Battling is and will certainly remain one of Eminem’s biggest passions. You can feel a certain nostalgy in his words when he recalls Rap Olympics in 1997:
“I remember right as I started peaking, before I got signed, like getting a name, doing the  Rap Olympics-that was the fun of it. The battling, the competition, the going back and forth with friends and new people I’d meet and new M.C.’s and trading rhymes with each other.”
Being myself engaged in some amateurish freestyle battles, I perfectly know that the greatest beauty of emceeing is in matching words and similar syllables and playing with them. Also, using words as strong weapons in order to make your adversary look weak or ridiculous will reveal your hidden power as an emcee.
The beauty of rapping mainly lies in the beauty of rhyming: words are like clay that you will shape the way you want to. Once your words are shaped, you are ready to disarm your enemy.
The flame Marshall felt for rhyming at the time he wrote Infinite is still present: his most powerful songs like Mosh reflect his impressing gift in handling the English language.
Paul Rosenberg summarizes the way I feel about Eminem’s sophisticated rhyming style:
« When I used to get these songs from him, the thing I really loved and knew people were going to love about him was that he would write a song and you would say, “I can’t wait to see what he’s going to say next.” Like two seconds later-“Oh my God, did he just say that?” I would just hang on every word. That, combined with the amount of syllables he would rhyme in conjunction with each other, and carry it over to the next line, it was just crazy. That’s when you really fall in love with him. »
Step into Marshall’s rhyming universe and you will see that Paul Rosenberg’s statements are a 100% true.
13 thoughts on “Stepping into Marshall's rhyming universe”
they’re both sick rappers. i happen to like cage more. but to each their own.
i was tought never back down like a bitch,fuck around with me and in up in a ditch,suckin blood like when i flinch,i’ll propably see it in the paper about a day later,read a couple of lines and found out it was my neighbour,who gives a fuck he was a hater
if theres any eminem fans in here….
go here. it’s a new eminem book they wanna publish to silence the critics. e-mail them with your name age location, why you like eminem and how he changed your life. they need 200,000 signatures for it to be published.
Yo!Fuck you all who don’t like my shit. If we ever met up somewhere,there would be hell to pay bitch!
oh i dont like ems shit its nothin but shit
I think ems songs are the BEST and so is he!!! i’m a BIG fan but NOT the biggest!!! but I wish i was the biggest but there will always be some body who likes him MORE than me!!!
by the way i’m 12 and me friend call me ZZ!!
my email is email@example.com
peace out shady!!!
i luv ur movie 8 mile it is so hott!!
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i wanna talk ot u so badly
THERE’S NO WAY IN HELL HE WOULD GIVE U HIS MSN,,,,,,,KEEP DREAMIN’ MY FRIEND
yo does eminem even read all this shit?…well if he does he probably too busy to talk to anyone…..does he talk to anyone except at his concerts??????
whatever hailie if u eminems daughter then im snoop doggs wife
Are you still an eminem fan?
eminem iz cool!
i love him n 50 cent
I was with Em at the Rap Olympics in ’97. When he was warming up he freestyled a whole table full of promo material to the floor. We would randomly hand him a flyer and he would work it into the freestyle. Ridiculous talent!
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