reply to post by Getsmart
I have a question about Eminem. I wouldn't call myself a fan, but I had great respect for him. I've read your point of view on Rap/Hip Hop but the
man raised me through his music so I can safely say that I know him well enough to challenge your views. At any rate, that isn't the point. Eminem,
as a person, seems to be as far as can be from a clone or a tool. He always seemed very human and always used his music to give his soul a voice, or
so I believe. And I really think he is a very interesting possibility to explore, due to how much he means to many, including myself.
He's always rapped about doing drugs and # (in fact, his alter ego, Slim Shady, is, as he describes him, the angry, alcohol- and drug-induced version
of himself). So it came as no shock to anyone, especially after the death of his long-time best friend, (in 2006), that he spiraled down into a cycle
of substance addiction and ended up in rehab for it.
That's the official story, that he went to rehab, came out "brand-new" and wide awake. He's made 2 albums since. The first, Relapse (2009), is
more humerous than his usual work. It involved a lot of accents and what not, with quite a bit of referance to his substance abuse. But there were
several songs on it that I found to be not quite himself, but I obviously attributed to his struggles and the fact that, for the first time ever,
he's writing and rapping sober.
A year later he put out another album, Recovery, which was not like him at all. It seemed anger- and ego-driven, which he attributed to "feeling like
he could do anything" after getting over his drug addiction, but it never seemed right to me. He has Hip Hop coursing through his veins, so for him
to rap over such lame samples and beats didn't make sense to me.
I've never questioned the official story or thought any further than "this doesn't seem right" until I saw a video on youtube the other day
claiming he's dead. The evidence he used to support his theory was the obvious difference in his appearance from before 2006 and after 2009. His
facial geometry is very different. But as mentioned above in the comments, when given an explanation (like rehab) the public is likely to accept
Especially since his voice and lyrical genius hasn't changed one bit. But for those who really knew him, like myself and the guy who made that video,
we noticed the difference in his content. Eminem is notoriously known for bitching about how fame has ruined his life (as summarized in Careful What
You Wish For), with a few references to selling his soul in more than one song. Another aspect of his personality that he was famous for was "not
giving a #", especially about what critics and people in general thought of him. So for him to go on Recovery apologizing to his fans for "letting
them down" and being gone all that time didn't add up either.
The last few songs (that I truly believe were written by him) included many final cries of help, if you will, which have unfortunately gone unnoticed.
I know you mainly rely on image analysis, but in this case, I believe, the answer lies in the content of his music. Mainly those written during his
My Darling is a very crucial item to look at, for the entire track revolves around his struggles, if you will, with the devil. It is not entirely
clear that the song is about the devil, as there have been much speculation on the topic. Of the possibilities are, the devil, demons, his alter ego
Slim Shady, MPD, fame, his ex-wife, Dr. Dre (his mentor) among others. With lyrics like "I let you watch your little girls blossom. I gave you enough
time, your soul's mine. I'm taking it back" one can't help but be taken aback.
It is my belief that he was killed/adbucted/went missing after much of The Re-Up was done but possibly before it was released. Because one track on it
was, I believe, his final distress call. Public Enemy #1. This song was recorded at the time of The Re-Up. I know this because a snippet of it is
available at the end of one of the tracks on the Re-Up, but it wasn't officially released till 2009, on a mixtape called Before The Relapse. "Record
as much before I do. The plan is to have as many in the can as I can" could this be a reference to his two latest albums ? Could he have recorded
them before he died ? Could that be the content that the clone is drawing from ? But he released a very personal song in 2009, called The Warning, in
retaliation to Mariah Carey's playing him then insulting him through her music, which couldn't have been written/recorded by anyone but him, due to
how personal it is/sounds. Another song you might wanna check is I Need A Doctor, where he talks about needing help when on the verge of dying.