I remember the times when I started listening to Hip-Hop and was testing my rapping skills at late night hours as a young teenager. We made a bet with my cousins to learn one of Eminem’s lyrics’. The first to learn it, would be the winner and we even set a price for it. We printed out the lyrics and each got a copy and had one week at our disposal to practice and memorize it before the deadline. Wearing a wide T-shirt and green trousers with pockets. I still can recall myself practicing in front of the mirror like crazy, having the feeling that my tongue was about to get tied and, dudes, there’s where I got it: Rapping requires skills, techniques, and patience. It was art and it was not an easy thing to do.
“Hailie, I know you miss your mom, and I know you miss your dad
When I’m gone, but I’m tryin’ to give you the life that I never had
I can see you’re sad, even when you smile, even when you laugh
I can see it in your eyes, deep inside you wanna cry” Eminem raps in Mockingbird.
So much tempo, so much exactitude, so much soul on it… so much of everything… Can you ever think of translating all this mastery and emotion to visuals?
Yep! A video has gone viral of a sign language translator beside Eminem’s grand stage, converting his bars into visuals and it’s a great watch.
The woman who has gone viral thanks to the video, is named Holly Maniatty. Watch the video above and you will understand what I am talking about.
However, let’s move on to the star himself: Eminem. He’s is one of the worlds’ greatest rapper who’s sold around 172 million albums worldwide.
Last month, he celebrated 10 years of being sober and clean from alcohol and drug abuse.
While battling to make it as an artist, the 45-year-old star who shot to global fame in the early 2000’s, already struggled with substance addiction problems.
Ten years clean for Marshall Mathers known also as Slim Shady, is an incredible achievement and that is one of the reasons why his Instagram post gathered over one million loves.
After an overdose, he explained how he was rushed to hospital:
“Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died. My organs were shutting down.
My liver, kidneys, everything. They didn’t think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death.”
Eminem’s story tells it roughly that no matter how rich or how successful you become in life, addiction and other issues can still mess up your life. Getting clean is the same cruel process for anyone, no matter where you’re from, who you are or what you do. The goal is to be aware you need to help yourself out and to keep fighting the battle.
As for the bet I mentioned to you in the very beginning of the article – I won it. But it’s not that winning what I reminisce and appreciate the most, it’s the way Em changed my life through his lyrics when I got even deeper into his music… Though, yes, Mockingbird will always be a tender spot for me. Which one of Eminem’s songs is your favorite?