When Eminem is really on his game, his raps spin out at a hundred hard angles, like Tetris on its most crazed level. It's chaos, you think; it's too fast. He'll be subdued. But he nails every rhyme, and shades every rhyme inside those rhymes, so that by the end of the track you've realized that Em needs the chaos to thrive. "No Apologies" is designed as his response to a year of drama and consequences, and it is in a series of flawlessly worded couplets he castigates the press, and backs up the track's title with some mad dog moments. But at the center of it all is the unresolved conflict between his talent, hunger, and character that's caused him to gripe so much over the years. "Expect no sympathy from me," he says. "I'm an emcee/This is how I'm supposed to be." And we don't want any sympathy, really, because it's clear that, no matter how much pain it causes him to be in the spotlight, that's where he makes his most vicious and rewarding material. Hip hop is a public forum, after all; it would wither if restricted to private ballrooms, or enormous seashell hot tubs behind doors shuttered to prying eyes. The chaos Eminem has created for himself (OK, we all helped a little) is what makes him and his raps so fascinating.
Johnny Loftus is the music editor of Metro Times. Send comments to email@example.com.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.