A Girl and Her Rapper

In yesterday’s post, I revealed a secret about my disdain for sharing my music preferences with other drivers on the road, specifically at red lights. In the comments, there were a few others who expressed secrets involving music. Jillian was educating people at the same red lights, Amber was performing accidental serenades, and TBM revealed his faux music career. Sam also sings T-swift better than me, but that’s okay because much more people show interest in hearing me spit some Eminem.

Me and Slim go way back.

ginger kids love eminem

If I was a boy. Or a real ginger.

I vividly remember the period in my life when I was first introduced to the exquisitely crude lyrics of one of my favorite rappers. I can still smell my old 5th grade classroom and hear the sounds of me cracking pencils out of frustration over those logic puzzles. Isabella, Amy, Tony, and Michael can figure out their own damn class schedules or which gifts they gave to whom for Valentine’s Day. Shit.  But this isn’t about them. This is about my favorite rapper, Mr. Marshall Mathers himself. You will be okay with this once you understand our history.

When Eminem came out with My Name Is, I remember being scared and delighted all at the same time. Scared, because I knew if I got caught singing the lyrics, “I don’t give a fuck, god sent me to piss the world off” at the impressionable age of ten, I would surely be put in jail and condemned to hell. My delight came from Eminem being my first true taste of secret rebellion. It was a simple infatuation that I couldn’t fully understand. It wouldn’t be long, however, before I was able to start understanding and appreciating the verses I was performing for the hair ribbons and stuffed animals in my closet.

From 2002-2006, my boy brought out some more serious tunes just in time for concentration camp High School. Songs like Mocking Bird, When I’m Gone, and Halie’s Song helped me get through those years in which that one detention ruined my life, and not getting asked to a single prom tormented my soul. Those problems obviously relate to child raising issues, hardcore drug use, and contemplating suicide.

On into early adulthood, and after I finally figured out the underlying meaning of the term hairy palms, my obsession became side tracked by a bout of 90’s withdrawal. This resulted in binge jamming everything from Nirvana, to 2Pac, to The Cranberries. The Blues Travelers may have slipped in there somewhere as well.

You can tell exactly when this time period occurred, because the widely bashed album Relapse was released in sync with my break in support of the artist. It’s obvious Eminem could sense my ambivalence, which then resulted in the widely agreed upon worst album of his career. Do you understand the gravity of my devotion to this guy now?

Finally, it was time for me to come out of my coma, which was so sever that I was reduced to listening to Jewel and Fiona Apple on repeat. I needed recovery. Much like someone else I used to know. I needed Recovery. This album confirms that it is my fate to forever love Eminem. There exists a cosmic tie between the artist and I. Don’t believe me? Take a look at some of the album’s song titles:

Track 3: “On Fire” hmm sounds familiar.

Track 11: “Cinderella Man” remember my original banner photo?

Track 12: “25 to Life” uncanny!

Track 14: “Almost Famous” me in a nutshell, right?

BONUS CONNECTION: Track 13, entitled So Bad, contains the lyric, “Why you think the only thing I got on is my pajamas” which is basically him admitting to loving long johns.

Either it was my fate to grow up appreciating the meditations of a thankfully inappropriate white rapper, or I purposefully littered my blog with allusions to Eminem’s last album. But it is probably the former. Tell me, what artist will you never be over?

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About becca3416

Becca Cord is a twenty-something year old southern ballerina turned humor writer and video editor. Having lived in Louisiana her entire life, she is now perusing her travel dreams while starting her own free-lance Web Marketing business and organizing a nation wide blogging event, Blogger Interactive. She believes one of her callings is making people laugh, and she intends to do so. You can find Becca on her personal blog, Facebook page, or Twitter @becca25tofly.

Posted on January 17, 2013, in Humor, Inspirational, Music, Silly and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 132 Comments.

