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1999, the year rap's craziest, sharpest-tongued maniac exploded the genre to pieces with a very original, hilarious debut album, 'The Slim Shady LP'. I'm 21 years old and I've been listening to Em since he first came out. I first heard him with "My Name Is" but it wasn't until "The Way I Am", and his next album ('The Marshall Mathers LP') that I truly got into him. I was only ten years old, but I still got his tongue-in-cheek brilliance. It was glaringly obvious and hilarious, even to a ten year old. Which speaks volumes of how moronic his detractors were. Because I didn't truly begin listening to Em properly until his second album, I had to go back and listen to this album when I was a little older. I think I was around 13 or 14. But, I'm actually glad that I did. Don't get me wrong, I was still aware of these tracks but I had just never listened to the album top to bottom in full focus. So after picking it up in my early teens, upon pressing play, I was rewarded with nearly an hour of creative excellence, and I appreciated Eminem's artistry in yet another dimension (he seems to be able to juggle persona's or present himself in endless ways). You can quite clearly hear Em's major influences in this material, particularly people like Esham and Redman. But make no mistake, this is still a brilliantly original and refreshing album. Whatever influence Em takes (and he takes a lot), he flips and molds it into his character with ease and really does make every element seem unique to him. Which, is what a great artist should do, as... very little is truly ORIGINAL of course. Everybody influences everybody. But, it's through standing on the shoulder's of giants that the great get greater, and with this album alone, Em proved himself as one of hip hop's greats. Eminem always balances his albums to some degree, as in, he'll give you a song or two of reality or honesty where he temporarily dumps his joker (or Jason) mask and shows you some humanity, some cracks beneath the surface. He'll usually remind you that every Superman has his Kryptonite or that when the cape comes off, he's as human as you or I. With 'The Slim Shady LP', he spends the majority of the time playing class clown, or rather... a mischievous little hell-raiser. Calling him a class clown here would be a bit of a dis-justice to the dark undertones and ingenious satirical upshots of his lyricism. He's much more than a class clown and always has been. It's simply those who do not truly get him or his depth that label him, a prankster. Aside from poking fun at the world (and himself, self-deprecation was always his biggest credit), there are also a few seriously imaginative conceptual tracks here. Firstly, you have "Guilty Conscience", which is performed with producer and mentor, and legend, Dr. Dre. In this song, Em and Dre play a devil / angel duo in three different scenarios in which Dre offers the sensible and arguably moral advice, and Em of course advocates the alternative, the evil deed. This track is a brilliantly executed idea that started off with Em and Dre free-styling and Dre loosely proposing the concept, calling it 'Night and Day'. It's of course Eminem though that provides the lyrical backbone and real meat to the bones, writing for Dre as well. "Guilty Conscience" was at the time, and is still today - overlooked. Initially it just got flack for Eminem's so-called controversial lyrics such as him egging on a guy to sleep with a 15 year old girl in the second scenario. But what people did not get then and I think a lot still don't even get now is the very simple idea that Eminem is in-character. Can you imagine how absurd and ridiculous it'd be to protest De Niro for his movies, and say he should be locked up as he's a maniac? People are just not used to very realistically executed, explicit, conceptual art in music. Or, they weren't until Eminem came along. And many still do not get it. And I don't even say that condescendingly as it's hardly much to get. I fully understood it before I was of the legal age to drive, so why the hell can't these fully grown adults who are supposed to be of at least average or, normal intelligence do so too? they must be seriously limited in the brain department. A track which doesn't get mentioned all that much in reference to Eminem's career or song achievements is "97 Bonnie and Clyde", which is on this album. This track is seriously genius. The fact Eminem is expressing his hate for his wife and love for his daughter... simultaneously and using baby talk and the lyrics and storytelling ark of the song, whilst at the same time using the limitations of baby talk to convey the ideas and humour to the adult listeners is genius in itself. But his execution is something else, this man deserves all the praise he gets. Anybody who says Eminem just gets attention because he's white or that this album wouldn't of gotten much praise of he was black is an ignorant, racist pig. The aforementioned tracks ALONE put Eminem in another zone entirely. And I'm not speaking of ill experience. I love rap music period, I love the genre and I love the art. Nobody in rap's history has used literary skills to the degree Eminem has or employed such paradoxical ideas to convey humour and messages like he does. He's a true innovator. Which is something he rarely gets credit for, innovation. Everybody is quite willing to praise his lyricism and say he's one of the best but rarely do people acknowledge how much he's advanced the art itself. Rakim is an example of another true innovator, and somebody who propelled lyricism to another level, and Eminem can be mentioned in the same breath. Nobody sounds as natural inside a beat as Em. He often sounds as if he's just talking and the rhymes happen to be falling in to place. Some of the words and phrases he manages to rhyme almost sound like they're 'too convenient' and he makes you think "how did I not notice that rhymed before?", and he makes it sounds so incredibly easy. Which believe me, it's not. "If I Had" and "Rock Bottom" are the two songs of this album which bare his soul and on which he raps about life issues, and his depression. The former is in my opinion, easily the weakest track on the album but the latter is a true gem and the rhyming alone is mind-blowing. But the fact he was able to rhyme so constantly and consistently yet compromise none of the emotional aspects and still get across his feelings so vividly is amazing. Overall this album is a hip hop classic and one that every fan of rap music should have in their collection. In 2011, we're just now seeing its effects and the rappers who were influenced by it growing up. Hopsin is an example of one of them, and many more are coming up. Em was perhaps right when he said "I'll probably never get the props I feel I ever deserve" - never mind this babble about him being overrated due to his skin colour (which doesn't even make sense, as... why is Vanilla Ice not called a genius then?), Em is UNDERRATED due to his skin colour. As people itching for a race discussion focus on nothing but the fact he's white and totally overlook and undermine what he does on the mic. 'The Slim Shady LP' was the start of something new, right at the turn of the new century. 1999 was a fitting year for its release. This album is gold.
