|music||:||Ben Heppner - Aida, Celeste Aida (Verdi)|
Me... heldentenor listenin'... violin concerto cataloguin'... Mozart Requiem research diggin'... Bride of the First House. Nice things to say. About a Profanity Factory. =)
Rap is still not my cuppa. But Eminem is interesting to me in a few ways. And I realize that he's not the first, there have probably been other rappers who have said the same things, written good lyrics, flow much better, etc. who aren't as big as he is, but should be. Jin Au-Yeung comes to mind. When it's not your thing, it takes more press for you to notice.
Listening to Eminem's work, for me, is an exercise in seeing past the outer shell of machoism, the body language, profanity and just the front that he puts up. Past all of that, he has some interesting things to say, a lot of it intensely personal. Well, his Eminem Show lyrics are an interesting read anyway. A co-worker and I were reading some of it out loud, Beatnik style =D
There's a theme of responsibility in his stuff (that we're interpreting anyway) that we both can't help but respect - personal, everyday, task responsibility; parental responsibility; the individual's responsibility to speak out in society; and a public figure's or celebrity's responsibility with the influence they have on their target audience.
8 Mile is obviously semi-biographical, but it's not about Marshall Mathers entirely. He actually goes on to become a rap sensation. Jimmy Smith Jr. tries to stay within the bounds of what the world expects of him and, in doing so, earns extra shift time and a compliment of sorts from his supervisor, Manny.
B-Rabbit wins a big rap competition. Instead of going celebrating or showing signs of testosterone poisoning, he just goes back to work and, presumably, just does his own thing from then on. You would think that Eminem would have quite a bit of creative control over 8 Mile, it looked like an almost equal partnership with Curtis Hanson. If he didn't want it to end that way, it wouldn't have been done.
On the whole, there are only one or two tracks of his that I might include in a playlist. The rest, I can't quite get into, but some of it is pretty catchy.
Let's get down to business. I don't got no time to play around, what is this? Must be a circus in town, let's shut the shit down on these clowns. Can I get a witness? HELL YEAH!