  1. Sooo Eminem and Tech N9ne once did a song together…. Youtube! Now! Fair warning though the track kinda sucks….

  2. Great dedication post to the best original rapper/music artist in my opinion. Slim Shady is by far my most fav since he came out. He’s given me the courage to quit a few jobs, cuss a few friends when they overly dramatic about nothing, and he gives me inspiration. Not many people can over come what he has, and still rise to the top without being fake.

    Before him…hmmm, that was a long time ago….I was dedicated to (I know, I know), Mariah(the Hero days) and Akon. Why Akon? Who knows, I had a love hate relationship with Ghetto LOL that spanned into downloading the discography and still sometimes listening to it.

  3. You know, there’s really nothing like a really bad, mad white rapper to help get a girl all justified in her rageful angst. I identify.

  4. Mr. Mathers and I go way back too. For some reason the guy can spit out tunes seemingly faster than anyone else, but in a unique way that no one else can seem to touch. While the old classics are awesome a few new favorites are No Love with Lil Wayne (I can’t even hear him take a breath he is so good) and A Kiss that he does with Bad Meets Evil.

  5. Saw Tori Amos live do a version of an Eminem song where he’s explaining to his daughter why her mother’s body was in the trunk.
    That was kind of disturbing, on so many levels…

  6. N’Sync, those are MY BOYS!

    “Digital digital get down. Just you and me. When you’re, 50,000 miles away, I can see you, and baby baby you can see me.” They’re talking about us Becca! They’re talking about us!

  7. I wasn’t that into Eminem’s music, but I really like the more recent things he has done. I am a total rap junkie, and I do consider myself the female Eminem. I got mad flow, yo.

  8. I love Eminem. I still listen to him, occasionally with my kids in the car. Which, obviously, makes me Parent of the Year.

  9. I still remember the first time heard M squared. My name is was like nothing I ever heard before, and I don’t even like rap/hip-hop. I love me some em. The guy is a raw talent.

    Side note: my buddy’s brother lived in the trailer park where they filmed 8 mile. Just an interesting little tid bit I thought I’d share…

  10. I’ve always liked Eminem too. I remember first hearing his stuff and thinking, Holy Cow, a white guy who can REALLY rap! The only other ones in that category were the Beastie Boys so I was impressed. The artists/songs I’ll never get out of my head, like my friend Le Clown, are mostly from the 80s, since those were my formative years. Lots of Cure, U2, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, etc etc. It’s rare that I listen to any of them without warping right back to high school. I’ll never get tired of them.

  11. I find this fascinating, your love of Eminem. My husband and I listen to current music when we play Dr. Mario, and there are times I wish Eminem would just go to therapy, but there are other songs I like quite a bit. I just checked the music on my mp3 player that I listen to (loud!) on the motorcycle, and Eminem’s “Shake That” is on there. 🙂

  12. Find me a prom and I will take you. 🙂

  13. Becca, I think Eminem is talented, even though I never got into his music. I always liked the Beastie Boys and unfortunately they won’t be making any more albums. You should try running to them some time. I like a lot of 80s bands. I feel a little old reading your post! I always had a thing for The Cure. Do you know who they are?

  14. Tonic…

    I listen to “Lemon Parade” at least every day. And “If You Could Only See”. That was my song to my girlfriend (now wife) when we were teenagers. Wait… did I just confess that online? Jesus.

  15. fearlessleaderofthedumbasshorde

    I’m a Country Boy. I like Classic Country Music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Hank Williams, Jr, Merle Haggard, Waylon, Willie…but then again I have kids older than Becca. Alas, I am a mere Old Fart White Guy Redneck. And Fearless Leader. Let’s not forget that I am a Fearless Leader.

  16. Hall and Oates have always been a constant in my life, although I really don’t know why.
    The next generation of Hookey has become a fan of their work as well, and that makes me happy. Now I don’t feel quite so lame..

  17. This post made me think of my own sordid love affair with Alanis Morissette as a youngin’. I remember being in elementary school and singing You Oughta Know with no idea what she meant by “would she go down on you in a theater?” Jagged Little Pill was just deliciously angry. Eminem was like that, too. I guess that sort of emotion is refreshing when you’re a kid just coming out of the world of Disney characters and everything being shiny and happy all the time. It breeds lifelong love affairs.