The Slim Shady LP is rapper Eminem's second album, and the one which brought him to the attention of the mainstream (And the concerned parents of America). It was released in 1999 and production was by Dr. Dre, which lit the hype that led it to sell 283,000 copies in its first week. After the funny "Public Service Announcement" skit which opens the album (in which Eminem advises his fans - "Don't Do Drugs") we are introduced to Slim Shady, by way of the big single "My Name Is". Over a fun, bouncy beat, we learn that he hates his parents, does a lot of drugs and amongst other things, doesn't know which Spice Girl he wants to impregnate. Okay so the culture references might be a bit dated by now, but it is still a catchy song with some really good punch lines. However the hilarity soon ends with the arrival of the third song "Guilty Conscience", featuring Dr. Dre. This introduces us to Eminem's more twisted sense of humour, with Eminem playing the devil and Dr. Dre playing the Angel in three different people's heads. An entertaining song but certainly not one to play when the kids are around. "Brain Damage" is next, an auto-biographical tale of Eminem in school. Maybe not as polished as the first two songs, but Eminem's verses here are clever and quite sad to listen to, how he was poor and bullied in school. Another mildly amusing skit "Paul" follows, before "If I Had". "If I Had" is one of the best songs on the album, a song written by a man at his lowest point. A brilliant piece of poetry from the poverty stricken streets of Detroit. Next follows one of the most controversial songs of the album, 97 Bonnie & Clyde. The song is written as Eminem talking to his daughter, after stabbing his wife to death and dumping her body off a pier. A truly disturbing but fascinating listen, and again Eminem shows his masterful command of the English language. Ignoring the pointless skits of "Bitch" and "Lounge", Role Model is the next song. Again this a more light-hearted Eminem in the same vein as "My Name Is" but however he does reserve some of his anger for a few digs at Hilary Clinton and Vanilla Ice - "Hilary Clinton tried to slap me and call me a pervert/I ripped her f-ing tonsils out and fed her sherbet". After that is "My Fault", a funny but not too memorable song as Eminem raps about some girl he gives drugs too. After the vulgar Ken Kaniff skit, we have more cheap shots at celebrities with "Cum On Everybody", which is, as Eminem explains at the start of the track, his "dance song". It's a fun little number but contains a few nonsensical lines - "Meet me at Kid rock's next concert/I'll be standing next to Lochness Monster". After all that hilarity the listener might be wondering does Eminem have a serious side, well he reveals it on the next song "Rock Bottom". As the title suggests, it is a dreary song similar to "If I Had" about Eminem trying to make ends meet. A spooky backing track makes this a really touching song. Easily one of Eminem's best over is whole career. Next is "Just Don't give a Fuck", a brilliant rap song with Eminem on top lyrical form, coming down on his critics over a unique beat that you can't help but like. After that is (yet another) silly skit "Soap". Following that is "As The World Turns", probably the weakest song on the album. There is nothing bad about it, it's just that amongst the high quality presented on this album it seems rather unmemorable. Luckily the next song is "I'm Shady", one of the best songs on the album. A catchy chorus and some inspired verses and hilarious punch lines are present as Eminem (or rather Slim Shady) brags about how well he can source drugs. The album ends with "Bad Meets Evil" (a solid collaboration with Royce Da 5 9) and "Still Don't Give A Fuck", a brilliant expletive-ridden way to end the album. I would recommend The Slim Shady LP to any music fan, it is an absolutely awesome album that even if you're not a big rap fan, you can still appreciate the humour.
The Slim Shady LP is the second studio album from rapper Eminem, and was really the first time this now massive hip hop star came into the public eye. It is one of my favourite albums from Emimem, it has some really great songs on, and whilst I think he has some better songs lyrically after this one, its still great, some of the lines he's coming out with are just fantastic and the beats on the songs are so catchy too. My name is, track number two, is no doubt the most well known song off the album. Its also probably the catchiest however its not my personal favourite, however I still think its one of the best on there. It did really well in the charts and really is what started Eminems career. Its quite a comical song but just so catchy and the lyrics are pretty good too. In terms of lyrics though, I think as the world turns has got to be the best off this album. Again its quite a comical song, but the lyrics are just really great and so complex. The beat is also very catchy and I always end up rapping along to this one when I hear it. Guilty conscience is a song that got mixed reviews, its another quite comical song featuring Dr Dre rapping along with Eminem arguing as a mans guilty conscience, I think the songs very clever, its only a short song however it has different parts, the lyrics are really catchy and its just good to hear Dre and Eminem together on a song. Altogether then, I really like this album, it has some really great songs and its no doubt one of Eminems finest pieces of work. 1. Public Service Announcement 2. My Name Is 3. Guilty Conscience 4. Brain Damage 5. Paul 6. If I Had 7. 97' Bonnie & Clyde 8. Bitch 9. Role Model 10. Lounge 11. My Fault 12. Ken Kaniff 13. Cum on Everybody 14. Rock Bottom 15. Just Don't Give a Fuck 16. Soap 17. As the World Turns 18. I'm Shady 19. Bad Meets Evil 20. Still Don't Give a Fuck
The Slim Shady LP is Eminem's first studio album, and was released in 1999 to a wide critical acclaim and created a rap sensation that would follow with numerous other successful albums. This, for my money, isn't as stunning as The Marshall Mathers LP that followed it, but it's still a fantastic album that set the building blocks for his future success. What's so fascinating is how he works as a satirist, but obviously, people judge him on the profane content of his songs without actually listening to them - Eminem is a very smart guy and here he scathingly skewers various cultural elements of the world that he deems silly, from lampooning rubbish celebrities, to the news, politics, and his own family. It's insanely funny, and crazily clever, even if this album is just the tip of the iceberg. It's not too much of a surprise that the best tracks on the album were produced by Em's good friend Dr. Dre - My Name Is, in which he lets us know that his character name is Slim Shady, was a huge hit on the airwaves, although for my money perhaps the best song on the album is Guilty Conscience, in which him and Dr. play good and bad consciences to a number of people who are caught in tough ethical dilemnas. It's very funny, especially when Dr and Em begin to argue. He also produced Role Model which mocks the responsibility placed onto famous people to be good influences for their listeners. For something that's really quite out of this world, this is one to buy - Eminem's style of rapping is very different from the usually self-serious and portentous lyrics that the genre is used to. Here, with a wink and a nod, he mocks everything with a little postmodern wit, and thus it's no surprise that his fresh approach to the genre was a massive success.
As the world's biggest selling rap artist, Eminem could probably hang up his beanie and retire. He has just launched a comeback though, coming out of supposed retirement with his 'Crack A Bottle' track, whch sees him paired once again with longtime collaborator Dr. Dre. Who is he: Marshall Mathers, US rapper, writer, poet, actor, the list goes on. On this album: Eminem teases the audience with some playful stuff to start with 'My Name Is' is a funfilled cheeky number with a juvenile sounding melody. Things get darker on 'Gulity Conscience' which is probably a better song and less grating. 'If I Had' will make you realise what a good lyricist this man actually is. Eminem has a knack of being able to wrap his tongue around the most awkward of lyrics without sounding bothered. 'Role Model' is one of the stronger moments with some knowing and insightful lyrics all delivered with his usual bravado and 'charm.' Bad Moments: No poor tracks so to speak, but you will find a lot of interludes. These are fine to an extent, but are overused on the album and play little part in making the album more complete. I found them more of a distraction than anything else. Verdict: If you get over the bad language and the harsh content, you will find he is a surprisngly gifted rapper and possibly better at writing the words than saying them. The beats are produced with a thick and stylish flavour and the stamp of Dr Dre is in in the air. Recommended and intense listening
The commercial debut album from one of the best rappers (race isn't an issue here, why should it be, ever?) to ever grace the earth. The Slim Shady LP was released on February 23rd 1999 and quickly shot to number 2 on the billboard charts, second only to TLC's Fanmail, it was number 14 in the best hip hop/r&b albums of all time, and number 24 in the canadian albums chart. This reception quickly made Eminem one of the best rappers of all time by getting his material out there and showing people just how talented he really is. In 2003 Rolling Stone compiled their top 500 albums of all time and placed The Slim Shady LP at #273, i personally think een to get in at #500 is an achievement because its OF ALL TIME, if you think about the amount of albums released after all this time, that is a pretty badass thing to be able to say. The track list for this album is as follows: 1. Public Service Announcement 2. My Name Is 3. Guilty Conscience 4. Brain Damage 5. Paul (Skit) 6. If I Had 7. 97 Bonnie & Clyde 8. Bitch (Skit) 9. Role Model 10. Lounge (Skit) 11. My Fault 12. Ken Kaniff (Skit) 13. Cum on Everybody 14. Rock Bottom 15. Just Don't Give a Fuck 16. Soap 17. As the World Turns 18. I'm Shady 19. Bad Meets Evil 20. Still Don't Give a Fuck As everybody knows the song 'My Name Is...' was the first single to be released from the album and it shot Eminem to international stardom, mainly because of its lyrical content, and the video was pretty muffed up too. The song 'Guilty Conscience' also recieved international acclaim because of the appearance of the man who made it all happen, Dr. Dre. This, in my opinion, is Eminem's best album to date, closely followed by his second album 'The Marshall Mathers LP'. Eminem is definitely one of my favourite rappers of all time, he mixes his intellect with his pure musical genius and creates pieces of art that will live forever!
