"These *********** are thinkin I'm playin
Thinkin I'm sayin the **** cause I'm thinkin it just to be sayin it
Put your hands down *****, I ain't gon' shoot you
I'ma pull you to this bullet, and put it through you
Shut up slut, you're causin' too much chaos
Just bend over and take it like a slut, okay Ma?
'Oh, now he's raping his own mother, abusing a whore,
snorting coke, and we gave him the Rolling Stone cover?'"
"Mom, your baby is on his way; he'll soon be at your side
'Cause he's forgotten all he's known; a part of him has died
Mom may never understand why baby's come and gone
He left home to find his own, now all he has are lies
In your eyes I see a darkness that torments you
And in your head where it dwells
I'll give you my hand if you'll reach out and grab it
Let's walk away from this hell."
They both come from very dark albums. One is, of course, from "Kill You" from The Marshall Mathers LP. The other comes from The Juliana Theory's "Into The Dark", from the album Emotion Is Dead. Neither is an ideal song for a baby to hear early in his life, granted.
But here's the thing: One song has hate at its core, the other has love. Forget the arguments about whether Eminem means the hatred or not - it's there. And any kid who hears that learns it. Learns how to hate early on, and well. The latter song has anger in it as well, but the emotion of love - reaching into this messed-up environment and pulling somebody out of it - overrides.
And that's why, at the end of the day, I still reject Eminem, and I stand with everybody who wonders why Eminem is getting given a pass despite his violent lyrics. Because there are better options. There are far more important options. You can stand on your soapbox all you want, and you can preach "artistic freedom" all you want, but when you vent your anger so publicly, so explicitly, and with such clear intent to make profit from it (lest we forget: Eminem is under contract to Interscope Records, and he's changed albums to make his label bosses happy) there's a better word for it: irresponsible.