run over you honey
You confront me and say Obie you no longer have a mommy
Don’t use my phone don’t even eat my food
Matter a fact, Dont speak
It was just me and you in that house with that mouse and them traps and they gat, waitin on the day when you gon pull the
trigger back »
When our children dont act the right way, we often reject them out of anger. Thats exactly what happens in this song. Picture Obie and Eleanors arguments
Eleanor knew that her son was involved in some drug deals and it literally broke her heart:
« You tryin to kill me boy (no)
Is that what you wanna do, kill me? You wanna kill me (kill me)
Your not feelin me the beepers not that drastic
Its the B blasted, bastard
Your lyin (your lyin)
You took plastic freezer bags with dope inside of em
She knew, damn but she hated that it was true »
Sometimes as a responsible parent, you have to be your own sons enemy in order to protect him from himself:
« I done raised two boys I can do away with you
The locks changed and the nights got colder
Im slinging bolders lookin like the bolda tolka
Fuck it im the osta
Im down for mounds ride by my corner
Like Im not gone cry (no)
Not reek the pain of watchin my youngest man (no no no)
On the corners slangin cane
Im callin the cops »
Picture Obie being caught by the cops, probably mad at his mom.
But after all those years, after so many misunderstanding, so many hurtful situations, a sons love for his mom will remain for ever. And thats the wonderful part of Obies song and video.
Take some time to watch this moving video that is also an ode to Eleanor Trice, Obies one and only mom.
Never Enough clearly targets the media. It is a clever Eminem- Nate Dogg-50 Cent collaboration.
Because Eminem is always speaking his mind, he often gets so much negative feedback from the press. How many times has he been misinterpreted, misunderstood, misquoted?
As Eminem expresses it so well, he sometimes has so much to say that the words just flow out of his mouth rapidly. He sometimes even needs people like Dr Dre to slow him down:
‘ There’s not much you could do or say to phase me
People think I’m a little bit crazy
I get it from all angles, even occasionally Doc Dre-zie’ll
Have to step in every once in a while to save me
To make me stop and think about it ‘fore I just say things’ ‘It is also a matter of fact that Eminem’s lyrics need a further examination if you want to get his many and subtle rhymes:
‘ Sometimes the average listener rewinds and plays me twenty times
cuz I say so many rhymes, it may seem like I’m goin too fast cuz my mind is racing ‘ ‘
Even some fans don’t always get Eminem. To get each inch of him, you need to spend time focusing on his words and music. I admit that even the few songs of Eminem’s Encore that I didn’t like in the beginning are growing on me: sometimes, you missed a line or a word combination or simply the artist’s intention’sometimes, you also need to be in a specific mood to get one of Eminem’s songs. That’s exactly what happened to me yesterday with the song Puke. I was in the mood of full disgust. Not for the same reasons as Eminem, but it helped me to understand the song better and my mood alteration made me feel close to Eminem’s feelings. ‘ Feeling bad’total disgust of everything and everybody’just wanna puke ‘. Then I took time to listen to the song a second time and it enlightened me on the beauty of some rhymes I hadn’t even noticed in the beginning.
Eminem has so much to tell and he often gets so much criticized for his sincerity. People shouldn’t forget that he is also the product of his environment and the fertility of his rhymes can be explained by his many and often rough experiences of the past while he was living across 8 Mile.
All those difficult experiences that he went through made him become the person he is:
‘ I’m thankful for the talent in which God gave me
And I’m thankful for the environment that he placed me
Believe it or not, I thank my mom for how she raised me
In the neighborhood daily, they jumped and chased me
It only made me what I am today, see.. ‘
Love him or loathe him, let Eminem be who he is. Let him say what he has to say.
Eminem a has a message for many cowards who keep hating him:
‘ Regardless of what anybody believes who hates me
You ain’t gonna make or break me
Tryna strip me of my credibility and make me look fake, G
You’re only gonna be in for a rude awakening
Cuz sooner or later you haters are all gonna face me
And when you face me with all the shit you’ve been saving to say to me
You had all this time to think about it
Now don’t pussy out and try to wimp out, face me
Cuz I’ve been patiently waiting for the day
That we finally meet in the same place to see’ ‘
In fact many people prompt to judge him without even knowing his story nor the whole context in which he grew up. I myself have read so many negative critics from people who -obviously- did not even know very much about hip hop nor about Eminem himself.
Eminem is like a soldier who never stops battling against emcees, against magazines that won’t leave him alone:
‘ No matter how many battles I been in and won
No matter how many magazines on my nuts
No matter how many emcees I end up
Ooh ooh, it’s never enough’ ‘
50 Cent goes on with an offensive verse. Like a winner, he takes his enemies over with his ‘ untouchable flow ‘:
‘ My flow’s untouchable now you gotta face it
Uh oh, it gets worse when I go back to the basics
You go say the wrong shit and get your face split
The smell of victory, love it so much I can taste it
The spot my talk, it blaze a direct hit
Graze it, your peace talk, save it’ ‘
Haters, stop hating, you’ve already lost the battle. Our hot emcees will get you busted:
“You shit sounds dated, you’re overrated
I’m obligated to study your moves then crush you mutherfuckers
If I’m the best and the worst, then God’s gift is a curse
Soldier trained to destroy, you payin’ attention boy?
I spit shit, slick shit, so quick you miss it
To be specific I go ballistic as hieroglyphic
My music is a drug, press play, you ain’t gotta sniff it
Chew it or pop it, roll a bag of the chocolate
Get your high over and over, but you gotta cop it
When it’s hot, it’s hot
Your hatin’ is undeniable, stop it …”
Never Enough is a real hot song on Encore. Unfortunately, it is a little bit short. I was looking for a little bit more of those hot rhymes. Don’t miss track 3 on the album, it is really worth your attention.