Nothing has changed and, as far as I can tell, nothing will ever change about the way I feel for Eminem. He is brilliant. He is bold. His lyrics are in direct conflict of everything I think and feel and believe about society and the world we find ourselves in, but as an artist—as a writer and thinker—I can’t help but admire his persistence to pursue an identity outside of himself. To so create a character shaped by what he feels are problematic social norms.
—Amy Butcher, “On Eminem as an Essayist“