Add news
March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010
August 2010
September 2010 October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014 January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015 June 2015 July 2015 August 2015 September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 January 2019 February 2019 March 2019 April 2019 May 2019 June 2019 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019 October 2019 November 2019 December 2019 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020 April 2020 May 2020 June 2020 July 2020 August 2020 September 2020 October 2020 November 2020 December 2020 January 2021 February 2021 March 2021 April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 August 2021 September 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021 January 2022 February 2022 March 2022 April 2022 May 2022 June 2022 July 2022 August 2022 September 2022 October 2022 November 2022 December 2022 January 2023 February 2023 March 2023 April 2023 May 2023 June 2023 July 2023 August 2023 September 2023 October 2023 November 2023 December 2023 January 2024 February 2024 March 2024 April 2024 May 2024 June 2024
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
News Every Day |

Eminem’s new single, Houdini, is a self-referential reminder of his unstoppable anti-hero appeal

Eminem burst onto the music scene in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP. The album’s lead single, My Name Is, introduced himself to the world along with his alter ego Slim Shady, a lovable (or detestable, depending on your perspective) bad boy and outrageous white emcee unafraid of self-ridicule. He declared that he had been sent by god to “piss the world off”.

Just over a year later came a new album The Marshall Mathers LP. The lead single, The Real Slim Shady, worked almost as a manifesto to inform listeners what Slim Shady had done (made the critics unable to stomach him), what he’s doing now (rapping about things others don’t dare to), and what he’s going to do (carry on exactly as he is).

Since then, Eminem has routinely used the lead singles from his studio albums to reintroduce himself. His latest, Houdini, is no different. It provides updates on his life, rallies against those wishing to censor him and ruminates on how the world of hip-hop has been faring in his absence. And, of course, he always leaves time to ridicule numerous of-the-moment celebrities along the way.

The music video for Houdini by Eminem.

In 2002’s Without Me, for example, Eminem embraced his status as an anti-hero. Despite the best efforts of MTV and the Federal Communications Commission to “shut him down”, he tells us he remains a “rebel” who refuses to be silenced. He describes himself as “obscene”, a “monster” and a “nuisance” – but also a “visionary” and the “centre of attention”, who can’t be ignored.

In Without Me, Eminem also comments on his place within the hip-hop genre, expounding on his self-proclaimed importance to the industry and the rap game. But he also shows an understanding of the history of whiteness in hip-hop and the longstanding racial advantage that has historically seen white artists profit from forms of music created by black artists.

As with the name-checking of Pamela Anderson in My Name Is and rapper Fred Durst in The Real Slim Shady, in Without Me, Eminem again uses celebrity references (Limp Bizkit, Lynne Cheney) to tie the song to a particular time. This is something he seeks to do so listeners can look back at songs and remember what was going on at that moment.

Widely considered a failure by critics, Eminem has described his 2004 album Encore as “mediocre”. The lead single, Just Lose it, spends much of its time looking backward, revisiting the “guess who’s back” refrain from Without Me, and parodying one of Eminem’s rap battle scenes from his 2002 film 8 Mile.

In Just Lose It, Eminem’s celebrity bashing is narrower than the previous releases, focusing exclusively on Michael Jackson. But the child abuse allegations he refers to still place the song in a specific period – as does the appearances of socialite Paris Hilton in the music video.

Just Lose It shows Eminem struggling with his mental health issues and lacking lyrical inspiration. The line “what else could I possibly do to make noise, having touched on everything but little boys” certainly suggests he’s exhausted his subject matter (as well as delivering yet another jibe at Jackson).

As a 2004 review noted: “Just Lose It is as definitively about having nothing to say as Stan was about having said too much.” Despite this, Eminem does enough to remain an anti-hero – the man who dares to say what nobody else will, even if the controversy in this case is buried among nonsensical lyrics, instead of front and centre.

Five years, a greatest hits album and a drug overdose separate Encore from Relapse (2009). But the lead single We Made You made it feel like five minutes.

Eminem begins the song by asking whether we missed him and reassuring us that he was once again “back” (this time by “popular demand”), before launching into the song’s main focus: celebrity ridicule.

Merciless in its lampooning of celebrity culture, We Made You may be the best example of Eminem capturing the moment. References to Kevin Federline, Sarah Palin, Samantha Ronson and Amy Winehouse combine to provide the most immovable timestamp yet.

His suggestion that he would “nail” Palin (then governor of Alaska) and casting porn actress Lisa Ann to play her in the music video underlines his lack of respect for authority, a key characteristic of an antihero. But it’s also a reminder of the sexism that underscores much of the dark humour in Eminem’s music.

With the sample from Without Me, and the media controversy surrounding its lyrics, Houdini could persuade us it was 2002 all over again.

The ‘death’ of Slim Shady is announced in a teaser for Eminem’s new album.

Elsewhere in the song, Eminem reinforces the notion that little has changed in the intervening years, declaring that he is “still a white jerk” who says what he thinks and isn’t going to change, even if it means getting “cancelled”.

He describes himself as a “prick”, “dope fiend” and “devil”, but also as a lyrical technician. This mirrors the lyrics of Without Me and suggests that even though over two decades may have passed, he remains irresistible to so many of his listeners.

Once more, Eminem rallies against being “shut down” and “targeted” (this time by the imaginary Censorship Bureau), and retains his desire to reject authority by – albeit it humorously – ranting at Rosenberg and Sherri Pappini.

