Just The Two Of Us: Chronicling, Defending & Meeting Eminem

As an eighth grader, Andrea Aguilar began following Eminem's career. She details how that led to national news coverage, a dedicated fan site and eventually meeting Eminem in person.

“My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge / That'll stab you in the head, whether you’re a fag or lez / Or the homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-vest / Pants or dress, hate fags / The answer’s yes…” – Eminem, “Criminal”

Who could have predicted these few bars of lyrics would have me sitting next to the Grammy president, Michael Greene, at just 16 years old?

I sat there apprehensively, trying to anticipate what the audience was going to ask me next. I was somewhat prepared considering the fact that “The Today Show” grilled me about Eminem’s misogynistic and homophobic lyrics the previous weekend.

That interview was filmed in my bedroom—plastered with Eminem posters and magazine cutouts on every wall. I remember the journalist asking me if I thought Em’s song “Kim,” in which he murders his unfaithful girlfriend and repeats the line “Bleed, bitch. Bleed,” promoted domestic violence.  

“I actually see it as a love song in some sort of weird, twisted way,” I explained. “His lyrics go on to say, ‘I don’t wanna go on living in this world without you,’ because he feels so betrayed.” He seemed perturbed by my answer. When asked about his frequent use of the word “faggot,” I cited his “Criminal” lyrics in which he stated, “Come on, relax, guy, I like gay men.”  

Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP was my life at the time. Scratch that. Eminem was my life at the time. I was compared to the female equivalent of his infamously dark song “Stan” about a deranged fan who scribbles Em letters until it literally drives him off of a bridge. I was “Standrea,” if you will (“Stan” + My name, Andrea = “Standrea”). I was instantly drawn in by his sing-songy voice, insane delivery and funny videos for “My Name Is” and “Guilty Conscience,” but had no idea how demented his material actually was until I copped The Slim Shady LP in the eighth grade. Thankfully, my parents never made me listen to edited music, because they didn’t want to shelter me from the real world and knew I was mature enough not to slit my wrists or go on a drug binge because Em joked about it in a song.

Soaking in its unedited, ominous and wickedly witty content, I admit that I was taken aback by its rawness upon my first listen. I remember thinking, “This guy is sick,” during “’97 Bonnie & Clyde.” I felt somewhat guilty for enjoying such a morbid track about dumping his baby mama’s lifeless body in a lake with the help of their two-year-old daughter, Hailie Jade. But Eminem’s exquisite storytelling on songs like “Brain Damage” and his cartoonishly violent lyrics on “Still Don’t Give a Fuck” were captivating. I couldn’t stop listening.   

To me, he was Mr. Don’t Give a Fuck, and I was a teenage Latina at an all-girls Catholic high school who found his material undeniably clever, creative and hilarious. His association with Dr. Dre drew me in, and the fact he was White and grew up hiding the welfare cheese from friends out of embarrassment intrigued me. He was my savior from all of the disposable “same song and dance,” cookie-cutter Pop music my peers consumed. I cringed every time I saw Britney Spears and ‘Nsync pin-ups in lockers, and Em understood that. Boy/girl teen Pop groups made him sick.

Marshall Mathers became the extracurricular activity I never had. I spent hours downloading freestyles and rarities on Napster, and I read every bio and magazine article I could find about him. I taped every TV appearance, founded a Yahoo! fan club and kept current on his every move. I dragged my mom and cousin to my first Hip Hop show—Power 106’s “Powerhouse”—because he was on the bill (Sidebar: The closing surprise act was the historical reunion of Dr. Dre and Snoop, and I nearly lost my mind).  

My passion flourished, and I was determined to build a fan site, so I spent the majority of my summer teaching myself basic HTML code through trial and error. You have to remember this was the year 2000. Wordpress did not yet exist, and easy site builders still required some coding. Before long, my Angelfire site, “All About the Shadiest: Eminem” was born, complete with a compilation of rare facts, a breakdown of all of his tattoos and speeches he’d made at award shows I transcribed. While visiting my Yahoo! club one day, I saw a post looking for fans to contribute their thoughts on Em to a magazine called Eminem: Unauthorized and Uncensored. I wrote a blurb about why I respected him as an artist, and it was published along with my site.

Curtains Up: From “Stan” To Local Celebrity

About a month later, I received an e-mail from Lynn Smith of the LA Times requesting an interview to discuss Eminem’s music. I was elated. She made the trek to my family’s Chino Hills home, and I did the Q&A in my black hoodie with the backwards E on it that I wore religiously until it turned gray. I showed her my room, my vast collection of memorabilia and website. She jotted down notes while we discussed my background, how I became a fan and what I specifically liked about Eminem’s music. There was no reason to be nervous, but, like most teenagers, I was self-conscious at 15 and was concerned my answers might not sound intelligent enough. Lynn set me at ease with her kind, professional approach, and I observed how enjoyable the field of journalism might be.

