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Eminem's Music and History

Thu, 05 Oct 2006 14:49:00 +0000

An urban phenomenon that changed the face of popular music, hip hop has certainly stood the test of time, gaining in popularity while other musical genres have faded away. Of all the emcees to play this special brand of urban music, perhaps the most popular was Eminem. In 1999, Eminem released the Slim Shady LP which automatically catapulted him from his status as a rap star to massive popularity in the mainstream pop world. This, in turn, caused even greater acceptance of hip hop as a musical genre that was here to stay.

Eminem's lyrics, which cover topics such as poverty and single parenthood, reflect a rough upbringing. Before he had the world singing along to "My Name Is ...," he was Marshall Mathers, a poor kid growing up in Warren, Michigan. As a child, he and his mother moved constantly, staying at relatives' homes in places as disparate as Warren and Kansas City, Missouri. As a result, Marshall found it difficult to make friends, and he retreated into his comic books and television. When Mathers was 12, his mother finally settled down on the east side of Detroit. There, he attended Lincoln Junior High School and Osbourne High School, hanging out with friends and listening to artists like LL Cool J and the 2 Live Crew. He competed against other rappers at his high school, and quickly gained a reputation as a gifted rhymer. But his penchant for skipping school led him to fail the ninth grade.

After dropping out of high school, Mathers held down several odd jobs, while continuing to work on his music. He rapped in several groups such as Basement Productions, the New Jacks, and Sole Intent, before deciding to go solo. In 1998, Eminem put out The Slim Shady EP, which contained the original version of "Just Don't Give A ...". A copy of the album made its way into the hands of Dr. Dre, the legendary creator of The Chronic and N.W.A., and then president of Aftermath Entertainment. Dr. Dre quickly signed Eminem to his label. The Slim Shady LP debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Album Chart and Eminem became a national phenomena.

Today, the rapper retains his large fan base. They revel in all things Eminem, including his favorite drink (Mountain Dew), favorite food (Taco Bell), favorite actor (Denzel Washington) and favorite comic (Chris Rock). Eminem voted for the first time in the 2004 election. He never indicated for whom, but we suspect it wasn't for a candidate, but for the hip hop music he loved.



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The Not-So-Changing Face of Hip Hop

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 14:50:00 +0000

The phrase “hip hop” can mean a variety of things, depending on one’s view of what hip hop encompasses. For those who grew up in the infancy of the genre, hip hop was the boast and toast style of Caribbean shoutouts combined with synthesized and programmed beats that would come to prominence in the musical landscape of the early to mid eighties. Incorporating elements of what would eventually become known as rap, hip hop was an urban phenomenon that changed the face of popular music. The legacy of hip hop dates back to the early seventies, where Bronx, New York artists such as DJ Kool Herc and Bambaataa would DJ local parties, taking samples of beats from older recordings to make new tracks and working the crowd in between songs or sets. Eventually, the practice of rhyming over the tracks became wildly popular, with more focus being placed on the MC’s than the turntable. In it’s earliest incarnation, the hip hop movement incorporated graffiti, breakdancing and beatboxing into a cultural spectacle that mirrored the block party atmosphere that developed in several of New York City’s neighborhoods.There were several milestones along the way to hip hop becoming the force in popular music that it is today, and many regionalized styles that were able to distance or at least distinguish groups of artists from the genre as a whole. Still, the common thread that pervades all music that can even be loosely associated with the term hip hop can be summed up in one word: reflection.Hip hop has always been a reflection of the social circumstances surrounding urban life. From the relatively timid and good-time atmosphere of early hip hop recordings to the brutality and misogyny of gangster rap, hip hop has managed to give artistic form to the pulse of the youth culture from large metropolitan areas, especially those which have traditionally been economically deprived. Though many incarnations of hip hop would be perpetuated by the artists themselves through commercialism, the catalyst for any subcategory of the music has always been the need to give voice to the stories of the street. Hip hop has had it’s fair share of imitators just as it has had it’s fair share of innovators, and certainly some elements of the movement overstayed their welcome. Still, no other music has captured, examined, provided insight and popularized the essence of an entire culture greater than hip hop. Throughout its history, hip hop has been able to remain true to itself, for the most part, through the policing of the audience connected to it. Records made to cash in on a trend and the artists who released them had short shelf lives while those who spoke of their real life experiences became immortalized. Just as fans of guitar oriented rock began to long for something with more substance following the decadent stupidity of the late eighties pop metal debacle, which paved the way for alternative music, hip hop fans were quick to dismiss anything that seemed less than genuine. The result is that hip hop has stood the test of time, gaining in popularity while other musical genres have come and gone. Hip-Hop music [...]