Tue, 30 May, 2023

The Rap-God: Eminem

By Abhusan Gautam

Marshall Mathers, most commonly known as EMINEM, turned 42 this week. He might be getting older but his artistry will stay immortal to his fans. Although almost always full of swears and street language, Eminem's songs have a deeper meaning attached to which everyone can relate. Hence, he is one of the most loved and respected rappers in the world, if not the most. I was still a kid when I first heard his songs. My elder brother introduced me to him. He played the video of the song, "Like Toy soldiers" and explained to me what was happening in the video. When I learned that Eminem sang that song for his friend who was killed by his rivals, I was impressed. That day onward, I was hooked. Every day, I'd call my local television operator to play this song and kept doing it at least 10 times a day. Before I knew it, I had downloaded all of his officially released singles and heard most of the unreleased ones. Eminem is a gifted artist who can rap faster than you can speak [rap god], can sing melodious songs [Hailey's song], and is an outstanding actor [8 mile]. Some of his songs, especially ‘Beautiful’, teaches us not to give up and carry on. The lyrics are inspiring and beautiful. Eminem is notoriously known for swearing a lot in his songs as well as dissing other artists. Miley Cyrus, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Kim Kardashian etc. have been mentioned in his songs, one way or another. Many of Eminem's songs make no sense at all, but are absolutely hilarious. I've been a big fan of Eminem since my childhood and there aren’t many songs that I haven't heard. If I were to list 5 of my favorite Eminem songs, ‘Beautiful’ would top the list, followed by ‘Not afraid’, ‘Stan’, ‘When I'm Gone’ and ‘Rap God’. Every song of his is close to me. They help me relax when I am feeling miserable or disappointed, or pump me up when I’m happy. I might never meet him, but he will always be my favorite person on this planet.