instruments used in not afraid

The success of white rappers depends, at least in some part, on their ability to make their audience believe that they have lived through the experiences about which they rap and really believe in the messages put forth in their music. In conclusion, the very beginning of the video shows Eminem standing on a rooftop ledge telling us how he got to there from “that place”, which he goes on to show by walking through the streets finding himself in a hall of mirrors, where he’s confronted by distorted images of himself before escaping both the basement and mirrored room only to find himself confronted by a far more dangerous edge.

Therefore, this choice, I suppose, is also based on what the society would deem ‘trendy’. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account.

New Banner and icon by u/emeetswvrld, Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Scrobbling is when tracks the music you listen to and automatically adds it to your music profile. (2010). Probably cello or double bass samples or a good string synth patch. My name is Kelly West and I am twenty-three years of age. Throughout the song, there is a soft melody being played in the background with a heartbeat like beat being played over and over on a bass and snare drum. Misogyny, violence, suicide, sexual exploitation, and child abuse are among the themes formerly rare and illicit, but now are common as the surfboards, drive-ins, and sock hops of yesteryear” (Eberstadt, 2005). Beginning on the streets of the Bronx in the 1970s, rap has evolved from what was essentially a form of poetry expressing the lifestyle and discontent of inner-city black youth into a multimillion dollar business.

Brisbane: Exploding Art. I have a lot of feelings, as stated by my mother the other day, “Kel, you live off emotions, and emotions alone.”  I have had my share of heartache and heartbreak.

Javascript is required to view shouts on this page. 297-307). Evan, S. (2010). In it, Eminem displays newfound courage and confidence, albeit facing struggles and eventually jumping off a ledge.

White Rappers and Black Epistemology. Connect your Spotify account to your account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. After an extraordinarily successful ten-year career, however, the rapper has certainly attained a comfortable perch in American and Australian musical culture (Verstegen, 2011). Eminem and the Tragedy of the White Rapper.

(2010). According to my research, this song was accompanied by a music video, which Rich Lee directed in May 2010. Policy Review. The hip hop song features a choir that assists Eminem in a heavily layered chorus and vocals are sung over a guitar, synthesizer and piano; no Auto-Tune was used on the sung vocals, but many reverberation tools were.

I will only listen to songs that I can sing along to, therefore, I also participate in music through practicing it on a daily basis. Popular Music and Society. The industry and the audiences accept those talented rappers who are able to do this. (2005). This will be done through the use of analyzing the personal, social and cultural meaning as well as by identifying the seven key concepts of the song; sonic narrative, technology, authenticity, sex and identity, syncretism and tradition, drugs and transcendence and rock ‘n’ roll and subculture groove, hook and sound of the song.

All of my peers know that ‘Not Afraid’ by Eminem is my favourite song, especially when warming up for a basketball game. I contend that commercial concerns motivated Eminem to promote his white identity, to foster his violent misogyny, and to steer clear of the “N-word.” Further, I want to present a brief circumstantial case that possibly overemphasizes the significance of Dre in the creation and maintenance of the Eminem phenomenon. Retrieved 20th August, 2012, from, Wikipedia. Some user-contributed text on this page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. Eberstadt, M. (2005). His posse of admirers also boasts an unlikely elite circle of heavy hitters from the book world. Lyrics begin: "You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst." Strange arranged the Pro Tools session in a more traditional manner by laying out the drums, bass instruments, guitars, keyboards, main vocals and overdubs from left to right. Rap illustrates self-creation and individuality as a value. While rap’s early pioneers were black, and the Sugar Hill Gang was able to land on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979 with “Rapper’s Delight”, wide-scale public attention was not paid to the genre until white artists began to appropriate it or at least help it along (Olson and Shobe, 2008).

Analyzing music under the new musicological regime. This consists of a constant beat on a bass and snare drum, resembling that of a heartbeat. Three kinds of authenticity are initially evident. This refers to the way, how and where the song was created. Misogyny, violence, suicide, sexual exploitation, and child abuse are among the themes formerly rare and illicit, but now are common as the surfboards, drive-ins, and sock hops of yesteryear” (Eberstadt, 2005). Leave feedback, Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor. The tools for the analysis of music based on ethnomusicology and musicology, will be applied to the song ‘Not Afraid’ by Eminem. 4, Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Rodriguez, J. Eminem battles drug addiction.

Music is an extremely important part of my life. There's also a synth at parts. ( Log Out /  White involvement in black art forms is immediately problematic.

