Monday, August 07, 2006

Number 932 - Eninem


Number 932

Eminem

"My Name Is...."

(1998)

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................Genre: Rap...............

Hi ! My name is..................... Marshall Mathers but you can call me Slim.

I want to see if i can say 3 things i like (Hey its a guy thing, we like Top 10 Lists) about Eminem.

*I really do like the song by Eminem " Loose Yourself". The opening lines "Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity. To seize everything you ever wanted - One moment. Would you capture it, or just let it slip?" Best opening to a song in a hell of a long time.

* I actually really really enjoyed the film "8 Mile". I never give rappers much thought, other than they were shit, but this film did make me realise there is alot more to their genre of music then we give credit for. This film opened me to Rap & Hip Hop and now the genre regularly feature in my "Mellow Mix Volumes" and to be honest i like their shit now (was typical white man who hated it when they stole white man riffs, who now understands it works)

* Simply, when, if you see through all the bullsh*t, the man is a fragging genius. How many white boys can break a genre and rule it? Just ask and .

Finding 3 things .... Wasn't really that hard after all.

What does Rolling Stone think about Eminem?
From Elvis Presley to N.W.A to Marilyn Manson, many a rock and rap artist has flirted with and even flaunted controversy - but never with the uniform gusto and unapologetic panache of Eminem. On Eminem's 1999 major-label debut, The Slim Shady LP (#2 pop, #1 R&B), the Detroit-based white rapper spared nobody his verbal crosshairs, including not only his detractors but himself; Kim, his wife and the mother of his daughter; and his own mother (who later ended up filing a defamation of character lawsuit against him). The following year’s doubly venomous The Marshall Mathers LP (#1 pop, #1 R&B) raised/lowered the bar even more, drawing intense protest from gay, lesbian, religious, and women’s groups, even as it became the fastest-selling rap album of all time and topped many critics’ year-end best-of lists.
He released his first solo album, Infinite, on the local Web Entertainment label in 1996. It failed to garner much attention, but the followup, 1998’s The Slim Shady EP, so impressed N.W.A alum and rap icon Dr. Dre that he signed Eminem to his Interscope imprint, Aftermath. The EP was expanded into the Dre-coproduced The Slim Shady LP, which debuted on the pop chart at #3 in February 1999 and went on to sell 3 million copies and win Eminem a Grammy for Best Rap Album. Like the EP before it, the album showcased Eminem’s maniacal double ego Slim Shady - a homicidal comedian through whom Mathers enacted his most outrageous and perverse revenge fantasies. The catchy lead single “My Name Is” (#18 R&B) was a huge crossover success, climbing to #36 on the Hot 100 and eventually winning a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. Meanwhile, moral watchdogs loudly protested darker fare on the album like “’97 Bonnie and Clyde,” in which Eminem sings lovingly to his baby daughter while enroute to dump her murdered mother in a body of water.
In the midst of all his critical and commercial success and the controversy stirred up over his lyrics, Eminem was besieged by lawsuits and run-ins with the law. In addition to his mother’s defamation suit, Mathers was also sued by his estranged wife (the girlfriend he “killed” in “’97 Bonnie & Clyde” and again in “Kim” from The Marshall Mathers LP). The couple later reconciled and his wife dropped the suit, but the pair eventually divorced in 2001. Meanwhile, Mathers pleaded guilty to charges of carrying a concealed weapon in a criminal case stemming from a June 2000 incident in which he allegedly assaulted a man outside of a nightclub for kissing his wife. He received two years’ probation. from The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001)
For Elvis Presley see Number 840
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Nope, They hated it) and the Album ranked at Number 273
This song has a crowbarred rating of 54.6 out 108 Pts
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