Eminem has been acting from the moment he first picked up a mic. The multi-faceted rapper was never shy about filling his passionate verses with different voices, and many of his songs are filled with distinct characters that tell a story. So by the time he was cast in big-screen debut 8 Mile, he was primed for an acting tour-de-force. Em offered up an incredible performance, and even took home the Best Song Oscar for “Lose Yourself”.
Hip-hop has always been aspirational, so it makes sense that fans would want to emulate the swagger and closeness certain collections of artists seem to have (along with their monetary success and worldwide fame, natch). Whether they’re hometown heroes who came up in the same neighborhood like Drake‘s OVO Crew, or were brought together by label execs hoping for stardom, forming and promoting a clique is just as important as releasing good music.
With releases from Eminem (The Marshall Mathers LP 2), Jay Z (Magna Carta Holy Grail) and even Kanye West (Yeezus), it’s clear that there’s no stopping rappers despite their increasing age. In fact, those three represent a new era in hip hop as rappers edge closer to 40 and are still producing new albums. However, as they go from mainstream artists to classic rappers, are they maintaining the sales they once were? Here at VH1 we decided to take a look at what the peak age is for the rap game and how just these artists are fairing in their golden years.
Some of Eminem‘s biggest hits haven’t just featured his incredible rhymes, but the smooth vocals of some of the best female singers in the business. His new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, drops today and boasts five collaborations with five very different chanteuses. So who are the women who’ve got Em by the literal hook? We’ve got the inside scoop on 10 women who’ve worked with Eminem.
The first-ever YouTube Awards took place in New York on Sunday, filling our award season void in eccentric fashion. Featuring an eclectic roundup of today’s biggest performers with awards determined by their fans, the show paid tribute to the power of the internet in moments concocted solely for their viral potential. Prior to Lady Gaga‘s performance, she walked the red carpet sans pants but with an interesting set of false teeth, suggesting she had had her fair share of Halloween candy and then some.
While drastic weight loss for an upcoming role is common in television and movies, the music industry has witnessed its share of body transformations by chart-topping performers. For some, shedding pounds and adding muscle is gradual–or strongly related the a sudden influx of hormones (hello, puberty) they’ve been hit with. For others, the conscious decision to go for the bulge comes later, leaving us stunned by their shocking new looks.
Eminem took to the stage with Rick Rubin on Saturday Night Live last night (with host Kerry Washington) to perform his new single, “Berzerk.” While the theme of the song might be about going crazy and cutting loose–and while the tune itself might harken back to the classic days of raw hip hop–is it possible that Eminem phoned in his performance? Some viewers thought Marshall Mathers wasn’t spitting rhymes so much as he was lip synching them.
Miley Cyrus, who released her album Bangerz this week featuring the hit song and video “Wrecking Ball,” isn’t the first artist to sing about balls in popular music. Hell, she isn’t even the first performer to sing about wrecking balls; Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen all beat her to the punch. But whether used as a noun, a verb or a turn of phrase, whether they be wrecking balls, balls of fire, crystal balls or the type of balls that men do their best to protect, balls figure prominently in a number of classic songs. So without further adieu, here are 10 of the biggest songs ever written about balls.