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An Eminem album is always more than the sum of its grooves. It’s a psychotherapy playground where its confessor manipulates the intelligence until no one’s sure where the truth is hiding. Relapse brings the sound of a man pent-up in his own brain-frozen hell. “Déjà Vu” recounts his slide down the pharmaceutical trail, passed out in cars, admitted to hospitals for “pneumonia” while hiding drugs from his 11-year old daughter.

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Rehabbing from drug addiction and back after a four-year hiatus, Eminem starts things off for the three-headed monster with Relapse. Reviving Slim Shady, does Em deliver? 3 a.m.: The album appropriately starts off with the deranged psychotic return of Slim Shady. Although there is a new accent added that appears throughout the album, the gripping imagery and ominous strings create an evil mood that Em perfectly fits. Lyrically it is clear and descriptive, some of Em’s best work on the album. 4/5 My Mom: Em touches on the topic of his mom once again by slamming her for his drug addictions. While the hook is pretty annoying, Em’s storytelling and playful changing of voices work well. 3/5 Insane: Shrieking strings, DJ scratches and a decent hook make up the blunt and creative lyricism from Em. The song is consistent album track, but doesn’t really cover any new ground. 3/5 Bagpipes From Baghdad: Similar strings and then a unique bagpipe loop from Dre sets an arabian feel for Shady to spit about a past relationship to Mariah Carey and mocking Nick Cannon. An amusing bash of Nick Cannon and praising Carey, the hook is decent and the comedy impresses. 3/5 Hello: Yet another track addressing his drug addiction, the low bassline looms and mini string stabs are a bit too relaxed. 3/5 Same Song & Dance: Tribal drumming rhythm and a hypnotic vibe oozes through the beat, while Em gets his r****t murderer mentality on. A creepy confession of a r****t, Em goes at famous celebrities that is all too entertaining for listeners. 3.5/5 We Made You: Marching band beat of horns and mainly piano loop the lead single was the typical goofy one that Em typically drops. While it works in some aspects, its nothing new and brings back the annoying accent he uses throughout the album. 3.5/5 Medicine Ball: Heavy drums and menacing haunting strings loop while Em continues his pill problems. The hook falters and doesn’t impress, overall the track seems forgettable for its redundant subject matter and beat. 2.5/5 Stay Wide Awake: Dre masterfully handles the production, as creepy choral vocals are twisted with intensifying guitar strokes. Em’s on point lyrically, although the hook is only decent but the track is fitting with a cold, dark mood. 3.5/5 Old Time’s Sake: The hook is one of the better ones on the album, while Dre’s piano bounce and guest appearance work well in association to Em’s fun self that actually works. 3.5/5 Must Be The Ganja: Skipper, the track’s production isn’t too great and the subject matter is forgettable along with Em’s flow. While the hook is amusing, the track doesn’t impress. 2/5 Deja Vu: Lyrically Em impresses with this track and its one of the top tracks. The solemn hook and descriptive battle with his demons is intriguing. Solid track here. 4/5 Beautiful: Sorrowed and honest, the track is the most revealing on the album. Self produced, the soothing guitars and sing songy hook are some of the best from Em on the album. Moments like this you wish happened more often, as he isn’t the best singer, but the pure honesty he expresses is truly brilliant. 4.5/5 Crack A Bottle: A fitting club single that has a catchy hook by Em and a smooth rolling Dre beat. Dre and 50 are on point in the guest spots and its workable for radio. 4/5 Underground: Dynamic production that sets the tone, while Eminem murks the track. Absolutely tears up the beat, its Eminem at his best and the one that we are used seeing. 4.5/5 Eminem’s return is a refreshing voice to hear again amongst the south dominant rap that is out now, however it isn’t one of his best. The album is better than Encore but thats about it, as he addresses his pill problems that gets old after a few songs. When he’s not using his newly acquired accent, he sounds much more focused and brilliantly spits honesty (“Beautiful”), straight heat (“Underground”) and reflective (“Deja Vu”). Each moments showcase him as one of the best, however an Eminem album wouldn’t be an Eminem album without the humurous crazed lyrics he comes up with. Satisfying this need is the return of Slim Shady on “3 a.m.”, a psychopathic reflection of a bloody night, or the creepy revealing r****t lunatic on “Same Song & Dance”. Other times however, the decent production by Dre and Eminem’s bashing of his mom, Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey and more addiction complaints become a bit tiresome and redundant over the span of the album. The album while consistent, often is overly deranged and the stories seem to not be as funny or connecting as the past Slim Shady. “Old Time’s Sake” is a worthy collaboration between Em and Dre, but the album as a whole is consistent and that’s more than enough to satisfy longtime Eminem fans. Rating: 7.5 out of 10

This is not good Eminem....

Sadly i think alot of people are so excited that Em is back... no one really listened to the album and rated the music for what it is, rather they are excited because of who it is. I grew up with Eminem and he has always been my favorite Hip Hop artist. Half of this CD consists of Marshall Mathers rapping in a strange accent that is close to something like A*s Like That. It seems like there is no flow in the songs and he continues to rap in these high pitched voices and accents. I would'nt say the CD is garbage, but i would say it is a disappointing return...


Em's back with his LP Relapse It has its highs and lows Beautiful and Underground/Ken Kaniff both show his hardcore side But 3 a.m. My Mom, We Made You, and many other songs have some whack accents I don't know why eminem is insisting on so consistently having these accents It's entertaining occassionally like back when he came out with "A*s Like That" But most of this album Em is rockin' some strange accent And even on his songs without the accent there's definitely no "Lose Yourself" destined to be an all-time great Or even a "Shake That" club banger Disappointing return Let's hope Relapse 2 returns to the true Em


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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