106: ‘Not Afraid’ by Eminem

This is a flashback from when Slim, the rapper who was an inspiration to Sara, still had daughters to raise.

Slim was a rapper then too. He had a friend and a faith.

Then he went to a bad place; he started drinking.

Now he was out of it and he wanted to lead his fans who were also in a bad place out with him. Nothing would stop him from doing this.

He had not been popular while he was drinking. He had made some bad albums (named Infinite and Relapse) but kept making music. He was married to the game, and couldn’t stop. This made people doubt his talent and look down on him.

Dre, his friend had been particularly critical, not even recognising his work as rap. He had even insulted him publicly while calling himself king. Thus Slim had lost all respect for his former mentor and cut contact with him.

He promised his fans he would never let them down again. He even admitted that the Relapse album wasn’t very good. Maybe he ran the accents into the ground. He won’t go back to that again.

He was not just leading the fans out a dark place. He was saving himself from the dark cloud still following him around. He would face his own demons as well.

He wanted them to walk this road together, hand in hand, through the storm, cold and warm weather. The important thing was making clear that they were not alone.

This was also his way of paying back the fans for seeing him through his drinking.

Now he would not concern himself with haters and former friends. He would focus on his responsibilities as a father. He was strong enough to resist drinking and be an inspiration to his fans.

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59: ‘Whole Foods Parking Lot’ by DJ dave

Dre, a famous long time rapper, has a foul language, but no temper.

But when getting back in the rap game, he starts embracing anger a little.

This shows up one time he was going shopping for groceries at Whole Foods at his home area West side of LA.

First when a hybrid wants to steal his parking space going the wrong way. Then when people with clip boards looking at him, like they know him. The shopping cards are too small. Some girl in yoga pants is looking at him funny. The prices are way too high, for instance on Pinot Noir. They are out of Humboldt Fog. A guy on his phone is standing in the way of the Quinoa. The express lane is moving hella slow

This layers on as annoyance for a long time, but he doesn’t say anything. Out loud anyway.

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