Did anyone other than my sister and me watch Eminem’s performance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show a couple of weeks ago? Probably not because you have lives. Em seemed like a shell of his former self, clearly returning from what must have been a hellish period in his life. He looked like he had been “shook” as we say in the community. Kimmel was actually quite cool and relaxed during this show — possibly because Mike Tyson was his other guest that night and both guests are known to “stand up for themselves” when wronged.
While Tyson seemed focused, confident and get this — sane, Em seemed distant, cold and extremely nervous. His precarious demeanor was capped off by a less than stellar performance of his single 3 a.m. He appeared to be lip-synching and clearly forgot the words on multiple occasions. There were so many long shots that if it were not for the soundtrack, then you would not have been able to tell that it was Slim Shady himself.
It’s a good thing that he’s not a pop star or sibling of a much more famous and talented sibling, because he might have been ridiculed in the press for a terrible performance. What’s worse than an average pop star lip-synching on Saturday Night Live and forgetting the words? A rapper lip-synching and forgetting the words. One of the core tenets of rap is delivery. Em better thank God that he’s not blond and a woman (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz or Britney Spears anyone), because he would have gotten reamed by the press.
At any rate, this new Eminem is definitely different from the past — that includes his face which looks remarkable different. He also looks as if he has gone under the knife. He must be using Lil’ Kim and Mickey Rourke’s plastic surgeon, because it is not a good job. His face looks plastic, just like his performance — a shell of his former self. I miss the frowns, the excitement and the passion of Eminem. His “former self” was a bit over-the-top, but he appeared to be authentic. Maybe this new guy is Marshall Mathers. I just want the real Slim Shady to please stand up.
I’m not so sure about this new Eminem that seems to be paper and plastic, especially based on this lame album. I know that it’s not cool to kick someone why he or she is down, so I’ll stop here. I want the old Eminem back — the prolific, energetic beast that was.
While I’m pining away for the past, I want to know why no one is holding his feet to the fire like female artists that give lousy performances?
What are your thoughts? Let me know.