The Slim Shady LP was the 1999 debut commercial album from Detroit rap superstar Eminem aka Slim Shady. Since its release you'd have to have been living in a cave not to have heard of Eminem, he's probably one of the most successful rappers ever, with a bank roll that only Dr Dre and Jay-Z and their business projects can compare to, love him or hate him Eminem is one of the all time greats in rap. The album debuted at #2 in the US Billboard Album charts and sold 283,000 copies in its first week, it has since gone 5x Platinum. Eminem originally released the 'Infinite' EP as a debut in 1996 on an independent record label, when speaking of the record Eminem says - "Obviously, I was young and influenced by other artists, and I got a lot of feedback saying that I sounded like Nas and AZ. Infinite was me trying to figure out how I wanted my rap style to be, how I wanted to sound on the mic and present myself. It was a growing stage. I felt like Infinite was like a demo that just got pressed up." Whilst Infinite was a testing ground for the young mc, The Slim Shady LP can truly be credited with Eminem finding his true style. Eminem would gain exposure entering the rap Olympics, a mixture of battles and freestyles, Eminem would be robbed in the final to a African-American rapper, with the general consensus that they had ruled again Slim because he was white, never the less head of Interscope Records Jimmy Iovine saw his talent and requested a demo. Iovine later took the demo to Dr Dre, who quickly signed the Detroit mc and started the beginning of a long partnership which would involve both rappers (and producers) working on each of the others albums as they were made, Dre has appeared on all of Eminems albums, whilst Eminem has made several tracks with Dre. The rest as they say is history. The Album (Sample information taken from Wikipediea) 1 - Public Service Announcement (intro) 2 - My Name Is I still clearly remember the first time I saw the video for this (also the first time I'd seen or heard of Eminem), my first reaction was 'What the hell is this, a white rapper? Isn't that Dr Dre! This is really good, who the hell is this?' A funny track that may have aged a little over the years but still entertains, I've heard this is one of Slim's least favourite songs and, like most of the album, he certainly didn't perform it either time I've seen him live, the beats are pretty silly but match the subject matter, a great song to introduce yourself to the world. Samples "I Got The" by Labi Siffre "Back in Black" by AC/DC "I Don't Love You" by Millie Jackson www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmdRauWVbwg 8/10 3 - Guilty Conscience ft Dr Dre Still to this day one of Eminem's greatest songs, he really has a great chemistry with Dre, the premise of the song is there's 3 different situations, a possible robbery, a sexual encounter with an underage girl, and a husband catching his wife cheating, with Eminem and Dre playing the voices of each of the men involved consciences, Eminem being the bad side and Dre the voice of reason, love the story telling throughout, just a clever track from start to finish, love Dre's part in the final encounter. Sample "Go Home Pigs" by Ronald Stein www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGNuegYJzt8 10/10 4 - Brain Damage Eminem's lyrics on this one really show the fact he grew up listening to the underground Detroit rap scene, dominated by Horrorcore rap acts Esham, Natas, and of course Insane Clown Posse. The lyrics are pretty crazy, with Eminem rapping about many different violent encounter as he was growing up, this ones storytelling not fact, not many rappers would make a track like this, Eminem raps with pure anger on this one, just a insane track with a pumping base line. 8/10 5 - Paul (skit) 6 - If I Had A thoughtful track about life and the things Eminem is sick of, I'm guessing these days it's been a long time since Eminem had to do (or be) many of these things anymore, quite a deep song for Shady, very laidback production, it's interesting to look at this track now and look at how far he's come in his career since. 7/10 7 - 97' Bonnie & Clyde If your not listening to the lyrics this one probably sounds like a laid back love song, if you are listening then you'll have realised the tracks about Eminem having killed his daughters mother, Kim, and is taking the body to dump off the pier, a very dark subject matter in total contrast to the music, but that's the whole point, Slim shows signs of his story telling ability which would develop over the years into one of the strongest in commercial hip-hop, a good song. Sample "Just the Two of Us" by Grover Washington Jr. 7/10 8 - Bitch (skit) 9 - Role Model One of Eminem's more critical (and better) songs towards the general music world and how performers are idolised as role models and how ridiculous that is, I love the lyrics, Slim really goes off on one with multi-syllable rhymes and what many would deem just plain offensive lyrics, I love it, the message of this song is right though in my opinion, too many people try to be like performers musical personalities just that little bit too much. www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMWuXHno7oo 10/10 10 - Lounge (skit) 11 - My Fault Eminem continues with rhymes and subject matters most in the commercial rap world wouldn't have dared touch at this point in time with a song about taking mushrooms and the girl he's given them too taking too many and going on a very bad trip, the beats are pretty crazy, very base heavy and basic, I can't think of many songs like this one, more great story telling from Em. 8/10 12 - Ken Kanfif (skit) 13 - Cum On Everybody The beats on this one during the verses sound like an old-school hip-hop beat, think Grandmaster Flash style, while they switch up into a more modern sound for the chorus, I do like the sound on this one, the lyrics are all over the place and don't really have any theme, there more a chance for Eminem to show of his skills and use more multi-syllable rhymes, I wonder how much of this one was a freestyle in the studio, it certainly sounds that way. Samples "Gimme What You Got" by Le Pamplemouse 8/10 14 - Rock Bottom Quite a deep, dark, and depressing song, very thoughtful, I love this track, it's one of those dark songs I listen to when my moods in a similar place, I always find myself bobbing my head to this one but any smile I have is wiped off quickly, this song does exactly what it needs to. Sample "Summertime" by Big Brother & The Holding Company 8/10 15 - Just Don't Give A F*ck Another one of my favourites on here, the lyrics are top quality on this one, Em doesn't really have anymore to say than the fact he 'Just don't give a f*ck' what other people do or say, this is another I remember hearing for the first time and just sitting back listening to the track 4 or 5 times in a row being amazed at the lyrics and Eminem's rapping ability, I wish he'd do more tracks like this these days, I also have a pretty clear memory getting excited about how good this song was with one of my old basketball team mates but anyway, the beats are some of my favourite on here, the kind you only find in rap, songs like this are the reason I love hip-hop. 10/10 16 - Soap (skit) 17 - As The World Turns Another crazy story telling track, I wont lie the story is violent, and involves talk of drugs and sexual abuse, I also won't lie when I say I really like this one and the whole story, it's so cleverly done and its not like any of us haven't seen worse in a film or TV