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Im Sorry Mama According to the book Pastimes The Context of Contemporary Leisure listening to music is something that most people in Western society do everyday Therefore since popular culture can be defined as the most typical pastimes of a particular group listening to music can be viewed as popular culture Since the invention of the radio listening to music has long been considered as popular culture in our society On any given afternoon in America you can ride down the street and see teens young adults and even older adults driving down the street with their radios blaring One reason for this is the constant change in peoples likes and dislikes Unfortunately todays society likes controversy and there are few musicians more controversial than Eminem Eminem has quickly become one of pop cultures most scrutinized criticized commercialized controversial misunderstood and influential artists Chris Rock was almost right when he said something sure has changed in America when the best golfer is black and the best rapper is white Lets face it before this white rapper burst onto the US charts in 1999 seeing nearly one in five kids in school wearing orange t-shirts and bleaching their hair blonde was not something the country was used to seeing Undoubtedly this change in our youth is due to the commercialization of the music industry today Nearly every teenager in America has access to MTV Eminem seemingly paved the way for the musical side of pop culture to change into what we now know it as a controversy whether this is a good thing or a bad thing still remains to be seen As quoted in his song Without me he states Though Im not the first king of controversy I am the worst thing since Elvis Presley to do black music so selfishly and use it to get myself wealthy hey theres a concept that works 20 million other white rappers emerge Keeping
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