Eminem’s latest freestyle rap was unleashed at the most recent BET awards, and with a history of anarchism, it’s no surprise it’s aimed at the notorious Donald Trump. The freestyle, accompanied with no music or even beats, starts with the words “there’s a storm coming,” before blasting the 70-something year old president with words that a lot of people have been wanting to say for a long time. Luckily for Eminem, he’s got the social platform to get the message across, and mostly, the rapper has earned a tonne more respect from A-list celebrities such as J-Cole, Ellen Degeneres and Snoop Dogg. It’s a pretty powerful statement, and with Trump previously “concentrating” on NFL players kneeling during a football match, there’s no doubt that he’ll have something to say about one of the biggest names in music attacking him.
But, while the ‘My Name Is’ rapper has politically stood up against the discrimination-driven president, people have decided to look over his message and concentrate on his “music.” Now, I say music in quotation marks because, well, this latest drop was a freestyle. It’s still considered music, but it’s nothing in the mainstream that’s likely to hit platinum level – it’s a statement, and no doubt a statement that will get heard by more than just Eminem fans.
Links all over LADBible, UniLad and all other LAD Facebook pages have been plagued with a thousand so-called fans who have decided that Marshall Mathers should go back to taking drugs and drinking an unhealthy amount of alcohol to make good music again. It’s no surprise that people are saying this because it’s like every other bands and artist that change their music or experiment, these people come out with their pitchforks to dampen the mood and put their two pence where it isn’t really needed. Why? I hear you ask. Why have you specifically taken to blogging to write this? Well, there are multiple reasons. The first being that Eminem, Marshall Mathers or The Real Slim Shady or whatever you call him, has been a huge name in music since his breakthrough early on in his career. He’s been under controversy since his music started making it’s way onto our screens; onto our radios and in our CD collections. The rapper has a lot of influence, and by him using this huge platform that he does have, is likely going to get more of a reaction than some Twitter users. I’m not saying to stop the battle of angry tweets being sent his way, but Eminem should be considered an ally rather than someone who’s just trying to stay relevant. Of course, there are already conspiracies floating around about it being a distraction, but that’s not for me to discuss.
Secondly, the idea that someone should revert back to their reckless behaviours and lifestyle that will ultimately destroy their lives is shallow. It’s actually kind of gross to read. This is a person who has experienced that mad behaviour and unhealthy lifestyle and changed his life for himself and his betterment. It’s kind of scary seeing people encouraging that upon someone, regardless of his celebrity status. In fact, the celebrity status probably makes it a little more dangerous; the celebrity status means that the fans that have considered him role models or who are even currently growing up on his music are going to be conflicted. Musicians can be more than musicians for some people, just like his song ‘Stan’ previously displayed. For the last bit of this point, I’d like to point out that while yes, his music was somewhat better in the early days, but Eminem has experienced a lot of conflict in his life that he’s channelled into his music, and now that he’s growing happy in his personal life, there’s some angst that’s just not there anymore. But he’s still making music, that’s still being loved by people all over the world.
There’s not much really of a third point, but more of a conclusion to this whole situation. I’m a fan of Eminem, although I haven’t followed his musical career very closely over the years. I remember ‘The Way I Am’ being on MTV almost constantly, and the way I loved ‘Stan’ featuring Dido. While I can’t relate to the idea of growing up on Eminem and hearing all these changes and significant lyrical differences, I can understand his influence on thousands, if not millions of people around the world. He’s a musical icon with a combative approach and a massive platform – and for the hundredth time during this post – can bring people together to fight for what they believe in. Approval of a few dozen celebrities that have likely never met is agreeing on something that will inspire people to do the same.