Eminem‘s Marshall Mathers LP 2 is mostly all garbage, but the one shining star on the record has to be ‘Monster’, his (second to date) track with Rihanna. It’s damn catchy and Eminem manages to keep his maniacal screaming to a low hum (for him), so I can dig it.
The video will be here in its completed state soon, I suppose, but for now we’ve got a 57 second “teaser”. It’s sort of obnoxious that artists just don’t release shit when it’s ready to be released anymore. Seriously, stop the madness. We can wait another three days or whatever to see a completed video.
He just raps about them in really derogatory ways because HELLO, that’s his choice as an artist. If you don’t get that, then you’re clearly not clued in on what it means to be good at art… or something. Sure, Eminem might use the word faggot a bit gratuitously, but he doesn’t mean anything by it!
From Rolling Stone:
You’ve made it clear again and again that you don’t actually have a problem with gay people. So why, in 2013, use “faggot” on that song? Why use “gay-looking” as an insult?
I don’t know how to say this without saying it how I’ve said it a million times. But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever, I never really equated those words?.?.?.
To actually mean “homosexual”?
Yeah. It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then. It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people. And, not saying it’s wrong or it’s right, but at this point in my career – man, I say so much shit that’s tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all. I’m glad we live in a time where it’s really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves. And I don’t know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke.
Huh. I personally don’t give a shit one way or another about this matter because he’s been doing it for years. Do I think it needs to change? Of course I do – it’s disgusting that that word – however it’s “meant” – is used so flippantly when it’s also fuel for a ton of hate. However, he hasn’t stopped in the past 15 years and he’s not going to now, no matter how many times an interviewer asks him about it, so whatever.
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Did anyone watch the YouTube Awards last night? They weren’t all that widely promoted online (I don’t think so, anyway) and I wouldn’t have even known they were on if it weren’t for people talking about what a hot mess they were on Twitter. And indeed, they were DEFINITELY a hot mess. While some big stars did take part in the event, it all seemed off-kilter and not quite right. Plus, you know an event is fucking bizarre when Lady GaGa is the most normal thing about it.
Some prizes were given out, of course (it is an awards show, after all); Eminem took Artist of the Year (HOW?), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were named the YouTube Breakthroughs and Taylor Swift grabbed the YouTube Phenomenon award for ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’. All in all, it was pretty underwhelming and totally unnecessary. Plus, a large part of it was scripted by Lena Dunham, who makes me want to jump from the roof of a very tall building and also explains a lot of why it was such a bizarre night.
Check out some red carpet photos from the YouTube Awards arrivals below. Did you watch the stream? Is it just another bullshit ceremony? (Yes.)
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