By: Freddy Genther A.K.A The real Ski Shady
Rap music has been around since the early 1970’s. The popularity of rap music has grown exponentially over the past 30 years. As the music became more popular rap artist started to get recognized and some made it to the top. Not too many rappers have done what Eminem has done in the industry, not only making it to the top, but also making it the top as a white boy in a predominantly black music scene. He started rapping when he was in high school but never made it until he signed a deal with FBT production. After the rap Olympics in 1997 where Eminem placed second, Dr. Dre heard him and had to hire him. This was the turning point for Eminem’s career and what launched him into being one of the most popular artists of the 2000’s. Eminem and Dr. Dre released their first album together in February of 1999, The Slim Shady LP. The album went triple platinum. Rolling stone magazine said that Eminem was the most popular artist in the 2000’s. With all this fame and popularity Eminem stayed with his in your face, say what ever he wants, style of rap. The style that stamped him as an artist would also bring him his biggest fans. Not just the style of Eminem’s music drew a crowd, but his pasty white skin. Eminem pretty much was the first white rapper to make it to the top, which got him noticed. With this new sound and color to the rap industry more, and younger white kids started listening to Eminem music. Exposer to this kind of music and lyrics caused a change in the youth of the 200’s. The move form 1990’s grudge to the 2000’s bag clothes wearing rappers. The young people loved Eminem. The effects of slim shady on the young people cannot be proven. It was a time that I lived through as a young person. Listening to his music planted this desire to do whatever I wanted to talk to people however with no regards for them as a person. I love the opening scene from the movie 21 jump street. Where Joan hills character plays a high school student in the early 2000’s. The song playing is slim shady, the camera pans down to see a nerdy bleach blonde haired, student with braces and huge baggy pants. The scene was perfect it was the picture of how a majority of youth wanted to be seen. Like Slim Shady. A gangsta white boy who don’t take anybody’s crap. Looking at this issue pastorally, I would consider looking at some of Eminem’s songs similar to how we did the media reviews. The majority of Eminems songs talk about the pain in his life and the fact that he can’t be the man he wants to be. Critically looking at his life, how much pain he has, and how he tries to heal it could be a good conversation starter.