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Eminem Celebrates 15th Anniversary of ‘The Eminem Show’

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Eminem Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Fifteen years have passed since Eminem released his classic fourth studio album, The Eminem Show. Tonight, Slim Shady is celebrating the milestone by selling a string of bundles and must-have merch. DJ Hustle

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The Detroit rapper has reissued a cassette of the LP, and fans can purchase t-shirts and autographed 24″ x 18″ posters that carry handwritten annotations of its liner notes.

The cheapest bundle will get you a cassette and poster for $30, and if you’re weighed down with cash you can go big with a cassette, t-shirt and autographed poster bundle for a cool $250. Visit the Eminem store here. But get in quick: The offers are available only until Saturday (June 3).

Marshall Mathers hyped his followers on Tuesday with an Instagram post in which he explained the inspiration behind the award-winning album. “The concept for The Eminem Show was inspired by The Truman Show because my life felt like it was becoming a circus at that time and I felt like I was always being watched,” he said in a handwritten note. “Basically Jim Carey wrote my album.” HustleTV

The Eminem Show reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, won a Grammy Award for best rap album and is now diamond certified, for sales of 10 million units in the U.S.

Last week, Eminem was among a bevy of stars who helped raise more than $2 million for the families affected by the Manchester bombing at Ariana Grande‘s concert. On the music front, you can expect Shady to hit the stage as a headliner for the Readings and Leeds Festival in August.

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The rapper’s post, at first glance, might have seemed like an announcement of new music. The post is a black-and-white photo of the rapper with the word ‘defiant.’ Turns out it’s actually an ad promoting the upcoming documentary The Defiant Ones. The four-part film, which focuses on the partnership of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, features interviews with artists and industry vets like Eminem and will premiere July 9 via HBO.

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Eminem Reveals He’s Working on New Album

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HustleTV Music News….  Eminem revealed to his 20.8 million Twitter followers that he is working on a new project, and celebrated the special announcement with the politically charged track “Campaign Speech,” which premiered on his SiriusXM channel, Shade 45, during Sway in the Morning 

After comparing himself to “Chuck Norris with a thesaurus,” the Detroit rap god tackles police brutality, rhyming:

“I’m givin’ Daniel Pantaleo a refresher course
On excessive force and pressure points
And dressin’ George Zimmerman in a fluorescent orange
Dress and four inch heels to address the court
With a bullseye on his back
His whole chest and torso
Are left on the doorsteps of Trayvon’s dad as a present for him”

Elsewhere, he also name-checks Colin Kaepernick and Donald Trump on the nearly eight-minute, largely accompaniment-free rhyme fest, and offers, “If I was president, getting off is the first order of business once I get in office.”  HustleTV

 

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Eminem’s Most Political Lyrics Before ‘Campaign Speech’

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HustleTV Music News….  Never one to shy away from controversy, Eminem weighed on on the polarizing United States presidential election Wednesday with the release of “Campaign Speech.” A nearly eight-minute freestyling opus, the track — lauded as the ultimate Donald Trump diss track — features allusions to Trump’s spray tan and Marshall Mathers saying, “You consider me a dangerous man, but you should be afraid of this dang candidate.”

Eminem performs during 2016 Lollapalooza Brazil Day 1 at the Interlagos circuit on March 12, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

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Of course, this isn’t the first time the Shady Records boss has tackled hot-button issues facing the nation and thrown himself in the middle of the action. Throughout his lengthy career, here are six times Eminem took a political stand, from speaking out against George W. Bush’s war on Iraq to showing love to President Obama. HustleTV

From his infamous debut, 1999’s The Slim Shady LP, the song “Role Model” features the rapper’s typical no-holds-barred style. Ripping apart everything from the stature of celebrity culture to how people perceive him (two topics that would later become hallmarks of his discography), Em managed to throw in a Hillary Clinton reference back when she was first lady during President Bill’s second term. Here, Eminem doesn’t sugarcoat things when he says, “Hillary Clinton tried to slap me and call me a pervert/ I ripped her f—ing tonsils out and fed her sherbet.” Allusion to something that actually happened or a figment of his vivid imagination? (Probably the latter.) HustleTV

