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Curtain Call - The Hits

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Curtain Call summarizes a career that reveled equally in outrageous insults, incisive commentary, and raw autobiography. Eminem first commanded the spotlight in 1999 with “My Name Is,” a track whose tongue-twisting irreverence still makes for the best introduction to the artist. If “My Name Is” established Eminem as the impish, unstable jester, the breakout single “Stan” brought a level of fame that threatened to overtake his persona, and his art. And while “Lose Yourself,” “Like Toy Soldiers,” and “Mockingbird” showed new levels of complexity, by 2005 Slim Shady was showing signs of wear. The songs recorded specifically for this collection —“FACK,” and “When I’m Gone”— show Em reprising old ideas to lesser effect, although the self-produced “Shake That” is a worthy reminder of how much he learned from Dr. Dre. Few rappers had as much to say, and as many modes of talking, as Eminem and because his most compelling and challenging songs are album cuts, Curtain Call can’t completely reveal the breadth of the man’s career. Nonetheless, this collection captures the essential qualities with which he carved his niche in the rap world and upturned the entire music industry.

Customer Reviews

The Best of the Best

How do you ever put together the best songs by easily the best rapper ever (if not best single artist, or even possibly the best, artist or band, of all time)? I don't know, and I don't think we will ever figure it out. But dang, Eminem and Dr. Dre came increadibly close to it, better than anyone else could have done. This is the perfect CD for any rap lover. It is complete, from top to bottom. Starting off with a short and comical intro where Em screams at his fans as a joke, the CD goes straight into FACK, a sexual and extremly funny-talking a lot about a gerbal-which is so bad that it it edited completly off the clean version. The order is slightly different on the CD's for the songs, but in some order, the CD leads into Em's first hit that got him going, My Name Is, which is so silly that it practicly a parody, and The Way I Am, which is Eminem protest to all his fans and everone who critized him. Stan comes next. It is about a fan who sent him letters and eventually kills himself and his girlfriend because of what he thought was ignoration from Em for not returning letters, and by the time Em writes back, this man, Stan, is dead. It is, of course, a sad song. Next up is none other than (what else?) Em's greatest selling and probably best song of all time, Lose Yourself. Straight off the 8 Mile soundtrack, it is a great lyrical song with a good message also. Next is the second new song on the CD (after FACK), Shake That, which is a colaberation with Nate Dogg. It is also a sexual song, but not as bad as FACK, and is fun to listen to. It is bound to succed. Sing for the Moment comes in next. Even rock fans may enjoy this one because for the courus, he uses a part from Aerosmith's "Dream On." The song tells of all the problems in rap music and the infulence it can set on kids with the guns and kids should really not take after some of the things rappers say because they really arn't really doing these things. It also speaks about how many adults have problems with Eminem by calling him a bad influence, while real Eminem fans know that he had his bad days early on, but turned his life around. Without Me lands in as the next song. It is a fun partying song celebrating his return into music from his 2 year break between albums. Like Toy Soldiers speaks about his problems with rappers Ja Rule and Benzino, both him commented very negitively in their songs in different ways. Then comes The Real Slim Shady, a personal favorite, which is a similar song to Without Me, just with a better beat and a little sillier. A couple more personal songs come in next. Mockingbird is a tribute to his daughter, Hailey, and Alana, his neese who is under his protection, and, for the first time, says good things about his ex-wife Kim. Guilty Conscience is a duet with Dr. Dre where various situations play out to fictional people, with Eminem being the bad part of the peoples conscience with Dr. Dre playing the good part. Cleanin' Out My Closet is an anger song to his mother and Kim. Back to the parting theme is Just Lose It, which not only has a nice techno beat and a good party song, it is humorous and hits one of America's favorite punching bags, Michael Jackson. When I'm Gone is his last new release, another song about Hailey. It is a wonderful song and marks his end of rapping. Somthing fun up next is the live version of Stan that Eminem did with Elton John at the Grammies. That marks the end of the origanal CD. The extra songs that only come with pre-ordering are Get You Mad, which is a violent joke song, Wild Wild West, which is a song about (Oh my gosh!) the Wild Wild West. Bad Influence, like Wild Wild West, is straight off a soundtrack. Then comes the Deluxe version of the CD. It has Dead Wrong, Em's song that he did with the late Notorious B.I.G., and this song NEEDS to be taken lightly, as it is a joke. Role Model is a protest song saying Em can be whoever he wants to be. Kill You is a song where Em talks about killing his mother and Kim. S&!t on you is a song he did with D12, his band. Criminal is from The Marshal Mathers LP, and it is fairly funny and a pretty good song. Renegade is the song he did with Jay-Z, and finally, Just Don't Give a F^@k is his first song really released to the public. This is a great CD. My only complaint is the fact that Mosh and White America didn't make it. I also would have liked a clean FACK. Oh Well. It's great. Enjoy!

The Best Rap of the Best Rapper

I don't have enough fingers on my hands to count the number of ways and times that Eminem has shaken up the world. On a lyrical, personal, and message-based level, no one has or probably ever will top him. Now that he is finally leaving, a new bar is set in the world of hip hop. Support the greatest rap icon of our generation by buying this CD. For all the years you've given us, Shady, thanks.

Eminem Is Back

First of all, this CD is tremendous because it has all of Em's hits. The only disadvantage is that I already have all the songs (except When I'm Gone, Shake That, Fack, and Stan Live). Also, The edited takes out "FACK" and I want as much of Eminem that I can get. "Shake That" also doesn't have enough of Slim, even though it's still awesome. If you're looking for some new Eminem songs you probably don't have, try these (they are all by or featuring Eminem, even though it might not say so in iTunes). I put a * next to the ones where he sings the chorus. "Lady" Obie Trice * "My Ballz" D12 * "Hands On You" Obie Trice * "911" Boo Yaa Tribe * "Get You Mad" Sway and Tech (Em raps all of it) * "Bad Influence" Em (on End of Days Soundtrack) * "My Name" Xzibit "Welcome to D-Block" Jadakiss * "Black Cotton" 2Pac * "Soldier Like Me" 2Pac * "If I Get Locked Up" Big Kap and Funkmaster Flex (Em raps basically all of it) * "Hip Hop" Bizarre "Trife Thieves" Bizarre "What the Beat" DJ Clue "I'm Gone" DJ KaySlay "What's the Difference" Dr. Dre "Watcher" Dr. Dre (listen to the preview) * "We Ain't" The Game *(some of the chorus) "Off to Tijuana" Hush * "Renagade" Jay-Z *(some of the chorus) "Warrior Part 2" Lloyd Banks "Busa Rhyme" Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott "Dead Wrong" Notorious B.I.G. "---- Hits the Fan" Obie Trice * "What If I Was White" Sticky Fingaz * "Lean Back (Remix)" Terror Squad "On Fat Joe Album) "Drama Setter" Tony Yayo * "My Name" Xzibit About the CD, I wish Stan Live wasn't album only and they had a clean FACK. I also love "When I'm Gone" P.S. Please don't retire I hope this review was helpful for all Eminem fans who want extra songs. Again: all the songs have Eminem in them.

Biography

Born: October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, MO

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

To call Eminem hip-hop's Elvis is correct to a degree, but it's largely inaccurate. Certainly, Eminem was the first white rapper since the Beastie Boys to garner both sales and critical respect, but his impact exceeded this confining distinction. On sheer verbal skills, Eminem was one of the greatest MCs of his generation — rapid, fluid, dexterous, and unpredictable, as capable of pulling off long-form narrative as he was delivering a withering aside — and thanks to his mentor Dr. Dre,...
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