City of Roses
|I wouldn't say I'm a fan at all of Eminem's personality (his attitude in the past seemed to revolve a lot around misogyny, racism and anti-gay sentiments) but I do believe Eminem is a talented songwriter.
I believe you can not like someone but also like their music. I happen to think "Lose Yourself" was a brilliant recording, which is incredibly encouraging and inspirational for the youth of the world, and truly deserved that Oscar.
"Stan" is another excellent example of his talent. It's quite a fierce track but it is also brutally honest and conveyed so well. It's written in the form of several letters mailed to Eminem from a rabid fan who just wants an autograph at first then when he doesn't receive one goes insane and in the end a tragic suicide is implied in the final letter and a deep anger in the fan's tone is displayed.
Finally, there's "Mosh", an incredibly controversial, politically-charged track with an even more controversial video in which the first version encourages everyone to vote, and not vote for Bush, and the second version with the edited ending encouraging everyone to move and have their voices heard from the steps of Congress, etc.
I just have to say the video for "Mosh" is incredible. I never thought Eminem would be a leader in the progressive movement this election year, but the "Mosh" video has won respect from Bruce Springsteen to R.E.M, even to his arch-nemesis Moby, all those who would have had nothing to do with Eminem ever.
For those who haven't seen the video for "Mosh", please check it out, it's absolutely my favorite Eminem video yet!
"Mosh" certainly doesn't take back all the disturbing things he's said before, and still won't encourage me to buy an album of his, but he is a great writer nonetheless and I think when we critique music we should also find the ability to seperate the attitude from the songs themselves. And to me it's no suprise why he is so insanely popular.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20