Eminem is much more than just a cute face…

Today, I’d like to address to a category of « fans » that I would rather qualify as « garbage fans ».
Yes, you guessed it: I am talking about the freaky girls who totally ignore Eminem’s skills, the meaning of his art, his engagement and who only focus on his « cute face ».
I read comments like « Eminem is so hot…if only I could marry him etc… » on a daily basis and I am really getting tired of this bunch of bullshit.
The next guy on your road can be handsome. Many men in this world have a cute face, but not so many have an attitude and lyrical skills. Not all of them are intelligent and very few could rap like Eminem does.
If Marshall Mathers was some poor unknown ghetto guy, would you still care about his cute face?
If all of a sudden Eminem happened to be disabled or to lose his physical beauty, would you still stand on his side?
What if he was a black man? Would you support him the same way?
Would you stand up and stick up for him, if he lost his whole fortune?
In case your response is a clear « no » or unsure, then don’t call yourself a fan.
Matter of fact: Eminem is far from being ugly and I am not against fellow fans who besides saying that he’s cute also recognize his talent, his personality and really love the music. But I am strongly against superficial star struck hunting girls whose motivations are quite clear.
« God if i could marry this man i would….hes soooo god damn sexxxxie……and his songs…..damn i cant think of ne better rapper! »
With comments such as those, who are you going to convince that you are for real?
You wanna marry him? Good luck…some other boppy teenagers have tried before you. Dream on, girl…
What do you know about the man and his music? You claim that he’s the best rapper? Pleaaase!!! Which rapper do you know besides Eminem, you brainless lusty groupie?
Also, you should learn how to spell before posting your ridiculous message.
Haha, you are probably unable to name one single song that Eminem did!
I’m sorry, but I don’t want to have anything to do with the « garbage » Eminem fans.
I perfectly know why I support the man. To me, he represents much more than just a cute face. Eminem is a man with an attitude, a fighter who came from nothing to stardom. A man who is not afraid to stand up in order to defend his political beliefs and his fight for freedom of speech. An incredible lyricist with a warped sense of humor. Not your average emcee, for sure.
Don’t the qualities mentioned above make a « cute face » look insignificant ?
My message to the fans who are for real: put the garbage fans where they belong, in the trash!

Are Suge Knight’s accusations against Eminem justified?

You want to piss me off? Ok, bring up two stereotypes that some people like to apply to Marshall Mathers: sexism and racism!
As a single mom of two bi racial kids, do you really think that I would buy Eminem’s records if I thought that he was a blatant racist and a misogynist?

Suge Knight, the founder of Death Row recently implied that Eminem was a racist and a misogynist:
“When Eminem came out, I liked him. I thought he could rap, and I thought he was funny… But when you start saying black women are nigger bitches and gold diggers, then I’ve got a problem because I’ve got a mother, I’ve got daughters.
You cross a line when you start stereotyping a race. Eminem is making his money off black people and black culture, then turning around and degrading black women. He’s a racist.”

