So, first Newark, N.J., now 8 Mile? Is Taylor Swift’s current Speak Now World Tour starting to reveal a pattern establishing her affinity for downtrodden, prosperity-forsaken American cities?
Actually, no. I’m talking about 8 Mile the film, not the Detroit street that’s its namesake. And this story is actually set in Grand Rapids, Mich., not Motor City. That’s where Taylor Swift did a truncated, acoustic rendition of Michigan’s modern poet laureate Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” last week. (See above.)
This was apparently followed by a snippet of an Uncle Kracker song called “Smile.” Which, of course, makes me once again ask one of life’s many strange and unanswerable questions: What would the world’s biggest Uncle Kracker fan be like? Does such a thing exist? Does Uncle Kracker have dedicated fans? This is also called The Sugar Ray Conundrum, or The Smash Mouth Paradigm.
I digress. Or do I? The thought of Taylor Swift rapping sounds more uncomfortable than Mel Gibson and Matisyahu playing a game of Twister — but it actually kind of works. In fact, Dr. Tay’s flow is about as convincing as Eminem’s portrayal of himself in 8 Mile. And that’s as confounding to me as the thought of Uncle Kracker’s fame.