Issue: Nov. 2002
Story Headline: The Zen of Eminem
Background: Hot off releasing his fourth studio album The Eminem Show, Slim Shady was now embarking on his Anger Management Tour. One would assume from the tour name that the always explicit, no holds barred rapper was attempting to make nice and change his ways, but you thought wrong. VIBE spoke with the fiery MC to get to know the man behind the angry mask.
Article Excerpt: "The fact that a man picks up a microphone... that's it you see?" says Eminem. "That's what makes him a rapper. It's not a gun. It's a microphone." This is something the anti rap contingent of the Senate has never understood. Eminem's show on the anger management tour opens with a video montage of real American politicians condemning the dangerous social phenomenon that is Eminem. Reality check: The FBI reports that there were 90,186 rapes and 15,517 murders reported in America in 2000. Eminem committed none of them.