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Eminem Pays Homage To His ‘Beautiful’ City

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Eminem puts his controversial antics on the back-burner for the fourth singlefrom his "Relapse" album which has already sold more than 1 millioncopies since its May 19 release.

The video for his new record "Beautiful" spotlights his hometownof Detroit. Itopens with a historical statement about the Michigan's national ranking during an economicpeak.

"In 1950, Michigan was 1 of 8 statesin Americathat collectively produced 36% of the world's GNP," the text read.

On a second screen the message continued, "Detroit was the greatest manufacturing cityin the world."

The 4-minute clip shows Eminem walking through various Michigan landmarksthat once thrived but are now impoverished--Beaux-Arts train station (MichiganCentral Station), the original Tiger Stadium, and the former Packard Motor CarCompany plant. Each of the now dilapidated structures were built prior to 1914.

Ironically, the song lyrics are not about Detroit, but Eminem's battles with depressionduring his bout with an addiction for which he sought rehabilitation. He raps, "I don't know how orwhy or when, I ended up in this position I'm in."

In a statement released via his label, Eminem said that after overcoming histrials, he realized that the song could also be used as a metaphor.

"Tiger Stadium is being torn down, and the train station is supposed tobe demolished too," Eminem said. "This video is one of the last timesanybody outside of Detroitis going to see them."

Eminem added, "['Beautiful'] is a reminder to keep your head up, and tosee who you really are despite what you may be going through. Now that I'vegotten through the toughest part, I see how the song relates to Detroit, and it feelseven more powerful."

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