Celebrating Columbus Day with Eminem, Anderson Cooper and embedded video
Columbus sailed the ocean blue
Which leads directly to -- (ahem)
A bit of fluff on Eminem
-- courtesy Gene Weingarten
Let me drop some knowledge on you. If we have anyone to thank for the phenomenon that is Eminem, it is Dr. Dre. But today we can also thank Christopher Columbus for (arguably) discovering America, which led, eventually, to the founding of Detroit, the city from which one Marshall Bruce Mathers (aka Eminem) emerged to dazzle us (or not) with his wicka-wicka wordsmithing and hardscrabble story. Which in turn led to Em's being interviewed by Anderson Cooper on Sunday evening's "60 Minutes."
Em opened up about his rough childhood in Detroit, his strained relationship with his parents, why he's been singled out for the anti-gay slurs in his raps (because he's white, apparently) and his rise from street rhymer to rap star. He also, most importantly, clears up the whole "nothing rhymes with orange" debate. Apparently, "storage" and "porridge" will both do in a pinch.
Don't have time to watch the 13-minute interview? Get the salient points by watching the 2:18 minute trailer for "8 Mile" -- the 2002 movie about Eminem, starring Eminem as himself and Kim Basinger as his mom. Maybe Andersoon Cooper hadn't seen it.
If you have more time to waste (why are you at work anyway, right?) be sure to watch this super-meta "60 Minutes Overtime" clip in which CBS producer Ann Silvio interviews Anderson Cooper about interviewing Eminem (First gripping question: "What was it like walking down the streets of Detroit with Eminem?"):
| October 11, 2010; 12:03 PM ET
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