Today’s Throwback Thursday is a little different than usual. Stan isn’t an uplifting song or feel-good jam; it is however, one of the best songs by one of the best artists of the past two decades, Eminem. The version today isn’t with Dido accompany either, it’s the recording of Eminem performing his signature hit with Elton John at the 2001 Grammy’s – a groundbreaking hip hop performance that paired the openly gay Elton John with Eminem, who had been under fire over perceived anti-gay slurs in his music. The song itself is a cutting look at the obsessive nature of some mega-fans, but more importantly, it’s one of the most-censored songs I can recall in recent history, with entire verses almost bleeped out due to “disturbing content”. Em never was one to restrain himself.
Regardless of public opinion, Eminem has distinguished himself as one of the greatest MC’s of all time, and he made it to the top by making music that speaks to his true thoughts, not by selling out.
Eminem – Stan (Live) feat. Elton John