To all the people who were worried about Eminem leaving the rap game after the release of the « Encore » album, I got some good news: Eminem is determined to keep on rapping as long as possible:
“I don’t have to prove myself to nobody but myself… I always want to top, not just my last album, but my last song… I just want to be the greatest rapper ever. And if not the greatest, then at least one of the best. That’s what I want – along with respect. But I’m not going to beg for respect, or beg for acceptance. I’m going to take it.”
His listeners might consider him as the best or at least as one of the best rappers in the world, Eminem is never satisfied with his own work, he always wants to improve it and insiders know how much time Eminem can spend on his songs at the studio.
Is Marshall what we could call a perfectionist? Certainly yes. Eminem views himself as a perfectionist:
« I’m definitely a perfectionist. I make my music for me. I know how I want it to sound. I don’t think about if anyone else is going to like it. I listen to it and make it for me, so that I’m satisfied with it. If I am, then everybody else will like it. If I say the word “the” wrong, I’ll go back and change it. Usually when I write my songs, I write the verses and then sum them up with a hook. But my delivery and the way I say things across the mic, I make sure that shit is perfect, for me, so I can listen to it a million times and not find a flaw in it. »
Each detail is important to Eminems ear when he composes a song. He has a precise idea of how he wants his song to sound and the only thing he takes into account is his own judgement, because he perfectly knows that if he likes it, other people will appreciate it the same way.
Marshall has been a hardworking artist since the beginning as DJ Lisa Lisa from Detroits recalls it:
« He was like a perfectionist. He would work with the producer mixing the track right up to the last minute before he would have to go. »
His friend 50 Cent will define Marshall with the same words:
« Em is all about the music. He is a perfectionist. He
won’t accept anything else. Em works hard and he doesn’t stop. And
even then, he can still run circles around anybody in the studio. »
Marshall is demanding with himself and this huge quality is also one good reason why we his fans appreciate his music. When we go to the record shop and buy an Eminem CD, we perfectly know how many hours of work it represents and that Marshall wont disappoint us. Each new CD will bring its particular note and something better than the preceding CD. If we dare analyzing Eminems work from the beginning, we will see that Marshall has always improved his style, his beats, his sound, his diction. He is always better.
Marshall could have chosen to be an average rapper. Many rappers dont put so many efforts into their musical work and place it much more on their image.
The difference between Eminem and the average rapper is that Eminems music is his passion. Of course, he wont beg for acceptance or respect! Marshall is an invader, his music will be taking over the rap scene whether you like it or not.
As far as I am concerned, Marshalls goal to be the best rapper has been reached since a long time. But I must admit that every time that he comes up with something knew, my admiration for his work keeps growing.
His Encore album promises to be surprising, dark and funny at the same time, more matured and probably explosive as well. Be ready to listen to great work from the greatest rapper very soon.