And maybe they'll admit it when we're gone
Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain were viewed as druggies, albeit talented ones, when they were alive, but as soon as they died they became rock icons beloved by many. Biggie and Tupac were viewed as negative influences on the youth when they were alive, but all it took was a premature death to catapult them to legends. This is called the martyrdom effect. People might view Eminem as a pill-popping gay-basher now, but he hopes that eventually they will recognize his dedication to his craft, even if it isn’t until after he dies.
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