Eminem Shuns D12, Buddha-Shaped Bizarre Hangs Like 50 In ‘My Band’

Eminem has never shied away from addressing serious topics in his rhymes. But when it comes to hooking up with his old rap group from Detroit, D12, Eminem seems determined to keep it silly.


the group’s new single and video, “My Band,” Eminem and company satirize the very obvious fact that despite their best intentions, Em clearly is the most high-profile member of the group.

In the clip, Eminem is the egocentric lead singer of a rock band who affords himself all the perks of celebrity while shutting out his backing bandmates. The idea is a spin on three real-life experiences that happen to the crew again and again, Eminem says: when D12 get called a “band” and not a “rap group,” when Eminem is singled out from the other members, and when people mix up the names, faces and voices of the group’s other members. Instead of continuing to get angry about the situation, they decided to poke fun at it.

You know, one day I was just in this silly-ass mood … where I was kinda slap-happy. [I decided to act like] I’m the lead singer here and I’m going to get the chicks,” Eminem said of the behavior that inspired the “character” he plays in the video.

“It was all day long, though,” his D12 mate Swift added.

“All day long,” Eminem agreed. “I was probably annoying the f— out of them, but it ended up becoming a song.”

The self-parodying in the clip isn’t limited to Em and D12 � extended family member 50 Cent gets it as well. Mocking the “Six Million Dollar Man” workout regimen 50 Cent goes through in his video for “In Da Club,” the Buddha-shaped D12 rapper Bizarre is shown hanging upside down in a futile attempt to get in shape.

Eminem both produced “My Band” and directed the video. The track appears on D12’s upcoming sophomore album, D12 World, which is due out April 27

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My name is Isabelle Esling. I graduated from the University of Metz, France, where I studied Liberal Arts/ Languages. I have been teaching modern foreign languages in public and private schools, mainly as a German and French teacher.I recently released a book entitled " Eminem and the Detroit Rap Scene- White Kid in a Black Music World" with Amber Books. Password manager, fill forms, paste it notes software - CastlePaste Pro I have always had a passion for writing and music, black music in particular. I discovered Eminem in 2001 and was very enthusiastic about the artist’s great talent, which motivated me to write about him. It also motivated me to explore the Detroit hip hop scene that is full of amazing artists. In 2003, Gavin Sheridan, a technical writer and professional blogger offered me to be a contributing writer for his blog, which got me started as a freelance music journalist. In 2005, with Gavin’s help, I started The Eminem Blog where I expressed about the artist, the Detroit hip hop scene and other hip hop related subjects. I have reviewed a wide range of CD’s and interviewed some consistent artists such as Dina Rae, DJ Butter, Big Proof of D12, just to name a few. The Eminem Blog gained me a worldwide audience of readers. I have also contributed to numerous hip hop websites such as Music Mouth UK, Detroit Rap Com, Michigan Bands and D Townie. In 2006, I did some interviews for Jason Matthews Detroit digital magazine ILL Mag. Through the years I developed my craft, increased my knowledge of hip hop culture and also expressed on various subjects such as spirituality, humanities, beauty and lifestyle, movies etc…I keep writing at The Eminem Blog and sharing my passion with my readers till now. My first book on "Eminem and the Detroit Rap Scene" has been published by Amber Books on August the 6th, 2012. It is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in paperpack and e-book.
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One Response to Eminem Shuns D12, Buddha-Shaped Bizarre Hangs Like 50 In ‘My Band’

  1. Nikki says:

    Who is the lead singer of Eminem the one who has 2 daughters Haley and Laney.

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