The article came out, and though I was a little disappointed that I used the filler word “like” way too often, I was excited to be in the prestigious paper my parents read every morning during breakfast. Friends and classmates found out, I was hyped my Stan-liness received recognition, and hoped it might lead to a meeting with Eminem one day. I remember hearing that my friend’s sister bought the entire stack of LA Times from a vendor, and I laughed in disbelief as I signed a copy for a schoolmate. Little did I know that my story also made its way into the hands of an executive at the Interscope Records offices in Santa Monica.

Who Knew: National Interest & Contact With Eminem’s Camp

At home, I was frantically blowing up the Power 106 line trying to win tickets to Em’s secret Pay-Per-View concert that could only be obtained by bidding on them for charity. I was on a serious mission. I made calls hourly and asked my family to try and keep the lines clear, but my endeavors were in vain. I felt defeated when the contest ended, and I routinely checked my e-mail the night before the show. There it was. A prayer answered. A brief message from Dennis Dennehy, Eminem’s publicist, saying he read the LA Times article and thought it was really cool to see someone saying something positive about Em for once. He had two tickets to the show saved for me. I fuckin’ lost it. My mom had just stepped in from work, and she heard me upstairs screaming. “Are you okay?!” she demanded. Apparently, she thought I was dying.

Hearing from Em’s camp and going to that concert was everything to me. D12, Dr. Dre and Xzibit were surprise guests, and I was in Hip Hop heaven screaming along to every song as Em’s eyes peered at me in the audience. He even did “Shit On You,” debuted “Purple Pills” and mocked ‘Nsync by performing a choreographed dance with the Dirty Dozen. These were the moments I lived for, and the show continued in my dreams that night. No lie.

Word about me evidently spread, and my neighbors advised my family that Fox 11 News was looking for me. Soon, a segment of my parents and I being interviewed by Lisa Breckenridge aired on the nightly news. I did similar interviews with “Inside Edition” for an obsessed fan episode, YM magazine and The Daily Bulletin. When The Daily Bulletin issue dropped the day of the Grammys, I was shocked to see my story and photo on the cover. For a sophomore in high school who usually only got academic praise, it felt rewarding to see all of the work I put into my site get so much attention.

Unfortunately, in the midst of all the press coverage, some heartless soul of a hacker decided to delete my entire site, and for a few days, I hit rock bottom. Words cannot describe how upset I was knowing that people clicking on my URL would be directed to a dead link. Luckily, it was a blessing in disguise. I was able to salvage my old content thanks to Google’s cache, and I rebuilt it as the domain name allabouteminem.com.

Won’t Back Down: Defending Eminem Against GLAAD

As the Grammys approached, there was a media frenzy about Eminem’s controversial lyrics getting nominated for the coveted Grammy for Album of the Year, and I was contacted by GLAAD (at the time, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to discuss his homophobic lyrics. This was the group of people who Eminem said held up “picket signs for (his) wicked rhymes.” Truth be told, I was never a fan of public speaking, but I decided to participate in their “Intolerance in Music: A Town Hall Meeting” at the Los Angeles Library downtown. Anything to defend my idol.   

As my dad drove up to the library that day, the streets were heavily stacked with news vans. I took some deep breaths hoping to dissipate my anxiety and walked in wearing my “Property of Slim Shady” shirt. The inside of the auditorium was less intimidating. Various media outlets were definitely present, but the LA high schools that were supposed to fill most of the seats backed out at the last minute.  

The moderator led the discussion by asking the panel how we felt about his music. I explained that fans understood Em’s personality, and that a lot of his lyrics were said in jest. The most intense moments were when the audience asked questions. Parents interrogated me about why I felt his lyrics were funny, and an elderly man shouted that Em’s gay slurs were comparable to several racial epitaphs. Many felt Elton John’s announcement to perform with Eminem was the epitome of betrayal and disgrace. Grammy president, Michael Greene, addressed most of those questions, but regardless, things got heated. After doing a few radio interviews, a bodyguard was nice enough to walk my dad and I back to our car. The highlight of the afternoon for me was being introduced to Violet Brown, who Em mentioned on his “Steve Berman” skit.

There He Is: Finally Meeting Eminem

High school progressed, and though people labeled me obsessive, it never interfered with my academics or social life. I maintained my 4.0 GPA and spent time with friends while frequently updating my site. I attended every Eminem show in town and kept in touch with Dennis, having strong faith that it was only a matter of time before I’d get the chance to meet him. The time had finally come.  

The date was August 15, 2002 on Em’s “Anger Management 2” tour in Chula Vista, California. Dennis got me in touch with Marc Labelle, Em’s road manager, and I called him the day of the show. No promises were made, and he explained it would depend on how Eminem was feeling. I hoped for the best, and at the beginning of Ludacris’ set, a guy named Liam came up to the area where my friend, Gloria, and I were sitting. He asked if my name was Andrea. When I confirmed, he handed us backstage passes for later, and I did my absolute best to refrain from having an anxiety attack.

