Thursday, April 5, 2012

E is for Eminem


I could pretend I'm not a closet EMINEM fan, but that would be a lie. Perhaps the only "rapper" on my list, the guy fascinates and amazes me...enough to profile him on this challenge. 

Jessica Bell and I have teamed up for the A-Z blogging challenge this year to talk about our musical muses - a band/artist or song that has inspired, or affected us in some way. I doubt you'll find Eminem over on her blog.

I can't claim to love all of Eminem's music, but I am inspired by his rise to stardom. 

Like many artists, Marshall Mathers had a dream.  To become a famous musician despite - or maybe in spite of - some heavy duty obstacles. Lots of us have the same dream, or some variation thereof. It's just most of us don't have the determination, dedication, and work ethic to chase it.

I may not love the gratuitous swearing, but a lot of Eminem's lyrics are extremely clever - sometimes offering an unexpected jolt of motivation. Truthfully, whenever I need a pick-me-up, I listen to Lose Yourself - which is actually way more effective than the Rocky theme song. Take a listen:


Enigma? Evanessence? Come on. Spill. Who's your favorite "E" artist?

Now, go check out some of the other blogs taking part in the A-Z Blogging challenge, including my Dawn Dalton blog where I'm talking about awesome YA books, and the Most-Wanted Monsters blog where Judith and I are writing poems and talking smack about some creeptastic beasties.

- Dawn

17 comments:

  1. OH MY GAHD!!! lol I'm a closet Eminem fan too!!!! I LOVE the guy. One, I think he's hot, two, his lyrics are THE BEST, three, it's the only hip hop that makes me want to sport a boob tube and lip gloss and, four, well ... to get serious, the songs are REALLY well crafted and I admire him :o)

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    1. Thanks for coming out of the closet on my blog, sugar :-P
      Yep...I admire him, too. In so many ways!

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  2. I love eminem too, his lyrics are great and there is something about his voice. An E band/artist that I like that people are always shocked about are Enochian Theory - I'm usually so light and fluffy! lol

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    1. I agree, Kate - his voice is delicious. I have never heard of Enochian Theory...heading to YouTube now...thanks!

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  3. I've never been a fan of Eminem, though I agree that some of his lyrics are amazing. It's just not my style of music.

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    1. Definitely the ONLY rapper on my list :-)

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  4. I dont normally like rap but I do like Eminem. I think its cause he just a little bit less degrading to women than some other rappers.

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  5. Ditto! I don't like all of his songs, but he's an amazing lyricist. I've got one of his albums and can listen to most of the songs on it and I'm fascinated with his messages and word choice.

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    1. Yes, he can teach a lot if you're paying attention. No question the guy's got skills.

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  6. I too am not a huge fan, maybe due to my age, but I have to agree he is very a very talented artist.

    Hope you're enjoying the A-Z Challenge,

    Monica, Older Mommy Still Yummy

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  7. I'm not a fan of rappers or Eminem, but for an "E" - I do really like Evanessence. :)

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    1. I LOVE Evanessence. The power of her voice is extraordinary.

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  8. Evanessence - definitely a favorite E group as well as En Vogue - yes I am E-clectic.

    *~ MAJK ~*
    Twitter: @Safireblade
    A to Z Blog Challenge

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    1. Nice :-) My whole music collection is E-clectic :-D

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  9. Eminem had nothing worth saying to me -- but then came "Lose Yourself". That. That was something worth saying. The rest of it was clever noise; Lose Yourself was from the heart. Something I could relate to.

    And, yes, Evanescence, Enigma. Don't forget Enya!

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    1. "Eminem had nothing worth saying to me -- but then came "Lose Yourself". That. That was something worth saying." <<-- LOVE this. Lose Yourself has a lot to say - and it's a message I don't mind hearing again and again.

      And yep, Enya is on my list, too!

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