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On assignment for his first cover story for Rolling Stone, the very first national cover story on Eminem, Anthony Bozza met a young blond kid, a rapper who would soon take the country by storm. But back in 1999, Eminem was just beginning to make waves among suburban white teenagers as his first single, "My Name Is," went into heavy rotation on MTV.

Who could have predicted that in a mere two years, Eminem would become the most reviled and controversial hip-hop figure ever? Or that twelve months after that, Eminem would sit firmly at the pinnacle of American celebrity, a Grammy winner many times over and the recipient of an Oscar?

Since their first meeting, Bozza has been given a level of access to Eminem that no other journalist has enjoyed. In Whatever You Say I Am, never-before-published excerpts from Bozza's interviews with Eminem are combined with the insight of hip-hop figures, music critics and journalists to look behind the mask of this enigmatic celebrity. With an eye toward Eminem's place in American popular culture, Bozza creates a thoughtful portrait of one of the most successful artists of our time. This is more than a biography of a thoroughly well-documented life. It is a close-up look at a conflicted figure who has somehow spoken to the heart of America.

©2003 Anthony Bozza (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, A Division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Bozza's unprecedented access to Mathers then and now has given rise to one of the only fully honest accounts of the now brilliant star." (Publishers Weekly)
"Compelling." (The New York Times)

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Not really all about Em

This book is a good story on the way eminem has affected rap music, but lacks much information actually about the artist himself. It is well read if you are looking for a book that contains more of a history of rap, and the way a white boy has affected the genre then this is the book you are looking for. If you are looking for the actual story on em's life you arent going to find it here. Like I said it contains mostly history on the genre and quotes about em from critics, definately not what I was looking for.

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Excellent first installment for any fan of Marshall

Highly recommend to any Eminem fan. Less a biography, though it does contain elements of Marshall’s personal narrative, then a critique of his work, role within hip hop, and reflection of American society writ large. Moving on to the second installment now...

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Hip hop achieved and then some

Despite buts and what if’s Eminem has achieved great things There’s more to learn however covers a lot of ups/downs leading to appreciating and understanding the man and performing he does

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Meh

i expected more, but the book fell short in my opinion. Don't waste your money

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Must Read for Em fans

I love Eminem so this was so fascinating. Eminem in the modern era is so private, but when this book was written, the author actually got to hang with him multiple times in varied locations and interview him. It's majorly interesting.

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it was well informed

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