Eminem Gets Scholarly Treatment in Upcoming Book of Essays
Slim Shady to be brought into the light and under the microscope for a meeting of academic minds
Eminem’s singular career seems to enjoy perpetual motion (even as baby Hailie has grown up and graduated high school), and now a new investigation of the enigmatic rap god will help us wrap our heads around the marvel of Marshall Matthers. The book, titled Eminem and Rap, Poetry, Race: Essays, will feature several essays curated by Scott F. Parker that deal with a diversity of specialized fields, including history, philosophy, sociology, and musicology. The writers promise an expansive consideration of Eminem as a figure, breaking down his “place in hip-hop, the intellectual underpinnings of his work, and the roles of race, gender and privilege in his career.”
With a foreward by the esteemed Talib Kweli, this study of the 21st century’s best-selling musical artist looks to be a must-read for fans as well as all students of culture and hip-hop: “[Em’s] verbal dexterity ranks him among the greatest technical rappers ever. The content of his songs combines the grotesque and the comical with the sincere and the profound, all told through the sophisticated layering of multiple personae. However one finally assesses his contribution to popular culture, there’s no denying his central place in it.”
Pre-order the book, which hits shelves on November 30, for 35 bones on Amazon.