Eminem:
Look, I was gonna go easy on you and not to hurt your feelings. Is it Eminem? Is this Eminem? Whatever his name is? Eminem:
I’m only going to get this one chance. I’m beginning to feel like a Rap God, Rap God. All my people from the front
to the back nod, back nod. My pen’ll go off when I half-cock it Got a fat knot from that rap profit -(Eminem) Made a living–
-I need captions. Eminem:
Ever since Bill Clinton was still in office With Monica Lewinski feeling on his nutsack I’m an MC, still as honest– It’s so fast that you can almost understand it. Eminem:
And at the exact same time I attempt these lyrical acrobatic stunts– He’s really amazing. Eminem:
…of a couple of [bleep] and crack it in half I’m beginning to feel like a Rap God, Rap God -(Eminem) All my people from the front–
-Oh god. Eminem:
…Once in a while so I wanna make sure somewhere in this chicken
scratch I scribble and doodle -(Eminem) enough rhymes–
-Rap. Never understood it. Eminem:
Just in case cause even you unsigned Rappers are hungry looking
at me like it’s lunch time -Lyrics coming at you at supersonic speed
-JJ Fad. Uh, summa lumma dooma
lumma you assuming I’m a human -(Eminem) What I gotta do to get it through to you–
-Whoa! Eminem:
Innovative and I’m made of rubber,
so that anything you say is Ricochet in off a me… Wow! (laughs) Eminem:
How to give a mother [bleep] audience a feeling How do you know–mother what? Eminem:
Forever waiting for the day
that they can say I fell off Amazing. That must be hard to do. How many words did he just do in 30 seconds? Eminem:
Here’s what they want from me. Why be a king…when you can be a God? -(Finebros) Do you know that?
-Yeah, right. Love him. Eminem:
Dear, Slim… I wrote you but you still ain’t callin’– Slim Shady. Eminem:
I’m about to be a father. -(Eminem) I know you probably–
-I love this one. Eminem:
…but I’m your biggest fan hit me back, just to chat truly yours, your biggest fan, this is Stan. Dear Slim, you done ain’t called or wrote I hope you have a chance I ain’t mad, I just think it’s [bleep]
up you don’t answer fans. Oh my. Eminem:
I can relate to what you’re
saying in your songs Sometimes I even cut myself
to see how much it bleeds. Oh, whoa! Eminem:
The pain is such a sudden rush for me… You gotta call me, man– Is he making a social statement here or what is it? Eminem:
Dear Mr. I’m-Too-Good-to-Call-or-Write-My-Fans This’ll be the last package I ever send your ass Stan is getting a little out of control here. Eminem:
See Slim? Shut up, bitch! I’m tryin’ to talk! Hey, Slim! That’s my girlfriend screamin’ in the trunk I’m almost at the bridge now Oh [bleep], I forgot, how am I supposed to send this [bleep] out? It’s so cheerful. Eminem:
Dear Stan, I meant to write you sooner, but I just been busy. I do want you as a fan, I just don’t want you to do some crazy [bleep] I seen this one [bleep] on
the news a couple weeks ago that made me sick. Some dude was drunk and
drove his car over the bridge and had his girlfriend in the trunk and she was pregnant with his kid. And in the car they found a tape, but they didn’t say who it was to come to think about it,
his name was…it was you. You know that’s right. He
needs some medication. Eminem:
Yo… His palms are sweaty,
knees weak, arms are heavy here’s vomit on his sweater
already, mom’s spaghetti There’s vomit on his sweater already? -(Eminem) Snap back to reality–
-Saw the movie. Eminem:
Oh there goes gravity Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked He’s so mad, but he won’t give up that easy He’s grown farther from home, he’s no father He goes home and barely
knows his own daughter Knows his own daughter. Well…maybe that’s saying something. Eminem:
And I can’t provide the right
type of life for my family You better lose yourself
in the music, the moment You own it– Why are there so many angry, yelling rappers? Eminem:
do not miss your chance to blow This opportunity comes once in a lifetime It’s got a beat, but is that music? Wow. I mean, the guy’s really got it down. He’s quite a rapper! -Eminem?
-(Finebros) Yes! -Look at grandma!
