How Has Eminem Risen to the Top?

Written by Jeff Schuman II

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In 1997 he was married with a child trying to support his family with very little cash to do it with. He went torepparttar Rap Olympics in Los Angeles hoping to winrepparttar 110015 cash prize of $1,500 for first place, but instead was spotted by a few sponsors from Interscope. Furious that he had come in second, he later found out aboutrepparttar 110016 sponsors and he gave them a copy ofrepparttar 110017 “Infinite” tape, which was later sent to Dr. Dre. Dre was extremely impressed withrepparttar 110018 talent of Eminem and got contact of him, whererepparttar 110019 two recorded his second album; The Slim Shady LP. This album setrepparttar 110020 tone for his style of rap, as he lashed out on everyone that had bullied him throughout his life. It was a different style than anyone had ever heard, which brought him to stardom.

Eminem is by farrepparttar 110021 most popular rapper that is seen most in public. He has been seen in Rap Pages, VIBE, Rolling Stone, Spin, The Source, URB and Stress and continues to strive for more. He becamerepparttar 110022 first white person to ever be onrepparttar 110023 cover of The Source. Throughout his life he has starred inrepparttar 110024 movie “8 Mile” based on his life growing up, has had over 20 guest appearances on TV, has featured on numerous different rappers CD’s, and has recorded 5 CD’s of his own. His second LP, “The Marshall Mathers LP”, sold over 8 million records inrepparttar 110025 United States alone, 1.76 million copies inrepparttar 110026 first week setting a record for a solo artist. This album becamerepparttar 110027 first rap album ever to be nominated for “Album ofrepparttar 110028 Year” atrepparttar 110029 Grammies. He would go on to win 3 Grammies forrepparttar 110030 album that night. Inrepparttar 110031 year 2002 he made $29 million in earnings of his fourth album “The Eminem Show LP” and touring for it. Then on March 23, 2003repparttar 110032 song “Lose Yourself” from his movie “8 Mile” becamerepparttar 110033 first rap song to ever win an Academy Award.

While being known for his explicit behavior and horrendous lyrics on his albums and inrepparttar 110034 eye ofrepparttar 110035 public, it is difficult to overlook all that he has achieved. Coming from where he did and rising to where he is currently, it is remarkable what he has done not only for himself, butrepparttar 110036 rap world as well. While it is hard for most to like him, there are not many that do not at least respect him for what he has achieved as of now, and what he may do inrepparttar 110037 future to come.

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Duke Ellington Starring in “The Evolution of Jazz”

Written by David Kunstek

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While Duke's band was performing atrepparttar Cotton Club, his band participated in more than sixty-four recording sessions. In 1931 Duke grew so tired ofrepparttar 110014 show-business routines that he decided to try his luck again on his own. When he arrived in New York his band grew to almost three times what it originally had been atrepparttar 110015 Cotton Club. Duke feared that this would become a very serious problem considering howrepparttar 110016 stock market crashed in late 1929 and millions of people acrossrepparttar 110017 United States were out of work. Somehow, though, most ofrepparttar 110018 entertainment business survivedrepparttar 110019 economic hardships. Ellington's band had appeared on Broadway and had even gone to Hollywood to make a movie. Duke's band was having a hard time performing inrepparttar 110020 south because ofrepparttar 110021 segregation laws not allowing blacks to eat in white restaurants or finding accommodations that would allow blacks and whites to stay together in a half-decent room. In 1932 Duke added a trombonist named Lawrence Brown. Inrepparttar 110022 same year, most ofrepparttar 110023 other big bands were adding vocalists to their ensemble and thus Duke felt pressured to do so too. Duke then hired a woman named Ivie Anderson and quickly proved that he had donerepparttar 110024 right thing. Then in 1933 his band got a chance to play in Europe. At first Duke was very skeptical of how his music would be reacted to just because jazz had its roots in America andrepparttar 110025 Europeans had a very contrasting style of music. The band managed to talk Duke into believingrepparttar 110026 idea was a good one. The band's first stop was England. The band was amazed at how well informed they were about their entire past. Evenrepparttar 110027 Prince of Wales came to hearrepparttar 110028 band play. Atrepparttar 110029 timerepparttar 110030 prince was an amateur drummer and Sonny Greer Showedrepparttar 110031 prince how to workrepparttar 110032 drum set and they played together and inrepparttar 110033 end were calling each other 'Sonny' and 'The Wale'. Allrepparttar 110034 concerts held in England were sellouts. The band then moved on to Scotland, and then Paris, France where their music was greeted with open arms. When Duke's band returned to Americarepparttar 110035 band really began feelingrepparttar 110036 hardship and sorrow of traveling onrepparttar 110037 road, being separated from loved ones. Also, many ofrepparttar 110038 band members, including Duke, began developing drinking problems and started making some ofrepparttar 110039 musicians lives miserable. What made things worse wasrepparttar 110040 fact that Duke's mother, Daisy, died in May of 1935 that set Duke into a deep depression and he used to sit and stare into space while he talked to himself. Fortunately though, those long pep-talks with himself seem to snap Duke out of his depression. But despite everythingrepparttar 110041 band survived and in 1946 a saxophonist/clarinetist named Russell Procope joinedrepparttar 110042 band and brought everyone up to a new point of view about traveling onrepparttar 110043 road. Aroundrepparttar 110044 time that Procope joinedrepparttar 110045 band Duke invented a new song called 'Reminiscing in Tempo' and was not looked upon favorably by critics but it did seem to sum everything up that was written by Ellington from 1931 to 1939 in a combination of gladness, sadness, triumph, and tragedy. But then Duke's friend Arthur Whetsol became and had to leaverepparttar 110046 band. Thenrepparttar 110047 future ofrepparttar 110048 band seemed uncertain asrepparttar 110049 depression continued and millions of people were still out of work. Until around 1935 whenrepparttar 110050 'Swing Era' hitrepparttar 110051 U.S. Irving Mills had then formed his own record company in 1936 that boomed with popularity asrepparttar 110052 demand for big bands playing this new swing music was in intense demand. Later on Duke hired a lyrical writer named Billy Strayhorn that led a premature death in 1967. But when Strayhorn was withrepparttar 110053 band he wrote many compositions that often went intorepparttar 110054 band's book of music. Then in 1942 Duke hired one ofrepparttar 110055 best tenor saxophonists ever and let him playrepparttar 110056 first tenor sax solo ever arranged by Duke Ellington. In 1951 Saxophonist Johnny Hodges, trombonist Lawrence Brown, and Sonny Greer leftrepparttar 110057 band together and formed their own band but then in 1955 Sonny Greer returned torepparttar 110058 band and stayed with Duke until his death in 1970. And then byrepparttar 110059 1950'srepparttar 110060 Ellington band was carrying on almost alone. By 1972repparttar 110061 times and styles ofrepparttar 110062 world no longer fitrepparttar 110063 old time style of Duke's band. The band was not known like it used to be and that could berepparttar 110064 point in time I suppose you could say thatrepparttar 110065 band broke up. Duke Ellington's career spannedrepparttar 110066 whole history ofrepparttar 110067 birth ofrepparttar 110068 music called jazz. And nowhere in that glorious history is there a man who had more love for music, more respect for his art, thanrepparttar 110069 man they calledrepparttar 110070 Duke.

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