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Transcript of EMINEM

Early Life
Cleaning Out My Closet
Career Highlights
EMINEM
"Lose Yourself"
Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri
At age 12, he and his mother settled in the Eastside of Detroit Michigan in a lower/middle class neighborhood that was majority black
Wanted to become a comic book artist before he was introduced to hip hop
Ronald "Ronnie" Polkinharn (uncle)
Father figure and introduced Eminem to hip hop by giving him the "Breakin" album in 1981 when Eminem was 9 years old
"Reckless" by Ice T
1st rap song he listened to
Got him into hip hop
Attended Lincoln High School
Failed 9th grade 3x
Dropped out at 17
Religiously wrote raps
Read the dictionary to utilize more words in his raps
Called himself M&M
Frequently competed in rap battles.
Dated Kim Ann Scott
Child: Hailie Jade Scott
Father: Marshall Bruce Mathers, Jr.
left soon after Eminem was born
Mother: Deborah "Debbie" Rae Nelson
Eminem claimed that she hated and abused him
tried to claim that she was responsible for his success
When I'm Gone
Albums
1996-Released first individual album,
Infinite

- did not attract attention from public
A year later, released
The Slim Shady EP
After listening to Eminem's cassette, Dr. Dre signed him to his Interscope Records label
2000 The Marshal Mathers LP
-sold over 19 million copies worldwide
-Won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album
-Received a nomination for Album of the Year
2010 album
Recovery
won him a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album
Analysis
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted. one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?
Yo

Eminem raps about his father abandoning him as a child, his relationship with his ex-wife Kim, and his irreparable damaged relationship with his mother.
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs,
But he keeps on forgetting what he wrote down,
The whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's choking how, everybody's joking now
The clock's run out, time's up, over, BLOW!
Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity
Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked
He's so mad, but he won't give up that
Easy, no
He won't have it, he knows his hole back's to these ropes
It don't matter, he's dope
He knows that but he's broke
He's so stagnant, he knows
When he goes back to his mobile home, that's when it's
Back to the lab again, yo
This whole rhapsody
He better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him
[HOOK]
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
(You better)

"My f*ggot father must have had his panties up in a bunch Cause he split, I wonder if he ever kissed me goodbye
No I don't on second thought I just f*ckin' wished he would die"
[Hook]

No more games, I'ma change what you call rage
Tear this motherfucking roof off like two dogs caged
I was playing in the beginning, the mood all changed
I've been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage
But I kept rhyming and stepped right into the next cypher
Best believe somebody's paying the pied piper
All the pain inside amplified by the fact
That I can't get by with my 9 to 5
And I can't provide the right type of life for my family
Cause man, these goddamn food stamps don't buy diapers
And it's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
And these times are so hard, and it's getting even harder
Trying to feed and water my seed, plus
Teeter totter caught up between being a father and a prima donna
Baby mama drama's screaming on and


Too much for me to wanna
Stay in one spot, another day of monotony
Has gotten me to the point, I'm like a snail
I've got to formulate a plot or I end up in jail or shot
Success is my only motherfucking option, failure's not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer's got to go
I cannot grow old in Salem's lot
So here I go it's my shot.
Feet, fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got

[Hook]

You can do anything you set your mind to, man

"I look at Hailie, and I couldn't picture leavin' her side
Even if I hated Kim, I grit my teeth and I'd try"
The soul's escaping, through this hole that is gaping
This world is mine for the taking
Make me king, as we move toward a new world order
A normal life is boring, but superstardom's close to post mortem
It only grows harder, homie grows hotter
He blows. It's all over. These hoes is all on him
Coast to coast shows, he's known as the globetrotter
Lonely roads, God only knows
He's grown farther from home, he's no father
He goes home and barely knows his own daughter
But hold your nose 'cause here goes the cold water
His hoes don't want him no more, he's cold product
They moved on to the next schmoe who flows
He nose dove and sold nada
So the soap opera is told and unfolds
I suppose it's old partner but the beat goes on
Da da dum da dum da da
See what hurts me the most is you won't admit you was wrong B*tch do your song Keep tellin' yourself that you was a mom But how dare you try to take what you didn't help me to get You selfish b*tch; I hope you f*ckin' burn in h*ll for this sh*t
Works Cited
Structure & Rhyme
Intro
Verse 1
Hook
Verse 2
Hook
Verse 3
Hook
Overall Theme
XAABBCCDDEEFFXGGXX
In this song, Eminem acts as a motivational speaker to his listeners. He tells them to seize the moment in any opportunity given to them, particularly once in a lifetime chances.
This question is referred throughout this song...refers to theme
Analysis
released in 2002
summary of "8 mile"
(Eminem's autobiographical movie)
shows how he became well respected rapper despite his race (stereotype)
terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 were still fresh in people's minds during the release of this song
Iraq War was just panning out & the invasion of Afghanistan
Eminem raps about the personal relationship between him & his daughter, & the struggle of choosing between his family and fans.
Verse One
it's about how his character, Jimmy Smith (a.k.a. Rabbit), didn't have enough confidence in himself in his first rap battle and lost but didn't stop there.
the hook is his direct message to his audience.
Ha! I got some skeletons in my
closet
And I don't know if no one knows
it
So before they throw me inside my coffin and close
it
I'mma expose it; I'll take you back to
'73
Before I ever had a multi-platinum sellin'
CD
I was a baby, maybe I was just a couple of
months
My f*ggot father must have had his panties up in a
bunch
Cause he split, I wonder if he even kissed me
goodbye
No I don't on second thought I just f*ckin' wished he would
die
I look at Hailie, and I couldn't picture leavin' her
side
Even if I hated Kim, I grit my teeth and I'd
try
To make it work with her at least for Hailie's
sake
I maybe made some
mistakes
But I'm only human, but I'm man enough to face them
today
What I did was stupid, no doubt it was
dumb
But the smartest shit I did was take the bullets outta that
gun
Cause I'da killed him; sh*t I woulda shot Kim and him both
It's my life, I'd like to welcome y'all to The Eminem Show
Verse 2
It's about how he finally becomes famous and is feeling as if he's on top of the world, but he in turn became distant from his daughter then immediately lost his fame to a new rapper...and his struggle continues
Verse 3
He talks about how his life is so hard. He's trying to pursue his career in hip hop while struggling to take care of his family.
Verse 3 (cont.)
Poetic Techniques
He voices how he has to be smart and take things slow so that he can survive. He says he can't and won't let the once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity he is given slip by.
Simile: "Leave 'em with a taste as sour as vinegar in they mouth"
Metaphor: "I got skeletons in my closet"
Poetic Devices
Assonace & Imagery
ex.: "His palms are sw
ea
ty, knees w
ea
k, arms are h
ea
vy"
"The wh
o
le cr
ow
d g
oe
s so l
ou
d. Sn
a
p b
a
ck to re
a
lity. He g
oe
s
back to his m
o
bile h
o
me. B
a
ck to his l
a
b
a
gain."
[
bends his words using assonance to fit his own rhyme scheme (the
long "o"'s and short "a"'s)
]
ex.: "
Oh
, there
goes