-(Finebros laughs) (Finebros) So do you know who that was? No. No, I do not know who the rapper was. I think that was Eminem. Eminem. Eminem, my homeboy! Eminem…Slim Shady! Slim Shady. He’s a genius! I love him. (Finebros) He is a rapper named Eminem. Eminem? I’ve heard of him. Oh, Eminem! Of course, yeah. Definitely, definitely know who he is. (Finebros) Why do you think
he calls himself Eminem? I have no idea. Cause it’s his rap name! (Finebros) Why do you know Eminem? I’m from Detroit! Because I saw the movie Eight Mile. He was all over. MTV pushed him. I might be old, but I’m not
completely out of it yet! (Finebros) How would you
describe his music, overall, from all of the songs we played for you? Oh…I don’t describe it as music. I didn’t know I was listening to music. Predominately, it’s rap, I would say. Very dark. Well, I like his beats. I just wish he’d tone down
his verbiage a little bit. Cause the kids like it too! It’s not relaxing. It’s not, “Oh, I’m going to listen to music and I’m going to be
transported into another place.” It’s like, “I’m going to be beat up!” That’s kind of how I feel about rap! I’m going to be pounded now! I don’t like that kind of language but with him, I find he uses the language in such a way that it’s like a modern-day Dylan. It comes from a deep-seeded
place in his heart and his soul. (Finebros) Do you like the songs? No. I’m just not a rap fan. They go so fast that it’s hard to, you know, keep track of what the story is about. Everything seemed to be
about misery, problems, hate. The second one was just so serious. And I liked that one. You know, I wouldn’t say I like any of it, but it’s very clever. He is talented. (Finebros) His lyrics are also very controversial. Lots of swearing. But he’s also been labeled as homophobic and condoning gun violence. Do you think that his lyrics are a reason not to like Eminem as an artist? Yeah. Yeah. You gotta clean up your lyrics
because the young kids are listening to this and they
gravitate to things like that. I understand if I was
a parent with teenage kids… I would find some of his stuff very offensive. I think in the music business, and in all entertainment
business, anything goes. Music and art and literature and paintings have always done that. That’s part of art and it’s the liberty and the freedom that he
has to express himself. This makes me think about in the 50’s when Elvis was getting banned. When Rock and Roll was starting up. They were smashing the records
and saying it was disgusting. And the more we do that, the
more we want to listen to it. (Finebros) Eminem’s first
big album was back in 1999 and is considered by some to be the best rapper and lyricist of all time. I wonder who those “some” are. (Finebros) Is that surprising for you to hear? That he’s considered to be the best? That’s very good rap from
what I’ve seen of rap. To me, he’s not the best, but I like him. He’s one of the best. Me, I don’t know rap, but I do know Eminem. No, not surprising at all
because I think so too. There’s always been composers that were considered the best there is,
during the days of Tin Pan Alley. Nothing stays the same, especially in music. (Finebros) Some people
are surprised or even angry of people saying that he’s
the best because he’s white. What do you think about that? I just think music knows no boundaries. To me, it shouldn’t be “Well,
that’s music for black people” or “That’s music for South Korean people.” It isn’t like that anymore,
like it was when I was younger. I don’t get into the black/white issue because people are people, you know? But he’s a great artist, period. He’s so authentic that he
crosses the color barrier. That’s what you look at. You don’t look at whether he’s black or white. You look at his artistry. Truth! (Finebros) What kinds of people do you
think are listening to rap music? This might get me into trouble. People with no IQs. I’m not sure. Maybe you guys! (laughs) Younger people. Certainly younger than me, but
everybody’s younger than me! The younger generation and some older people. It’s accessible to everybody now. You’d be surprised, people that listen. We have a neighbor who’s pretty conservative and he’s gay and he’s lost his mate and the thing that makes him feel
better is listening to rap music! Now, who would’ve thought a white, gay male would find inspiration after the death of his spouse through rap music…but he does. (Finebros) Can you name other rappers? No. No. Not offhand. Is Dr. Dre one? Isn’t there one called Ice Cube
or something like that? Tupac. Biggie Smalls. Jay-Z? Queen Latifah…and, supposedly,
one of the top rappers. Justin Timberlake. Ice-T and Run-D.M.C. Coolio! -Snoop!
-(Finebros laughs) Aw, I love Snoop! (Finebros) So, when you were younger, there would be music that would be new and the older generation would
not consider it to be real music. Then you get older and then there’s music that you don’t consider to be real music. Why do you think that is the case? Because it changes. I think the rap is just totally different… in that it’s really not like music. Whereas the others were
music, just different types. And that’s when you go, “Oh, I know I’m getting old
because I don’t like the music.” It’s amazing. I mean, I was
there when Elvis hit the stage. I was there when the Beatles came on board. That was just like, “Ooooh! World’s going to hell in a hand basket really quick!
These kids! They’re crazy.” In the early days of Rock and Roll, there was a thing called “good music” and a thing called “Rock and Roll”. And the good music people said, “That Rock and Roll will never last.” And I heard a comment
the other day. Somebody said, “That rap is never going to be here.” And I said, “Careful, buddy. It
may be here longer than you!” (Finebros) So now that you
know more about Eminem, and a little bit more about rap
music, will you check out more? No, but I might eat some M&Ms by choice. No. No. Of course, I have no problem
with listening to Eminem and anybody else with an interesting
voice that comes along. Only among younger company. Just to say, “I’m gonna be cool!” (laughs) And I’m not. (laughs harder) Thanks for watching Elders React. Let us know what music
artist we should react to next. Try someone in my generation! To watch deleted reactions from this episode, just click the bonus button below! I like to “rap”. I really do… gifts for Christmas and birthdays too! See ya’!