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Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and times of Eminemby Anthony Bozza
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does eminem matter?
On assignment for his first cover story for Rolling Stone, the very first national cover story on Eminem, Anthony Bozza met a young blond kid, a rapper who would soon take the country by storm. But back in 1999, Eminem was just beginning to make waves among suburban white teenagers as his first single, My Name Is, went into heavy rotation on MTV.
Who could have predicted that in a mere two years, Eminem would become the most reviled and controversial hip-hop figure ever? Or that twelve months after that, Eminem would sit firmly at the pinnacle of American celebrity, a Grammy winner many times over and the recipient of an Oscar.
did eminem change or did america finally figure him out?
Whatever You Say I Am attempts to answer this question and many more. Since their first meeting, Bozza has been given a level of access to Eminem that no other journalist has enjoyed. In Whatever You Say I Am, original, never-before-published text from Bozza's interviews with Eminem are combined with the insight of numerous hip-hop figures, music critics, journalists, and members of the Eminem camp to look behind the mask of this enigmatic celebrity. With an eye toward Eminem's place in American popular culture, Bozza creates a thoughtful portrait of one of the most successful artists of our time. This is so much more than a biography of a thoroughly well-documented life. It is a close-up look at a conflicted figure who has somehow spoken to the heart of America.
From the Hardcover edition.
A behind-the-scenes portrait of rap artist Eminem and his remarkable career takes a close-up look at the man behind the controversy and hype, chronicling his life story, rise to fame, music and lyrics, and important influence on modern-day pop culture. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
About the Author
ANTHONY BOZZA worked as a writer and editor at Rolling Stone from 1995 to 2002, where he wrote several major stories on Eminem as well as cover stories on a range of artists, from Jennifer Lopez to Nine Inch Nails. His writing has appeared in Maxim, Paper, Elle, Allure, Arena (UK), and The Face (UK). This is his first book. He lives in New York City.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
This looks like a job for me — I only cuss to make your mom upset — Damn! How much damage can you do with a pen? — This rap game — Became a commodity becauase I'm w-h-i-t-e — We call it Amityville — If I'm a criminal, how can I raise a little girl?
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