RHYME & REASON will pick up where Anthony’s prior work on Eminem, WHATEVER YOU SAY I AM (Crown US/Transworld UK, 2003) left off
RHYME & REASON:
The Evolution of Eminem
by Anthony Bozza
Blink Publishing (UK), TBA
In 1999, a former dishwasher from Detroit became the most significant and polarizing musical artist in the world. He was a fish out of water, a white artist creating viable art in a black medium, telling stories with such verbal dexterity, nimble wit and shocking honesty that he resonated universally, obliterating the skepticism of the die-hards questioning his legitimacy while engaging those who had yet to grasp the value of rap and hip hop. In short, Eminem changed the landscape of music and pop culture as we know it. Marshall Bruce Mathers III is, quite simply, the most forthright and fascinating American musician alive. His achievements since 1999 speak for themselves: 198 million albums sold globally, 15 Grammys won, the only artist in history to debut eight straight albums at #1 on the Billboard charts, and over $1 billion dollars earned touring. His social media platform numbers rank in the double-digit millions, yet, in an age when the famous and infamous are accessible via one app or another, the notoriously private rapper remains a mystery. He is an icon who spends his off hours raising three young girls, only one of them his daughter, the other two his adopted progeny (one his ex-wife’s daughter by another man and the other her deceased sister’s). His public and private lives are simultaneously a study in lower middle-class America and the rarefied rags-to-riches American dream.
Anthony Bozza is the author of several New York Times and London Sunday Times bestsellers, including his first book “Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem” which was a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.