It all began when I was a child, and a friend told me to listen to Smack that, by Akon featuring Eminem. I at the time, listened mostly to Taylor Swift and more softer tunes, so you would think the genre wouldn’t interest me as much. But oh, it did. Before you know it, I was going 🎶smack that, all on the floor🎶 and had already learnt Eminems verse. I was interested.
I went on to search about Eminem, who at the time had released the Marshall Mathers LP 2, so naturally, Rap God was the recent hit. It ended up being the first song I ever heard by Eminem. Listening to it was heaven, and I was extremely influenced by how this amazing guy, could make anything, everything rhyme.
After learning Rap God faster than I could learn school material, I listened to more of his songs. I remember Lose Yourself and My Name is being the earliest songs I discovered. I was amazed, spellbound. I was still a child at the moment, and didn’t understand the disses and cuss songs, but still learnt the lyrics by heart naturally and sang them till I was breathless.
As I grow up, when I play those songs on repeat, it hits me in pieces, OOOH, THIS MEANS THAT! HE’S REFERRING TO THAT STAR, I NEVER KNEW! His genius keeps amazing me. After that I had the slim shady phase, where The Real slim shady was the jam for a long period of time.
Days passed, more songs kept increasing. After a while was when I truly understood the pain behind this man, I admired.
Father left him, mother was on drugs, constantly moving, bullied at school, beat friend died, lived in poverty, wife left and cheated on him, the world got offended.
And he still raps on.
And since then, Marshall Bruce Mathers II has been my role model. He’s showed me to endure pain and express it, so you can build off it than letting it build off you. He’s taught me, even if the whole world is against you, you still have a chance. He’s taught me to fight Till I collapse, to never switch off the hope of the headlights, to never be scared of the monster. I am and will always be a Stan.
As a writer, he’s given me the strength to address my feelings through my art. Eminem, thanks for making me laugh, cry, smile and happy.