When Papa Roach’s set was over, Liam tapped me on the shoulder and swept Gloria and I backstage where we met Marc Labelle. He explained Em’s time was limited because he had to prep for his show, but I didn’t mind. Walking past the gates to the backstage area near the tour buses was surreal, and when we ran into Em’s body double, Partial, in the halls, my heart dropped. I was excited, nervous, curious and naturally high all at the same damn time. Finally, we arrived at his dressing room where his manager, Paul “Bunyan” Rosenberg, towered over the entrance. I thanked him as I tried to distract myself from the rush I felt knowing I would soon be in the presence of Slim Shady himself. After a few minutes, I was led into a furnished room complete with an array of catered food, a big screen TV with massive speakers, and a lush couch that D12 members Kuniva and Bizarre were seated on. My eyes glanced a little bit further, and there he stood—Marshall Mathers himself in all his glory. I was stunned as his blue eyes met mine.
 
Gloria and I walked over to him in disbelief, and he asked us what our names were. I blurted out, “This is crazy.” He repeated, “This is crazy?” and laughed. He introduced me to Bizarre, who I referred to as his other little-known nickname, “The Red Headed Rapist” and Kuniva. I said, “Yeah, I know Rondell Beene,” and Bizarre exclaimed, “This girl knows her shit!” I rejoiced inside getting validation from a D12 member as we shook hands. Success.  

Paul told Em that Dennis had been trying to arrange a meeting between us for a while, and brought over some Sharpies and press photos. I stood there in awe as he scribbled his signature with his left hand and stared at his tattooed arm adorned with the silver bracelet he often wore in pictures. I snapped out of it and commented on the room.
 
“So what? You guys just chill back here? That’s the fuckin life right there!” They laughed, and Bizarre replied, “Americaaaa,” referring to the song, “White America.” Eminem mentioned hearing about me defending him, and I was taken aback. I paused and managed to respond, “Yeah, the GLAAD thing. That was scary.”

Paul asked if we had cameras, and proceeded to take our photo. Gloria then requested a photo of us flipping the camera off.

“I don’t do that,” Em joked. He also agreed to a solo shot. “Where is this gonna end up?” he asked as I snapped it. “The Internet,” I replied laughing. We spoke a bit about a notebook I sent him, but he hadn’t received it. His team reminded him that he had to perform. “Oh, yeah. I got a show to do,” Em replied smiling. I bid him farewell and did my best to convey my gratitude and how much it meant to me. “Thank you. I love yoooooooooooou,” he replied as we walked out the door. It was so gratifying to see that he was so down to earth, funny and kind.

Our meet and greet was no more than 10 minutes, but in those few moments, I felt infinite. My hard work was sincerely recognized by the man himself, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. After the long summer nights staying up until 2 a.m. working on my site, copping the albums and merchandise, researching for hours at a time, having Eminem acknowledge me everything made it all worthwhile. 

As The World Turns: 10 Years After Meeting Eminem

A year later, my parents were generous enough to fly me out to Detroit, Michigan to Eminem’s show at Ford Field as my graduation present. I was featured in The Detroit News, but the best part was seeing all of the sights: 8 Mile Road, St. Andrew’s Hall—where he used to perform, his old home on the cover of The Marshall Mathers LP and Gilbert’s Lodge where he used to work as a short-order cook. It was like my own little Graceland. The show itself was unforgettable with 50 Cent, D12, Obie Trice, Missy Elliott and Monica popping up as surprise guests, and I was just old enough to attend the afterparty at the State Theatre where I saw Proof. Some of the best gifts are experiences, and this was definitely a memorable one.  

To this day, I keep his framed photo on my desk signed, “Andrea, Thank you 4 everything! Love, Marshall.” I remember being overjoyed when I realized that he signed his government name, because I read close friends and family were the only ones allowed to address him as such.  

I highly doubt Eminem remembers that quick meeting over 10 years ago, and it honestly doesn’t concern me. He took the time to reach out to a young fan when he could have easily brushed me off. Instead, he transformed my entire life. Dennis later helped me attain my college internship at Interscope, and today, I am interviewing rappers and writing articles as a Hip Hop journalist.

About two years ago, I ran into Marc and Paul on Sunset Boulevard during VMA weekend and gave them a quick hello. I could tell they weren’t sure who I was, but didn’t want to take up their time by going into detail. I just smiled and kept it moving as the priceless and warm memories of my adolescence as Standrea flashed through my mind.

Los Angeles native Andrea Aguilar has always had a strong passion for Hip Hop and journalism. In 2007, she received a BA in Communications - Entertainment Studies with a Minor in Radio/TV/Film from Cal State Fullerton and worked for Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records. She is the writer and creator of beautifulstruggles.com and has contributed to Urban print publications TRUE and DOPE Magazine. Her articles include feature and cover stories on Hip Hop artists, actors and professional athletes.  She has interviewed renowned artists like Pusha T, Game, Big Sean and Tyga. You can follow her on Twitter @andrea3stacks.

