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Editors’ Notes

Eminem has always been something of a shape shifter, a constructor of elaborately self-referential personas whose penchant for self-exploration can often take the form of snide, self-consciously juvenile lyrical play, bracingly bitter tirades, or ice grilled hip-hop classicism. On The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem cleverly resurrects the earnestly self aware, Masta Ace-idolizing backpacker of his indie debut The Infinite, and introduces him to Slim Shady’s gleeful nihilism, birthing a compelling new persona to guide us through this, his third, and perhaps finest album. Though still operating under the aegis of Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label, Eminem uses The Marshall Mathers LP as an opportunity to display his talents as a producer. He proves capable of crafting moodily compelling soundscapes, such as the chiming, Rakim quoting “The Way I Am”, but his productions generally hove to a single, somewhat plodding template. However Eminem is ably supported here by a cadre of veteran producers who provide The Marshall Mathers LP with many of its most exhilarating moments. Former Flavor Unit mastermind 45 King loops a Dido sample to unexpectedly mesmerizing effect on “Stan” while Dr. Dre drapes large portions of the The Marshall Mathers LP in impeccably produced, shimmering G-Funk. In the midst of this embarrassment of sonic riches and Eminem’s playful identity crises, it is easy to lose sight of his remarkable talent as an MC. In the end it is his incisive lyricism and elusive off beat/on beat delivery that make The Marshall Mathers LP a true classic.

Customer Reviews

They Call Me Slim Shady, I'm Back, I'm Back

This is an amazing CD. The first Eminem CD I bought was Encore. I really liked it so I bought The Eminem Show which I adored. Then I got The Marshall Mathers LP and Slim Shady LP at the same time. At first I thought this album was a little too strange. Then, like so many other people, I listened to it again. Then I appreciated just how awesome and mind-blowing it was. Some songs are serious, others are comical. Sometimes you can’t tell whether he really does mean to be serious or whether it’s just a joke. All the songs are great so it’s impossible to list them in order from best to worse. Here are the hits: The Real Slim Shady- The catchiest song ever. The lyrics are genius and the hook/chorus is awesome. The Way I Am- A serious song about people telling him what and what not to do. He talks about his fans invading his personal life and how that’s just the way he is. Stan (probably my favorite song ever)- About a crazy fan who commits suicide because Eminem didn’t answer any of his letters. Here’s the rest of the songs (note, if I told you how good each song was each time it would take too long and I’d probably run out of words, so I just gave descriptions): Kill You- A comical and violent song. The clean version cuts out a lot. Who Knew- A catchy song with a catchy chorus. Remember Me- I don’t like the guest appearances, but Eminem’s part shines (again). I’m Back- Another catchy song with a catchy chorus. Marshall Mathers- He talks about how he’s a regular guy. Best lyrics. This is one of the songs where you don’t know whether he’s serious or not. Ballad- Comical dance-ish song. Amityville- A good tune. B Please 2- A lost of guest appearances, which is good, but I’d rather see more Eminem. Under the Influence- A joking, catchy song. Criminal- About how people think he’s a criminal. Words cannot describe how amazing any of these songs are. Buy this CD

Come on itunes!

the explicit version is 7$, the clean is 11$, so now i gotta pay an extra 4$ because i dont wanna here f words


Why does it block out words like "Die" and "Kill" but SOME of the cuss words don't get censored? I love Slim Shady but I have to give this 2 stars for that. The only songs with decent editing are "The Kids" and "The Real Slim Shady" I really wish they'd release a better clean version! It'd mean a lot to have that on here!


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, he had music...
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