The Real Slim Shady

I put off posts sometimes because I'm afraid they'll get me in trouble. I'm not sure who I really expect the problems from, but sometimes I make up antagonists. It's called writing. Well, I guess it's not when I live it. Then it's really just delusions. Anyway, this is one of those posts. Basically, today we're going to talk about Eminem. We're not going to talk about how crass he can be or whether or not our kids should be listening to him or whether or not he's really a G.O.A.T. (that means "greatest of all time," for those of you who aren't "down" with the hip-hop community).

No, we're just going to talk about the artist.

Have you ever seen the guy when he isn't rapping? It might be all of the drugs he used to do (still does? I don't know), but he looks completely lost away from the mic. The best I can understand, it's because he is.

He knows where he's supposed to be. He's known it forever. He's even "retired" at least once, but he can't help but come back and make another album and do it better than he ever did before. And if you've listened to Recovery, his newest, you can tell that's not something he takes lightly.

The man's a genius, to understate it. He's got his demons, and he'll readily admit it, but underneath all of that is a truly creative spirit that toys with the English like a little kid molds Play-Doh. It's hard for me to keep imagining I'm clever when he goes and shatters all of my notions of what "clever" really means.

Don't believe me? Here's a few samples of how Marshall Mathers manipulates language:

"You could date a stick of dynamite and wouldn't go out with a bang."

"Cause the way I feel, I'm strong enough to go to the club or the corner pub, and lift the whole liquor counter up Cause I'm raising the bar."

"I'm the thumb tack That you slept on son Now here I come screaming attack like I just stepped on one."

You'll even notice that the last one inspired a script of mine.

Here's the thing. You've got to know where you belong. We all have something we're supposed to be doing. Find what yours is. I don't care what it is, just get yourself there and stay there. Eminem knows his. He can't stay away. Neither should you.

Also, practice. Practice practice practice. Do you think Eminem got to where he is today without a little hard work? I don't. I'm going to guess it took a little work to gain respect as a white rapper. And you should do the same. Don't have respect? Earn it. Don't have experience? Get it.

Eminem did. And I think that, even with how disrespectful he can be, deserves a little respect.