Eminem Manipulates The Media Something Fierce

by | Oct 31, 2004

Marshall Mathers, a.k.a. Eminem, rapper, bad boy, political lightning rod and movie star is one savvy cat. On the eve of the election, he chimes in with “Mosh,” which he premiered on MTV last week. Now the video is hosted on the web and links to it are being sent to people who don’t even like rap. Why is it so viral? Because the content is dark, in your face, anti-Bush rhetoric with a get out the vote ending. I’m down with that. Let’s hope some of Eminem’s millions of fans are also down with it come Tuesday.

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Anthony Lapp writing for Guerilla News Network says, it’s unlikely “Mosh” will be misconstrued. This is a song with a clear message. Eminem, in his typically egotistical way, is calling for regime change.

Come along, follow me, as I lead through the darkness.
As I provide just enough spark that we need, to proceed.
Carry on, give me hope, give me strength, come with me, and I won’t, steer you wrong.
Give your faith and your trust, as I guide us through the fog, to the light at the end of the tunnel.”

I think Lapp may have misconstrued. The artist’s use of first person does not necessarily mean he, Eminem, is ready to lead us through the darkness. I think the “I” in this case refers to The President or the candidate, namely any man who dare say these words to the American public.