Music Monday: “Not Afraid” by Eminem

I never thought I would say this… but I have been listening to a lot of Eminem of late.

In Eminem I hear the same undercurrents of underclass anger that attracted me years ago to the Clash and Punk music and to early Springsteen. It is raw emotion expressed… rawly. It is visceral, angry, and engaging in a way that completely surprises me.

The heart of a rap music is the lyrics and the rhymes. In reading about Eminem’s music I found that reviewers quite often use language similar to poetry reviewers to talk about his lyrics: complex rhyme schemes, multisyllabic rhymes, soft rhymes.

Deciding whether or not to post a Eminem song here has been a dilemma. The reality is that Eminem’s lyrics are… again raw. He makes frequent and creative use of one word in particular that figures prominently in George Carlin’s list of “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” Personally, I do not care. But I know that many do.

What the hell. It is has been a long, cold winter and no music artist has been more on my mind of late.


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