By Molly, age 13, California
Eminem (Marshall Mathers) is a very talented rapper with a number of nicknames: Rabbit, Eminem or M&M, and Slim Shady (Shady). In every song you find out something new and interesting about him. He talks about himself and his past while making it enjoyable for others to listen. He focuses on one subject the whole time, whether it is his daughter, best friend, or a part of his past. He had an awful past, starting with being born to a 15 year old mother and a father who left six months later. He switched schools often, but coped with it by rapping and battling other classmates. His race didn't help him fit in, given that he is white. He doesn't consider himself stupid, but he failed out of 9th grade three times, claiming it wasn't for him. He started rapping at the age of four and has been doing it ever since. He was married and divorced (twice) to Kimberly Scott, who gave birth to their daughter Hailie Jade Scott.
Listening to how he grew up makes me feel so lucky that I grew up in a nice neighborhood with rich parents. When he talks about growing up and out of the "hood," he inspires me to be myself and never give up on sharing my talents with the world. He makes his priorities clear - his daughter, his life, and recognizing his friends through rap. He used to not show as much of himself, but I think it was after he quit drugs that he decided he doesn't care what his audience wants, he wants to show himself. He went from "Just Lose It" to "Going Through Changes." In "Just Lose It," he is a crazing early twenties man who wants girls and alcohol. In "Going Through Changes," Eminem is a more mature, developed man, getting his priorities straight and building a future. In his later years he shares more about himself than he did when he was just starting out.
I like almost all of his songs, but I love "Going Through Changes," "You're Never Over," "Without Me," "Cleanin' Out My Closet," and "Mockingbird." I love all of these songs, but my favorite is "Just Lose It." I love the song and the music video. It presents a new fun side to Eminem that I don't get in any of his other songs. I find the music video hilarious. I laugh every time I watch it. "I can see it in your eyes, deep inside you want to cry / 'cause you're scared, I ain't there? Daddy's with you in your prayers." I feel that this segment of the song really tells you who Eminem is. He knows his baby girl inside and out and cares about her very, very much. He also shows that he wants his listeners to be better than he was, that God is with them.
I would give Eminem 4 stars (of a possible 5) only because sometimes he makes me sad when I listen to him. He also always seems to be very angry and wants everyone to pity him. He makes cool sound effects and has meaningful lyrics. He doesn't force rhymes and you can understand everything he is saying.