Okay, I am of the opinion that Eminem is extremely talented. Yeah, he uses shock tactics to push the envelope, and yeah, I can see why some of the things he says offend people. But to say that all he sings about is killing his wife and abusing his mother is sheer ignorance. I also like his voice, but that's purely persnol preference. But I am always really impressed with the way he puts words together, and believe it or not, I think he is one of the most lyrically sound artists getting consistent airplay today- and I also think he gets better with each progressive album.
Brian- I have to stick up for Blink 182. (Not so much Sum 41, but I do think they're kind of fun.) No, they aren't punk in the traditional 3-chord snarlin-anti-authority sense- but they are actually a good band- or rather, since I'm not really quealified to judge musical quality, I should say that I think their lyrics are usually fairly substantial, especially on Cheshire Cat and Dude Ranch. I also think that one of the great things about them, even in their more puerile or teenage-marketed pop tunes, they always seem to be having fun- which is immensely important in making enjoyable music. A bit cloying sometimes, especially with the childishly emotional "Staying Together for the Kids" and "Adam's Song," yea- but also really good when it comes to songs like "Dammit."