show, I guess it's also worth noting it takes a lot more than most to offend me when it comes to this sort of subject matter, Eminem raps so effortlessly its ridiculous, a dark song but also a great one. 9/10 18 - I'm Shady Much like 'My Name Is' this track is sort of like an introduction to Eminem and full of comedic lyrics, the music bares little similarity though, the production sounds that little bit smoother, and the sound is much funkier and soulful, love the chorus, love the fact Eminem doesn't care how much he mocks himself. Sample "Pusherman" by Curtis Mayfield 8/10 19 - Bad Meets Evil ft Royce da 5'9" Very early in their careers these two rappers actually used to perform together as a group under the name 'Bad Meets Evil', so that's were the track name comes from, I'm aware these two guys used to be friends but have fallen out in recent years, Royce comes with one of his career best raps, but he can't really match Slim, when Eminem starts with the multi-syllable lines he just kills Royce, Royce fires back with some multi-syllables of his own which are impressive and make for a great song, but Eminem is the one who stands out here. Sample "Me & My Girlfriend" by 2Pac 8/10 20 - Still Don't Give A F*ck I love this one as much as I love 'Just Don't give a F*ck', again the subject matter is the same as is the quality of the lyrics, Eminem gives his clearest sign of his Detroit Horrorcore rap influence with the line - 'I'm a cross between Manson, Esham and Ozzie.' For those that don't know Detroit underground rapper Esham is often credited with originating a style of rap called Horrorcore, with lyrics involving subject matters such as cannibalism, necrophilia, voodoo/black magic, the devil, and murder, basically a horror film on a record. The true start of Horrorcore can be traced back to the Geto Boys 'Uncut Dope' album with tracks such as 'Assassins', 'Mind of a Lunatic', and 'Chuckie', but there is no doubt Esham made the style his own, with Brotha Lynch Hung and Insane Clown Posse being the other notable artists to adopt this style, although ICP never rapped about the Devil. So it's clear from this where Eminem got the more crazy and offensive side of his rapping from. The chorus on this song really stands out for me as the definition of Eminem's attitude - For all the weed that I've smoked, Yo this blunts for you, To all the people I've offended, Yeah f*ck you too, For all the friends I used to have, Yo I miss my past, But the rest of you ass holes can kiss my ass, For all the drugs that I've done, Yo I'm still gonna do, To all the people I've offended, Yo f*ck you too, For everytime I reminisce yeah I miss my past, But I still don't give a f*ck ya'll can kiss my ass. 10/10 Overall a 9/10 from me for the album, very few mc's have made a debut LP so strong, ok Eminem had other releases earlier in his career ('Infinite' and 'The Slim Shady EP' come to mind) but this was his break through record, helped by the backing of Dr Dre and Aftermath records, at a time when almost no record company would gamble on a white rapper Dre saw past the skin colour and saw the unlimited talent in Slim and took a chance, thank god he did as this record allowed a wealth of talented white rappers the chance to break through in the commercial scene. Eminem always struggled to match the sound of the record on future releases; 'The Marshall Mathers LP' was the only one of his albums for me to do so, this for me is the man working to the best of his ability, I recommend this to all rap fans, a true classic. Further Reading http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Slim_Shady_LP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eminem www.eminem.com
Released in 1999, this was Eminem's first studio album (as opposed to his own independent album which was called 'The Slim Shady EP' and even before that was 'Infinite') and this would give you the impression that he would try harder to impress, ultimately, ruining the album. I'm glad to say that this was not the case. Even now, this album is one of his best, by far! Lyrically, he doesnt just push the boundaries, he drives past the boundary and dumps out some non-biodegradable trash on it. With songs such as '97 Bonnie and Clyde' setting the mark on what he will willingly rap about, you know you're in for a cringe-fest when listening to this CD. At more than one point in the album i found myself reeling from the onslaught of lyrical genius spewed at me from the mind of a rap legend. Word on the street is that this album was produced by Dr. Dre, although this is partly true, Dre only produced a few tracks on the album, which were 'My Name Is' 'Guilty Conscience' (of course) and 'Role Model' (Which was also co-produced with Aftermath's Mel Man. The rest of the album was produced by The Bass Brothers of FBT productions. If you are looking for a heart felt, raw, all out talent spree of a rap album then this would be right at the top of my list of 'must buy' CD's. From start to finish there isn't a moment where you wont be entertained and by the time track 3 rolls around you'll be sure that it was worth the money, i can almost guarantee it. Track List: 1. Public Service Announcement. 2. My Name Is 3. Guilty Conscience 4. Brain Damage 5. Paul (skit) 6. If I Had 7. '97 Bonnie And Clyde 8. Bitch (skit) 9. Role Model 10. Lounge (skit) 11. My Fault 12. Ken Kaniff (skit) 13. Cum On Everybody 14. Rock Bottom 15. Just Dont Give A Fuck 16. Royce Da 5'9'' (skit) 17. As The World Turns 18. I'm Shady 19. Bad Meets Evil 20. Still Dont Give A Fuck
This is a what i would call a groundbreaking album! My first real taste of the rap scene and I loved every beat and lyric of it. A lot of comedy, some commercial and indeed some very dark and perhaps shocking songs; all bursting with intelligent rhymes. Tracks: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - Short comedy intro/skit perhaps gives a little taste of what is to come on the rest of the album. MY NAME IS - The most commercial and perhaps lyrically random song on the album. 'Guilty Conscience' - Great track featuring Dr Dre. BRAIN DAMAGE - Darker song offering something of an insight into Eminem's childhood. PAUL - Brief skit. IF I HAD - One of the more mellow songs on the album. Gritty song reflecting Eminems' 'poor' beginnings. 97 BONNIE AND CLYDE - Very controversial at the time.. a parody of Will Smiths' 'Just the Two of Us' . In this version Em has just killed his wife and is singing to his daughter on his way to dump the body in the sea; the album cover seems to be a visualisation of this. B**** - Brief skit. ROLE MODEL - Another Comedy song in the same vain as 'My Name Is'. LOUNGE - Skit thats leads into 'My Fault' nicely. MY FAULT - Great song seemingly intended to put people off of drugs. KEN KANIFF - Cool skit introducing Ken. CUM ON EVERYBODY - Funky and upbeat song. ROCK BOTTOM -Serious and for many.. very easy to relate to at times' JUST DON'T GIVE A F*** Nice track..if slightly crazy! Loved this as a teenager. SOAP- Brief skit. AS THE WORLD TURNS - Good track with some great lyrics 'Go, Go Gadget D***' comes to mind! IM SHADY - Probably my least favourite track on the album, but still enjoyable. BAD MEETS EVIL - Great Track featuring Royce Da 5'9'' will get your head nodding! STILL DON'T GIVE A F*** - Great finale to a great album. You won\'t find any rhyming about bling and Bentleys here... Just in your face, gritty, lyrical genius! The album is still great.. I'm listening to it as I write this review. Every Rap fan, scratch that... EVERYONE should own this album!