Rabbit
, he
choked
He’s
so

mad
, but he
won’t
give up
that

easy
,
no
He
won’t

have
it, he
knows
his
whole

back’s
to these
ropes
It
don’t

matter
, he’s
dope
He
knows

that
, but he’s
broke
He’s
so
stag
nant
that
he
knows
When he
goes

back

to
his
mo
bile
home
,
That’s
when it’s
back
to the
lab
again
yo
"
Rhymes
ex:Harder, over, globetrotter, father, daughter, water, partner
end rhymes
ex: "I got to formulate a plot before I end up in jail or
shot
Success is my only motherf***ing option;failure's
not
"
internal rhymes
ex: "I
got
to formulate a
plot
before I end up in jail or
shot
"
Assonance: "And I don't know if no one knows it"
"I get the point, fine, me and mommy are going"
But baby wait, "it's too late dad you made your choice now go out there and show em that you love em more than us. "
Alliteration: "Mama poppin' prescription pills in the kitchen"
"Have you ever loved someone so much
You'd give an arm for
Not the expression, no
Literally give an arm for
When they know they're your heart
And you know you are their armor"


Simile: "Sick as the mind of the kid that's behind"
Imagery: "Even if I hated Kim, I grit my teeth and I'd try"
Ironic: "I said I'm sorry momma, I never meant to hurt you"
Structure & Rhyme
Metaphor: " Cleanin' out my closet"
Structure
Intro
Verse 1
Hook
Verse 2
Hook
Verse 3
Hook
Simile
ex.: "Tear this mother f***** roof off like two dogs caged"
Onomatopoeia
ex.: "BLOW!" and "Da da dum"
Personification
ex.: "Feet fail me not"
Repetition
ex.: hook
Symbolism
ex.: time
Meter
ex: verse 1 (AAXBBCCXDEDEFF)
Diction (informal)


Alliteration
ex.: "It only grows
h
arder,
h
omies grow
h
otter

B
est
b
elieve, somebody's
p
aying the
p
ied
p
iper"
Consonance
ex: "
T
ee
t
er
t
o
tt
er caugh
t
up be
t
ween.
Somebody's
p
aying the
p
ied
p
i
p
er.
The
m
usic, the
m
o
m
ent"
Metaphor
ex: "His h**s don't want him no more. He's
cold product
"
Hyperbole
ex: "This whole world's mine for the taking"
Allusion
ex.: the pied piper
"back to these ropes" (refers to the ropes of a boxing ring...referring to "Rocky" the famous boxing movie)
Themes, Language, Mood, & Tone
Rhyme
I keep havin' this dream, I'm pushin' Hailie on a
swing,
she keeps screamin', she don't want me to
sing
"You're makin' mommy cry, why, why is mommy
cryin
'"
"Baby, daddy ain't leavin' no more, Daddy you're
lyin'
You always say that, you always say this is the last
time
But you ain't leavin' no more daddy, you're
mine
"
She's pilin' boxes in front of the door tryin' to block
it
"Daddy please, daddy, don't leave, daddy, no, stop
it
"


Mood/Tone: Negative, Anger, lashing out at his mother

Language: Explicit, strong, hateful

Theme: Clearing/speaking his mind (aka cleaning out his closet)


Adriana Saldivar, Ilse Llamas-Medina, & Jomari Pecorelli
AABBCCDD
Poetic Devices
Personification: "The walls must be talking cuz man, I can hear em'"
Hyperbole: "Have you ever loved someone so much you'd give an arm for em'?
Metaphor: "When they know they're your heart & you know you're their armor"
Imagery: "Daddy it's me, help Mommy, her wrists are bleeding''
Themes, language, Mood, & Tone
Themes: Everlasting love, Facing reality, Sacrifice
Language: No explicit language
Mood: Loving, Confused
Tone: Apologetic, Reassuring, Loving
Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d.
Web. 21 Apr. 2015.
"Rhymecology." Rhymecology. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr.
2015.
""Lose Yourself" Lyrics." EMINEM LYRICS. N.p., n.d.
Web. 21 Apr. 2015.
"Cleanin' Out My Closet" EMINEM LYRICS. N.p., n.d.
Web. 21 April 2015.
"When I'm Gone" EMINM LYRICS. N.p., n.d.
Web 21 April. 2015.
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