Posted Jul 24th, 2015 (3:15 pm) by Addie Provost

Eminem's recent freestyle on the Sway in the Morning radio show took shots at several celebrities, most notably Caitlyn Jenner, Miley Cyrus and Donald Trump. As the rhymes quickly took a turn from silly to straight up offensive it became clear that Eminem, despite his impressive technical ability, is turning into a one trick pony.

There is no denying that Eminem is one of the most technically proficient lyricists in the hip hop scene with one of the richest vocabularies. His ability to weave rhymes and rhythm is world renowned and even the subject of lesson plans at Berklee College of Music in Boston. An expert storyteller, Eminem can effortlessly awaken the emotions of his audience with the vivid image of half digested spaghetti and win an Academy Award for Best Original Song. So why is it that his 8 minute freestyle relied so heavily on something as unoriginal as misogyny and transphobia?

In fact, a major theme in Eminem's work is hatred and violence towards women as well as the LGBT community. In his 2003 hit "Superman" the rapper included the graphic line "Put Anthrax on a Tampax and slap you till you can't stand," and in his 2014 "Shady CXYPHER" project he relentlessly threatened to "punch Lana Del Ray in the face...’til the head is bangin’ on the railing, then celebrate with the Ravens.” The unnecessary viciousness pops up time and time again and it's beginning to look like the embarrassingly predictable process is the only way Eminem knows how to sell records.

So, was I shocked when Eminem spoke of backhanding Miley Cyrus, "taking advantage of Brandy and Janet," or likened Alyssa Milano to nothing more than an object to hump? Nope. Not really. Even the ignorance and disrespect of referring to Caitlyn Jenner by her former name and likening his pistol to her genitalia in a weak metaphor inspired less than an eye roll. It isn't clever and it isn't shocking and, even worse, it isn't interesting.

In the era of marriage equality and second wave feminism, artists like Eminem are struggling to reach their audiences and win awards by using intentionally offensive lyrics as a gimmick to drum up controversy. Eminem is capable of writing something much more profound but it's starting to look like he just doesn't want to put in the effort to tackle deeper and more inspiring topics.

Listen to the venomous freestyle below if you simply can't resist.

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