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"We Made You" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that even though this is one Eminem song that surprisingly doesn't contain profanity, it's still not appropriate for kids. With crass comments about women's body parts, sarcastic quips regarding homosexuality, and various references to prescription drugs, this is vintage Eminem.
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What's the story?
Eminem's ode to reality stars and pseudo-celebrities, WE MADE YOU covers all the famous faces usually found on the tabloid pages. Eminem focuses only on the ladies on this single, asking Lindsay Lohan and Portia de Rossi why they became lesbians and attempting to lyrically seduce everyone from Britney Spears to vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. The single is the second off of Em's latest album, Relapse.
Is it any good?
There is no shortage of cultural fodder for Eminem to take on in his satirical single, "We Made You." However, the usually on-target lyricist seems a bit off his game on this single. Sure there are some clever moments, like the Amy Winehouse reference: "You're my Amy, I'm your Blake, matter fact make me a birthday cake, with a saw blade in it to make my jail break." But other such name-dropping of celebs like John Mayer, Britney Spears , and Sarah Palin, falls flat and Slim Shady skips some prime opportunities to slam celebrity and status.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how rap music as a genre addresses social and pop culture issues. On this single, Eminem makes illusions to numerous celebrities and pop culture icons. Do you think this type of satirical approach casts some doubt on the validity of fame? Do you look at celebrities like Sarah Palin and Jessica Simpson differently after hearing them referenced in a song which doesn't portray them very favorably?