Musical Analysis Eminem Going Through Changes

Eminem : Going Through Changes

On September 9th 2010 Eminem and Jay-Z kicked off their Renegade mini concert series in Detroit Michigan, Eminem’s home town. It was Eminem’s first concert appearance since his return to hip-hop after his long stand of recovering from his drug problems. The tour was brought about by rising success of his new CD which is entitled the “Recovery”. This CD was his best selling out of all of his LP due to the fact every song had a personal back round, you really feel like you know Eminem as an individual after listening to it.
The single “ Going Through Changes” really discusses the hardships he had to deal with in his realization that he had a problem and his reasons for overcoming it, also the hardships that he dealt with. The opening starts with the original chorus that was written and sung by Ozzy Osborne. The first verse begins as some what of a vent as Eminem feels the need to tell you how he has really been feeling and is trying to get it all off of his chest. “ Lately I really, feel like I’m rolling for _ like Philly. I feel like I’m losing control of myself, I sincerely. I apologize if all it sounds like I am complaining but life keeps on complicating… “ It really feels that Eminem is speaking to you on a personal level and telling you his problems like one of your close friends would do.
A reoccurring topic in his songs is the topic of the most important girls in his life. His daughter Haley and his little sister Laney which is what he pretty much lives for. Going further into the first verse he says a line “ Even my girls can see that im grieving, I try and hide it, but I cant, why do I act like I’m high and all mighty when inside I am dying. I am finally realizing I need help….” Those girls are the rock in his life that keeps him motivated and gives him the strength he needs to continue. He acts all high and mighty so they believe everything is okay. Once they begin to realize he is suffering and they see the person they look up to with so many problems. He also says “ I hate my reflection I walk around my house trying to fight mirrors”, he can’t look at the person he has become and is so sick of himself.
The second verse goes more into what happened and why it was so hard for him to change. “ I lock myself in the bedroom, bathroom, napping at noon, yea dads in a bad mood hes always snapping at you”. At this point he is discussing the time where he was in a state of depression after the death of his best friend Proof from the rap group D12 who is signed under Eminem’s label Shady Records. He would lock himself in rooms and pop pills and do drugs and either sleep cause he would pass out or just would not want to move due to the depression. Eminem new he had a problem but was to afraid and to weak to handle it. One of the lines is “ It became a problem you’re to pussy to tackle, get up be a man, stand, a real man would of handled this shit…” . He is getting at himself for his mistakes.
He continues you on by talking about what happened with Proof when he died and how thinking about hurts him. “ But dwelling on it only makes the night worse, now I’m popping Vics, perks and methadone pills….” The death of his best friend really put him over the top. Eminem realized he had a problem and wanted to change but was surrounded by the problems. “ Drug dealers hanging around me like yes man and their gunna do what ever I say when I say it and its in their best interest to protect their investment…”. It is no good when you make your friends your dealers that they around you so much and it is right in front of you it no longer becomes a temptation but an addiction and then part of your daily routine.
The next first starts off with him Eminem singing “ I don’t know what it is but I just keep going through changes”. Well the change was from bad to worse and instead of owning up to the problem and changing he found other things to blame it on and the addiction spun out of control. “ Fame is starting to give me an excuse to be at an all time low”. Eminem was never a saint in the public eye and he blamed all of the negativity for his problems , as he said he would take more and more sleeping pills till it finally got to him. The end of the verse begins to tell you how he almost falls in a coma and hearing a voice saying “ Daddy, don’t you die on me daddy you better hold your ground”.
The final verse talk begins with how he woke up in a hospital bed attached to all of these tubes and he was amazed he pulled through. “ Swear when I come back I’m going to be bullet proof “. It took almost dying to have an epiphany that things needed to change. He says “ I thinks I should state a few facts because I might not get the chance to say the truth”. He becomes very emotional and begins to talk about some of his regrets. He starts with his wife Kim and it as if he is talking to his daughter Haley and apologizing for the fact that they could not make it through for her but he confess that he still loves her and would do anything for her.
The song ends how it starts with Ozzy singing the Chorus “ I’m Going through Changes” which not only discusses the part of this song but basically his entire life and everything he has gone through from the standpoint as an artist but also an individual. He says the line “ There are to many things to explain I guess when it rains and it pours….”. The songs talks about the changes he went through, but he was right when it rain it pours because the changes went from bad to worse. It is fitting that he took Ozzy’s chorus because Ozzy went from bad to worse and just continues down the road. Eminem epiphany helped him recover from the addiction (which is the reason why the C D is called the recovery). Not only did he change and go through rehab but he came back stronger then ever. He lost the excess weight he put on and got himself back in shape. He was able to rid himself of the all the negativity that surrounded him.
He was able to regain all of his fans that he lost due to the leave of absense he took from the music industry, by coming out with one of the best CD he has ever created and possible grammy nominee for soundtrack of the year. He won many MTV music awards and did 5 perfomances in 3 states in a week He was able to put on an incredible show for his first come back performances on the Renegade tour and absoultey light up the stage. It was a very memorable performance along side with many guest stars and featured hip-hop mogul Jay-Z as what critics where referring to as the hip-hop Woodstock of our generation. Eminem will continue to grow through better change because after the rain comes the sun and he has a very bright future as the an artist reborn.

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69 Responses to “Musical Analysis Eminem Going Through Changes”

  1. Laura Says:

    I love that eminem tells a story in each of his songs and the fact that they are based on realistic events makes the song more authentic. He talks about real life problems and situations that many people may be facing. This entire album revolves around the theme of recovery and his most recent experience of how he came back so I thought it was very interesting that he used the Ozzy lyrics at the beginning and end of the song because Ozzy went down a bad road as well.

  2. Marya Tambawala Says:

    Eminem is a great example of how personal experiences can be used to create powerful music. It’s interesting how Eminem gets people to identify with him, even though most haven’t been through the things he has, and I think a lot of it has to do with his lyrical style.

  3. theblog Says:

    Eminem is one of the realest diverse artists in my opinion. He always no matter what writes and records records which you could feel the emotion of the record. Every single song he speaks on something which occured in his life especially this song “Im going through changes” which you discussed. He understands that being real and showing who you really are means alot to the listeners. If you are true to yourself in your music the listeners will just respect you so much more because they may have all had a simliar situation. A listener might have gone through having a friend pass away and depression to being addicted to drugs to nearly quiting everything going on in his/her life. Eminem speaks from his heart and you have no choice but to respect him because of that.

  4. Amy Herzog Says:

    This comeback has been really fascinating! I’d love to hear more about the music itself, and how his performance style adds to the meaning. He’s so skilled at creating characters it’s sometimes hard to distinguish his personal biography from a fictional alter-ego.

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