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104 Comments

  • Yalonda

    Thats an awesome story but unfortunately living in poverty I didn't get to read it... but what i can say is Eminem changed everyones lifes when we all looked into his eyes an really seen the truth that we always tried to deny.. i also know that he has saved all of lifes without even knowing it.. I have tryin for a very long time to say thank you an that i have been a fan for as long as i can remember! An now here I'm 30 an about to go to my first concert in 13 years and to also be quite honest this will probably be my last concert that I will be going to ever again see I'm taking a huge life threatening chance I'm going this weekend to the monster tour in Detroit my home town along with alot of other's due to live threatening injuries I can not explain... but as a real stan fan i want to say thank you for being there when ever shit did hit the fan. An also thank you for not forgetting about us your fans an ever giving up thank you... :-) Aka O

  • tommy_Moto

    1st listened to eminem. Slim Shady i had ignored the tape(coz of the singles) but my Sis gave the cD, i listened to is i was kinda of amazed the singles he release ddidnt do justice to album tracks like 'i dont give a f8ck' and the one he disses canibus really liked that beat too. canibus did well too bt should of put in more effort esp since he had the lane bt a couple of f8ck ups. dissing wyclef, ll ,em bt could of gone to his advantage with more gameplan. Was an interesting time and how things panned out. As the writer above i was Passionate about music , hip hop mostly and reggae, african music bt open to all dope music too. Now i am Producer >> have toured the world , performed bt now im going to college to BUILD u neva stop growing >> so keep BUILDING

  • tM

    very nice article. Your Passion paid of. I respect ur believe. Will go reAd more of ur articles. Peace tM

  • the real stan

    i masturbated to eminem on accident once. i was jacking off to beyonce then i thought of that song super man. LOL

  • slim86

    Great article. I remember i used to go on allabouteminem.com when i was younger. its is live again now, looks pretty new but looks like it could have potential, and it is up to date.

  • Anonymous

    The Marshall mathers lp sold over 1.7 million copy's in 7 days. 1 album try 8 studio albums and 12 all together. Haters is what makes eminem who he is. Because without the haters it wudnt be so funny to throw it in there face that he is now considered the greatest rapper of all time. Which he is you cant say he's not or you would be just lying to yourself

  • Anonymous

    Y'all are very funny. New there would be sum haters on here but ay hate all you want. He aint no washed up mc. He's still number 1. He has still sold more records then any artist you can think of still to this day. Look it up aint hard to find. Lets see oh wait he's the best selling music artist of the past decade. Hmm maybe he was on drugs for awhile but shit who hasn't been. Even on drugs encore was number 1 on the billboard for 7 weeks straight. Every album and single he's ever dropped was something big. And hit number 1 at a point.he has broke barriers for hip hop artist that no other has done. First rapper to win a Oscar. I can keep going all day

  • Anonymous

    All I can say is I'm waaaaaaaay bigger of a fan of eminem then you. Your pictures on your wall aint nothing compared to mine. I have all your posters and pics plus. I didn't see one that I didn't have. Ni including CDs mixtapes vinyl cassettes and all the other very exclusively rare memorabilia that I have. I'm jealous. Very. I'm eminem BIGGEST fan. Wish something this good could happen to me so I can meet him

  • Eminem

    NEW EMINEM TRACKLIST!!! --------> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTm0xlv8XmI

  • Anonymous

    Soooooo fucking jealous of you, and that's all I say. Shit it would have been insane to meet him in his hay years.

  • Hawk

    There's always a hater somewhere. At the end of the day, dude is one of the G.O.A.T.

  • Nick Lavar

    Tired of not having a home to have one in if I did have it on Tired of not driving a BM Tired of not working at GM, tired of wanting to be him Tired of not sleeping without a Tylenol PM Tired of not performing in a packed coliseum Tired of not being on tour

  • Rodrigo Drizolio Aguilar

    She mastered the art of the dickriding

  • Anonymous

    Listen... if eminem music was really all that hip hop would be in a much better place right now. But since em came on the scene weve seen a decline in the industry, business and the creativity aspect of the genre. Wutang came out with a pure energy that paved the way for a lot of underground artists to conquer the world with rawness and become legends, also brought back existing legends to the scene and they were able to shine. Em has done nothing but the exact opposite and destroyed it with his pop relating, mainstream rhetoric and once again charmingly but a twisted type mainstream humor backed by an already well known veteran to top it off

  • DaMamba

    Eminem's career goes like this: From the time he released The Slim Shady LP up until he put out 8 Mile, he had arguably the greatest run in Hip Hop. Made three great albums (one of which is universally considered a classic), and had some of the best feature verses you could ask for. Then he does Encore and the drugs started fucking with him a little too much. Then he goes through whatever he went through trying to get away from those drugs, and the stillbirth of an album known as Relapse happens. Then Em goes completely clean and loses all of his edge and puts out the softest shit ever in Recovery. I'm at the point where I'm not even excited to hear new Eminem stuff. He doesn't say anything interesting anymore. You want examples of great technical skills in rapping? Listen to Em all day. You want good/unique music? Nah, not anymore.

