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Eminem

Eminem

Date: Aug 30 2010

Themes: Music, Toefl

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs

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The rapper Eminem isn’t known for making songs with positive messages. But anyone can change his tune, even a famous musician.

Eminem’s latest album, Recovery, is a little less shocking and controversial than his previous releases. It still includes a couple of public disses, but most of the songs are inspired by more personal material. Find out what Ella and Devan think of Eminem’s softer side.

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Devan

Devan

Ella

Ella

Devan:  I know that Eminem just released a new album, and I hadn’t really been keeping track of him, but in my mind I always thought of Eminem as being this bad boy character. But I’ve heard…the reviews I’ve read said his new album is really positive.

Ella:  I’ve heard that too. I heard it was a lot more, not energetic, but more understanding. He’s not bashing. He’s not as homophobic as he has been in the past. I feel like he still is pretty scared and prejudiced toward gay people, but he doesn’t talk about it as much.

Devan:  And I heard that he and Rihanna have a song about abuse and abusive relationships.

Ella:  Oh I haven’t heard about that.

Devan:  She said that she felt it had a really powerful message, so she signed on for that based on her experience. So it seems like he’s tackling some big issues on this album that might actually be conflicting with the messages from his old albums, you know?

Ella:  Sounds like it’s kind of a therapy, not just music.

Devan:  Yeah. Do you think that joining AA might have helped him to see the light, in a sense?

Ella:  Yeah, it sounds like that could be one of the contributing factors. He’s older, more mature. Less strung up in the fame of being a white rapper.

 

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Devan hasn’t followed Eminem’s career very closely, but she was surprised to learn that his new album features songs with more positive messages. In the past, Eminem’s songs have been negative and inspired a lot of controversy. But the new album even features a song with Rihanna that speaks against abusive relationships. That’s a pretty big change from when Eminem rapped about killing his girlfriend.

Devan and Ella wonder if Eminem’s experiences in AA led him to write more positive songs. AA is a program for people who are trying to recover from alcohol or drug addiction. Since the title of Eminem’s new album is Recovery, Devan and Ella could be right about AA inspiring some of its messages.

Have you ever changed your tune about something? Did you think Eminem’s earlier songs were too negative?

 

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Sandra95

Sandra95

Sweden

IM a big fan of HIm, he’s my Hero ..MY Idol.. hes the best rapper ever .. in history.. king of rap..


full of meaning full lyrics , warm sound, best gestures, he’s creative and smart


im addiected to he’s songs :B


im not afraid is amazing


and recently the MOnster ,feat rihanna


they’re cool

04:39 AM Jan 10 2014 |

princessanika

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i like him is good singer;)

05:46 AM Dec 21 2012 |

Vampire girl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I love him….


He’s the king of rap

05:31 AM Dec 21 2012 |

nativebabylove12

United States

I love Eminem!!


hes amazingliy hot and very talented {#emotions_dlg.kiss}

07:39 AM May 11 2012 |

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galeQ

galeQ

China

Big fans for him

09:02 AM Aug 22 2011 |

alzhbeta

alzhbeta

Belarus

I don’t share the mind that Eminem’s songs were too negative..some of them give food for thoughts (mockingbird, when I’m gone).


It’s hard to me to change my tune about smth, but  try to take it easy.

09:52 AM Aug 11 2011 |

meri2011

meri2011

Tunisia

I LOVE THIS MUSIC TOO, LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE, IT IS AWSOME.

06:39 AM Jun 13 2011 |

Amo0ol

Amo0ol

Saudi Arabia

waw i love his song i love the way you lay

03:05 PM Jun 05 2011 |

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Zambuka

Zambuka

United States

bashing the people about is one of the most ferocious traits… people'd better tackle treating the others good) with good intentions)

10:10 AM Apr 06 2011 |

adhamelzamel

Egypt

when i'm gone

08:28 AM Sep 05 2010 |

Dirty Rhyme

United States

I like the music like that… :)

So I don't think that previous albums were too negative!

Actually, I'm not Eminem's fan but I like some of his songs.

Especially "I'm not affraid"

04:20 AM Sep 04 2010 |

karny

karny

China

i like EM veryyy much,especially "when i am gone" "supper man"and  the new "beautiful"....even "8 Mile"is nice too

EM's mouth just like a knief and glif. heheand a little dirty in his words   :p  

any waylike u forever

11:16 PM Sep 02 2010 |

julianrockeromillonario

Argentina

is great,eminem, my favourite songs are:

 ass like that

we made you

lose your self and when i'm gone enter others… althought i love the rock i like this style too…....

12:48 PM Sep 02 2010 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

Actually, I think his earlier songs were more funny…he's a funny guy overall.

05:43 AM Sep 02 2010 |

biazarattini@hotmail.com

Brazil

His name came from 'M and M' (his inicials. His real name is Marshall Mather's).. if you pronounce it quickly you'll get 'eminem'. ;)

04:18 PM Sep 01 2010 |

Dina1372

Dina1372

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I love Eminem and all his songs,besides i love such singers.

02:05 PM Sep 01 2010 |

Romio79

Romio79

Russian Federation

I'm just thinking how he got his name. Eminem. May be he wanted it to sound like something similar to enemy in purpose to make such an image of bad bad boy.

12:14 PM Sep 01 2010 |

Nicte ha

Nicte ha

Mexico

I love this song:

"The real slim Shady"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnWLw2-xRDg&feature=related

This one too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ9_TKayu9s&ob=av2e

Both r different, but both r good

; )

 

08:37 PM Aug 31 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

a like eminem's tune :)

08:53 AM Aug 31 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Oh yeah this is part of our growth ;) When I was young I thought about some things and I was very severe…Nowadays I'm more flexible on this same things,in other words,I changed my tune at all…For incredable it seems I know little about Eminem I don't like your music style :P

04:59 PM Aug 30 2010 |

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