Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers) is America’s teenage id made hysterical from too much junk food, too much TV, too many drugs and too little parental supervision. He is also a record company’s dream. A white boy whose dysfunctional biography makes him “real” enough to market to the suburban white kids who are now hip-hop’s biggest consumers.

He is also exceptionally talented. “The Marshall Mathers LP” was pop music as exorcism or psychotherapy. The first big hit off the album, “Slim Shady,” had an insinuating hook and clever, ironic rhymes that made it not just a chart hit, but a snapshot of the pleasures of dead-end youth and a pop classic.

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