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  • GEEZWHIZ

    For god sakes can ya'll get off Em's dick. Whats with the worshiping of this man? He had 1 album. The Slim Shady LP thats IT! Everything else is hit and miss. Eminem can't do wrong you people.GEEWHIZ!

    • PICKENS

      ONE ALBUM ??? ARE YOU SERIOUS ??? THE M/M LP AND EMINEM SHOW ARE 2 OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS EVER ,I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU THINK THAT

  • Tiffaniee

    was eminems fan since 4th grade. everything u say in this article describes me perfectly (: but the only thing missing is me getting to meet him. hope he'l come to Canada one day, wouldnt miss it for the world.

  • Anonymous

    Devils Night is always overlooked. Em's performances on that album are some of the best he ever recorded, and D12 has never rapped on that level before or since. The production is that classic Dr. Dre/Bass Brothers/Eminem combo of his first few albums. It's just as good as Em's SSLP, MMLP and Eminem Show to me, and deserves more respect.

  • ap

    Great article and all love here. For me what got me into Em's music was Devil's Night and his features on 2001 Chronic. More precisely Fight Music, Girls, Revolution, What's The Difference, Forgot About Dre and that Wild Wild West joint along with all those fuckin dope freestyles from back in the day. The grittiness of those said songs always had my ears almost more so than his solo stuff. To me they were literally the energy drink of the ears.

  • Roger H

    Brain Damage was the track that really hooked me. Still one of my all time favorites.

  • Big Bad Barrio 18, E'z up!

    Some people are way too obsessed with celebrities (humans). Isn't there more to life than spending a shit load of your time being obsessed with a celebrity (human)??

  • EWilliams29

    Congrats on your journey Missy, you earned it!

  • Andre.CO

    Oh and Infinite was an underground classic. Maybe his best album as far as straight up spitting bars goes. But the reason people hate on Encore and Relapse is this, they were the first Em albums that had straight up whack songs on them. Encore had My First Single, Big Weenie, Ass Like That, etc. Terrible songs. But the album still had Never Enough, Yellow Brick Road, Like Toy Soldiers, Mosh, Mockingbird, Encore, We As Americans, Love You More, etc. It was still a decent album, I'd give it a B-/B. I t was just the first time I heard Eminem songs I hated. Than with Relapse, the accents dragged it down. Minus the accents, I'd probably rate the album a B+, with the accents it's a C+/B-. It had whack stuff like Bagpipes From Baghdad, We Made You, Same Song and Dance, etc. But it still had dope stuff like 3AM, Deja Vu, Beautiful, Underground, Music Box, Drop the Bomb On Em'. Recovery's only problem was the production, but I'd give that album a B+. At that time, it was his best since Eminem Show. He should have included Ridaz and Session One on the main album though, that would have made it even better. The prodction though was my only beef with it.

    • DaMamba

      You're reaching. Infinite bites off of some other rappers' styles hard, and if you don't recognize that then you're just ignoring shit. Not to mention that you included bonus tracks off Encore to try and make it looks like it was good: it wasn't. Any other rapper puts out My First Single or Big Weenie, he wouldn't live it down for the rest of his career, but Em got a pass because his fans just refuse to condone his corny shit. Relapse has some amazing technical skills on display, but fuck not only does that accent ruin listening to ALL of the album, he's also barely got any subject matter. You think Underground is a dope track? Fuck outta here, he's saying NOTHING and the punchlines have all lost their shock and punch at this point. Oh, and songs like Music Box and Drop the Bomb On Em AREN'T a part of Relapse, those were on a whole fucking separate release. They also aren't that good anyway. Then you're going to say Recovery is nice?? That's the corniest album of Em's career, bar none. Dude had lukewarm bars for days on that. The Slim Shady LP and Marshal Mathers LP are the albums in Em's catalog that are usually thrown around in "classic" discussions, and the Eminem Show is great, but most people don't reach for that. You want a better catalog? Just the first three that come to my mind: Outkast, The Roots, Jay-Z (because not only does he have three landmark albums in his career, he's also put out a wealth of good/great albums spread out between those three). If Eminem just retired or stopped making music or whatever after the 8 Mile Soundtrack, he'd get much more love in discussions, but dude's stock just went on a DRAMATIC decline after Encore came up.

