“I Miss The Old Eminem”

“I miss the old Eminem.”

That to me sounds like “I miss the drugged up, violent, wife beating, mom bashing, deranged, rage infused, pill popping, overdose and almost died on his bathroom floor” Eminem.

Apparently, the negative shit that happens to a person is better to listen to than the positive. This goes to show that Tupac wasn’t really a great rapper in the future, but only in the past.

If Eminem would have died after his Eminem Show album, he would’ve became a legend like Pac and people would be having arguments like “if Eminem was alive, he’d still be rippin’ the mic!” etc…

If Pac would’ve still been alive today and gotten his life together, didn’t wanna be known as a thug or represent it anymore, became more aligned with his social activism of what is good and right, those same comments that Eminem is getting today about not being good enough in his music anymore, would be the same comments Pac would get.

People do not like change for the better when you’re an artist. They wanna make sure that you are depressed, angry, drugged up, dealing with the law, and two steps away from death. I know I’m guilty of this when it came to him also, but I’ve changed my mind. Maybe it’s because I didn’t like his MMLP2 as much as I would have thought, I don’t know.

I went in headfirst

Never thinking about who what I said hurt, in what verse

My mom probably got it the worst.

Everybody loved when he was cleaning out his closet, but nobody is gonna love him when he turned those Headlights on and saw the damage he had caused. It’s better to hear Eminem call his mom a bitch, a bad mom and a drug addict, then blame his problems on her, but it’s not as appealing or exciting when you heard him tell his mom that he hates that Cleaning Out My Closet song and he will never do that song again at his shows, tells her she’s beautiful to him and that he’s truly sorry and he also forgives her for her wrongs.

But I’m sorry mama for ‘Cleaning Out My Closet’, at the time I was angry

Rightfully maybe so, never meant that far to take it though, ’cause

Now I know it’s not your fault, and I’m not making jokes

That song I no longer play at shows and I cringe every time it’s on the radio.

In the music industry, you don’t get to be great forever unless you die young and at your prime. Eminem died that day when he overdosed in that bathroom. He came back alive inside instead of always feeling dead. He can thank his daughters and Proof for that epiphany.

There’s a fine line between being great and death. You never know how long you’ll be viewed as great when you’re alive, but you sure as hell will live in greatness forever when you die.

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4 thoughts on ““I Miss The Old Eminem”

  1. For me, it’s not the depression stuff that I miss really but the fun he used to put into it, the lyrics could be about anything. A lot of his great old songs weren’t even about personal life struggles, they were just fun music like: My Band, My Salsa, Ass Like That, Just Lose It, etc..

    I dislike that most of his rapping is so monotone and refined to one specific way these days. It’s like he’s afraid to play around with ideas and step out of his somber/overly-serious comfort zone. He used to make songs that were musical, that made you want to (terribly) blare the words out in your car. He got you hyped up, ready to go, he was fully of energy, I miss that energy. But I think it’s correct in thinking that he’s grown up and his life has become less interesting, he has less inspiration to draw from or to make fun/vulgar songs about (and likely doesn’t want to make vulgar songs anymore).

    I think a lot of artists also seem to fall into the trap of this idea that older styles of music can’t sell in today’s environment, as though somehow because mainstream music has “evolved” into something else then suddenly nobody would like new stuff made in those old styles, which is preposterous to me, otherwise why would we care to listen to those old songs still? Why would they continue to be discovered by new kids and listened to as well? A good song gives a good feeling, it doesn’t matter what the current mainstream is.

    But music is often a product of the times as well and just like movie sequels that come many many years later, it becomes very difficult to recapture that same creation process and energy.

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