Eminem and Musical Evolution

by Addison Garry

Face it your favorite incendiary white rapper is washed up. Not because he can’t rap, or can’t rhyme, but because he never evolved. He is still trying to rap like he did 15 years ago when he was on drugs. He is still talking about beating women, killing homosexuals, and other cringe worthy things. Eminem never evolved.

Photo: Huff Post/Facebook

Photo: Huff Post/Facebook

Everyone evolves, everyone changes, everyone grows up and matures. Somehow though Marshall Mathers just skipped that part when he kept making music after rehab. Let’s use some examples to compare Eminem to others. A common example is The Beatles, they went from the“I wanna hold your hand” Beatles, to the “Come Together” and “Let It Be” Beatles.

I, however, would like to use the example of La Roux of “Bulletproof” fame. In 2009 La Roux a group consisting of Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid, release their self titled debut to much acclaim. The main single was the electronic “Bulletproof,” in which Jackson sings of hardening after a failed relationship. After five years and the removal of Langmaid, La Roux came back with the much more human and mature album, “Trouble In Paradise.” My favorite track off the album is “Cruel Sexuality,” in which Jackson talks about getting lost in a relationship to the point she feels imprisoned by it. Her own sexuality has begun to work against her and she is wondering what to do. As we can see from the differences of “Bulletproof” and “Cruel Sexuality,” a change occurred. Somewhere along the way Jackson changed from writing about shallow breakups, to the entirety of human sexuality.

Now how does this apply to Eminem? Well, I want Eminem to evolve. I want him to speak on more difficult and challenging topics. I don’t want him to just continue being a caricature of himself from years ago. I want to see an Eminem who talks about social issues and the like. All I want is Eminem to start saying something worth listening to.