  • Andre.CO

    People need to understand this when talking about Em's career. How many of the great emcee's have had 3 classic albums??? Even the great Nas, who I think is with Em in the Top 5 dead or alive, has only had one album that anyone mentions as a hip hop classic. Illmatic. Some may argue It Was Written was as well, and even if you consider that one too, he's got two. Jay has two, Blueprint and Reasonable Doubt, and some may argue The Black Album as well. So he'd have 3, but bar for bar, I'd take Em on point over Jay. Pac had Me Against the World and All Eyez On Me, 2. Biggie had Life After Death and Ready to Die, 2. Most of the great emcee's only had 1 or 2 classic albums. So even if Em never did anything past Eminem Show or just made awful crap the rest of his career from then on, he was still certified with a spot in hip hop history. SSLP and MMLP are classics 100% and a lot consider Eminem Show one too. So there's 3. He will never make an album considered classic anymore, and here's why. Anything he releases will obviously be compared to his first 3 albums. Hell The Sequel he was as dope lyrically, and had as many complex rhymes as ever, but I mean I wouldn't consider it a classic. It's because most people can't take an artist and listen to them at the current moment and judge them what they're doing now, they will compare to what they've previously done, even if it was 10 years ago. Eminem is obviously a different artist, his voice has changed with age, and the way he spits at times has to. Nothing wrong with that. He still went HAM on Underground, Drop the Bomb On Em, Forever, Drop the World, Psycho, On Fire, Seduction, No Love, Ridaz, Session One, Welcome 2 Hell, Fast Lane, Loud Noises, etc. He's still the best emcee in the world, along with Nas, in my opinion. But I mean, let's judge by what he's doing now, instead of comparing everything to what's been done over 10 years ago. If you listen to his albums now without his first 3 in mind, you'll enjoy them even more trust me.

    • lol

      @Andre Hell the Sequel was garbage. Everything about that project was bad.

    • Andre.CO

      C'mon man. Life Is Good is a dope album, not a classic. Hell the Sequel was a dope album/ep, but not a classic. It Was Written I said you could argue, like you could with Jay's Black Album and Em' Eminem Show. Stillmatic is not a classic, no way no how. People overrate the shit out of that album because of Ether. It's a good album, nowhere near a classic though.

    • Sen

      Nas easily has 3 classic albums in Illmatic, It Was Written and possibly Stillmatic or Life is Good

  • truth

    Ya'll obviously haven't listened to Infinite

    • Cerebral like a jeep full of ppl

      Infinite is easily up there, but I mean when you're going through his disco... a lot of stuff is up there, lyrically. Going with a classic you have to account for a lot of other things, some of the beats on infinite, as his access to beats wasn't exactly ample were in a lot of ways weak. Seriously though, on a lyrical level, probably my favorite album too, definitely underrated.

  • Anonymous

    Marshall Mathers LP is on the same level as Illmatic... yeah I said it

  • RapHead

    Just wait till Em's Next album.

  • Anonymous

    This chick is awesome!

  • Addison

    This is the best hip-hop article i have ever read. I remember when I was 12 and I became an instant Eminem fan after I heard the song Guilty Conscience. To this day he is still my favorite rapper and without a doubt the best rapper living. I'm glad there are people like Andrea and myself that are die hard Eminem fans. I'm hoping to be privileged to attend an Eminem concert one day.

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    "Do you know what's happening to me out there? Violet Brown tole me to go fuck myself. [Who's Violet...] Tower records told me to shove this record up my ass. Do you know what it feels like to be told to have a record shoved up your ass?!?" Great article miss!

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  • whiteboy

    pity he looks so drug fkd in the photo. word

    • Anonymous

      he was always drugged out of his mind. that was mostly how he came up with all that classic material to begin with.

  • Anonymous

    I really think you just have to be white to appreciate eminem's greatness!

    • Cerebral deeper than a jeep full of people

      All you need is a set of ears. That or just listen to him on any collabo/ cypher/ freestyle...it's quite simple, or just break down the bars, the way he also manages to keep the english language still pretty much intact on a lyric sheet. (that's a seriously underrated ability)

    • lmao fuck yourself

      WTF are u sayin man im black and he is by far my favorite rapper. Fuck your self for that comment and you are ones that make eminem and his fans look bad

  • Anonymous

    What an awesome fan. A fan of not just one artist, but the whole scene. Good article. Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    GOOD ARTICLE. ITS GOOD TO SEE LATINOS MAKING IT. MADD RESPECT TO U GIRL AND KEEP WORKING HARD

  • derick

    Good read. I still dont understand the relapse and recovery hate though.. Their overall sounds are a different eminem but how do yall not see that skill wise theyre just as good than most of of his shit and most of the rap shit out period. ppl talk down to them like they are soulja boy-caliber albums for real.. with serious comments im just curious to see some insight on it thanks. pce