This is Eminems first album to hit on big with the public and is probably one of the best albums of it?s genres around these days with songs such as ?my name is? and ?guilty Conscience? being the well known songs of the album there are also many other superb songs on the album including ?Rock Bottom? Still Don?t give a f*ck? there are many others on the album too as you will find in the song rundown below: Public Service announcement: Well what do I have to say this is the start to all of his albums including the D12 album, if you have never heard this then basically it is a micky take warning you that if you are offended by a long list of things then do not listen to this album, also Eminem tells us not to do drugs. My name is: This was the track that Eminem broke through with, the idea of the track is to let every body know who he is and what he is about, he got the idea of this from snoop doggy dogs song ?snoop dogg? a funny song and a great way to start the album. Guilty Conscience: This is a superb song done with Dr Dre, and it is definitely one of my favourite songs as it has a great set of fast paced lyrics by both dre and eminem Eminems talent really does shine through in this track, with a superb backing to it I?m sure you will love this if you like his other stuff. Brain Damage: A stunning song with a great backing beat to it as with most of the other songs it also has a great set of strong hard hitting lyrics, the song starts off in a hospital where somebody is dieing and you can here the surgeons speaking a stunning song! Paul: This is the first of many skits on the album, the idea of the skits is where usually somebody is on the phone complaining about Eminems music, these are very funny and usually lead into the next song. If I had: This is a slower song by Eminem about having a million dollars and a load of other things which he wishes he had, a nice song with a good backing voice in it to as with so many of Eminems songs. 97 Bonnie and Clyde: This is a stunning song with very hard lyrics about his little girl Hayley he disses his wife in this song a lot as well the song also has a great backing to it. Bitch: Here is another skit and this one is a women phoning up about how sick and disgusting the album is. Role Model: This song starts of by saying ?ok I?m going to attempt to drown myself you can try this at home, you can be just like ME? this is a great song with the normal eminem fast paced lyrics and this is yet another song with a great backing to it. Lounge: This is a skit but I think this is a waste of time as it is just a load of people singing a load of crap although it does lead into the next song which is stunning? My Fault: Yet another superb song, this time the song is about taking mushrooms, where a girl eats a whole bag of magic mushrooms and the song is basically about the effects which they have on the girl and Eminem takes the blame for her dieing this is an interesting song. Ken Kaniff: This is another skit, where somebody phones up Eminem and says a load of stuff which I cannot say on here, listen to see what I mean. Cum on everybody: this song has a different sound to it, with a good set of lyrics as usual this is yet again a great song. Rock Bottom: This is one of my faviriote songs on the album as it has a great backing to it with a stunning set of lyrics why this song was never released I shall never know, as it is definitely one of the better songs on the album. Just Don?t give a F*ck: What a song, there is a follow up to this song on the album too, the song has the usual fast, hard hitting lyrics and a great backing to it. Soap: This is a skit and it is hilarious, it features two people talking about a load of rubbish. As the world turns: This is an impressive song with the usual good backing good lyrics and good voice, we have got yet another impressive song. I?m Shady: An interesting tune this is more rap based and it is a good song just not one of my favourites. The song has got a happy feel to it thought. Bad meets evil: This song starts off with two people talking about 2 outlaws 20 years ago, then it goes into a superb song by Eminem with fast lyrics as usual, this album has a couple of guests in it and is very very impressive. Still Don?t give a F*ck: This is another one of my favourite songs with hard hitting lyrics about himself and his outlook on life and the world, an interesting song, and a very good one too. Hazardous Youth: This song is great as it has no backing to it and just Eminem rapping about youth today, and how he lived his youth and how he doesn?t promote violence he just supports it, a funny song that lasts no longer than 1 minute. Get You Mad: an interesting song with very explicit lyrics in it and this song is more on the funny side of Eminem and this is a good song as the album draws to an end. Greg: This is a strange song with a weird backing to it and Eminem rapping about a retarded kid named Greg and how he ripped his wooden leg off a very funny song and a great way to lead the album out with! Overall this is a stunning song and as well as having all this music you also get a bonus cd which features 4 videos on it for your pc and they are superbly done, and the album is definitely worth the £15 I paid for it as this is a classic that I will never get bored of.
On Eminem's Slim Shady LP, his talent is greatly overshadowed buy the disturbing nature of his lyrics. You cannot walk away from this album without being affected by the graphic and gory imagery that Eminem spits more frequently than any rap artist in history. At first it is kind of funny, but his obsession with his demented imagination gets a little old as he raps about nothing other than drugs, and his own inner turmoil. Still I applaud Eminem for his bold surreal approach and for simply keeping it real. This Album is very unique. You might never hear so much gore on a single cd as you will on this one. The stories of his wife's murder, the fact that he is white and the constant "fuck the world" mental are Em's sticking points. He emphasizes his ideals with over the top lyrics, and beyond tasteless violence. This is however the method of Eminem. He does not care what you think about his raps or weather or not you buy his record. You have to give him props for being so real despite what you think about him. So what do I really think about Eminem, I think he is magnificent on the mic. He has the mind of a psychopathic genius with his lyrics. He is amazing with his word play, reminiscent of Biggie Smalls. He does take a lot of risks with some of his rhymes but he rarely falters. He is blunt and real with his lyrics, something that is rarely seen today. His flow is very solid while unconventional. He sounds much like freestyle rap, which Em is very good at. Most of the time he raps with a slow melodramatic tone, but he can tear it up with some fast paced rapping at times. He doesn't do the hardcore thing all that well, mainly because his voice is a little too high pitched; instead he does the psychotic thing much better. Em's beats are obviously top notch with Dre on the production. There is a wonderful mixture of sounds on this album, with dramatic beats, hardcore gangsta esque beats as well as some pop beats. Eminem's twisted lyrics are a perfect match for his nightmarish beats with Eminems self made sound effects over the top. Missing is Dr. Dre's trademark west coast sound, but this album is not exactly gangsta rap. Instead it's more like suburban angst rap. And its hit song while a good song has been tainted by its overexposure. It's a much better song on the CD that's for sure. Undeniably this album is grown out of Em's wild and violent mindset. Many brood over the disturbing messages in this album rather than understanding Em's bold use of our First amendment. I am not a huge opponent or detractor of the whole first amendment issue, rather I tend to take an intelligent and realistic approach to what I myself listen too and not what everyone else listens too. They may be hearing something different than me buts that's there own fault for not fully understanding the essence of what Eminem is trying to get across here He is not trying to glorify domestic violence or drugs at all. I'm not saying that only I can understand that its all fiction, and make believe, rather I that it does take somewhat of a brain to understand this. So does this mean that 10 year olds should not be listening to this? Yes! Is it Eminems fault that many 10 year olds actually do listen to it? No! So don't blame Eminem for making quality music, blame the idiot teenagers who take it so seriously.
