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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Eminem‘s daughter Hailie has suddenly gotten SO OLD – seriously, she’s in high school now! – and this past week, she was crowned Homecoming Queen at Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township, Michigan. She was voted for the title by fellow students and faculty, and while both her mother Kim and dad were on hand to watch her get crowned, though Eminem was nice enough to watch from inside the school so that he didn’t cause a fuss.
“Hailie came out with her mother Kim (Scott) when she was introduced with all the other kids but her father watched from inside the school because he didn’t want to cause a scene — he wanted Hailie to have her own moment,” a parent of a Chippewa Valley student told the Macomb Daily.
“He opened the door and looked out like, ‘That’s my daughter!’ He just looked like a proud father.”
Well, isn’t Eminem is a sweetie?
It’s still so crazy how big Hailie is now. It makes me feel incredibly old. Wasn’t she about 5 years old when he started rapping? Ahh!
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You may or may not have heard Eminem‘s new single, ‘Berzerk’ just yet (I’ll embed it below), but he’s been working on the video for the song – which will feature on The Marshall Mathers LP II – for a while now. Of course, what good is just releasing the thing when you can put out a “teaser” first? That’s where the image above comes in: Eminem stands in front of some speakers with Rick Rubin. Oooh, exciting!
I’ll be honest: I’m not a massive Eminem fan, but he does have a few songs that get me all emotional because they’re just so honest and painful (‘Mockingbird’ KILLS ME, every time), but in general he makes a lot of racket and isn’t really my favourite rapper. You can’t argue that he’s not incredibly talented, though, so I hope this album does well for him. He’s been through a lot of shit and come out the other side of it still fighting, so good for him.
Anyway, if a photo teaser wasn’t enough, here’s the video clip he premiered in ESPN the other day in the middle of a game. LOL, why? I dunno, let’s just go with it.
Eminem has been working on his big comeback and before headlining the Reading and Leeds Festival next weekend, he decided to give a nice, intimate concert for 80,000 of his biggest fans in Slane, Ireland on Saturday night. It was all honky dory until police started arresting people for various bullshit… over 50 of them, in fact. Sounds like trouble!
Twenty-two people have been arrested for public order offences at Eminem concert at Slane in the Irish Republic.
There were a further 35 arrests for minor drug offences, five reported assaults and one person was detained for driving while under the influence.
Superintendent Michael Devine said most of the 80,000 fans were well behaved during Saturday night’s gig.
“The vast majority of fans heeded the advice given in advance of the event which ensured everyone had a safe and enjoyable experience,” said Mr Devine.
A huge security operation was put in place after nine people were injured during violence at a concert at Pheonix Park last year.
Around 750 Garda officers were on duty with an additional 500 local stewards on the ground to ensure public safety. Revellers were also searched at three different entry points with officers looking out for alcohol, drugs and weapons.
God, people can’t even light up a blunt at a rap concert in peace anymore. As for the assaults and the DUIs, those people deserved to have the cuffs slapped on. Good to see Eminem hasn’t lost his edge, though… or something.
I’m not really sure what Eminem‘s been up to lately, but he’s finally released a bit of new music. ‘Survival’ features Skylar Grey and was produced by DJ Khalil, if that means anything to you. It also features on his upcoming eighth studio album (eighth!) and also in the trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Exciting!
I don’t know if I’d go so far as to call myself an Eminem “fan”, but he’s had some really great tracks and is incredibly talented. Some of his shit gets me all emotional (guys – ‘Mockingbird’?) and other stuff makes me want to recommend he seek serious and intensive therapy. Either way, I’ll be interested to see what his next record is like and what he comes up with.
What do you think of ‘Survival’? Seems average to me, but perhaps it’s a grower.