Eminem is one of the most successful rap artistes of all time and the best-selling artiste of the decade, raking up over 86 million copies of albums sold.
We all know his story of how, as a kid growing up on the now cinematically famous 8 Mile Road, Marshall Bruce Mathers III, dreamed of being the world’s greatest rapper while working as a dishwasher by day and writing rhymes by night. We all know of his troubled relationship with his mother and the odds he had to face bringing up his daughter Hailie, who is a teenager today.
He has also been infamous for being outspoken and slanderous to many fellow musicians like Mariah Carey, Ja Rule, Moby and the late Michael Jackson, for which he was derided at the time.
While Eminem has done much for his home state, Michigan, by founding a charity in his name that helps disadvantaged youth find their way in life, his anger at the establishment and government at large remain the focus of his lyrical outbursts.
The wisdom of Eminem is raw and true and at many times, offensive to some. But isn’t that what the truth is supposed to be?…If I may say so.
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And so return one of my recent favourite metal bands with their fifth album. What is extremely pleasurable to hear is the constant presence of killer riffs and some great guitar playing among some superb songwriting. Blasteroid, Black Tongue, Spectrelight and ten more scorchers. So while some may say that Mastodon harkens back to the classic metal of the ’80s while riffing on progressive bands like Rush and King Crimson, the difference lies in the execution and musicianship. Mastodon are a band with their own agenda and individuality.
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Canadian singer-songwriter and part time member of cult indie band Broken Social Scene releases her follow up to 2007’s stellar The Reminder. Somehow female singer-songwriters are doomed to be compared to historical legends like Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell for they all carry a similar flame in their (sometimes broken) hearts. But whatever the reasons, what’s important is the song and the music which makes all that exuberance and euphoria worth it. bottomline Heavy.
If you remember the song, All The Small Things, you will know the band. A huge success in US, they’ve also sold over 27 million albums worldwide. This is their first album in eight years, a long time to stay away from rock ‘n’ roll in these fleeting social network times. Yet one must never stop trying. So back is the adolescent angst, the testosterone tumult and the chest beating chivalry that every college kid and frat-child conforms to for some rollicking times that will be remembered forever.
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The super group that features Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith and Joe Satriani pull a Wilbury and title their second album as their third. Those who feel a confusion coming on can rest easy in the knowledge that the music remains the same. A little heavier in parts, Sammy's voice is showing the strain and age while Satriani’s playing remains predictable. Sadly, the bass and drums of Michael Anthony and Chad Smith respectively do nothing for the album. bottomline Enough already.