Why We're Still Excited When Eminem Makes Music
We could have stopped caring years ago. Somewhere between Encore (2004) and Relapse (2009), our memory would've waned to the point where Em didn't really matter anymore. Yet, in 2013, it's been confirmed that a full-length album will be released post-Memorial Day along with some tour dates, and we're still hella pumped.
'Cause It Feels So Empty Without Em
Maybe it's the fact that watching Eminem's career is like watching a character on a really good television show grow and develop. His story has an arc that's been playing itself out from album to album and we keep waiting to see what the next cliffhanger will be. Even his album titles have a semblance of a through-line. There are probably a million unique reasons why people are either thrilled or annoyed Eminem's making another comeback, but here are a few points about why we fall into the former.
He Grows From His Criticism
Early on in his career, Em felt the heat for the way he spoke about his now ex-wife Kimberly Scott and his own mother. More specifically, the way he vividly described violence against and disdain for these women in his early releases rightfully sparked a wave of negative attention from critics. Between the shocking lyrics and terrifying threats, he became the pinnacle of whiteboyrage, which made him oddly popular among and the recipient of misguided fanaticism from angrywhiteboys.
Since then, the "'97 Bonnie and Clyde" MC has admitted regret for the way he's approached the topic, while responding to the controversy through lyrics in some of his most popular and introspective songs. In "Cleanin' Out My Closet," he dives deep into his early life and gives perspective on the troubled relationship with his parents.
Even activism against homophobic slurs used in his music have led to Eminem showing up at the Grammys with now-friend Elton John in tow for a sick performance of his song "Stan." Since then, he's come out in support of gay marriage and should probably have Frank Ocean guest on a track just to keep the ball rolling/fulfill all of our dreams.
He's Funny As Hell
Eminem is always pretty topical when it comes to what's happening in pop culture and is never one to avoid a good jibe at a famous personality. While some of his feuds and disses get taken a little too far (think the Michael Jackson impersonation in the "Just Lose It" video), he's never afraid to keep his lyrics a bit light and humorously mischievous. And it's not like we've ever forgotten the brilliance that is D12's "My Band" and his "salsa dancing at the end of the clip.