Eminem didn’t have a listed feature on his good buddy Royce Da 5’9″‘s new album, but he does make a guest appearance on The Allegory‘s sobering “Perspective” skit, where he weighs in with some thoughts about hip-hop’s impact on our society.
Slim Shady speaks over the somber instrumental to explain how hip-hop created a “melting pot” that brings people together. “But you’ve got people of all races, like, coming together and helping shape this from the?ground?up,” he begins. “So now you?got little white kids growin’ up?with black idols. And you got black kids growin’ up with white idols. And you got — it’s just this whole mixing pot. Nothing has brought more races and more people from all different walks of life together than hip-hop.”
Em then examines things from a black kid’s perspective growing up without representation in mainstream music in the ’60s and ’70s during the booming rock and roll era. The Detroit native also notes that black culture heavily influenced the genre, shouting out Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Chuck Berry.
“if I’m a Black kid, growing up in say the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, whatever, right? And I’m looking on TV and nobody looks like me and it’s very stereotypical and I’m looking at toys and everything is white, the f—ing action figures are all white. The f—ing superheroes are all white,” Em says. “Like maybe there’s one or two black superheroes mixed in there with mostly white. I don’t how I’d grow up and not have a chip on my shoulder.”
Listen to the skit below.