There was a point in time when Eminem was not just relevant -- he was one of the most recognizable points of a spectrum in pop culture. This period in time happened to coincide with an era when I saw nothing wrong with wearing a bandana paired with a hemp necklace. What I'm saying is that it was early aughts, and that, my friends, was a very long time ago.
Sure, he's made one or two comebacks, pretty admirable in the face of his struggles with mental health and addiction issues. Additionally, the track he cut with Rihanna that's getting so much airtime? I kind of love putting it on repeat as I jog while fantasizing that I'm a troubled but gifted FBI agent.
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But all of that said and the dude given his dues, he isn't Elvis. He isn't even Kanye. I say this knowing full-well that in making such comparisons, I am inviting him to include my name in a hateful rap rant, and I'll be real: That idea delights me like no other.
What I mean is Eminem isn't a superstar. But you'd never know it from the way he's acting lately. He's making demands dollars-wise that even the likes of Madonna would arch an eyebrow at -- provided she could still arch her eyebrows (ay-oh)!
Eminem was invited to perform during Super Bowl week at the NFL owners' party that's held annually. It's usually a pretty glitzy affair, and it attracts some high level performers. But when it comes to performing at the Super Bowl or at any major NFL function, most stars take a major pay cut -- or some, like Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas, and even Beyonce, don't take any money at all because the exposure of the events in question is worth almost 100 million in advertising dollars alone!
Apparently nobody told Eminem this because when he learned his presence had been requested, he straight up asked for TWO MILLION DOLLARS. Even in his prime that would have been a scorching request, but at this stage in the game, it smacks less of ego and more of, well, delusion. Can you imagine how much the owners would have to fork over for their party just to cover the guy's paycheck? Needless to say, the NFL passed, and we totally get it.
What's the most amount of money you'd be willing to spend to see someone you love perform in concert?
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