On August 15, 2005, Mathers checked into Brighton Hospital, near Ann Arbor, Michigan, to battle an addiction to sleep medication (US Magazine Company, 2005). Retrieved 17th August, 2012, from, Rutman, D. (2010). Next, there’s the question of location or place. (2010. I assumed analyzing a Whitney Houston classic wouldn’t be seen as ‘acceptable’, so I went for a song that is ‘cooler’.

Unfortunately, and particularly for this iconic rapper, drugs & transcendence plays a role in his career, and as a result, this song. Of obvious importance to the impact ‘Not Afraid’ by Eminem had, is the musical technology of the song.

I participate in music every day whether it is through listening, reading or watching it. “He said he wanted a classic-rock feel,” says producer Emile, who worked on “Going Through Changes.” “He wanted familiarity and a big, epic sound” (Evan, 2010). Although I haven’t attended any of his concerts of yet, I would certainly love to.

He is world’s biggest selling rap artist and the most popular living gangsta rap artist (Evan, 2010). Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 20…. While mixing, he began with drums, then the main vocals. Those who are unable to do this, or who lie about their past, are not accepted and quickly disappear (Olson and Shobe, 2008). The groove, hook and the sound of the song ‘Not Afraid’ by Eminem, will also be identified and analysed in order to produce a concise critical analysis of ‘Not Afraid’ by Eminem. This is mainly because of the strength represented in it. --------------------------------------------------------- Seriously (Olson and Shobe, 2008). Hell, if you just want to provide input in any way, we at r/makinghiphop would appreciate it. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The song was written and produced by Eminem, Boi-1da, Jordan Evans and Matthew Burnett; keyboardist Luis Resto was also attributed with songwriting credit. Agawu, K. (1997). The fact that I like this song is based on personal choice; however, when trying to decide what sort of song I wanted to upload, I considered what my peers would think based on the type of music they like. Alan Light, editor of ‘Spin’ magazine, believes that authenticity is deeply important in rap, more so that any other musical genre. Finally, the question becomes whether a performer has the requisite relation and proximity to an original source of rap. ( Log Out /  Armstrong, E. (2004).Eminem’s Construction of Authenticity.

Rap prioritizes artists’ local allegiances and territorial identities. He has also performed the song at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Lollapalooza and the V Festival (Wikipedia, 2010). Analysis has always played a role in musicology. The clip has earned Eminem three heavy-duty 2010 MTV Video Music Award nominations: Best Male Video, Best Hip-Hop Video, and Video of the Year. Verstegen, I. The way we experience music in a digital age has changed dramatically how we can respond to it (Dillon and Brown, 2011). "Not Afraid" is a song by American rapper Eminem from his seventh studio album Recovery (2010). This is generally divided into three categories; personal, social and cultural meaning (Agawu, 1997). I hear a low string thing on the bottom. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account.

New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the makinghiphop community, Do you dabble in making beats and wonder how they'd sound with someone rapping over them? In Agawu, K. The journal of musicology (pp. Rap now takes many forms from the party-oriented “old school” to the “east coast” or “west coast” version of “gangsta rap” (Olson and Shobe, 2008). With more than 47.4 million albums and 107.5 million singles sold in the U.S. and 220 million records globally, he is among the world's best-selling artists of all time and is consistently cite…, Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and acto…, Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor.

“The analytical process,” and echoing a generation of structuralists, “is two-fold: to identify the various materials of a composition, and to define the ways in which they function.”‘ Thus defined, analysis is indispensable to a discipline that takes the musical object as its point of departure (Agawu, 1997).When we participate in making music or attending to it we are engaged with it and if it resonated with us it has meaning (Dutton and Brown, 2011). Musicology includes all relevant cultures and a range of musical forms, styles, genres and traditions, but tends to be confined to the humanities – a combination of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and the humanities of systematic musicology (philosophy, theoretical sociology, aesthetics). It was released as the album's lead single on April 29, 2010, by Interscope Records.

The next day, Interscope Records announced the cancellation of the European leg of his Anger Management 3 tour and said that Mathers was being “treated for exhaustion, complicated by other medical issues.” Two days later, his label confirmed a “dependency on sleep medication.” (US Magazine Company, 2005).

“Much of today’s music is darker and coarser than yesterday’s rock. 6, Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (

The video opens with Eminem standing on the edge of nondescript office building. Rap music is a relatively new musical genre that has experienced many changes throughout the three decades of its existence (Olson and Shobe, 2008). Once the hook has been sung through once, the bass kicks in as does the heavier rapping by Eminem. Eminem – ‘Not Afraid’Blog: Kelly Jane West n7585454“Much of today's music is darker and coarser than yesterday's rock. It used to be Lose Yourself, now it's probably either Love The Way You Lie or Not Afraid.

Due to this, I, like Eminem, like to find an outlet to release these feelings.


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