#1 on my Top 5 albums
Last but not least, Eminem. The final album I'll include in my top 5 most influential albums personally as an artist. I'll always remember going to the mall with my cousin Jashaun to get the new Juvenile album. That's all I wanted. Of course it wasn't available anywhere yet but I always grabbed something new. So, we took a chance with the white rapper from MTV with the kinda dope single.
I remember getting home and turning that shit on and I didn't skip one song. I was pretty confused why this was way doper than I thought it would be. I remember immediately searching his background for all his other material and all his underground guest spots. I was amazed by the word play and the story telling and not just because he was white. An average guy who did what he had to against all odds to prove his talent and worth. At THAT time I needed that. Eminem fueled my pen even further but this album affected my ambition.
I spent a long time building my own style and creating hundreds of songs with no listeners trying to reach a higher skill level because of the Slim Shady LP. It made want to pursue music in some type of way. My delivery and my confidence grew as an artist because of Eminem. I feel like I am a true hip hop fan. I absorbed the culture and being in the middle of the United States, it's easy to grab all styles and emulate. Witty wordplay, well crafted stories and multiple flow styles became my main focus.
Eminem introduced the masses to 50 Cent, who also influenced how I write some of my music. Imitation is often a form of flattery but I tried to own all styles with what works for me. I wouldn't call this my favorite album or favorite Eminem album but on the 20th year anniversary of it's release, it's still the album that I credit for inspiring me to do something as an artist. Thank you Eminem, thank you hip hop. Thank you for reading. Shit was fun.
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