Because of the huge misunderstandings this post has already created, I would like to advice my readers to read my statements very carefully. In NO WAY, I am lacking respect towards Eminem. Marshall Mathers has earned my respect and will always have it. This man changed my life and I am not gonna forget about it easily. However, I always considered constructive criticism as an important part of my writings and I am not gonna change it to please anybody, period!
I have been asked that question by a fellow fan recently. I gotta be honest with all of you readers, I am unable to respond to this question with a firm yes or no.
Since I discovered him as an artist, in 2001, I have always been very supportive towards Eminem, because I strongly believed in his huge skills and creativity.
I have also focused an interest on Eminem as a person, because a lot of details regarding his personal story were available through the numerous details he gave us through his lyrics. As an author, I have been working on a-yet unpublished- biographical essay that I completed since 2002.
At a time Slim Shady was spreading like a virus, I didn â€˜t have any problem with Eminem getting so much personal with his fans in his songs. However, what once made the strength of his evil alter ego appears now as a huge weakness in his music.
Those weaknesses appeared in the Encore album. They will still be present unless Eminem decides to work on his themes and renew his style.
In 2005, Eminem declared that he had nothing more to say as Slim Shady and he symbolically killed his evil character.
I found it nice, funny and refreshing in the beginning, when Em introduced himself and talked about his personal problems and his love for his daughter.
I don â€˜t think I will buy his next album, though, if it will be fulfilled with the same old references to Kim and to Hailie.
Seriously, this shit is starting to annoy me. I don t care about Em s whereabouts with Kim. It is a never-ending story that needs to be handled privately. Some people might have fun spreading such every day gossips, but I am not one of those, even if I happened to express on the subject.
In the same way, I don t wanna know about how much he loves Hailie. I already know it, and I am not keen on hearing the same old refrain. I do love my kids too. You don’t read it in each of my articles, though.
I wanna hear about hip hop. I wanna hear about good lyrics. I wanna see the passion. I wanna see an emcee who lives for his art.
If he doesn t bring the elements previously mentioned with him, I might lose my interest in his music.
Of course I will always give him credit for his positive impact on my life, but like I said it numerous times before, I refuse to be blind and deaf.
Maybe it is a little bit too early to answer that question: let s see what direction Eminem will give to his music next and I will decide whether I still believe in him or not.
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