How Has Eminem Risen to the Top?

Written by Jeff Schuman II

How is it that a little white boy from Kansas City has becomerepparttar most well known rapper inrepparttar 110015 world? Starting from nothing and eventually moving up to a multi-millionaire, Eminem overrepparttar 110016 past seven years has been inrepparttar 110017 eye ofrepparttar 110018 public everywhere you look. He has essentially entered a black man’s business and gone torepparttar 110019 top overrepparttar 110020 course of a few years, but how?

On October 17, 1972 Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born in St. Joseph, MO by his 15 year old mother Debbie. Six months later his father was gone and this beganrepparttar 110021 struggle for Marshall and his mother; one that was justrepparttar 110022 beginning. Throughoutrepparttar 110023 course of his childhood Marshall and his mother moved numerous times into different houses from Kansas City to Detroit. The maximum time spent in one house was only 3 months, which caused Marshall to attend many different schools making it difficult to cope torepparttar 110024 different surroundings and make friends. Every new school he attended he was bullied as he wasrepparttar 110025 new kid. This was something that he could not change as he was never stationed in one school for a long period of time. Atrepparttar 110026 age of 12 he and his mother finally settled in a house in Detroit. He would later userepparttar 110027 bullying to his advantage fueling him to get back at all his bullies through songs.

Byrepparttar 110028 age of 4 Marshall was already beginning to rap and put words together rhyming them. At school he was rather successful consideringrepparttar 110029 circumstances, but it was lunchtime that he enjoyed as he often battled schoolmates through freestyles. Atrepparttar 110030 age of 14 Marshall began to get serious about rapping and felt that he had a shot inrepparttar 110031 business. When he got torepparttar 110032 ninth grade he failed it three times before eventually dropping out as he felt school was not for him.

When he turned 17 he came up withrepparttar 110033 name M&M for himself by combiningrepparttar 110034 first letters of his first and last name, which later was changed to Eminem. Now that he didn’t have school as a distraction, he focused solely on rapping withrepparttar 110035 goal of making it torepparttar 110036 top. He faced constant struggle onrepparttar 110037 way to stardom as he was continuously rejected by most rappers because of his race, despite his true talent. This grew anger inside of him that he uses in his music today. Knowing that it wasn’t going to be easy and that he would have to work, Marshall forced himself onto radio shows and freestyle battles to prove everybody wrong. He eventually got a first album titled “Infinite”, but it only sold 1,000 copies. It wasn’t until 1997 that Marshall would make a name for himself.

Duke Ellington Starring in “The Evolution of Jazz”

Written by David Kunstek

Duke Ellington Starring in “The Evolution of Jazz”

Duke Ellington is considered to be one ofrepparttar greatest figures inrepparttar 110014 history of American music. Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington was born in Washington D.C. on April 29, 1899. His parents were James Edward and Daisy Kennedy Ellington. They raised Duke as an only child, until his sister, Ruth, was born when Duke was sixteen years old. Duke, even as a teenager had a great talent for music. Inrepparttar 110015 beginning of his musical life, Duke began to take a promising interest in a new type of music that would later be called jazz. Choosing to base his career on a new idea may not have been smart, but Duke did take this chance and in turn became one ofrepparttar 110016 most famous musicians in America. Duke's first job was at a government office. He was a clerk who receivedrepparttar 110017 minimum wage and was barely getting by. He would arrange dance bands for weddings and parties for extra money. His mother taught him how to playrepparttar 110018 piano. Sometimes he put this knowledge to use and played at a few ofrepparttar 110019 dance parties and weddings. After Duke's first job, he became more interested in painting andrepparttar 110020 arts. For a few years he painted public posters. Duke then decided to put together his own band. At this point in his life things started to change forrepparttar 110021 better for Duke, but not for long. In those days, this new music was just beginning to develop and would later be givenrepparttar 110022 name of jazz. In that time it was considered to be low and vulgar because it was music that grew directly out ofrepparttar 110023 Black culture. In those early years, segregation was at one of its all time worst points in history. I think that is why Duke Ellington was one ofrepparttar 110024 most important individuals torepparttar 110025 growth and development of jazz. During Duke's long career,repparttar 110026 new music slowly spread out of bars and saloons, to dance and night clubs and then eventually ontorepparttar 110027 concert stage. In time, jazz became a universally recognized form of art and has been said that it isrepparttar 110028 only real form that has originated fromrepparttar 110029 American soul. Byrepparttar 110030 1960's Duke traveledrepparttar 110031 globe so many times that he became known asrepparttar 110032 unofficial ambassador torepparttar 110033 United States. Duke's band had played in Russia, Japan, Latin America,repparttar 110034 Far East,repparttar 110035 Middle East, and Africa. Duke, himself, was an elegant man. Whenrepparttar 110036 white people looked down onrepparttar 110037 black man and his music, Duke managed to bring dignity to every one of his performances. Once,repparttar 110038 jazz historian Leonard Feather described Duke as, 'an inch over six feet tall, sturdily built, he had an innate grandeur that would have enabled him to step with unquenched dignity out of a mud puddle.' Duke's private life was something of an enigma. Although he had many friends he never really told them everything about himself. He would often guard his privacy probably because he had so little of it. When he was alone though, he would almost always be arrangingrepparttar 110039 next tune forrepparttar 110040 band to play, and was always thinking or preparing something forrepparttar 110041 band to do inrepparttar 110042 next performance. Duke attracted some ofrepparttar 110043 greatest musicians to join his band. Because of this it has been said that many of Duke's pieces are almost impossible to exactly duplicate withoutrepparttar 110044 personal style ofrepparttar 110045 original musicians. One ofrepparttar 110046 strange things that was known about Duke was that his school music teacher, Mrs. Clinkscales, who playedrepparttar 110047 piano, was alwaysrepparttar 110048 inspiration for him to just sit down and start tinkering around with a few notes that usually became big hits. In his bandrepparttar 110049 two, probably most famous musicians wererepparttar 110050 trumpeter Whetsol andrepparttar 110051 saxophonist Hodges. Asrepparttar 110052 band became more and more popular, saxophonist Hodges becamerepparttar 110053 highest paid performer inrepparttar 110054 United States. The 1920's became known as 'the Jazz Age' because jazz had hit its first great burst of popularity. At that time Duke then added a young drummer named Sonny Greer. A few years after Greer was hired, Duke's band hit a very rough spot. They were often stuck inrepparttar 110055 street with no money and nowhere to go. Duke and his band often were stuck doing crude recordings just for a few dollars to buy a meal. Inrepparttar 110056 autumn of 1927, luck had crossed paths with Duke again. The manager of Duke's band, Irving Mills, had heard thatrepparttar 110057 prestigious cotton club was looking for a new band and immediately Irving began campaigning for Duke. Duke and his band opened on December 4, 1927 to meet a mad rush of spectators who eagerly awaited to hear Dukes newest pieces. Duke's band became very prosperous and they had their own spot onrepparttar 110058 Cotton Club floor with special lighting and accommodations. Atrepparttar 110059 year of 1928repparttar 110060 band consisted of Bubber Miley, Freddy Jenkins, and Arthur Whetsol on trumpet, joined with Tricky Sam Nanton, and Juan Tizol on trombone. Johnny Hodges, now on alto sax, with Barney Bigard doubled on tenor sax and clarinet, and finally Harry Carney at seventeen years old joined on bari sax. Carney was known as one ofrepparttar 110061 first people in a band ever to userepparttar 110062 bari sax as a solo instrument.

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