A reference to Megan Thee Stallion provides the inevitable zeitgeist moment, while also reminding us of his dark side, as he continues to make light of violence towards women.

So Eminem is indeed back again, seemingly unaltered by time, culture and trends. But with Houdini debuting at number one in the UK Official Singles chart and becoming YouTube’s top-trending music video, it looks like listeners are largely fine with him just the way he is – controversy and all.

The Conversation

Glenn Fosbraey does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Москва

СЕНСАЦИОННЫЙ ДОКЛАД ПРО ДЕЛО СКРИПАЛЕЙ, САФРОНОВА, ГОЛУНОВА.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan shuts down Saudi agreement rumors: “complex scenario”

Anthony Joshua-Daniel Dubois: Two-Weight World Champion Has No Doubt Who Hits Harder

Bradley Wiggins accused of ‘trashing’ posh VW campervan as pals say bankrupt cyclist has sold his medals and shirts

Frustrated England stars including Kane and Bellingham consoled by Wags and family in stands after tame Denmark draw

Ria.city






Read also

70-year-old raves about $18 night cream that ‘works wonders’ – shoppers say it ‘tightens skin’ & is ‘great for wrinkles’

Lauderhill seeks investigation of commissioner’s use of city car

Award-winning artist Taras Yoom presents exhibition in Limassol

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro

News Every Day

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan shuts down Saudi agreement rumors: “complex scenario”

Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here


News Every Day

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan shuts down Saudi agreement rumors: “complex scenario”



Sports today


Новости тенниса
Кирилл Скачков

Скачков и Тайлакова выиграли соревнования по настольному теннису на Играх БРИКС



Спорт в России и мире
Москва

В Лужниках состоялась церемония открытия Всероссийской Спартакиады Специальной Олимпиады



All sports news today





Sports in Russia today

Москва

Красногорск первым встретил участников международного супермарафона Москва-Минск


Новости России

Game News

Гайд по Earn to Die Rogue: мифические предметы, билды и режимы


Russian.city


Жанна Агузарова

Жанну Агузарову вырезали из трансляции МУЗ-ТВ


Губернаторы России
Metallica

Группа Metallica даст виртуальный концерт в Fortnite 22 июня


Канадский министр Леблан: Оттава признала КСИР террористической организацией

Директор Росгвардии генерал армии Виктор Золотов принял участие в посвященных 100-летию дивизии имени Ф.Э. Дзержинского торжественных мероприятиях

Показ мод, объединивший европейские и африканские мотивы, стал ярким событием вечерней программы фестиваля «Планета Юго-Запад»

Более 40 новых автобусов закупят в «Мострансавто» Мытищ до конца года


«Всю жизнь я зарабатывал пением и… легким аферизмом». Прохор Шаляпин раскрыл источники дохода в шоу «Вкусно с Анфисой Чеховой» на ТВ-3

Театр и Цирк, Культура и Концерт, Россия и Дети: «Волшебный платок бабушки Дари» - это захватывающее путешествие в мир бурятской сказки, которое не оставит равнодушным ни одного зрителя

«Всю жизнь я зарабатывал пением и… легким аферизмом». Прохор Шаляпин раскрыл источники дохода в шоу «Вкусно с Анфисой Чеховой» на ТВ-3    

Радость встречи с клоунами приносят массу положительных эмоций детям в Бурятии - Театр и Цирк, Культура и Концерт, Россия и Дети


Экс-теннисист Ольховский: россияне могут хорошо выступить на Уимблдоне

Теннисисты Медведев и Рублев сохранили позиции в рейтинге ATP

«Надо чем-то жертвовать». Арина Соболенко отказалась ехать на Олимпиаду в Париже

Людмила Самсонова не отдала голландскую траву // Она продолжила серию российских побед на теннисном турнире в Хертогенбосе



Как Россия уступила Азербайджану значительные территории Дагестана и два села

Филиал № 4 ОСФР по Москве и Московской области информирует: Отделение СФР по Москве и Московской области выплатило единовременное пособие при передаче ребенка на воспитание в семью 474 семьям региона

Галина Ржаксенская впервые стала участником ПМЭФ в Санкт-Петербурге

СЕНСАЦИОННЫЙ ДОКЛАД ПРО ДЕЛО СКРИПАЛЕЙ, САФРОНОВА, ГОЛУНОВА.


Сергей Собянин. Главное за день

Театр и Цирк, Культура и Концерт, Россия и Дети: «Волшебные башмачки Элли» - эта постановка создана по мотивам знаменитой сказки Александра Волкова «Волшебник Изумрудного города»

Автопробег в честь Дня России прошел в Ленинском округе

Московский аэропорт Домодедово и Всероссийское общество инвалидов заключили соглашение о сотрудничестве


ЦСКА подписал новый контракт с Ливио Жан-Шарлем

Путин почтил память павших у Могилы Неизвестного Солдата

Многократный чемпион по гребле на каноэ Фирсов умер на 36-м году жизни

Задержанный из-за неисправности самолета рейс Санкт-Петербург — Чита направят резервным бортом



Путин в России и мире






Персональные новости Russian.city
Моргенштерн

Шоумен Барецкий: у нас с Моргенштерном будет концерт 28 июня



News Every Day

Bradley Wiggins accused of ‘trashing’ posh VW campervan as pals say bankrupt cyclist has sold his medals and shirts




Friends of Today24

Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости