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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that there is much worthy of praise in Eminem.  First and foremost is that his style of rap is fairly intense.  I think that he is probably one of the most polished acts out there.  In the history of hip- hop, I think that Eminem would be on the short list of most talented rappers.  Over the course of his career, Eminem has been able to evolve as both person and rapper through his music.  Simply put, I think that Eminem has "changed the game" in being able to bring out emotional and psychological heartache in rap.  When one hears the intensity of feeling in a song like "Cleaning Out My Closet" of "Sing for the Moment" or the feelings of alienation and isolation in "Stan," it serves as a reminder that rap can be a vehicle for personal expression and articulation.  At the same time, there is a definite political element present in Eminem's music such as "Mosh" or "No Love."   Eminem has been able to show rap as an art form that instigate social thought and change.  When the stereotype of rap is that it is solely concerned with hedonism and self- indulgence, I think that Eminem's contributions can refute such an insistence.  In this, I think appeal is evident.

user1575344 | Student

EMINEM is Awesome

prettykitty143 | Student

Part of Eminem’s greatness is his background story, or his path to becoming a famous rapper.

What makes Eminem such a gifted singer is his ability to combine all of these different voices, which he has done throughout his musical career, and create different tones in his songs. Most, if not all, rappers cannot do this and instead sing in the same voice in all of their songs. In addition, the use of alternate voices contributes to Marshall Mathers’ multiple personas, such as Eminem, Slim Shady, and Ken Kaniff. All of these personas are used by Eminem to show different perspectives in his music. Eminem is the serious rapper singing about his background, Slim Shady is the satirist singing about the negative aspects of life, and Ken Kaniff is the unattractive pervert singing about the detestable people in society. All of these personas make Marshall Mathers a much more complex and layered individual.

His musical versatility, or range, is what makes Eminem so unique and separates him from other rappers, such as Jay-Z, who mostly rap in only one voice or style for the duration of a song. What I mean by musical range is the ability to change voices, which directly change the meaning or tone of the song.

snickel1 | Student

Eminem has mad rhymes. He spits out lyrics like none other. All haters are just jealous of his mad skillz.