Everybody knows who Eminem is. He’s got a huge following, but he’s also known for being quite controversial, and people have recently called him out over an old music video.
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Now, Eminem is an icon for a lot of Millennials.
Eminem, whose real name Marshal Mathers, first came onto the hip-hop scene in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, in 1997.
But it hasn’t always been easy for the star…
Throughout the early 90s, he worked tirelessly on making a name for himself in the underground world of hip hop — something which proved to be quite the challenge for a white man.
He started out way back in In 1988, with the stage name MC Double M, later evolving into M&M, before he finally became Eminem…
It took him quite some time to establish himself in the industry, with Detroit’s veteran MCs and DJs laughing the “skinny white boy” off from the stage.
This continued for a few years until finally he was signed to Jeff and Mark Bass’s F.B.T. Productions and recorded his debut album…
Sadly, the 1996 Infinite album sold poorly.
But he didn’t give up…
Eminem’s freestyle skills and unique persona, Slim Shady, caught the attention of rapper and record producer, Dr. Dre, at an LA rap battle.
And the rest is history…
With the producer as his mentor, Eminem released the iconic The Slim Shady LP in 1999, which went on to sell millions of copies and win him 2 Grammy Awards and 4 MTV Video Music Awards.
This catapulted him into the spotlight.
In 2000, he went on to release The Marshall Mathers LP, which included some of his most popular tracks such as ‘Stan’ and ‘The Real Slim Shady’.
His fourth album, The Eminem Show in 2002 was just as successful…
And in that same year, the musician made his acting debut in the movie, 8 Mile, which was based loosely around his own life and growth and success in the world of hip hop.
It’s safe to say he’s been through a lot in his life.
And Eminem certainly hasn’t been shy of controversy.
He frequently uses his music to re-tell troubling events that have happened in his life…
Rumors of Eminem’s abusive childhood have circulated for years, and the rapper famously had a difficult relationship with his mom, Debbie Nelson-Mathers.
Regardless, he has built his image around an angsty, rebellious young man who simply doesn’t give a f***.
And it seems as though he uses his music as an outlet for all of his… problematic frustration. He has publicly blasted many famous faces in his songs, including Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, Christina Aguilera, and Will Smith.
The rapper has frequently come under fire for also coming up with “problematic” lyrics.
Many have slammed the rapper as being “s*xist” and “homophobic,” as well as violent.
He often rapped about hurting women and killing his wife, Kim.
And in his earlier years, he was arrested and charged with assault in 2000 when he allegedly pistol-whipped a man he saw kissing her, so I guess some people are just concerned that his lyrics might actually play out in real life.
But that still hasn’t stopped his behavior.
And recently people on social media have taken matters into their own hands, trying to cancel him for one song in particular.
People are bashing the rapper for cultural appropriation, with many expressing outrage over an old music video.
The song in question is ‘My Band’, which featured D12 and was released way back in 2004.
In the video, Eminem could be seen dressed as a matador, while D12 was dressed like a Mariachi band.
This hasn’t sat well with some social media users, and his lyrics are being pulled apart too.
In one part of the song he says “salsa makes all the pretty girls want to dance and get in their underpants.”
But why are people only bringing it up now?
Well, it seems to have come from the recent backlash rapper, Tyga got after he released a music video for his song ‘Ay Caramba’.
He could be seen dressed as, what many have called, a stereotypical Mexican man. He later apologized for the video on the L.A. Leakers and American Cholo podcast, saying: “I want to apologize to the Mexican community and my fans that are Mexican.
“I have a lot of Latin fans that are Puerto Rican or Dominican that probably weren’t offended by this video. But, my Mexican fans in L.A., there definitely was some that were offended.”
Fans quickly took to Twitter to share that Eminem hadn’t received the same backlash for his music video way back in the day.
One Twitter user wrote: “How come there’s no outrage in the Latino community for Eminem doing this huh?”
Another added: “I wonder why these folks aren’t demanding an apology from Eminem.”
A third said: “Invent a time machine and travel back and/or forth to whichever era and this s**t will STILL not be funny.”
Despite the delayed reaction to Eminem’s music video, the rapper was nominated for a series of awards for the track at the time, including Best Rap Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
What do you think?