Eminem shares his perspective on Hip Hop and music in general on the new Royce da 5’9″ album.
Last week, Royce da 5’9″ released his latest album, “The Allegory“, with guest appearances from T.I. and DJ Premier. But an appearance on the 22-track album from his close friend and fellow Detroit rapper, Eminem, grabs the headlines.
Eminem appears on a skit titled, ‘Perspective‘, putting his views on race and Hip Hop on record. Speaking over a beat, Eminem talks about Hip Hop being responsible for countless people coming together throughout the world.
Opening up the track, Eminem says, “But you’ve got people of all races, like, coming together and helping shape this from the ground up.” “So now you got little white kids growin’ up with black idols. And you got black kids growin’ up with white idols. And you got—it’s just this whole mixing pot. Nothing has brought more races and more people from all different walks of life together than hip-hop. No music has done that, I don’t think anything has done that as much as hip-hop has.”
Furthermore, Eminem understands the frustration of black people throughout music history and beyond. Explaining all genres of music originated from black people, Eminem uses rock ‘n’ roll and Elvis as an example. Two of rock ‘n’ roll’s pioneers were Chuck Barry and Rosetta Tharpe, both coming before Elvis Presley. But as a result of Elvis selling more records, history labels him the King of rock ‘n’ roll.
Closing the skit, Eminem shows the perspective being young, seeing nothing but white superheroes and action figures. Consequently, this lack of celebration of black people turns into hate and anger, which Eminem certainly sympathizes with. He also says no matter of race, we can all make a difference.
“But, on the flip side of the coin, if I’m a black kid, growing up in say the sixties, seventies, eighties and I’m looking on TV and nobody looks like me.” And it’s very stereotypical and I’m looking at f******, I’m looking at toys and everything is white. The f****** action figures are all white. The f****** superheroes are all white. Like maybe there’s one or two black superheroes mixed in there with mostly white. I don’t how I’d grow up and not have a chip on my shoulder.”