Eminem: A Social Commentator

In an interview given to Musik Magazine in 2000, Eminem comments some of his lyrics:

'Please Lord, this boy needs Jesus/Help this child, help him destroy these demons/Please send me a brand new car and a prostitute while my wife is sick in the hospital'. What I'm trying to say is we've got all these preachers going 'Jesus, Jesus! And then they're molesting kids. I'm taking stabs at crooked muthafuckers in the system. (Eminem)

Believe it or not, but Eminem feels concern for kids. He is a denonciator of our society's hypocrisy. Some people don't like it when the truth gets exposed like this. But in the end only truth matters. Eminem's words will shock you, stab you, pull away your old fashioned way of thinking : he is a commentator of our society's deseases and should be taken seriously, because he does his job very well. Between his funny and dark humored lines, Eminem has something serious to say. The theme of the perverted priest also appears in the « Role Model » video where you can see the priest caressing a young boy's knee.

Parents, you should be more worried for your kids being abused by priest than by Eminem's so called « bad influence ». Eminem won't rape your kids?
How many paedophiles priests have tried to abuse young children? How many scandals involving young kids the Vatican has been confronted to? How many scandals the Vatican is currently trying to hide?

If you check out this website, you will find out that there is an alarming number of sex affairs involving priests and children:

http://www.licatholic.com/news.htm

I've been confronted to Christian fanatics from different tendencies and I noticed that they all has something in common. While considering themselves as "saints" and calling people who didn't belong to their organizations "sinners", they were in fact perfect hypocrits. They were playing two different roles and were acting like two different persons whether they were at Church of at home. At Chuch, they were trying to hide their own dirty behavior. At home, they were swearing, disrespecting their wifes and children, hiding some dirty magazines and tapes. And of course, they considered themselves as "saved by Jesus" while other people were (you guessed it) lost.
What an hypocritical behavior!

Eminem fights against such hypocrisy. He describes things the way they are. He also expressed against Bill Clinton's hypocrisy:

« When someone says kids look up to me, I'm like 'Our president smokes weed and is getting his dick sucked and is fucking lying about it. So don't tell me shit. I'm not the fucking president. I'm a rapper and I don't want to be a role model'. I'll tell a kid, 'Look up to me as someone who's come from nothing and now has everything. Don't look up to me for being violent and doing drugs. Don't be like me.' »

Eminem's got a clear message for kids (and also for adults). Look at things the way they are. Don't try to escape from reality. Look at it in its entire uglyness and try to learn a lesson from it.
To the kids, he clearly wants to say that he's not their role model, but that they can learn from his story. Eminem encourages a lot of kids who come from poor social classes. He has shown the that they can « make it » if they are determined to.
He is not the fool some parents want to make of him. He never encourages them to be violent nor to take drugs.

I do teach English and German at public schools. I am an Eminem biographer and a freelance music journalist.

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Bloomberg

Music's Future Means Even More Ed Sheeran, Drake
Bloomberg
In this “can't live with them, can't live without them” scenario, we can expect to see more concentration around top-selling acts and less room for niche performers to make money from recorded music. And since labels are really in the business of ...
Spotify vs Apple Music: What's the best music streaming service in 2018?TrustedReviews
Music streaming is finally the industry's biggest revenue sourceThe Week Magazine

all 29 news articles »

New York Times

Bob Dorough, Jazzman With a Hit Kid-Music Series, Dies at 94
New York Times
Bob Dorough, a singer, pianist and composer who was well known for his jazz but even better known for “Schoolhouse Rock!,” an infectious series of song-filled cartoons that conveyed math and grammar principles to young viewers, died on Monday at his ...
Bob Dorough, who set numbers and grammar to music in 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' dies at 94Chicago Tribune
Bob Dorough, the Man Behind the Music of 'Schoolhouse Rock,' Dies at 94wnep.com
Bob Dorough, whose catchy 'Schoolhouse Rock' tunes taught kids grammar and math, has diedCNN
Bob Dorough -Vinyl Me, Please -ABC.com
all 86 news articles »

WIRED

Spotify Bolsters Free Service in Defense Against Apple Music
WIRED
As the leader in streaming music, Spotify is under attack from Apple, Google, and Amazon. The Silicon Valley giants have endless cash to support their streaming services, which require expensive payouts to artists. Apple, Google, and Amazon also ...
Why the Free Version of Spotify Is About to Get a Lot BetterSlate Magazine
Spotify Is Giving Away Even More Music for FreeRollingStone.com
Spotify beefs up its free tierTechCrunch
Recode -Forbes -The Mercury News -Spotify
all 159 news articles »

CNET

YouTube Remix could mean the end of Google Play Music
CNET
Google Play Music's swan song may be near. If Google finally launches YouTube Remix, a rumored music subscription service, it will retire its 7-year-old music streaming service, Droidlife reported Tuesday. That could come as soon as the end of the year ...
Report: Google Play Music will be killed off and replaced by YouTube Remix this yearTNW
Google Play Music might be killed off this year in favor of YouTube RemixAndroid Central
Source: YouTube Remix Will Bring the End of Google Play Music ...Droid Life
9to5Google -Alphr -TechRadar
all 21 news articles »

CNBC

Pitbull is turning to blockchain in hopes of saving the music industry
CNBC
It's going down, and this time he's not yelling "timber." On Tuesday three-time Grammy award-winning artist and serial entrepreneur Armando "Pitbull" Perez announced the launch of his latest venture, an international blockchain coding competition aimed ...


