Now if you like Eminem, relax. Continue to like him, I don’t really care. I’m sure there’s tons of music that I like that you wouldn’t. Diff’rent strokes, diff’rent folks. All I’m saying is that I have enjoyed the last five years of not being accosted by his little rat scowl every time I turn on the TV.
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His beats were obnoxious (but I do love Dr Dre) his voice is whiney and even though he could spit the words out really fast, that by itself does not make good music. And as far as the controversy goes, he didn’t say anything that hasn’t already been said a thousand times. “But he talked about killing his wife!” Johnny Cash has been doing that for fifty years. It’s a country music staple and has been since Hank Williams. Blues too. Lead Belly has several songs about killing his cheating wife. The depiction of an action is not the same thing as approving of that action.
“But he would use the ‘f’ word!” Have you never listened to rap? “Not that ‘f’ word, the new one.” F@g? Hey, that is a filthy, hateful word and I don’t ever use it. But again, this is nothing new. That word was regularly thrown every playground, every locker room that I was ever in. I realize that it has increased in its offensiveness over the last 15 years or so, and that’s a good thing. But that doesn’t change the fact that Eminem’s use of it is one of many instances.
One more thing; the name Eminem is just stupid. I know his name is Marshall Mathers and his initials are M M and there is a candy called M&M’s. I get it. It’s just stupid to name a dangerous, tough rapper after a damn candy bar. “Yo, I’m MC Skittles. Taste the rainbow, beeyatch!” Doesn’t work.