Clichéd, I know. Actually, it's even worse than that. And, besides the thought of writing another 'Eminem in general' opinion, writing an opinion on the album that gave him the fame that was actually credible to get, is as bad as it gets. Probably. Eminem. The Slim Shady LP. 1999. That's it. Kinda maybe better than earlier release 'Infinite', probably also better than the commercial, if not, at times, questionable pop-rap hybrid that was all too frequently obvious on follow-up album The Marshall Mathers LP, too. You'd be lying if you said to me you haven't heard of Eminem, ever. Simply you have, and you know it. And, if not Eminem, how about Slim Shady or, less likely, Marshall Mathers? You know you have. Don't lie. Don't avoid. And just because you probably despise him, his values, and his music, it doesn't mean you can block him out of your lives. You can't, because quite simply, in the world of Hip Hop - a predominantly black genre, of that there is no question - it surely says something that the biggest-selling, most successful artist, ever to come from the scene is of white ethnicity. Am I wrong? Nup. Eminem's white. But you knew that. You'll also know he's got peroxide blonde cropped hair, wears baggy jeans and swears. Lots. Like it or not, the fierce, unrelenting PR machine that is Eminem is pretty much unavoidable in popular (or not, as the case may be) music, and youth, culture. Almost the epitome of the fairytale trailer park-to-riches cliché, it should therefore come as no real surprise that the man himself has almost come to be as hyped as his beginnings. You know Eminem; you don't. There's no real compromise. I don't want to go into biography territory too much, 'cause it's boring, but you'll also probably know that Hip Hop legend Dr. Dre was instrumental in the rise, and transformation, of Marshall Mathers from wannabe to global megastar. Hi story schmistory. It doesn't matter if he has bleached blonde hair, marital strife, $50m lawsuits; it just doesn't matter. Rocky sucks. Eminem doesn't, you know. Sure, at times everybody gets tired of the Same Old, Same Old, but upon breaking into the scene, Eminem was, and still is, somewhat of a revolutionary act. His lyrical content, his constant stream of obscenities, whatever: they've both contributed to musical, er, 'morals', if you will, being forced to be dropped lower than they've ever been, neatly coinciding with the rise in popularity of mainstream US Hip Hop. But this, 1999's 'Slim Shady LP', was Eminem's big break. Finally signed to a major label in the form of Interscope, it seemed that Dre's cocky, outspoken - but more importantly; rookie, protégé had the chance to grab his shot at fame with both hands. Certainly, the market was wide open for a Hip Hop artist to bring the genre across the mainstream commercial market, and if it had to be a white rapper that finally managed it, then so be it. There was no denying that Eminem was a marketable asset. Humour, boyish good looks, staged split-personalities and a healthy dose of spite directed at the pop market, and the manufactured acts within it, would appear to lend nicely to Eminem being targeted at both hardcore rap fans, and those who had no idea at the time. Of course, the plan, almost, backfired, leaving Shady with more fans and press coverage than could ever be imagined - at times, even appealing to an audience that was the very kind he deliberately tried to rile - the 'teenyboppers'; the devotees of the acts that he would go on to criticise in future material: with the next album, 'The Marshall Mathers LP' being the main hunting ground, with the aforementioned 'split-personalities' giving Eminem a licence to slag off whoever he pleased. There's nothing really bizarre about having an alter-ego, particularly in the music industry; but Marshall Mathers III has two of them. Eminem, the rapper, knows his stuff and goes about speaking his mind at anybody who dares to cross his path, or infuriate him, whilst Slim Shady is the psychopathic, unpredictable extroverted, standardless character that provides so much opportunity for simultaneous hard-hitting, and biting sarcasm within the lyrical content itself. You might think it all sounds very childish and staged, and it is, but also gives a far greater scope for Eminem as an artist to express his views, often from more than one viewpoint. And that's what The Slim Shady LP is all about: theoretically, the perfect introductory release, if not on any other value than the 'shock' factor, but certainly, heads would turn at an album generated by a subconscious personality with song titles such as 'Bitch', 'Cum On Everybody' and 'Just Don't Give A Fuck'. Language. Erm, yeah. No such luck. It's perfectly clear from the moment you turn on the album that Eminem either has some serious attitude issues, or, more bluntly, doesn't care what is said, or what reactions are generated from the impressive amount of tracks (20) on show here. Of course, the explicit content within the album is enough to spark off and provoke the moral standing of the general public, but then, any publicity is good publicity, particularly for a new(ish) act; as Eminem was at this time. And, besides standard 'songs' on The Slim Shady LP, some outrageous skits only act as further opportunity to upset, irritate and surprise. A highly-ironic, thirty second 'Public Service Announcement' gets things going with a bang. A narrator, tongue firmly in cheek, warns of the forthcoming content with the obligatory 'Don't try this at home'-type dialogue, before Eminem interjects with the sarcastic 'Don't do drugs', before the scratching and introductory beats of primary UK release 39;My Name Is' kick in. A catchy, infectious number - most easily comparable with later no.1 success 'The Real Slim Shady'; 'My Name Is' briefly unleashes the sheer unpredictability of Mathers' alter-ego onto an unsuspecting UK audience. Lyrically, it's very smart indeed - the sharp accuracy of some of the rhyme within is a joy to behold, although the content itself is highly questionable listening if aimed at a mainstream audience, (which this was). Otherwise, it's a fairly low-key, downtempo affair - but the song that established Eminem as a star in his own right on both sides of the Atlantic. But if you thought the lyrical content in this track was bad, there's worse, much worse, to come. Following track 'Guilty Conscience' - the follow-up to the top-ten success of 'My Name Is' - is where things start to degenerate yet further still. A collaboration with Dr. Dre himself, 'Guilty Conscience' follows three narratives - that of a would-be criminal, a potential date-rapist, and that of a husband being cheated on by his wife. Unsurprisingly then, lyrically it's fairly harsh; appropriate for the situations being discussed. The track crosses a fine line between bad taste and humorous sarcasm - as with much Eminem material - but was highly-censored in its airplay radio and television versions here. Again, it's clever, again it's quick: basically a version of Good (Dre) vs. the miscreant Slim Shady conscience, with both offering 'advice' throughout. Interestingly, the album version is without the added chorus integrated into the single release, but either way, the track remains largely unspectacular, though almost-irritatingly catchy and memorable. Yet whilst almost everything Eminem does sets out to aggravate, question and/or interrogate, sometimes it's for a perfectly valid reason. The motives and credentials behind the next track, 'Brain Damage' would probably be widely accepted too, you know. Aimed, directly, at