Legacy Pt.2

Everyone wants to be remembered after they leave the Earth. Being remembered could range from memories made with family and friends to actual entities that they’ve created in their lifetime. One of these entities that a fair amount of people have created over the years is music. Music can be used in a multitude of ways to leave a mark on the world. If one wants to reach more people with their legacy they need to stand out and have a reason to be remembered in the first place. There are plenty of musicians from the 70’s and 80’s that have never managed to break out of a local scene or be able to produce a hit song. The year is now 2018 and it’s easier to make music now more than ever before. With technology constantly evolving, musicians easily come and go while collecting their paychecks and garnering their fame and fanbase.

One of the greatest and most successful rappers of all time is Eminem. Eminem has decades of experience, talent, and knowledge under his belt as he continues to release music here and there over the years. The rap god himself, however, fell from his throne last year with the release of RevivalRevival wasn’t the worst album in the world, but it certainly wasn’t the best. Although often considered his worst album, it still says a lot when considering  Eminem’s discography is quite impressive and full of classic albums. While Revival didn’t exactly hit the marks, it did allow Eminem to create an album that he seemingly enjoyed making and wanted to see the public’s reaction to his thoughts on the world. The album, however, was not what people wanted to hear and left many feeling disappointed. Less than a year later, Eminem released Kamikaze. This album is Eminem’s response to the listeners and critics that ostensibly chastised Revival in the previous year.

Kamikaze, was the perfect opportunity for Eminem to get his anger and feelings out against those who loathed Revival. With Kamikaze being a sudden and surprising release, Eminem undoubtedly had the public’s attention again. The album itself is admittedly one of his better albums that further explores his opinions while showcasing his technical skill when it comes to rapping and writing. Kamikaze is a good album, however, with Eminem being one of the most controversial humans in existence it was bound to be met with negativity. This negativity commonly stems from comments aimed at his disses towards newer rappers, old friends, and even a questionable insult to Tyler, The Creator. With fans and critics once again blasting Eminem for being his usual controversial self, one must ponder about the impact this has on his legacy. Eminem is now constantly coming under fire whenever he releases an album thus making one wonder if he’s destroying or bettering his legacy with each release.

A legacy can vary depending on the nature of the person who’s leaving it. Someone who caused pain and torment to others in their lifetime will surely be remembered, but they will be remembered as an example of what not to do in life. On the other hand, leaving a positive legacy behind is not an easy task. Now more than ever are people being found guilty of past issues which subsequently leads to their name forever being associated with that act. Eminem is a special case in regards to the mark he will certainly leave on the world. Eminem is different because his influence is constantly changing throughout the years. In the early 2000’s, Eminem was one of the biggest celebrities that appealed to kids, teens, and adults while simultaneously receiving hate from Congress. Compare early 2000’s Eminem to modern day Eminem who now has a divided fan base due to his album releases and political stance, and it’s easy to see why his legacy is in a peculiar position.

While Eminem will obviously be remembered as one of the greatest and most controversial rappers of all time, it is imperative to take a step outside of the box and view Eminem as a whole. With an insanely successful career comes hardships and obstacles, both of which Eminem has surely detailed in his music. Eminem struggled for a long time until he got his chance to shine, and with that opportunity from Dr. Dre, he made the best of it. Eminem learned not to let anyone walk over him, use him, or even disrespect him in his career, which has led to some notable feuds. The story of Marshall Mathers is a culmination of one man attempting to make his opinion heard and fight for what he believes in. Revival may have been a fumble, but Kamikaze once again reaffirms that the rap god will fight to his death to defend what he believes in. Leaving a legacy behind as a man who doesn’t care about what other people think will inevitably be Eminem’s destiny.

Legacy

Music is a timeless art. An art that is meant to be reflected upon and revisited often; this results in artist’s creating legacies for themselves with the constant repetition of plays and support from their fans. Some artists legacies are short-lived while others live on throughout the decades, however, recently music has suffered a loss of an artist who was unknowingly writing his legacy at the age of 21.

The loss of Lil Peep was quite impactful to the rap community due to his recency and effort to help create the emo-rap genre in music. A rap-rock genre like this hasn’t been popular since bands like Limp Bizkit and Hollywood Undead in the 90’s and 2000’s respectively. Lil Peep was a crucial architect in emo-rap who opened the doors for artists such as Trippie Redd, XXXtentacion, and Wicca Phase Springs Eternal. This creation of emo-rap has blown up on Soundcloud due to its ability to let anyone upload; people can listen to musicians who they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to hear before due to the simplicity and accessibility that Soundcloud boasts.

Lil Peep’s particular music saw him talking about relationships, drugs, and money in a new light. The combination of rap and emo is one of the most versatile and “out there” sounds to ever exist in this modern age. With songs like “Save That Shit” and “Absolute in Doubt” which tell a sad tale of heartbreak but are yet reinforced with a lavish lifestyle undertale, Lil Peep is able to seamlessly merge two very different genres into one cohesive sound. This discovery led to an onslaught of other musician’s trying their hand at this sound, especially on Soundcloud. Lil Peep was ahead of the game and already on his way to monumental success in the future.

However on November 15th, 2017 the world lost Lil Peep and thus his life as an artist was seemingly complete. This leads to the discussion about the legacy of Lil Peep and how it can be continued and preserved through the years. Since his passing, songs and music videos have been released posthumously which continue to spread the lyrics and idea of Lil Peep across new and old fans alike. This continuation of music is quite unique for an artist who already released around 90 songs during his short lifetime. This preservation of talent allows for years of releases to come out hence giving Lil Peep’s legacy a form of endurance to go on for a seemingly long period of time. The motivation that Lil Peep gave during his life is what gives his music the sustainability it deserves, allowing for the eventual release of his full recorded discography in the future.

The loss of Lil Peep wasn’t the end of Lil Peep’s career. With posthumous releases being an option on the table, artists can take this inspirational note and continue to record as much as they can so when they do eventually pass, they may continue to live on through their music. While the passing of Lil Peep was very unfortunate, it’s a sign that music truly is eternal and needs to be preserved at all costs moving forward. Lil Peep’s music career is still alive and will continue to astonish and please due to his work ethic when he was unaware of what the future held.