Remember last year when I went on a tour of locally owned coffee shops here in Toledo, searching for the best? Remember all the drama I received for my negative review of a certain coffee house by the name of Caffieni’s (their employees, and rabid supporters left multiple spiteful comments, and I received countless attacking emails)?
I bet you can’t guess which coffee house of the several I visited and reviewed is no longer open?
I know I shouldn’t take joy in something like that, but I’ll admit, I smiled for a moment.
“That was a nice job censoring me and removing me from your friends list.You blocked it because you can’t stand opinions different than yours. I thought liberals were supposed to be the tolerant ones. You are very intolerant while all the while claiming that people like Bill O’ Reilly are that way. You say you are Christian. I am not saying you aren’t one but I have my doubts based on your behavior and your beliefs. They don’t seem very Christian to me.”—A facebook message I just received from someone who disagreed with me regarding my opinions about Eminem. He was of the opinion that he (Em) is corrupting our youth, is a bad influence, and “he should make more wholesome music.”
Yes, I removed him from my friends list… why? Because I’m of the personal belief that it’s MY facebook profile, and I don’t have to argue with people if I don’t want to, especially people I barely know.
I’ve made no secret regarding my fascination with Eminem. I’ve always felt like he was a truly good soul with terrible past and often present demons to deal with. Forget the talent (of which I believe he has in spades), just the person fascinates me.
Today his new album Recovery dropped. I cannot even begin to explain how much I love it. I truly believe it’s his best. I especially love it when people can admit past mistakes, admit past failures, and own your crap work (his previous album, Relapse, was quite terrible and he admits as much multiple times on this album).
I love that Eminem embraces who he is, who he is becoming, and seemingly accepts the role of leader amongst people who are also dealing with the demons in their lives. This song, Not Afraid, whether you like rap or not, has one of the best messages I’ve heard in popular music in a long time. Give it a listen, tell me I’m wrong, I dare you. Also, here’s a link to the official video (with unedited lyrics, but the video is great too)
I’m not afraid to take a stand Everybody come take my hand We’ll walk this road together, through the storm Whatever weather, cold or warm Just let you know that, you’re not alone Holla if you feel that you’ve been down the same road
Yeah, It’s been a ride… I guess I had to go to that place to get to this one Now some of you might still be in that place If you’re trying to get out, just follow me I’ll get you there
You can try and read my lyrics off of this paper before I lay ‘em But you won’t take this thing out these words before I say ‘em Cause ain’t no way I’m let you stop me from causing mayhem When I say ‘em or do something I do it, I don’t give a damn What you think, I’m doing this for me, so #$%@ the world Feed it beans, it’s gassed up, if a thing’s stopping me I’mma be what I set out to be, without a doubt undoubtedly And all those who look down on me I’m tearing down your balcony No if ands or buts don’t try to ask him why or how can he From Infinite down to the last Relapse album he’s still #$%@ and Whether he’s on salary, paid hourly Until he bows out or he #$@’s his bowels out of him Whichever comes first, for better or worse He’s married to the game, like a #$@% you for christmas His gift is a curse, forget the earth he’s got the urge To pull his @#$% from the dirt and @#$% the universe
Ok quit playin’ with the scissors and @#$%, and cut the crap I shouldn’t have to rhyme these words in the rhythm for you to know it’s a rap You said you was king, you lied through your teeth For that @#$% your feelings, instead of getting crowned you’re getting capped And to the fans, I’ll never let you down again, I’m back I promise to never go back on that promise, in fact Let’s be honest, that last Relapse CD was “ehhhh” Perhaps I ran them accents into the ground
Relax, I ain’t going back to that now All I’m tryna say is get back, click-clack BLAOW Cause I ain’t playin’ around There’s a game called circle and I don’t know how I’m way too up to back down But I think I’m still tryna figure this crap out Thought I had it mapped out but I guess I didn’t This @#$%@#$ black cloud’s still follow’s me around But it’s time to exercise these demons These @#$%@#% are doing jumping jacks now!
And I just can’t keep living this way So starting today, I’m breaking out of this cage I’m standing up, Imma face my demons I’m manning up, Imma hold my ground I’ve had enough, now I’m so fed up Time to put my life back together right now
It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me Admittedly I probably did it subliminally for you So I could come back a brand new me, you helped see me through And don’t even realise what you did, believe me you I been through the ringer, but they can do little to the middle finger I think I got a tear in my eye, I feel like the king of My world, haters can make like bees with no stingers, and drop dead No more beef flingers, no more drama from now on, I promise To focus soley on handling my responsibility’s as a father So I solemnly swear to always treat this roof like my daughters and raise it You couldn’t lift a single shingle lonely Cause the way I feel, I’m strong enough to go to the club Put a ??? and lift the whole liquor counter up Cause I’m raising the bar, I shoot for the moon But I’m too busy gazing at stars, I feel amazing and
“Unfortunately, what they’re telling you the contestants are doing and what they actually have the contestants doing are two different things, at least as far as my season goes. We were working out anywhere between 2 and 5 hours a day, and we were working out severely injured. There’s absolutely no reason to work a 270 pound girl out so hard that she pukes the first time you bring in a gym. That was entirely for good tv.”
I was already heading in that direction anyway, but after reading this, I’m officially off the Biggest Loser. I hope you guys are, too. There’s nothing real or healthy about that show. Don’t support it.