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Old 07-28-2008, 07:38 AM
 
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Well, I'm basically indifferent to him since I don't listen to rap music, but I do think that he did really grow up the way he says he did.

Perhaps it's Kid Rock you're thinking of? I'm not positive but I think I saw/read that he claims to be from a lower class area when he in fact grew up total middle class? And not from the city he claims either.

Maybe? Like I said I'm not sure. Especially since I have no idea how on earth Kid Rock became famous in the first place. He's got nooo talent (IMO).

When it comes to guys from Detroit I'll take Jack White please.
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Emerald Coast, FL
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Warren is definitely not upper middle class. Kid Rock grew up in Romeo in a very upper middle class family. Any of Kid Rock's "struggles" were his own doing. Eminem is pretty jacked-up, but so was his upbringing. One look at his mother is evidence of that!
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Aiken, SC
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Actually, he bounced all over Metro Detroit (as well as KCMO) and did live in Detroit at some points of his life. And whoever thinks south warren is upper middle class needs to take a trip down there.... Even in the 80's it was kinda seedy and shady (I know, I grew up around there and had friends there). It wasn't quite as rough as Detroit but it wasn't quite as buccolic as the suburbs further north, either.

And my opinion of Eminem? I think its awesome that someone from Warren made it as big as he did... He had a ****ty, *&^%ed up childhood and now he's livin it up in style... Good for him!
Absolutely! The 2 daughters of my best friend went to Lincoln High School with him. His mother was EXACTLY as he describes in "Cleaning Out My Closet". He had made the football team and his mother made him quit because it would mess up her welfare check.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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Whoever said that Eminem grew up upper middle class has no clue what they are talking about.

Southside of Warren is very working class...the street he lived on in St. Clair Shores wasn't in a middle-class area either.

A former co-worker of mine hung out with him when they were younger. From what I heard, Eminem wasn't anywhere close to being middle class.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:37 AM
 
Location: San Diego,CA
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Good for Em that he made it out of his crazy upbringingin in Michigan.Alot of people like to hate on that dude,But dont be mad that he sold millions of records and became successful.These Hater's need to get a life!
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:54 PM
 
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Wow! That whole 8 to 9 mile area around Van Dyke is and was trashy. I drove it the other day and it now seems to now be a very black area, so I guess that whole segregation thing is over. It's not the kind of area you want to run out of gas in. 20 years ago it was just as nasty. No way did he grow up in "normal" anything. He worked for what he has, I say enjoy it!
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Burkina Faso
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Eminem actually still lives in the Detroit area. Kid Rock is long gone, as are all those Motown singers, and most other celebrities that claim to represent Detroit.
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Old 08-30-2008, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Charlotte. Or Detroit.
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What I think of Eminem is that he's a brilliant rapper, and uses language to entertain me better than anyone since Dr. Seuss.

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Wow! That whole 8 to 9 mile area around Van Dyke is and was trashy. I drove it the other day and it now seems to now be a very black area, so I guess that whole segregation thing is over. It's not the kind of area you want to run out of gas in. 20 years ago it was just as . No way did he grow up in "normal" anything. He worked for what he has, I say enjoy it!
I own a house on Maxwell, just south of 9, off of VD. I find this assessment to be a little unfair. But really, only a little. I don't find it "very black", but everything else seems to be pretty accurate. Calling Warren upper middle class is just plain wrong. Maybe there are pockets of upper middle class, but for every one of those there's a pocket of lower . I like to think of myself as upper , but I'm kind of a snob like that.

*eta*
Oh, and Kid Rock has oodles of talent. Sure, he's not for everyone, but he writes, sings, raps, plays tons of instruments.
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Old 08-30-2008, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Aiken, SC
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Kid Rock is still in the Detroit area as much as Eminem and Bob Seger are. All three are still great ambassadors for Detroit. They haven't abandoned the area like some of the other Detroit-bred talents have; i.e. Madonna, Diana Ross, etal.
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Old 08-30-2008, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Thumb of Michigan
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Does anyone remember Kid Rock's old album before he was mainstream; Bisquits and Grits?! (or something similar to that...) He had this tune called "Yodeling in the Valley" which was a funny song. Yeah, he's from Romeo and used to be a "wannabee" back in the day. Kid Rock reminds me of the character from the movie Malibu!
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