Ford, Brandon Project 3

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Brandon Ford Project 3 Beth Keller October 27, 2010 Conformity Being yourself is something that comes naturally. But how do we determine when someone is not being true to themselves? Is it even possible to not be one’s self? Personalities and feelings are constantly changing, so where is the line between adaptation and being fake? The rap song “Beautiful” by Eminem explores the social issues of being true to one’s self. Eminem had just gone through a horrible stretch in his life where he was a sleeping pill addict. He says he went through 20 pills a day including vicodin, ambien, and valium. In a quote from People magazine, he said, “I started looking around my house to see if I had a stash box of Vicodin . .. I'm ransacking my house, finally find something in the basement, in a little napkin, seven and a half Vicodin – the big extra strength ones – and a few Valium." This is just one example of the severity of his addiction. But how could he be so depressed? He has everything: expensive cars, a mansion, fame, and popularity. But he was missing one thing: himself. Eminem felt he had started losing his talent and creativity as a rapper. Rap wasn’t giving him the “high” that it used to. So he began looking for other things that could satisfy his needs. Drugs became an overwhelming force in his life. He cancelled a sold out European tour to check himself into rehab. While recovering from his addiction he came out with a new album called “Relapse” and the most popular song off of that album was “Beautiful.” Prior to “Beautiful,” he had not made very many songs that related to his personal life. The majority of his songs, like
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most rap songs, were about partying, sex, drugs, and violence. But these songs do not necessarily reflect how Eminem lives his life. He made those songs because he knows it will make him popular and allow him to make a living. In the first verse of “Beautiful,” Eminem talks about how he is depressed because he feels like he isn’t as talented as he once was. This is a short excerpt from the first verse. I don’t know how or why or when I ended up in this position I’m in I’m starting to feel dissin’ again So I decided just to pick this pen Up and try to make an attempt to vent But I just can’t admit Or come to grips with the fact that I may be done with rap I need a new outlet. “Starting to feel dissin’ again…” means Eminem is losing respect among other hip hop artists and fans. At this point in his career, he is trying to come out with a new album to regain his status as one of the best rappers alive. But his drug problem is making it difficult for him to come up with new music. He does not want to face the facts that his career as a rapper might be over. He does not know how else to express himself other than through rap.
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