”The Monster” verses “The Real Slim Shady” Thirty years ago, no one knew what rap was. Today, the genre flourishes as one of the most popular. At one point, rap was a style predominately uncharted by anyone other than African Americans. Inspired by the creations of Ice T and the Beastie Boys, one man has rose to become an iconic figure of the rap industry. Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, continues to impact not only rap but also society. Eminem strives to convey meaningful messages to society when he composes music. He demonstrates in “The Real Slim Shady” and “The Monster” (featuring Rihanna) a powerful message: be yourself. For example, in “The Real Slim Shady” Eminem states “The only difference is I got the balls to say it in…show more content… Although, the two pieces share a common central theme, there are numerous differences that are present.
People imitate others by changing their appearance, attitude, and even their dialect. In “The Real Slim Shady”, Eminem addresses citizens in society who purse resembling another person. When Eminem states, “All you Slim Shadys are just imitating.” he attempts to demonstrate the idea of replication, and that he believes it is not awe-inspiring or astonishing. He strives to express how he wants everyone to there own person. In “The Monster”, the song is more about people actually taking on a different personality and creating an alter ego that is nothing like the person they really are. In “The Real Slim Shady”, it focused less on completely changing your ideals and more on just altering the surface. Eminem admits that he’s done that in the song and shows how he is disgusted with himself and only wants to go back to being who he truly is. In “The Real Slim Shady”, it seems like Eminem was yearning to be accepted while in the other song he was trying to use his alter ego to cope with the fact that he was now accepted as someone that he really wasn’t. No…show more content… Lastly, in “The Real Slim Shady” Eminem says to express your own beliefs and voice your opinions even if they don’t follow popular belief. In “The Monster” Eminem uses his alter ego to agree with ideas or beliefs that he normally wouldn’t. He contradicts himself in these two songs because he does not express his own beliefs like he urges for other people to do. “The Real Slim Shady” focuses more on sharing who you are with the world and not giving up