17 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the opening lurch of “Cold Wind Blows”, Eminem is cranked. He’s fighting with himself in the corner of the ring waiting for the chance to land a knockout blow that even he wonders if he can make. Eminem has made his albums play out like audio diaries where his schizophrenic, bi-polar, drug-fueled or drug-free rants feel free to flow with word associations that end with everyone being guilty by degrees. “Talkin’ 2 Myself”, featuring Kobe, is the sound of man splitting in two. Enimem, the Slim Shady, turns to Marshall Mathers for a sense of identity and comes into a ball of identity confusion. The music, however, cranks beyond any identity check. “Won’t Back Down”, with Pink, turns things into hard-edged R&B. “Going Through Changes” samples Black Sabbath’s “Changes.” Michael J. Fox turns up as a punchline in several spots and Li’l Wayne guests on the manic “No Love” after Eminem admits he almost wrote a tune dissing him. It’s this volley back and forth that makes Eminem one of the most fascinating artists in hip-hop and music in general.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the opening lurch of “Cold Wind Blows”, Eminem is cranked. He’s fighting with himself in the corner of the ring waiting for the chance to land a knockout blow that even he wonders if he can make. Eminem has made his albums play out like audio diaries where his schizophrenic, bi-polar, drug-fueled or drug-free rants feel free to flow with word associations that end with everyone being guilty by degrees. “Talkin’ 2 Myself”, featuring Kobe, is the sound of man splitting in two. Enimem, the Slim Shady, turns to Marshall Mathers for a sense of identity and comes into a ball of identity confusion. The music, however, cranks beyond any identity check. “Won’t Back Down”, with Pink, turns things into hard-edged R&B. “Going Through Changes” samples Black Sabbath’s “Changes.” Michael J. Fox turns up as a punchline in several spots and Li’l Wayne guests on the manic “No Love” after Eminem admits he almost wrote a tune dissing him. It’s this volley back and forth that makes Eminem one of the most fascinating artists in hip-hop and music in general.

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