2002: Touching on Race like a Rap Ace

Eminem’s “White America,” the opening track from his fourth album 2002’s The Eminem Show, features the artist touching on everything from race in America to the color of his own skin. In addition, the track includes Eminem’s thoughts on the subject of freedom of speech and the decision to put “Parental Advisory” stickers on albums thanks to Tipper Gore and Lynne Cheney, both wives of former vice presidents. “To spit liquor in the faces of this democracy of hypocrisy,” the rapper offers in some of the harshest lines of his career, before getting even more blunt: “F— you Ms. Cheney, f— you, Tipper Gore.” As if that weren’t enough, the video for “White America” features a rendering of the U.S. Constitution being torn to shreds with the entire track opening with a shot of a “Parental Advisory” logo — naturally. HustleTV

2003: The George W. Bush Pushback Track

Former President Bush has been the rapper’s favorite target over the years, with Eminem objecting to his policies and leadership skills. First released as a single in 2003 (and then later on the deluxe edition of his album Encore) is the track “We As Americans,” another protest anthem that created a firestorm that December — and not just because of the rapper’s fiery rhetoric. On the song, Em belts out, “F— money, I don’t rap for dead presidents/ I’d rather see the president dead/ It’s never been said, but I set precedents.” As everyone is well aware, alluding to seeing the president of the United States dead will get you investigated by the Secret Service, which is exactly what happened. Em was never subsequently disciplined, and the Secret Service presumably moved on to other, more pressing matters. HustleTV

2004: Fighting Back Against the War on Iraq

When the country was in the throes of the intense political debate regarding George W. Bush’s order to invade Iraq, Eminem unleashed the protest track “Mosh.” Also included on his album Encore, the blistering track, which begins with a chorus of kids reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, was timed for the 2004 presidential election between Bush and John Kerry. It featured Em urging his fans to vote W out of office. “No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our own soil,” he spits on the track. “No more psychological warfare to trick us into thinking that we ain’t loyal.”

2008: Love Grows for Barry O

Upon the election of President Barack Obama, Eminem was asked in a 2009 interview what he thought of our nation’s newly elected leader and made clear he was a fan. “Obama is great,” he said. “He’s giving people hope. I certainly voted for him.” Em even went on to say that Obama “certainly has his head on his shoulders and he speaks with authority and confidence.” Fast-forward to 2016 and Barry even used the 8 Mile classic “Lose Yourself” to pump himself up before July’s Democratic National Convention. HustleTV

2015: Making a Chump out of Trump

Back when Trump was a punch line fighting for the Republican nomination (as opposed to a punch line fighting for the presidency), Eminem sounded the alarm during a Sway in the Morning freestyle on Em’s SiriusXM channel Shade 45 one short month after the businessman announced his candidacy. The rapper eloquently rhymes, “I’m f—ed worse than Donald Trump/ On Lexapro in Mexico across from a Texaco in McDonald’s drunk.” However, Em doesn’t let Hillary Clinton off the hook either, noting, “But Hillary, I promise to wipe my server clean if you face subpoenas.”

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President Obama Get Pumped for DNC Speech With Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’

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HustleTV National News…. Prior to delivering his powerful speech at July’s Democratic National Convention, President Obama got pumped up for the big moment by listening to Eminem’s empowering anthem “Lose Yourself.”

In a behind-the-scenes video released by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Obama was caught bobbing his head to the 8 Mileclassic before stepping onto the stage. The clip also features Clinton hanging out backstage with a number of other politicians and celebrities, including Katy Perry, who gave a powerful performance at the DNC convention. HustleTV

Watch Obama get hyped up listening to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” at the 58-second mark in the video below.

 

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Eminem Makes Unexpected NBA Promo Appearance for Love of Detroit

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Few artists as massively popular as Eminem have so aggressively avoided partnering with brands over the years. While pop stars pop up in commercials and any rapper past the platinum mark seems to have linked up with an alcoholic beverage, Slim Shady has stayed in the shadows when it comes to ads.

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Well, mostly. Marshall Mathers made one very significant exception when he appeared in a 2011 Super Bowl commercial for Chrysler, taking the wheel to promote the economically strapped city of Detroit and its automotive industry during the recession.

Now, he’s doing it again, and once again, it’s all for love of Detroit. And this one is even stranger.

