Who is Eminem's mother 1
Mothers have a hard time in pop music. From Pink Floyd's "Mother" to the song of the same name by The Police to "Mama Said" by Lenny Kravitz, the producers usually get off badly in their sons' lyrics.
However, it hit Debbie Nelson, formerly Debbie Mathers-Briggs, particularly hard: The oedipal hate speech of her son Marshall Mathers III, better known as Eminem, has brought her and her alleged death threats and abuse from angry fans.
The American hip-hop star announced in his songs, among other things, that his mother was responsible for his own drug problems due to her drug addiction, that she had turned him into a bundle of nerves with Munchausen syndrome by constantly moving and by persuading him to suffer from illnesses, and that she condemned him they ended up being punished for multiple oral sex with a million men - every second.
Now the mother strikes back. Debbie Nelson's book "My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem - Setting The Record Straight On My Life As Eminem's Mother" (John Blake Publishing, London 2007, 288 pages, 29 euros), in which she refutes her son's allegations, was recently published "or" tells the real story behind the texts ", so the announcement of the publisher. And you could probably place the book among the dozen other celebrity biographies if it weren't interesting in two ways.
On the one hand, the conflict between personal rights and artistic freedom that has recently been simmering up again and again, as it was most recently carried out on the basis of Maxim Biller's novel "Esra", is repeated here, shifted into pop culture and correspondingly more glaring. This is all the more explosive as hip-hop culture always plays with the pathos of authenticity.
As much as Eminem's texts thrive on exaggeration and the art of fiction: His verbal transgressions only work within the fiction that the rapper and his public persona are identical, that the artist and what he says are "real", truthful. This commandment is now taken literally by his mother. And turned against the author.
On the other hand, the return of the mother is almost poetic justice. Like no other white rapper, Eminem has appropriated the myths, gestures and images of Afro-American hip-hop culture. One of the most unpleasant aspects of this culture is a misogyny that likes to appear along with the myth that African American men are "victims of matriarchal tyranny," as the feminist American theorist Michele Wallace writes.
When Debbie Nelson now reads the riot act to her son in public and, as a mother, assumes the authority to interpret his texts, when she actually appears as a "matriarchal tyrant", she is only fulfilling a cliché that her son himself conjured up. At the same time, it hits Eminem more sensitively than his rap rivals have ever done. When she suggests a motherly, loving kiss on the cheek on the cover photo of her book, it's a bitter blow than enemy battle rap could ever be.
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