his childhood, school bullies - those who caused him so much pain, but yet motivated him to do something with his life as a way of signalling who was the stronger; 'Brain Damage' emerges as just one of several highly-emotive tracks on a similarly-suprisingly highly-emotive album. Also fairly surprising is the possibility that, instead of the vocal contribution coming from Eminem's outrageous alter-ego Slim Shady, it's actually Eminem here - or indeed, possibly Mathers himself dealing with such a personal issue as this: " A corny looking white boy, scrawny and always ornery Cause I was always sick of brawny bullies picking on me And I might snap, one day just like that I decided to strike back and flatten every tire on the bike rack". Sure, yeah. It's not genius material, or at least, twisted genius material, as so much of Eminem's work - or rather, lyrical content - is, but it does get the point across pretty damn well, y'know? More to the point, songs such as this, although retaining the unique abrasive nature that has come to be such a trademark quality of Eminem's work, do hint at a deeper, darker side - as if we weren't already stuck in a jet-black hole, deep, deep underground. Oh yeah - one thing's for sure and that's that there's more to Eminem than just mocking Christina Aguilera; no matter how funny that can be. A brief interlude follows in the form of the album's second skit, 'Paul', but already it's fairly evident that the mood has changed. 'If I Had' relaxes the tone yet further: a soulful beat complemented by Eminem in almost poetic form ("What is life? Life is like a big obstacle/ Put in front of your optical to slow you down/And everytime you think you gotten past it/ It's gonna come back around and tackle you to the damn ground"). Again, it's not particularly a rtistic, lyrically. Sure, it rhymes, and it does it well, but it's obvious he's evident of so much more, even if we do have to wait until the next album for some of the talent to be maximised. But then, it's narration; first-person, and although so much of Eminem's song are composed in this way, I'm not sure how good he is at doing it. Cue mood change once again: following track '`97 Bonnie & Clyde' is certainly the most harrowing, yet heartfelt track on the album - similar to 'Stan' on The Marshall Mathers LP, if you will: but this, this, is personal. A tale of Eminem, his baby daughter Hailey Jade Scott, and his rocky relationship with then-wife Kim - this is full-on fantasy Slim Shady mode, with aspirations of murdering his daughter's mother by dumping her off a pier - as the subtle graphic depiction on the sleeve illustrates. To hardened fans, it's probably nothing too outrageous - hey, they know what to expect - but to the casual listener, it's quite possibly uncomfortable listening, particularly when considering the nature of the song is a 'transcript' of Eminem talking to baby Hailey whilst driving to the pier, explaining his actions to a child. The two elements; one gruesome, one beautifully innocent, make for a particularly uneasy hybrid; if not, at times, somewhat disorientating: "Wake up sleepy head we're here, before we play We're gonna take mama for a little walk along the pier Baby, don't cry honey, don't get the wrong idea Mama's too sleepy to hear you screamin' in her ear That's why you can't get her to wake, but don't worry Dada made a nice bed for mommy at the bottom of the lake" Occasional real-life speech interjections from Hailey only add to the uncomfortable mood surrounding the song; though with such an uneasy marriage within the content, you might be surprised to hear that it's actually a good song, a very good song. Despite the sickening nature of the narrative, what is also expressed is a father's true paternal feelings for his daughter, meaning both Marshall Mathers the father and Slim Shady the psychopath meet halfway within a song - which is probably why the end result is so noticeable. Third skit of the album, 'Bitch' is a mock recording (I think..) of an outraged woman just after listening to the album. It makes for an amusing pause for breath after the horrors of '`97 Bonnie & Clyde', but normal service is soon resumed in the form of 'Role Model'; which illustrates Slim Shady at his outspoken 'best'. Again, composed in a first-person narrative of Slim Shady addressing fans, the track progressively gets more and more fierce as the track plays out, with the likes of Hilary Clinton, Sonny Bono and Vanilla Ice (yep, again) all 'targeted' within the lyrics. The issue of being a white rapper in a black industry is also raised: "Some people only see that I'm white, ignorin' skill Cause I stand out like a green hat with a orange bill But I don't get pissed, y'all don't even see through the mist How the fuck can I be white, I don't even exist" The last line, in particular, expressing his frustration at the lack of opportunity he was initially given when starting out as a rapper. Besides tracks 11, 12 and 16 and the fourth, fifth and sixth skits of the album ('Lounge', 'Ken Kaniff' and 'Soap'), the mood is in a constant state of degeneration and out-and-out rebellion from here on in. The graphic documentation of a party-gone-wrong is evident in 'My Fault' and self-confessed 'party song' 'Cum On Everybody', whilst the next track, 'Rock Bottom' has since been linked with a spate of teen suicides both here and in the US with yet more aggressive lyrical content. Did somebody say rebellion? The Eminem epitome of that is evident from here to the album's finale - as illustrated particularly well in the bluntly-titled 'Just Don't Give A Fuck' ("I'm doin' acid, crack, smack, coke and smokin dope then/My name is Marshall Mathers, I'm an alcoholic/I have a disease and they don't know what to call it") and yet still very little let-up is given with the next track, 'As The World Turns'. It is, again, almost poetic and proverbial in content ("As the World Turns/We all experience things in life/Trials and Tribulations/That we all must go through/When someone wants to test us"), but backed by a darker underlying tone. Surprised? I bet. And whilst 'Bad Meets Evil' adds very little to the pedigree of an already-fine album, 'I'm Shady' acts as the personal anthem of the album (hence the title), whilst 'Still Don't Give A Fuck' sees a reply to the critics that have followed for much of his career: "Look, I can't change the way I think And I can't change the way I am But if I offended you? Good." It wraps things up quite nicely, I'd say, too. But Eminem doesn't want you to hate him. He wants all the fans = all the money, that he can get? And who can blame him, because still, nobody's really quite sure if he's just a novelty mainstream act yet or not. And if he is? Well, he'll go back underground and still keep churning out the same quality stuff, and producing his own same-quality stuff, and will still be followed, and loved, and appreciated, too. Eminem doesn't want you to hate him. You probably do. And he won't care, either. And please, don't leave a "...Not my style, but thanks" comment, because as nice as comments are, it's a bit, y'know, obvious. What wasn't obvious though is that The Slim Shady LP was Eminem putting a foot in the door of intern ational fame, fortune and, er, loads of criticism, before bouncing back yet again with The Marshall Mathers LP a year later. Listen. Hate. Listen. Like. Or, if you're done with one-word verbs too, just give it a try. It most probably won't turn you into a homicidal, suicidal maniac. It might, but probably not. Rap's not a dirty word. Crap is though, kinda.
