I am not the type who listens to music which MTV plays, more and more rap. Most of the rap lyrics and videos (at least the commercial ones) are about women portrayed as sex objects, money, gold, gangs, and guns. At the end of the day these guys are not to blame, especially when considering that most of them hail from a country that eats war for breakfast and excrements criminals in the evening.
But Eminem was and is different. From the beginning of his successful career, he captured my attention. I don’t specifically like his music genre, but I like some of his singles. It is quite impressive how he stormed to success, and I must admit that his lyrics are great. Initially my thought was “ah, it’s another angry rapper!”, but I was wrong, really wrong! Most of his lyrics speak about the sad reality that he and the world is facing, and to be more precise, the reality which hurts. Sometimes I thought he is exaggerating, but lately I decided to sit down and watch his biography, and now I can understand and see why he writes like that. P.S. It is worth watching till the last second.
Just for what he has been through in his life, even before being well known all around the world, was enough to gain my respect. Being raised in a difficult, poor and broken down family, it is amazing how he managed to get through all that. But if you think that is all he’s been through, then you haven’t heard it all. He started competing in freestyle rap battles, while in Detroit. Keep in mind that both the hip hop / rap industry and Detroit are all dominated by African Americans, and Eminem is white. This is not a racist comment, and as a matter of fact this could have been vice versa, though it is normal, that it is very difficult for a person, irrelevant of colour and race to succeed in an industry which is dominated by another race. But even though this looked like an impossible task, his determination and talent allowed him to win the hearts and gain approval of the underground, African American hip hop audience.
I don’t want to go into the details and credits of what he has done or what he has been involved into in his personal life, that is something different. Though even if I don’t follow Eminem’s music genre, even if it is not of my tastes, yes I’d take my hat off for Eminem because from the lowest possible he came around, succeeded and even dominated an industry that was and still is dominated by African Americans!