Eminem is about to drop a new album. I’m buying the CD to support him as an artist. I love the single, Untouchable. It reaffirms the fact Eminem is one of the first people to publicly slam white privilege. This time, he elaborates beautifully with Untouchable. Eminem uses his voice to address lots of important issues, of course. He’s a striving spirit who is driven to be his best self. (That’s all I ask of anyone.)
He makes mistakes, like everyone else, but he recovers. He grows and evolves from the experiences life throws at him. He’s also a smartass, which is one of my favorite traits in a human being. The duet with Beyoncè is a gentle reminder from both artists we need to keep our expectations in check. I can’t imagine having so many people look to me to amplify their truths, while simultaneously entertaining, relating and reminding us we’re not alone.
It made me listen to Stan, again. I didn’t forget, but it was still a joyful experience to refresh my memory on Eminem’s incredible abilities as a poet. It probably seems like my taste in music is unusual, but to me, all my favorite artists have something in common with each other. They’re exceptional poets. They’re storytellers. They’re able to stand out, despite my being overwhelmed by the vast number of performers vying for my support.
Not many rappers reach me. I don’t enjoy song after song about men mistreating women for being women. That’s probably explanation enough. Eminem doesn’t go out of his way to avoid insulting people. 😂 But he’s not one of the rappers whose entire message comes directly, and entirely from his dick. I don’t enjoy listening to anyone verbally masturbate aggressively; which is all some of them seem to offer. No.
The only thing I like about that type of rapper is the irony; Especially when you notice how many openly homophobic rappers feel the need to share intimate details about their alleged sex life with random strangers, (most of whom are of the same gender.) It’s mildly amusing to listen to someone rap about how powerful they are while also threatening to kill anyone who tweets negatively about them, in the same song.
I enjoy Cardi B. and Nicki Minaj. Those are my girls when it comes to rap. Also, Rhianna. I’ve listened to a lot of rap recently since I practice my drums to Spotify’s Top 50 Viral Songs playlist. It’s hit and miss, and I skip songs I don’t like. I’ve discovered it’s an excellent introduction to new artists I wouldn’t otherwise hear. I can’t get enough of Motor Sport. I’m off to read.