Sunday, September 26, 2010

When I'm Gone - Review/MP3


When I'm gone is about Eminem's career's effect on his relationship with his wife Kim. It talks about him not being there for his daughter, Hailie, and (in a sort of metaphoric "dream") Hailie confronts him at a concert in Sweden and demands to know why he was so cruel towards Kim (his ex-wife). She ends the confrontation by telling Eminem that he loves his fame, career, and fans more than his own family. After she leaves, Eminem turns around and sees a gun. He picks it up, screams "Die Shady!" and shoots his Slim Shady alter-ego. After that, he wakes up, realizing that it was only a dream. It's spring, Hailie's playing in the yard, and he kisses Kim. The music video was directed by Anthony Mandler.
Furthermore, this is a continuation of Marshall's difficulty coping with fame and his dark alter ego, Slim Shady ("When I'm gone just carry on, don't mourn"). "When I'm Gone" is a progression of this dilemma: where does Marshall end, and Shady begin? Who is the dominant alter ego and how does this figure into Eminem the artist and family man? The end of Eminem's dream where Shady shoots himself is similar to the ending of the song "Encore/Curtains Down" off of his album Encore, in which Shady leaves the stage but then comes back, shoots the crowd and then points the gun at his brain and shoots himself (in the clean version the song fades out before the shooting segment begins).

This is one of my all time favorite Eminem songs. This track is so powerful and moving. I can really relate to it. What do you think about the song?
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19 comments:

  1. Good read. I always liked eminem. I look forward to future posts from you :)

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  2. thank you :) enjoy my blog as I will be updating it plenty from here on out :)

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  3. Great review. Just so you know the link to the song is broken.

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  4. love eminem. good review. add me back. thanks.

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  5. link is broken, but this review is spot on. this song is one of ems best, and is on the top of my playlist.

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  6. will fix the link right now. thanks people :)

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  7. Eminem is the greatest rapper alive... no doubt :D keeping it real, very nice review, do your thing, Eminem will do his :D

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  8. link fixed. thanks for letting me know it wasn't working for you.

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  9. Isn't eminem like 50 nao? he was real scary in funny people... even ray romano was afraid of him and ray romano doesn't afraid of anything...

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  10. totally just inspired me to go dig up my old cd to find this song

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  11. it is a good song, i've been a fan from the start of his career

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  12. his old stuff was so much better...

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  13. I liked his old stuff too, but I'm really liking some of his new songs.

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  14. Great review, though i wasnt really fond of this album, he's still pretty much one of the most talented and controversial rappers out there

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