Eminem’s new album release “Kamikaze”
Hey Eminem, Rise Above
Nails on a chalkboard is the best initial description that spews from my mind as Eminem’s new Kamikaze album spewed intense anger, adolescent vulgarity, crabby criticism, and darkness into my car as I drove to work yesterday. If you desire additional stress in your life, turn this one up and light a cigarette. Everyone knows you can’t rise higher by thrashing people, especially those in his industry. You just don’t do it. Despite his once strong and edgy stance, he has resorted to allow other people’s opinion of him to knock him off his platform and pummel into venomous hate, jerky rhythm, drunk-text rhymes and a now insecure image seeping from every cell of his body. What once was healthy pride, has become apprehensive self-doubt.
But as all the slander toward him continues from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Vulture, and many others, let us not forget where he came from. Through his massive childhood struggles, he managed to push through the muck and the mire and made himself into one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Quite the legendary story. He is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential artists in any genre. With 10 number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, he sold more than 47.4 million albums and 107.5 million singles in the U.S. (220 million records globally).
I was in my twenties and awe struck the first time I heard him. I was floored at his raw and intense frustration against our government, family issues, and sex. I had never heard anything like it, no one had. But although I didn’t agree with what he said, I appreciated his strength to step out and be a rebel. The Eminem Show, my favorite of his albums, was a worldwide success, being certified diamond in U.S. sales and won Best Rap Album Grammy Awards—making him the first artist to win the award for three consecutive LPs. Rolling Stone had even dubbed him the King of Hip Hop.
If I could sit down and chat with Slim Shady, I’d say, “Rise above Em! You got this. Get back up.”
His ability to go against the flow was what catapulted him in the first place, was it not? What if he brought encouragement, humility and forgiveness to the world? What if, instead of “polluting the airwaves” he brought a breath of fresh air to a narcissistic, venom infected realm of slander and immorality? He’d sell out. He’d shock the planet! Damn, what a way to be outside that stinky, small, dirty, lifeless hip-hop box. There still is time for redemptive revolution and a platform for good instead of bad. I haven’t lost faith in Eminem.