Happy Birthday to one of the greatest of all time, the real Slim Shady, EMINEM! He has redefined hip hop over the years and is one of the most celebrated rappers.
His first album, Infinite, was released in 1996 and over the course of nearly 20 years he has released 8 studio albums, and starred in a movie about his life that has become quite the classic. For the success of 8 Mile, Em snagged an Oscar for Best Original Song for the track ‘Lose Yourself’. Aside from an Oscar win Em has won other awards including: 14 AMAs, 17 BMAs, 13 VMAs, 10 TCAs, 10 WMAs, and an astounding 13 Grammy’s. Five of those Grammy wins were for Best Rap Album.
It’s amazing what a career Eminem has had and while he’s seasoned in the game his fans are still there and so are his lyrics. Not many rappers can lyrically add comedic relief to their music. Can’t wait to see what else he has in store.
HAPPY HAPPY 42nd BIRTHDAY EM! Listen to some of my favs below:
It’s been a lot of talk about Eminem’s latest video ‘Headlights’ and the production by Spike Lee. The new song about his mom does not bash her for her problems as he’s done in other songs. It’s more a retrospect and sounds like closure. The video was not shot from Em’s point of view, but instead that of his mother Debbie Mathers.
On directing the video Spike Lee stated:
“It’s a great, great story. It’s heartfelt, some pain in it, but that’s life. So that’s why we’re here, back in the ‘hood, 8 Mile Detroit, shooting where all this took place.”
Throughout the video there’s home photos, his ‘mom’ trying to get into the gated community countless times and in the end Em sees her. Not much is said as he gets out the car and hugs her as he drives his way and she drives hers. The simplicity of the video is what I enjoyed. Lyrically it’s so heart felt.
A lot of people have daddy issues as their fathers were not there and mothers had to pick up the slack. This song does talk about the trials and tribulations that he went through with his mother, but it’s more a tribute. It’s more of him realizing that she was sick and that it was hard to change her ways. The video ended with a letter in the mailbox addressed ‘Mom’ and a penned letter signed, Marshall. So fitting to be released on Mother’s Day.
So Mom, please accept this as a tribute I wrote this on the jet
I guess I had to get this off my chest
I hope I get the chance to lay it before I’m dead
The stewardess said to fasten my seatbelt, I guess we’re crashing
So if I’m not dreaming, I hope you get this message
That I’ll always love you from afar, cause you’re my mama…
Check out the video below: