Whatever You Say I Am : The Life And Times Of Eminem (Paperback)

Author: Bozza, Anthony

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does eminem matter?
On assignment for his first cover story for Rolling Stone, the very first national cover story on Eminem, Anthony Bozza met a young blond kid, a rapper who would soon take the country by storm. But back in 1999, Eminem was just beginning to make waves among suburban white teenagers as his first single, "My Name Is," went into heavy rotation on MTV.
Who could have predicted that in a mere two years, Eminem would become the most reviled and controversial hip-hop figure ever? Or that twelve months after that, Eminem would sit firmly at the pinnacle of American celebrity, a Grammy winner many times over and the recipient of an Oscar.
did eminem change or did america finally figure him out?
Whatever You Say I Am attempts to answer this question and many more. Since their first meeting, Bozza has been given a level of access to Eminem that no other journalist has enjoyed. In Whatever You Say I Am, original, never-before-published text from Bozza's interviews with Eminem are combined with the insight of numerous hip-hop figures, music critics, journalists, and members of the Eminem camp to look behind the mask of this enigmatic celebrity. With an eye toward Eminem's place in American popular culture, Bozza creates a thoughtful portrait of one of the most successful artists of our time. This is so much more than a biography of a thoroughly well-documented life. It is a close-up look at a conflicted figure who has somehow spoken to the heart of America.

"From the Hardcover edition.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781400053803
SKU 36489836
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1400053803
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 0.75T
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Annotation Anthony Bozza's extended meditation on Eminem's career is a combination of personal reminiscences and interviews with some of the most insightful contemporary commentators on the early-21st century rap scene. Starting with a first encounter with the future star on his way to a gig after a few hits of Ecstasy (which he's conned Bozza into buying), WHATEVER YOU SAY I AM takes us behind the scenes to reveal a life spent in the backs of limousines and behind closely guarded doors, surrounded by members of his crew and a public eager to get a piece of him. Eminem appears as detached as someone in such an unnatural situation has a right to be. But he comes alive onstage, and his command of his art and his audience points to his true status as an innovative wordsmith with the respect of his peers. This isn't biography in the conventional sense (though Eminem's account of a severe beating received during his teen years in Detroit is chillingly revealing), but it's an enlightening analysis of the white artist who's come closest to embodying not only the style but the essence of rap.
Editors Note A behind-the-scenes portrait of rap artist Eminem and his remarkable career takes a close-up look at the man behind the controversy and hype, chronicling his life story, rise to fame, music and lyrics, and important influence on modern-day pop culture.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0278
Publisher Three Rivers Press (CA)

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