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Could the real Slim Shady please stand up: Devon rapper, 22, is being compared to Eminem



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A UK hip hop star is causing a stir in the music business with his rapping which has an uncanny resemblance to EMINEM – despite being from Devon. Hayden Wright, 22, says he sought solace from his mother’s death by listening to the music of the Real Slim Shady. Despite his roots from Plymouth he now sounds remarkably like Detroit’s rap-superstar Eminem and is pursuing a blossoming career.
Air play: Hayden has become a regular feature on the LA Radio show of Eugene Morris, who is a member of rap super-group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
He is rapidly rising to fame after his work was spotted and praised by major artists including Mark Ronson and Eugene Morris in both the UK and America. Hayden has become a regular feature on the LA Radio show of Morris, who is a member of rap super-group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. He is already a star on the UK’s open mic scene and is looking for funding to further his career in the US. He has also received strong words of encouragement from Ronson who emailed him to say he was a fan and told him to “keep up the good work”. Hayden turned to rap music when he was 13 as a way of coping with the loss of his mother Susan. He was just six when she died from a brain tumour and says he was unable to process what had happened.
Inspiration: Hayden said his brother had Eminem’s CD’s and he would listen to them “relentlessly” from the age of 13 to 17
But when he got older he turned to the music of Eminem, and would often fall asleep to his hit-albums The Eminem Show and The

Slim Shady LP. He now hopes that people will be able to take comfort from his music in the same way. He said his brother had Eminem’s CD’s and he would listen to them “relentlessly” from the age of 13 to 17. Hayden said: “When I was 13 I started to realise what had happened to mum and started to miss her and think about her a lot. “Listening to Eminem helped me a lot then, and so I started writing my own stuff. “Although he is an inspiration to me, I am not an Eminem impersonator. I have my own music and my own style. It is other people that have compared me to him. “But it has given me a real sense of achievement to hear that my music has helped people in the same way Eminem’s helped mine. “I get people from all over the world telling me they use my music to cope. “I get a lot of thank you messages from people who have listened to song of mine that have helped them through bad times. “I make music for many reasons, but I like people to be able to relate to me and to be able to life people up when they’re down in the dumps.” But he has revealed that besides having a love for music, he is following his dream of being a rapper to pay back his father – who raised him and his brother single handedly when his mother died. Hayden said: “He worked so hard, and brought us up right. It must have been difficult. “Although I was too young to process it at the time, my brother was 15 when my mum died, so my dad had to deal with him being upset. “He’s done brilliantly, and never asked for a thing. I’ve always wanted to pay him back, and provide a better life for him and if this is one way I do it then I will. “It’s not an if or a but or a maybe, but a when. I would feel like my life was complete if I could afford to support him, so he could retire from work – as a thank you.


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