    • Cerebral is deeper than a jeep full of people

      Also consider, especially with relapse people like myself. I was down on mainstream rap for a while, living a world with friends who were all prisoners of the moment. Riding in cars having to listen to all this YCM stuff. I mean these dudes can't even connect a sentence, the most overrated bars are being praised because "rappers" are using 1 singular word to connect a thought, that oh by the way, doesn't really end up making that much sense (See Lil Wayne, Drake, And Nicki, they all do this, its a "Bail out" rhyme). So when I hear Em is releasing an album im stoked, im ready for all this "You slept on me now your going to regret it" (much like what we got from "Forever" when he just screwed all those other guys lives up on that track) instead we got accents, and halfway decent rhymes. The multi syllables were lacking in relapse, there are some repetitive easy rhymes...BUT there was a sign of hope, it all starts around "Stay Wide Awake" when you start seeing that lyrical dexterity come back, i think the best overall song on the main RElapse Release (not refill) was "Underground." The second I heard that song, I knew he was back. Now as for recovery, the production, the general direction...I feel like there was some pressure there because of how Relapse was received. My personal favorite album of recent is Hell the Sequel(Only reason this isnt a classic, is the same reason he will never have another "Classic", subject matter, he doesn't have anything left to tell, hes just left with this amazing ability to connect rhymes inside and out, and wrap it around to the next page...oh and a mission to save the game), and what he showcased on "Welcome To Our House"

    • FlyQ the Anchor

      I think I can explain, as a gigantic Em fan myself. His first 3 major label albums (Slim Shady LP, Marshal Mathers LP, & The Eminem Show) were all instant classics and clearly different from each other. I think most of us loved him for his #1 skillset least of all. I wouldn't think to myself that he's the greatest MC ever while listening. Instead I'd think "this is the best music ever." We loved his blatant honest, aggression, vulnerability and "fuck you" attitude. Encore was Em assuming (while drugged the fuck up) that he could go in and create greatness again without having to try. It was overall not terrible, but it in no way changed hip hop(as all previous Em albums had) and it had 2 or 3 truly awful songs on it. So when Relapse came around we were pissed that it was only slightly better and didn't have the patience for his fake accent choice. Had Relapse been his 4th album we probably would have been a lot less critical. Finally, Recovery was clearly Em's claim that he's the most talented MC on Earth, and he showed that. However without any running controversy to guarantee sales, he had to make the album a bit "pop" for Interscope to release it. He overdid it, and the album has little replay value. I assure you, this album will properly stake his claim as the greatest MC who ever lived because the labels couldnt possibly restrain him now. Hope that helps lol

  • Anonymous

    @ J Stacks/brooklynn ..99% all the same retarded person !!! Can you not read or are you just thick as shit I said --> "2 pac had no impact either" You said--> " doesn't have as much appeal as them jus cuz hes white and sold 100 milli" Re-read your post again dumb ass who mentioned race in the first place . Let's not forget you don't even know if i am black or white to even talk that bullshit Do you not engage your brain when you are writing or do you just close your eyes tap the keyboard and hope for the best you DUMB FUCK

  • Anonymous

    Nas and eminem have been the most realstic rappper in the last frw.... pass it on to jcole andkendick

  • Tom

    Awesome story ! I would say you were lucky, but with all the work you put in, damn you deserved it. Well done. X

  • Nicky D

    Man, its been a long time since a good Em song was released. I slowly migrated to J cole while waiting, but this article has rekindled my love for Eminem. It made me remember why I listened to is music in the first place, because he is the GOAT

  • RK

    Great article. Im surprised all the 12 year olds or people who hate eminem just cause hes white arent storming this comments section yet..

  • SC

    Great story. One of the best articles i've read on here in a long time.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that was... Wow. Best article I've seen on this website...

  • OUCH!

    Lovely story, This is inspiring.

  • The Decatur ATL BOI

    Finally, A GREAT ARTICLE!-MUCH RESPECT

  • OUCH!

    My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge / That'll stab you in the head, whether youre a fag or lez / Or the homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-vest / Pants or dress, hate fags / The answers yes LOL! dudes lyrics are so lethal.

  • Anonymous

    the day he performed with elton john i knew he was a sellout

    • Anonymous

      Then he put out Devils Night and Eminem Show, neither of which he sold out on. Both have some of the darkest shit ever recorded on them. His only sellout tracks have been with Rihanna, Pink and Akon.

  • Anonymous

    At his peak, nobody, and I really mean noboby, no Hov, no Nas, nobody, was better than Em. His record sales? Ridiculous, not even up for debate, Jay-Z can lick his shoes. And he is still killing it.

    • Anonymous

      SSLP and MMLP are clearly classics. They are near the same caliber as Illmatic in terms of quality, just a completely different style. Even the radio tracks (My Name Is and Real Slim Shady) are classics.

    • Anonymous

      vanilla ice and mc hammer also made a mark in the hip hop industy

    • bswag

      I agree. When Em was on the top no one could fck with him. Few, if any rappers could match him in combination of cultural influence, lyrics and skills. Sadly, didnt keep his standards (last 3 albums). However, like him or not, he made a mark in rap history.