I have been a fan of this man right from the start after he was put into the public eye by the producer Dr Dre. This was the first album many people had heard of but it was his third to other fans.It was quite a big seller and this was probably due to the mixture of some well worked lyrics, some great songs and some fantastic producing. This album broke the ice for him in a way because he amerged as a white rapper in a Black rappers community so it put him up there with some of the biggest names known in rap. Well the album is fantastic and a few of the songs on the track came out as singles and i think this boosted the sales of this album, the track listing for this album is 1 Public Service Announcement 2 My Name Is 3 Guilty Concience 4 Brain Damage 5 Paul 6 If I Had 7 97' Bonnie and Clyde 8 Bitch 9 Role Model 10 Lounge 11 My Fault 12 Ken Kaniff 13 Cum on Everybody 14 Rock Bottom 15 Just don't Give a F*** 16 Soap 17 As the World Turns 18 I'm Shady 19 Bad Meets Evil 20 Still don't Give a F*** You would of heard of a few of these singles because they were brought out as singles. I am going to take you through the better tracks on the album: MY NAME IS This was the first single taken off the album and broke the ice for the album. It is quita a poppy track and does sort of show some ability of his rapping skills. Also had Dr Dre on this track which would of had it noticed more. Lyrics are very good and there is hardly any swearing in this track so it was good for everyone. GUILTY CONSCIENCE This track is about three different people who are about to do something and there conscience comes into play. With the good being Dr Dre and the bad being Eminem. It is a change in style from the My Name is and is a lot slower. Still not showing his ability to rap but was a very good track and once again some grat lyrics. MY FAUL T This was a track on one of the other singles and i thought that it would of been a good contender for a single. It is a quicker track and he does start to rap and once again on the pop side so would of attracted many different people. Tlaks about people balming him about things that have happened to them. So there is a little insite into the album which i think is great and well worth buying because there are some great tracks.
This was the first of Eminem's two hit albums, 'The Slim Shady LP' and 'The Marshall Mathers LP'. I personally feel this is the better of the two albums. Nearly all of the songs on both albums have explicit lyrics (they both display well deserved 'Parental Guidance' stickers) and strong feelings of anger and contain his sick fantasies ('97 Bonnie and Clyde for example) fuelled by his lyrical temper. I think they should be taken as humorous. The reason I feel 'The Slim Shady LP' is better is because I can relate to the tracks more as I think Eminem is expressing his feelings rather than trying to come up with lyrics to shock people. Quick run-down of all 20 tracks... 1. Public Service Announcement; This isn't really a track; it is more of a comic introduction. It's funny the first time, but I don't think it's something you would like to play every time you listen to this album. 2. My Name Is; I HATED this song when it first came out. You will have heard it (guaranteed) by now. It was Eminem's Debut single; it climbed the charts and sold fast (I can't remember quite how well it did though-it was back in 1999). It was when we weren't sure if Eminem was here to stay our whether he was a one- hit-wonder. Since it has grown on me, I still skip it most of the time though! 3. Guilty Conscience (ft Dr.Dre); This is in the style of a TV show with its comic commentary. This song is one of my favourites. 4. Brain Damage; This is about Eminem's childhood, how he got beat up by bullies. It is a good song. 5. Paul; This is a tape recording of a fictional phone call. Listen to it once - then skip it. 6. If I had; This is more of a heart felt track (?-if Eminem's lyrics can be), it shows how he tired of his life and how it wasn't easy for him to make it big. 7. 97' Bonnie and Clyde; This is the controversial track featuring his daughter, Hayley's (who was only a tot at the time) voice. It is a song about him killing her mother, Kim. I'm not sure she will be happy about this when she is old enough to understand it. 8. Bitch; This is another fictional phone call. A woman describing 'how f***king disgusting' Eminem is. Hence the title. 9. Role Model; A song that mocks everyone who says he encourages bad behaviour in his fans (err hmm…). It is quite a good track though. 10. Lounge; This is where Eminem actually sings the chorus to the next track, My Fault, in a comic voice; he says it’s for all the ladies out there! It is quite funny but I doubt you’ll want to play it over and over again. 11. My Fault; This is a song where Eminem describes him letting a girl try ‘Magic Mushrooms’ at a party. Only she takes too much and as the Eminem’s character in the song is high to he doesn’t notice there’s a problem until it’s too late. It’s quite disturbing if you take it too heart but it makes a good track. 12. Ken Kaniff; I don’t like this song personally. It is where this bloke, Ken Kaniff from Kenniticut, gives prank phone calls to all these people in a weird and scary (!?) voice. You also get the feeling the character is gay from some of the stuff he says, although that has nothing to do with why I dislike the song. 13. Cum On Everybody; This is a dancey track. It’s quite good and the pun title is funny. 14. Rock Bottom; This is a good track. It shows how bad life can get. I think this could possibly express Eminem’s real views, like he says ‘When life makes you mad enough to kill, that’s rock bottom’. I think this shows he does have moral values. 15. Just Don’t Give a F**k; This is just one of Eminem’s usual songs. I don’t care for it much. To me it’s just there to fill up the album. 16. Soap; I don’t like this track much either. I prefer the ones at the beginning of the album, for the same reasons as before. 17. As the World Turns; This track is OK. It’s about what goes on and how the world just carries on turning. I think when he wrote this Eminem wanted it to stop so he could get off. 18. I’m Shady; This is another track I don’t care for. It’s worth a listen, but I usually skip it. 19. Bad Meets Evil; This is an old song about the ghost of and equally ghostly town. It has old western style commentary at the beginning. The actual rapping bit is good, but it’s not one I listen too all the time. 20. Still Don’t Give a F**k; This is practically the same as track 15, except it has one extra word! I don’t like it much for the same reasons. This is a good album and as it’s old it will probably be cheaper to buy. With 20 tracks you get your moneys worth and there’s bound to be something for everyone (who likes rap music). Sorry, this is a bit long...
This is a fantastic hip-hop album, by who I think is the best white rapper on the planet. His lyrics can be offensive and I'm sure that The Slim Shady LP shocked more than a few people when it came out, but he needs to be understood. Many of the issues raised on this album are very relevant and, as a "gangster" rapper, I'm sure Eminem feels that it his duty to inform the world of the current situation we are in. The tracks are varied from very offensive to curse-free, and from uplifting to downright depressing. Many fans of Dr Dre etc may not enjoy this music, but I think that if you are into hip-hop, this album is a must.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Public Service Announcement
2 My Name Is
3 Guilty Conscience - Eminem, Dr. Dre
4 Brain Damage
5 Paul - Eminem, Paul "Bunyan" Rosenburg
6 If I Had
7 '97 Bonnie & Clyde
8 Bitch - Eminem, Zoe Winkler
9 Role Model
10 Lounge - Eminem, Jeff Bass, Mark Bass
11 My Fault
12 Ken Kaniff - Eminem, Aristotle, Mark Bass
13 Cum On Everybody
14 Rock Bottom
15 Just Don't Give A F**
16 Soap - Eminem, Jeff Bass, Royce Da 5-9
17 As The World Turns
18 I'm Shady
19 Bad Meets Evil - Eminem, Royce Da 5-9
20 Still Don't Give a F***