It is funny to see people like Irv Gotti and Suge Knight who spread a degrading image of black women through their lyrics point fingers at Marshall Mathers, calling him a sexist person. Don’t fall into their trap if you’re not familiar with rap music and hip hop culture: rap music lyrics might often have a misogynistic content, but the rules of rap also allow female emcees to bash males in their lyrics.
Ice Cube’s lyrics are at least as sexist as Eminem’s and I would never call O’ Shea Jackson a sexist person, because I make a difference between a character and real life.
Eminem is not the first nor the last rapper to call women sluts, hoes and bitches. Many people have called Eminem a misogynist out of ignorance. It is clear that Marshall Mathers doesn’t hate women. A misogynist wouldn’t add in a song like Kill You « I’m just playing ladies, you know I love you ». Eminem is a man who has a dark sense of humor, he plays with words and people gotta learn how to read him between the lines.
People such as Suge Knight, Irv Gotti , Ja Rule and Benzino (and the list goes on…) should learn how to respect black women’s image first before claiming that Eminem is degrading them. Because they are black, is it ok for them to call them down ass bitches? Is it ok for them to show nudity and to sell sex in their videos and magazines? Is it ok, because of their skin color to sell « big booties » and « hip hop honeys » in the same hip hop mags?
Eminem did a regrettable mistake in his past. I don’t think that his Foolish Pride song is defendable. However, I think that anybody who calls Marshall Mathers a racist is very wrong. Shady people like Suge Knight, who have blood on their hands and who were involved in dark affairs, would like the public to believe that Eminem is a racist man who takes advantage of Blacks by making money out of their music.
I have said it many times, but I will repeat it as much as needed: Eminem has spent most of his life with black people. He embraced their culture and has a passion for their music. Marshall’s best friends are black. A black man, Andre Young aka Dr Dre, who you can count among his best friends, signs his checks.
On the local Detroit scene, Eminem collaborates with many black artists. Eminem is not a culture stealer, he is an enrichment to rap music, because he is an amazing lyricist who sounds like nobody else.
As for his former tapes, Chaos Kid, has totally situated a context that the Source owners wanted to misrepresent for their own commercial interests.
Not only had Eminem broken up with his black girlfriend in a context of high racial tensions that was typical to Detroit in the early 90’s, the Foolish Pride song is one of the songs that belongs to those « suckering rhymes » (the name says it all) created by Eminem and his fellow wite emcees in reaction to a rejection against a black community that didn’t really want to hear about white emcees.
My readers also need to acknowledge that the whole  Eminem is a racist thing is part of a big commercial plot.
A greedy emcee from Detroit, Aroc and two accomplices, have sold Eminem’s former tapes to Benzino for a record deal. Eminem’s former tapes were not intended to publication. The lyrics to those songs have never been written down. Benzino, who has proven to be a big opportunist and a person with no ethics, has used those tapes in order to break Eminem’s career and to get noticed as a « rapper ».
Today, the man who bashed Eminem has resigned from the Source that currently faces bankruptcy. The man who claimed that he defended black women’s image faces some sexual harassment charges.
I think that violent and dishonest people like Suge Knight, Irv Gotti and Benzino should keep their mouth shut about Eminem.
Eminem has already apologized for his former mistake. Now Suge wants Eminem to participate to a summit and justify himself again? I don’t see any logical reason for Eminem to participate to such a reunion, unless Suge intends to trap him. This wouldn’t be the first time a dangerous man like him tried to get somebody knocked out (Suge paid somebody to assault Dr Dre at the 2004 Vibe Awards) or killed for his own dirty interests.
Eminem was clever enough to stay out of his beef with Dr Dre. Why would he meet a person that has obvious bad intentions?
Besides his murder charges, Suge Knight has done horrible things in his life. I think that his own sins don’t allow him the right to judge one single mistake of a man who lives for hip hop and who has not the big bad wolf role some people would like him to endorse in order to serve their own interests.

The Artfull Dodgers: a dynamic trio

Who are the Artfull Dodgers?
The Artfurt Dodgers are two emcees, Gozza and Jackpot, and a DJ, DJ Sir Real.
B Gozza aka Brady Gasser and Rex Demski aka Jackpot started the group in the early 90’s. First recording and performing experiences go back to the same period.
In 1994, the dynamic trio released a single called « Juggernaut » in collaboration with local rappers and producer Phizyx.
Touring together until 1996 in the Midwest, the group split. The group reunited again in 1997 and released an EP called « Dusted World » produced by Phizyx.
The Artfull Dodgers’ first LP came out in 1999. It was entitled « Lazy Eyes » and produced by Pharlon. The single « One Mic Then Pass » that can be considered as an underground classic became a video and opened many doors to the Artfull Dodgers who were featured on many video shows.
The Artfull Dodgers have shared the stage with many artists such as Killah Priest and Cappadonna of Wu Tang Clan, Eminem and many more:
« Performing with cats like Cappadonna, Killah Priest, and Eminem was great. They all have worked hard and built their own strong followings, and we have nothing but respect for them. It was a great experience being able to perform in front of their crowds and receiving love from their people. » (The Artfull Dogers )
In 2001, the Artfull Dodgers got a deal with Chicago’s Aeemp Records and released a single called « Laced » and they began working on a new album.
The group was also enriched by a new talent the same year: DJ Sir Real aka Jack Greba joined the group in 2001.
The Artfull Dodgers second album « Second Wind » was released in 2002 and included many interesting collaborations with artists such as Killah Priest and J.U.I.C.E.
The well made single « Still Writing Rhymes » soon became very successful. Considered as a Midwest classic and a success on College radio, the song and the Second Wind album received “Album of the Year Award” from Detroitrap.com at their Hip-Hop Awards Show.
The following year, the Artfull Dodgers started working on their self produced third album, “Off The Credenza” that was due to release in 2004 along with a DVD featuring the Artfull Dodgers‘ film debut «Breaking The Chain » and the « Still Writing Rhymes » video.
In 2004, the Artfull Dodgers went on tour with the Vans Warped Tour. Their performance allowed them to gain even more success.
A second Artfull Dodgers film is currently in preparation.
How do the Artfull Dodgers sound?
« Original rhymes combined with original sounds mixed up with some good scratches from a talented DJ » might give you an idea of the Artfull Dodgers’ talent.
Curious to discover more about the three talented artists? Find out more details about the Artfull Dodgers on their personal website.
Don’t forget to check out their songs and videos, they are worth it.

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