Tuesday, April 7, 2009

eminem new video

So, Eminem is back with the first video from his new album, Relapse, and in it he makes fun of just about everyone in Hollywood.

The new eminem video is in rotation on every blog at the moment. Because of Em's departure from the game it actually provides perspective on how far technology, new media etc have come since Marshall Mathers was last dominating the scene.

Back when he first blew up, if you were looking for minority (as in smaller, not racial/cultural) opinions and voices you had to go out of your way to seek them out. The public perception/reception of an artist was part of the whole music marketing infrastructure where the money/labels controlled the message. But now anything that comes out is guaranteed to have a good spread of Stans, Haters, Crazies, Thoughtful Opinionators chorusing in the comments.

In Eminem's case specifically, his albums have always had an intriguingly stark dichotomy between his white people songs and black people songs: he had the mainstream songs intended for mass consumption, lush with pop culture references sing-song hooks, and rhyme-schemed for accessibility. Then he had those songs that reflected his background as an underground emcee used to freestyling, battles, dense hyper-lyricism-as-end. This is the former:

You can argue Em's pop rhyming is still denser/"harder" than most, but it's really about the artist intent. At the turn of the century it would have been difficult to get a comprehensive sense of the response to this ethnocultural dichotomy in his music, though everyone was certainly aware of it. You could get it out of reviews from journalists that ponder such angles, but not direct from the masses. Without having a melange of multicultural friends with varying degrees of background and interest in hip hop it was all speculation as to whether "My Name Is" or "Without Me" was cheesy to the black dude who grew up with hip hop, vs. the white girl in college who loved it. That sort of thread. But now it's something you can track closely via the related niche blogs, and, as I see it, it sort of platforms the art/music/product as window into the thin-slicing mind.

um, in mercifully shorter terms: a song like this is made to provoke reactions; it's almost more of an art piece than his actual "serious" songs. But it's only now in 2009 that we have the ability to treat it as such, before all takeaways were tied to its ability to generate money.

Em takes on Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, and Sarah Palin, just to name a few.

"There's some celebrity bashing in it," Eminem told MTV News. "I wanna say it's not necessarily intentional bashing in it; it's not necessarily taking deliberate shots at people...Yes, it is. What the f--- am I talking about?"

Hey, at least he admits it. The new album hits stores May 19.

Eminem's New Star Trek Music Video Takes A Bat'leth To Planet WomynIt's been ages since Eminem decided to insult us all with a sexist, homophobic, celebrity skewing, Star Trek-referencing rap video. Em and Dre put their best Trekker faces forward, and beam up to planet lesbian.

Oh dear - looks like Eminem has decided to don the Vulcan wig to attack Samantha Ronson's planet of stereotyped butch lesbians, and put the Vulcan nerve pinch on Uhura. But not before turning into a big-breasted Transformer and zapping most of his crew, in his penis shaped ship. Hooray easy targets and "controversial" material! Say what you will about Eminem's not-so-subtle style at least he tries to make fun of himself while the rest of the world files for an injunction. Some of the video is a little too obvious and easy, ridiculously immature, some of it's funny, and other parts are just trying to get a rise out of you. Regardless if it pisses you off or makes you laugh, you gotta love seeing Dr. Dre in a captain's uniform in the "We Made You" video whilst EM tells all the reality TV trash and over hyped celebs to suck on a wood chipper.

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