Empty Shock Value

People Eminem KimmelWell, in case you’ve been under a rock  for the past month, the heralded and highly anticipated return on pop-rapper Eminem, has been inundating the various forms of media . MTV, YouTube, and the ever-expanding blogosphere have publicized highly, his new album Relapse, which will officially mark the end his four year lull. In this current state of hip hop however, one must ask, (Is Eminem still relevant ?). Do we still care about what the guy has to say anymore? During his debut and subsequent success, Eminem represented an alternative side of hip hop which provided the impetus for his career. Now, with artists like Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Asher Roth, Gnarls Barkley and others taking the industry into newfound realms, and shows like VH1’s The White Rapper Show has shown that being a white MC just isnt that special as it was back in 1999.  Eminem’s shock value has severely depreciated and like his hometown of Detroit; he will become a casuality of the changed economic and cultural attitudes in America.


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