Turn on the radio to any popular station and you’re likely to hear a song or two of popular rap artiest, Eminem, also known as Marshall Mathers II. Kids in middle school adore him, young adults in universities blast him. His records sell millions and reaches number one on charts. Yet, controversy over the Detroit native, seems to never end. Parents, Gay and Lesbian groups, and other critics can’t stand him. He’s been involved in several court cases and accused of influencing young teens negatively. As a culture, we have changed dramatically over the years, going from hip-shaking Elvis to rappers such as Eminem. Some love him, others despise him and their reasons run deep. How do you defend ...

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Eminem is a brilliant musician and his heinous speech serves a purpose. Mancini, does not believe that his most “offensive” and “vile” lyrics alone can be defended, however he looks beyond the words. His newest album is a work of brilliance because we get to see the artist looking into his conscience, debating if he’s taken himself too far. Teens these days seem to be in constant debate with themselves and their alter ego, the good and the bad, the devil and angel. Peer pressure, advice, working parents, money, all plays a factor of these feelings. In any generation, teens and young adults are into expressing their feelings in different ways. Mancini touches on this in a section of his paper called Eminem for Dummies and his argument takes an interesting twist. He believes that in order to understand his ways, you need some background on the artist. Only seems fair in my opinion. He talks about Marshall Mathers’s alter ego, known as Slim Shady. On his first album released, The ...

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sing about killing a woman’s husband and keeping it a secret, very similar to Eminem’s song “Kim” where he murders his ex-wife and dumps her in a lake. Other singers, including Johnny Cash and Nick Cave, have sung about murders and killing, yet no controversy or as much hype was raised. So why are Slim Shady’s lyrics taken so literally when Mr. Mathers himself has come out and said his fans should take his music with a grain of salt.

When you look back through pop music, there is always that one entertainer who gets pinpointed as a bad influence on our youth. There was Elvis, with his hip shaking, The Beatles, with their long hair, and Madonna, with her heavy make-up and sexual ...

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