Eminem’s Martyr Complex:

With his new album, though, that mix of social realism and hyperbole?in his hands, an original and combustible compound?has given way to the paranoid delusional. The ranting and the essaying are no longer concerned only or even mostly with the middle-school id of his alter ego, Slim Shady, or with the troubled youth of Marshall Mathers and his issues with class, race, his ex, Kim, his father, and his mother (although the album’s only knockout song, “Cleaning Out My Closet,” is a howling lament about his mom). Now it’s largely about Eminem, the pop star, who seems to have confused celebrity with political and social potency. He would have you believe?he himself wants to believe?that he has such terrifying authority among the young and restless that mainstream America has got to bring him down. Eminem’s developed a martyr complex. Slate