The Way They Are: Eminem and Friends
Cleothus Hardcastle, Rock's Backpages, December 2000
HIP HOP, you dont stop. Whatever it is that this hybrid of street poetics and processed beats represents for modern culture, it aint going away. And that still makes a lot of people uncomfortable, however inured weve become to the genres splenetic rage-venting. If this year belonged to anyone in pop, 2000 was owned by Eminem, the sulky-faced midwestern misfit whos done even more to legitimise Caucasian rhyming than the more-or-less hallowed Beastie Boys.
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