The Guardian

Colombia's cowboy music: vallenato steals the show in Valledupar
The Guardian
Valledupar is the spiritual home of vallenato music. Vallenato translates as “born in the valley” and is the music of the north Colombian countryside. Typically, it is performed by a trio: an accordionist, bongo player and someone playing a guacharaca ...


PEOPLE.com

Kevin Hart Relives His Cheating Scandal By Playing Himself in J. Cole Music Video
PEOPLE.com
In J. Cole's new music video for “Kevin's Heart,” the comedian takes on the cheating scandal from September 2017 when he admitted to being unfaithful to then-eight-months pregnant wife Eniko Parrish. Hart 38, plays himself as he goes through a day ...
Kevin Hart reckons with cheating scandal in J. Cole music videoAtlanta Journal Constitution
Kevin Hart Confronts Cheating Scandal in J. Cole's New Music Video 'Kevin's Heart'Us Weekly
Kevin Hart Takes on His Cheating Scandal in J. Cole's New Music VideoE! Online
HYPEBEAST -YouTube -Blavity -PEOPLE.com
all 73 news articles »

CNET

Thank streaming: Global music sales jump 8.1 percent
CNET
Thanks to streaming, the global music industry is thriving. Revenues grew 8.1 percent last year to $17.3 billion, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, said Tuesday. It was the third consecutive year of growth following 15 ...
Why Major Labels Would Cash In On A Tencent Music IPOForbes
Streaming is basically saving the music industryBBC News
43% of music revenues came from streaming last yearTechCrunch
Reuters -The Guardian -Billboard -Music Industry Blog
all 110 news articles »

Forbes

Tumblr Incorporates K-Pop Into General Music Rankings In Nod To Globalized Audiences
Forbes
Last week saw Korean acts prove dominant on Billboard's Social 50 chart, and this week saw another social win for K-pop. On Monday, Tumblr announced its decision to incorporate K-pop into its general Music Fandometrics chart, the latest example of a ...
BTS Will Debut a New Single at the 2018 Billboard Music AwardsE! Online
K-Pop Superstars BTS Confirm 2018 Billboard Music Awards PerformancePopCrush
BTS to return to America to perform at the Billboard Music Awards next monthMetro

all 27 news articles »

RollingStone.com

The Innovator: How Jlin Is Altering Dance Music's DNA
RollingStone.com
If you're ever feeling bored with new music, like you've heard it all before, don't give up – just hit play on a Jlin track. The 30-year-old Gary, Indiana, electronic musician is evolving faster than the world can keep up. A few years ago, she was a ...

Google News

The Acoustic Guitar

The steel-stringed acoustic guitar is usually credited with being developed... Read More

Closet Monsters London Spicoluk

Way back in November I found myself at the Casby... Read More

5 Sure Fire Ways to Get Radio Play for Your ?Independent? Music!

You have to find radio airplay time if you're going... Read More

Radio - What?s Happened To It?

Remember when radio stations played great music?OK, before you accuse... Read More

Health Insurance for Creative Artists -- A Multi-Talented Health Investment

For the Creative Artist -- Good Health Insurance is Truly... Read More

If Seals Can Sing, Why Cant You?

It sounds like a side show, doesn't it? It does... Read More

Music and Healing: The Power of Meaningful Words and Music

We All Have a Favorite Piece of Music that Moves... Read More

Guitar Players...Get a Balanced Guitar Practice Diet

Do you have a wide variety of things that you... Read More

Legal Free Music Downloads - Songs You Want at No Cost

It's all over the news these days. Download music from... Read More

Bagpipe Lessons In Your Own Home !

Bringing Bagpipe Tuition to Everyone, Everywhere.I have been teaching music... Read More

Composing for Dummies

When most people hear the word composer, they automatically think... Read More

Good News for the Musically Untalented

Have you ever been told that you were good at... Read More

Say Something

The music of Rush influences and inspires, at least that's... Read More

Building A Good Relationship With Your Guitar

The guitar is considered the friendliest musical instrument there is.... Read More

Chords or Melody First... Which is Best?

There are basically two ways you can compose a piece... Read More

Your PC Is An Awesome Singer... If You Let It!

As an amateur songwriter, who struggles with a computer far... Read More

Living Life Loud

Change is good. Just ask the millions of unsigned artists... Read More

Defining The True Artist - Do You Have What It Takes?

"The real communicating artists seek unique expression. They are not... Read More

Piano Music - How to Begin and End a Piece

How do you begin a piece of music? That's a... Read More

Why New Musicians (Rappers) Fail: Three Reasons and Solutions

Despite the title of this article, the purpose of it... Read More

Jealous Again - Jealousy Among Musicians

Jealousy ? do you feel it? Do you sense it... Read More

How to Download Music From The Internet

Most of you have probably heard of the RIAA's quest... Read More

Where To Download Music On The Internet

Virtually all of you have probably heard of the RIAA's... Read More

The History Of Drums - A Journey Of Sound

Music and musical instruments are an extremely important part of... Read More

Facts about Betty Kresin, Eminems grandmother

Betty Kresin, Eminem's grandmother from the maternal side... Read More