Eminem is definitely one of the most successful artists in the history of rap music. Born in 1972, the rapper, producer and songwriter’s music career peaked in the early 2000s, with one of his biggest hits at the time being “Lose Yourself”. However, his style of rapping has in some instances been viewed to have bits of negative elements. For example, in 2000, his estranged wife Kimberly Scott filed a lawsuit against him, barring him from releasing songs about her citing emotional distress.
This was following the release of a song dubbed “Kim”. The song is said to have featured graphic scenes in which Kim’s throat is slit according to a report by The Source. Eminem was in the same year barred from performing in Toronto, Canada leading to the cancellation of a scheduled performance at Skydome. The ban was following the opening of a case against him by Attorney General Jim Flaherty in Toronto in relation to one of Eminem’s songs dubbed “Kill Me,” which had elements of vulgarity.
The following is the statement released by the Attorney General in relation to the case.
“I personally don’t want anyone coming to Canada who will come here and advocate violence against women.”
Most recently a couple of Eminem’s fans found themselves on the wrong side of the law after being inspired by some of his songs. One of those affected was a fifteen year old teen who was arrested late last year following an Instagram post in which he posted edited parts of Eminem’s lyrics referencing a school shooting.
According to MTV, the post was categorized as a terrorist message and so was incarcerated on a felony charge. The lyrics in question are said to have been from Eminem’s “I’m Back” song, which was produced in 2000 and referenced the Columbine High School shooting incident. They in part read as follows.
“I take seven [kids] from [Columbine], stand ’em all in line/ Add an AK-47, a revolver, a nine/ A MAC-11 and it oughta solve the problem of mine/ And that’s a whole school of bullies shot up all at one time/ ‘Cause (I’m) Shady, they call me as crazy/ As the world was over this whole Y2K thing”
However, the lyrics by the student based on the above read as follows.
“I take seven kids from Columbine, stand ’em all in a line, add an AK-47, a revolver, a nine, a MAC-11 and it oughtta solve the problem of mine. And that’s a whole school of bullies shot up all at one time. I’m just like Shady and just as crazy as the world was over this whole Y2K thing.”
Things became more serious as another student commented saying, “Bring me with man. I got some stuff [to] settle”, to which the 15 year old replied “Ill text you when…I got a couple idiots’ blocks I could knock off”.
Authorities are said to have searched the boy’s home and found a.357 Magnum revolver, a handgun, a 12-gauge shotgun, a bullet-proof vest and ammunition.
That said, music has generally been cited to be a strong motivator for both positive and negative aspects of life, and about a week ago marathoners competing at the Mississippi Blues Marathon said that the music played in the last section of the course helped them perform better during the last third of the race, which many say is the hardest. Rich Kerner, who took part in the event, said the following about the phenomenon as reported by Clarion Ledger.
“I think it’s great because it peps me up”
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