A new ad for the Detroit Pistons features Eminem reaching into the basketball team’s fridge and pulling out a Tupperware contained labeled “mom’s spaghetti,” a slyly hilarious nod to the oft-meme’d lyric in “Lose Yourself.”

After that, he turns around to see a basketball wearing a spaghetti noodle smile. Sure, why not. The whole thing is very brief – it’s part of an extended series of videos called The Longest Oop about a basketball getting passed over and over between local and national celebrities – and it’s a lot goofier than his dead-serious Detroit Chrysler ad.

Dr. Dre’s ‘Compton’: 5 Things We Learned

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Dr. Dre’s first new album in 16 years, Compton, is now available for preview streaming on Apple Music. (Listen here.) The set will go on sale at midnight for purchase.

The set usurps Dre’s long-anticipated album Detox, acting as a companion to the new N.W.A movie Straight Outta Compton, and there is a load of nostalgia on the project, as Dre reflects on his life so far. But it is also very current, from the dense production to featured artists.

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On early review, several things became apparent from this new piece of work. Here are five things we learned from Dr. Dre’s Compton:

1. People are loving it. Twitter is blowing up with positive reviews, which critics are echoing. Rolling Stone, for instance, gave it a four-star review and called it “confounding and enthralling” and “something realer, and better” than the mythological Detox.

2. It’s all about the features. It’s no major surprise that Dre has at least one feature (and often several) on nearly every track on Compton. His last two records, 2001 and The Chronic, were similarly stacked. After all, he’s a producer first and foremost. But just who he’s recruited says a lot about his career and current hip-hop. There are familiar names from those past releases such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Ice Cube and even Xzibit, but a new class of stars like Kendrick Lamar and Marsha Ambrosius are more present and make a bigger impact, almost replacing that old guard.

3. There are a half-dozen newcomers you’ve probably never heard of. King Mez, Anderson. Paak, Justus, Jon Connor, Candice Pillay and Asia Bryant are all up-and-coming talents who are sure to see a nice boost from their features on this album. And it’s no one-and-done trick for most of them, as the majority are included on several tracks.

4. Kendrick Lamar might be taking a jab at Drake on the track “Darkside/Gone.” At least that’s what Twitter seems to think, thanks to this line: “But I still got enemies giving me energy/ I don’t want to fight now/ Subliminals sending me all of this hate/ I thought I was holding the mic down.” Some are interpreting that line to reference Drake’s track “Energy” from If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, though it should be noted that earlier in the song Dre too references negative “energy.”

5. Dre’s relationship with women is not what you might call “progressive.” On the Ice Cube-featuring “Issues” there is a violent skit at the end in which a woman is murdered without reason, dragged into the woods and buried. And then there’s this revolting line from Eminem on “Medicine Man”: “I even make the bitches I rape cum.”

Eminem Takes On Caitlyn Jenner & Miley Cyrus in 8-Minute Freestyle: Listen

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Eminem laid down a typically controversial freestyle on Thursday morning’s (July 23) episode of Sway in the Morning, on Em’s own Shade 45 SiriusXM channel. Filled to the brim with pop-culture references and off-color jokes, the eight-minute segment found the rapper showing off his (as-ever) unrepentant flow.

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“This a true statement, I see the bitch in you Caitlyn,” he raps about Caitlyn Jenner. “I keep the pistol tucked like Bruce Jenner’s dick/ No disrespect though, not at all/ No pun intended… that took a lot of balls.” Eminem has never apologized for his lyrics, though, and it seems pretty unlikely he’s going to start now.

 

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Hear Eminem’s Bold ‘Southpaw’ Track ‘Phenomenal’

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Eminem’s contribution to the Southpaw soundtrack, “Phenomenal,” is officially here.

The track is a bold, dark and at times an empowering ode on which Em rhymes about being, you guessed it, phenomenal– with some of his signature pop culture references thrown in.

“Let me self-empower you / When you’re down and they’re tryin’ to clown the f— out of you/ When you feel like you’re runnin’ out of fuel/ I’ll show you how to use doubt as fuel/ Convert it to gunpowder too/ Now what you do is put the match to the charcoal fluid/ Put a spark to it like Martha Stewart barbecuing,” he spits.

It’s featured on the Shady Records-produced soundtrack for the upcoming film Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal who plays a boxer looking to rise up again after a tragedy, out July 24.