I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek
Oh well, guess beggars can't be choosey
Over the years, Em has learned the fame comes with a price. Once you break into mainstream radio, a large amount of people will follow you and your privacy will become less and less. His feelings of lack of privacy due to his fame are talked about in The Way I am
For Em, the contrast is particularly marked because of the extreme poverty he experienced prior to his rapid rise to fame; he describes the uneasy transition from being essentially destitute to mainstream media famous, and the effect it had on his family, in the second verse of Mockingbird. The “beggars can’t be choosey” idiom is particularly apt here, since his fame literally brought Em out of poverty.
Em never aspired to be the subject of controversial news — he wanted to be at the center of hip-hop notoriety and to be recognized as a great emcee. Fame is a double-edged sword.
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