July 18, 2000 |
"UP IN SMOKE TOUR" with Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop, Ice Cube, Warren G. Tonight at 7, First Union Spectrum, Broad and Pattison. Tickets: $35-$45 from Ticketmaster, 215-336-2000 "With Tupac [Shakur], you could feel his words, you could feel what he was saying. That's how I want the world to perceive me. Whatever I say, I want [people] to know that I ain't just saying it just to say it. I'm sayin' it 'cause I mean it. " - Eminem, in an MTV interview He's rap's blue-eyed bad boy. And for Eminem - real name Marshall Mathers III - rapping has gained him the respect of a hip-hop world dominated by African-Americans.
July 11, 2005 |
If only Eminem had taken his own advice. In "Lose Yourself," the breakout hit from the platinum-blond rapper's 2002 quasi-autobiographical movie 8 Mile that closed his set at the House of Blues in Atlantic City on Saturday, he advocated total immersion in his art as a means of escaping personal torment. "You better lose yourself in the music, the moment / You own it, you better never let it go," he rapped, joined by his five Detroit homeboys in D12, plus Shady Records label mates Obie Trice and Stat Quo. But at the HOB show - peopled by a well-heeled, largely white crowd who paid as much as $253 to show how down with hip-hop they were - the man who vies for the title of world's most successful rapper with his other Shady label mate, 50 Cent, appeared disengaged from his own material and ill at ease with himself.
April 6, 2006 |
SINCE Eminem's drama with his wife has led to some of his best music, the next album should be great. He has filed for divorce from Kim, a mere 82 days after remarrying her. "There has been a breakdown in the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed, and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved," according to the filing, which was made in Macomb County, Mich.,...
December 20, 2003 |
The very tiresome feud between Eminem and the magazine The Source has entered the courtroom, with a ruling by a federal judge in Manhattan granting Em an injunction to prevent the mag from enclosing a CD of a 10-year-old freestyle rap in which Em disses black women with such choice bon mots as "black girls are dumb. " The Source planned to include the CD in its February issue, which will also contain extended coverage of the white rapper's alleged racism. Slim Shady's lawyers argued that releasing the song violated copyright laws.
February 27, 2001
Anyone with that much "rage" (Cover story Feb. 22) needs professional help. After all, Eminem can afford the best psychiatrists, psychologists or psychotherapists. What has our society come to when someone like this can become wealthy and admired? TERRY M. CALLEN Gloucester City, N.J. Eminem is a purveyor of hatred, intolerance and violence. His lyrics against homosexuals and women are not the message we need sent to young people. Although some will not be affected, one or two may use these lyrics as justification for gay-bashing, rape and sexual assault.
October 28, 2000 |
Eminem was allowed into Canada for his scheduled performance at the Skydome after all. Some Ontario politicians had tried to keep the rapper from taking the stage Thursday night at the 60,000-seat baseball stadium, saying his lyrics promote violence against women. The Michigan resident, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, has played Toronto without controversy at least twice in the last two years. On Wednesday, the Canadian province's attorney general called for Eminem to be denied entry into Canada.
November 22, 2013 |
Eminem: Hip-hop saved me "I'm as happy as I can be," Eminem tells Rolling Stone mag. "I guess. " The Detroit rapper should be grinning like a Cheshire cat. His new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 , has sold more than a million copies since its Nov. 5 release. Slim Shady, whose previous LP was called Recovery , has embraced sobriety. He's grateful to be alive. Grateful to music for saving him. "Hip-hop saved my life, man. It's the only thing I've ever been even decent at. I don't know how to do anything else," he says.
February 19, 2001
I'm outraged at Eminem performing on national television on Wednesday. Recognizing his work with four Grammy nominations and turning the award ceremony into a platform for hate and violence is reprehensible. Unless the decision is reversed, my family will not watch the Grammy Awards, and I'll tell friends not to watch either. My family will not buy any of the sponsors' products, and I'll tell friends to avoid them, too. Eminem's message of hate and violence must not go unchecked.
February 18, 2001 |
In handing out its prestigious album-of-the-year Grammy, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has typically singled out either hopelessly bland artists such as Celine Dion or respectable, unifying figures such as Carlos Santana. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Eminem. If it's trouble that NARAS is looking for, it invited the right insolent agitator to the party. Ever since last month's announcement of nominees for the 43d Grammy Awards, to be broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. Wednesday, the din of the culture war has been rising to a roar.
January 8, 2001 |
Eminem has already won two Grammys for his last record, so it's hardly surprising that he was nominated this week for four more - including Album of the Year. The Marshall Mathers LP, after all, has gone septuple-platinum and the rap artist, pronounced "arguably the most compelling figure in all of pop music" by Newsweek, has been hailed by many critics as "a wizard at wordplay. " Of course, he has had his share of critics. His violent songs - some in which he raps of brutally killing his wife and raping countless women - have caused many to label him a misogynist.