“Which you probably don’t want to do now (or ever – he’s mental), because then you wouldn’t get the chance to partake in the rapper’s new project – a competitive rap battle league, which is to be called ‘Total Slaughter’, with the first event to be held at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom in July. Aside from the fact that this sounds suspiciously like the name of a WWE wrestler, the idea is that the programme will raise battle rapping’s profile. And if we learnt anything from 8 Mile, apart from the fact that we should never, ever go to Detroit, it’s that Eminem used to be partial to the odd bit of rap battling.”
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“As a cocksure soothsaying statement, “It feels so empty without me” has sure rung true during the past couple of years in hip-hop. No fear, Marshall Mathers III is about to re-up.
As he returns to the public arena, Clash turns stalker to unearth twelve little known facts about the rapper.
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1. As a nine-year-old, Eminem was beaten so badly by a school bully that he spent over a week in a coma. His music has since been credited with helping to bring more than one fan out of similar states, including a twelve-year-old girl who was hit by a car in Northumberland.
2. As a youngster, Marshall harboured ambitions to become a comic book artist rather than a rapper, which explains various animated threads through-out his career, including the Dubya-baiting ‘Mosh’ video and The Slim Shady Show series.
3. The Slim Shady moniker may never have materialised if he’d pursued one of his pre-fame jobs as a cook at a family restaurant in Michigan. Still, you can take the white trash outta the trailer park, but old habits die hard: Em’s a Taco bell man nowadays.”
Marshall Mathers heads back to his roots! Sounds good to me but can you turn the snare up in my headphones?