Eminem, you either love him or you hate him. But chances are, whether you love or hate him, he probably hates you. That’s just the way it has been since his angry debut in 1999, when he entered the world of hip-hop. Since then, he has continued to be the eternally pissed off voice of our generation’s collective iPod. So I have a question…why is Eminem so angry? After doing some research (thank you “Early Life” section in Wikipedia), I began to understand more about the star’s troubled life.
To begin with, his father left his impoverished mother when Marshall was only 18 months old. Maybe Eminem would have been an Interior Decorator if he had a steady father figure, but then again, would you really want this guy picking out your drapes? Next, at the age of 12, he and his mom moved to Detroit, which alone is enough to make someone really pissed off for life. From what I’ve heard, it’s really cold all the time and no one has jobs. Plus the city has one of the highest crime rates and you can’t find any decent schools or bagels. On top of it all, Eminem is German, Scottish, and Polish, which traditionally sounds like a pretty aggravated combination.
Eminem ended up repeating the 9th grade twice, a pretty awkward year for anyone, just ask my yearbook, and eventually dropped out of high school. So I’d be upset too, and his lyrics reflect this frustration with life. Recurring themes include arson, murder, rape, drug addiction, and adorable puppies (still paying attention?). Through it all he’s been divorced twice, sued by his own mother, and even adopted two daughters in addition to his biological daughter Hailie. So it’s important to recognize we can’t all be non-drug addicted, mentally stable fathers playing with their kids in the Giggleberry Fair fun zone (Giggleberry was an indie version of Chuck-E-Cheese from my hometown, sorry for the obscure reference).
So you’re mad, we know that. But now we understand a little more behind that famous anger. As long as this rapper doesn’t sign up for therapy, yoga, or find happiness in any human relationship, we can expect more angry number 1 songs for a long time. But Eminem, here’s a quick piece of advice for you: tying your girlfriend to a bed and setting the house on fire is almost never a great strategy for getting your girlfriend to love you again. Plus it would ruin the drapes you picked out.
Even Rihanna is angry (…and apparently a ginger) now. Maybe Em should try working with someone less emotionally charged, like Simon and Garfunkel. Mash-Up artists, please don’t get any ideas.