    • redrum

      i will never understand how people can compare records sales with good music you are aware 75% of the public is thick as shit and media driven

    • gotti

      Totally agree, however he does have a classic, I think you're forgetting about MMLP.

    • R.Pgh

      Greatest in terms of sales or in terms of music? Sales, yes. Music, no. I'd take Illmatic or It Was Written over any Em album. To me, Em has never made a classic album. He always has songs that I will instantly skip. However those same songs are what made him sell all of his records (shit like "Real Slim Shady"). His story telling abilities and the way he flips multi-syllable rhymes are incredible, and I don't deny he's one of the best, but I'll never crown him the greatest.

    • A Person

      Illmatic is the best album of all time, followed by Paid in Full, neither of those is even up for debate. Em is great, but sales ain't everything.

    • Anonymous

      i disagree. ems dope but a bit overrated that way.

  • Anonymous

    Cool article, brah. What this chick looks like now. Holla holla, clap back

  • Anonymous

    what the fuck has this got to do with hip hop ?

  • Anonymous

    EMINEM IS GAY....NAS IS GREATEST ALIVE PERIOD JAY-Z SECOND

    • bswag

      Rakim was ok with skills but that alone doesnt make it. He never reached out to masses, never was voice of generation ..didnt have movement and influence over the people like Michael Jackson or Pac did. No disrespect, but theres no way Rakim is the greatest, neither is Nas.

    • A Person

      Melle Mel and Masta Ace are dope if you actually listen to them............ how about this, Kool G Rap and Black Thought, I like lyricists, and I can't say anyone from say, after 2000 can really enter the conversation until their body of work is fuller (i.e. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$)

    • Anonymous

      Melle mel masta ace? Hell no! You must be one of those 40 old dudes that think old schhol would crush new school..fucking fag

    • A Person

      Jay-Z got Ethered, Rakim and Nas are the two best ever, followed by Melle Mel, Masta Ace, and Big Daddy Kane.

  • ErikDaDawn

    Eminem should be on Magna Carta Holy Grail speaking of which, apparently the first single is prod by swizz beatz and it just leaked ahh .. youtube "Jay Z The Champ Is Here"just to had to say that cuz im HYPE

  • Anonymous

    I remember being that age when Marshall Mathers LP was the biggest thing on earth. Pretty much the soundtrack to my adolescence. Regardless of how much Em has fallen off, he cemented himself as one of the greatest of all time with those first few classics.

  • sparky

    nice...how many of u lifeless broke ass niggas gonna attend university like she did? NONE

  • me

    Em had the pills floatin in his system in that pic for sure

  • Rachel

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/slimraerae/the-life-of-an-stan-eminem-fan-8qlv

  • J Stacks

    Wow man this just reminds AND further proves that Eminem is easily the BIGGEST rapper of all time. Sorry but nobody has fans or impact like him. You dont see niggas or media talkin about biggie or jay z like this

    • Anonymous

      @ the dude who just doesn't get it !!! Can you not read or are you just thick as shit I said --> "2 pac had no impact either" You said--> " doesn't have as much appeal as them jus cuz hes white and sold 100 milli" Re-read your post again dumb ass who mentioned race in the first place . Let's not forget you don't even know if i am black or white to even talk that bullshit Do you not engage your brain when you are writing or do you just close your eyes tap the keyboard and hope for the best you DUMB FUCK

    • redrum

      i will never understand how people can compaire records sales with good music you are aware 75% of the public is thick as shit

    • lol @ ^^

      Dude who the fuck said anything about race? You stuck in the past pac fans bring it into the discussion 90% of the fucking time cuz you deny how ill eminem is just cuz he a whit boy

    • Anonymous

      @ Brooklyn whats wrong with you . I didn't say anything about Em sucks, dude is top 5 no doubt about it, you sound like you see/hear shit that's not there . My point is he posted a pathetic statement .. No niggaz talk about Big etc the same way is a weak comment and not needed Pac,Em,Nas are all hip hop legends . People should ease off the MAKE IT ALL ABOUT RACE BULLSHIT

    • Anonymous

      2Pac is above all, dont act dumb now

    • brooklynn

      He didnt say that or even mention pac. Of course pac, big, jay and nas all have influence but not as big on the global masses as eminem does thats that. And dont get your panties in a bunch saying he "sucks" and doesnt have as much appeal as them jus cuz hes white and sold 100 milli

    • Anonymous

      O.K calm down i suppose 2 pac had no impact either

  • Rachel

    I mean, this is like the story of my life, except it started in 4th grade. if you click the link of my website you can read my story. Many people will think i'm an obsessed crazy fan, but he's been my idol, my inspiration, and basically my hero for over 13 years.

  • dan

    Nice article. You have a wonderful passion. Perhaps you could direct it at people who actually care about hip hop culture, not corporate sell outs too confused to know what to rap about.

  • The Architect

    This bitch seems wetter than an Indian Monsoon.