    Oh, and logic puzzles? Totally freaking loved those.

    • Ashley, you were probably the girl sitting next to me I hated because she would finish those puzzles before I even finished writing my name. I aced my English essays though…

      Alanis is the female version of my Eminem obsession. In fact, I am listening to her RIGHT NOW.

  18. nah, just never got into him. maybe it was the time period, but then again i’m just not into rap at all. to me it’s always just an angry talking over someone else’s music. and it seems there are only two kinds of rap songs.

    1. “i’m go great, you all suck, i’m the best, go fuck yourself.”
    B. “that bitch, how dare she dump me, fuck her, i’ll find another bitch real soon.”

    did i miss anything?

  19. I will never be over Mick Jagger. Anyone that can still move like that at sixty is king in my book. But, I am currently listening to Awol Nation in the car. By the way, I just wanted to let you know I revealed some “post secrets” today!

  20. Good stuff. I have to think that Recovery is one of the best albums ever released…by anybody.

  21. Well look at you. Never would’ve thought you were a huge eminem fan. Let me guess when you’re in the club and you’ve had a few and a GOOD eminem song comes on, you will get crazy happy. “OMG Guys this is my jam!”

    my favorite band is Led zeppelin. They were my first Karaoke song, and they will be my last karaoke song. 🙂

    • Yes, you are actually pretty accurate about that (minus the me being in a club thing… we will just say bar). It’s a running joke among my friends. When Eminem comes on, they all look at me with a condemning look, as if I played it. 95% of the time, I did.

  22. I’m that girl that makes up lyrics and belts them out off key in the car alone.
    Having said that, my husband loves to tell the story of the day I picked him up after work in my business suit, driving my sweet little BMW, Starbucks in hand, and when he opened the door he was assaulted by the sounds of Nellie and little old me. He claims smoke came wafting out of the car too, but I don’t recall that.

  23. OMG I never went to prom either! We should write a rap song about it. And if that doesn’t capture the angst, we’ll model it after a Jewel song. ‘Cause I know that shiz inside and out.

    You don’t have to convince me of your cosmic ties to Mr. Mathers – the evidence speaks for itself.

  24. I read people talk like this about a particular artist – I have a friend who is one of the biggest Muse fans in the known universe – and it makes me feel odd because I don’t have a favourite artist who I can’t live without. I have a lot of music I like, and I do go through phases of listening to one album, artist or genre more than anything else, but it’s in a constant state of flux.

    I can’t work out if this makes me even more of an odd-ball than I already appear to be.

  25. Becca,
    I truly enjoyed this post for a number of reason, the main one being the important place music holds in my life. I was never into hip hop/rap, not even for mainstream artists like Eminem, even though I could never get Without Me out of my head. This being said, I did proclaim Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy best album of 2010.

    I have this sort of relationship with bands from the 80s, often known as the worst decade in music, but these were my teens, and besides, no other decade had Judd Nelson flipping the bird on Simple Minds’ Don’t You (Forget About Me). Take that, Kurt Cobain.
    Le Clown

    • I love that there is always something new for me to learn about you Le Clown, and I am glad you enjoyed my post. This was one I enjoyed writing. I think I can say I am officially out of my blockage mode. *knocks on wood*. WOOD.

  26. Dearest Becca, where is the accompanying vlog showing off your mad rapping skillz? Inquiring minds want to know.

  27. Eminem kinda grows on me. I wasn’t enthralled with him early on, but the more I listened to him, the more I understood his music and the more I liked it. I liked this post on your “history” with him.

  28. “Say whatever you want, I know I look good! love it lol
    I used to like Eminem, and I say used cuz I’m stuck on 2001 when it comes to music.
    As for understanding the lyrics I still remember when I was living in Brazil and everybody would sing along things song (link coming up), specially guys, I would laugh so hard, they playing sexy and having no idea what the lyrics meant, just priceless.

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