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The Slim Shady LP

Eminem

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In 2000, a crack in the subterranean crust allowed Slim Shady to crawl out from the underground and infiltrate the rap industry with a rage previously unheard and unseen. On the Slim Shady LP, Eminem and producer Dr. Dre form a potent combination that connected disenfranchised kids across the color and economic spectrum. "Brain Damage" and "Just Don't Give a F**k" were single-digit salutes to bullies and detractors, while "My Name Is," "Guilty Conscience," and "Role Model" smoke enemies. As for "Bonnie and Clyde 97", it's one of the most evil payback scenarios ever recorded.

Customer Reviews

ONE OF HIS BEST

The Slim Shady LP is without a doubt one of Eminem's best albums released. With incredible rhymes and and amazing beats this is THE BEST ALBUM ON MY SHELF! For those who say "Go way White Boy" or " RAP IS CRAP" or even "Eminem is an Old Bald Fart" seriously you must be on drugs. My personal favorite is "Brain Damage". I honestly can not believe Eminem is retiring. He makes these wanna be rappers that just try to hurt peoples feelings LOOK LIKE CRAP! THANKS A LOT!!! HOPE YOU TAKE MY OPINION INTO CONSIDERATION, TRULY YOURS, NiCkElEsS.

My Name Is... (who?) The Best Rapper EVER

This is Eminem's, or Marshall Mathers', first successful album. He had two previous albums: The Slim Shady EP (1997) and Infinite (1995). Don't get too excited, these albums aren't on iTunes and are extremely rare. Oh well, that's enough Eminem history. He's a genius and definitely the best white rapper, or, in my opinion, the best rapper ever and my favorite artist. He has a lot of talent. Here's the rating for each song. I put a * next to the hit(s). My Name Is- 10/10 * Guilty Conscience- 9/10 (10/10 with chorus on radio version) * Brain Damage- 9/10 If I Had- 8/10 97’ Bonnie & Clyde- 10/10 Role Model- 8.5/10 My Fault- 10/10 Come On Everybody- 9.25/10 Rock Bottom- 9.25/10 Just Don’t Give- 9.75/10 * As the World Turns- 9/10 I’m Shady- 9.25/10 Bad Meets Evil- 8.5/10 Still Don’t Give- 9.75/10 I know there aren’t a lot of hits, but all the ones over 9 should be a hit. Since that’s 11/14 songs, this is an awesome CD and Eminem is the best! For extra songs that are hard to find on iTunes, go to my anonymous review on Curtain Call- The Hits (Clean) titled “Eminem Is Back”. Buy the album. All of it. And all the rest of Eminem’s CDs. Eminem rocks. P.S. Don’t retire Eminem!!!

The Slim Shady LP- 5 Stars

On February 23, 1999, the face of rap changed forever. Few albums have ever had a greater impact on pop culture as the Slim Shady LP. Generating almost as much controversy as sales, the album instantly catapulted Eminem to the forefront of the entertainment world. Rap, for so long an exclusively black genre, now had a prodigiously talented white MC ready to join the ranks, with the backing of the legendary Dr. Dre to add to his credibility. The Slim Shady LP planted Eminem firmly into our collective social conscious. Eminem’s brutal subject matter and violent lyrics spawned an army of woman and gay rights activists attempting to have him censored. Seeing as many of the things deemed offensive in his lyrics are commonplace in hip-hop, it would seem that it was only Eminem, a white rapper who was bringing the rap genre to suburban teen America, who angered the activists. Either way, what is often lost in the endless conversations about the perversity of Eminem’s lyrics and their effect on kids is the simple fact that Eminem is one of the most gifted lyricists we have ever seen. In a time when more and more rap albums are exclusively about guns, cars, bling and women and then some more guns cars bling and women, the lyrical precision and variety that Eminem exhibits throughout the album is spellbinding. The artist’s rise from the streets to superstardom is the topic of many hip-hop albums, but few, if any, have allowed us a closer look into the life and mind of the artist as The Slim Shady LP has. Eminem tells us his story with brutal honesty, cutting wit, and astonishing detail that demands us to rewind and listen again. Moving from the lyrics to the music, this album doesn’t skip a beat. Dr. Dre’s fluid bass lines perfect compliment Eminem. Dre understands perfectly that in no way is Eminem a club artist and he produces accordingly. The beats serve to enhance the lyrics, and not the other way around (Like a certain other Eminem protégé.) At times, Dre’s beats are minimalist perfection, as in the track My Name Is. Songs like Guilty Conscience and Still Don’t Give a F**k bang out of the stereo, yet never overshadow the lyrics. Guilty Conscience- 5 An absolutely brilliant Dre beat. Both Em and Dre bring it on this track. Any doubts about Eminem's flow stemming from the pacing of My name Is are resolved here: “Go in gaffle the money and run to one of your aunt’s cribs And borrow a damn dress and one of her blonde wigs, Tell her you need a place to stay, You’ll be safe for days if you shave your legs with an aged razor blade” Those words roll off of Eminem’s tongue like a knife through butter. Eminem’s masterful flow is second to none, with perhaps the exception of Jay-Z. (Maybe.) Brain Damage- 5 With perhaps the most brilliant rhyme scheme he has ever penned, Eminem describes to us in excruciating detail an episode of bullying from his childhood. (The bully, who Eminem calls out by his real name, DeAngelo Bailey, actually sued Eminem over this song.) In trademark Slim Shady fashion, the songs constantly veers from reality to fiction, building to it’s outrageous climax, in which Eminem’s mother knocks his brain out of his head and he puts it back in. This track also is the first taste we get of Eminem’s brilliant storytelling ability. No rapper can tell a story, maintaining the rhyme scheme and narrative, like Eminem. “These are the results of a thousand electric volts, A neck with bolts, “Nurse we’re losing him, check the pulse”, A kid who refused to respect adults, Wore spectacles with taped frames and a freckled nose, A corny lookin white boy, scrawny and always ornery, Cuz I was always sick of brawny bullies pickin on me, And I might snap, One day just like that I decided to strike back, and flatten every tire on the bike rack.” Paul- Skit This is a message left on Eminem's answering machine by his lawyer, Paul Rosenberg, asking him to tone down his lyrics. Though he would eventually overdo this skit on his later albums, it fit in perfectly here, especially considering that unlike today where Eminem has been accepted by mainstream society, when the Slim Shady LP dropped he was THE enemy of the establishment because of his lyrics and it was quite hilarious to hear his own lawyer asking him to tone it down right in the middle of his own album. Rockbottom- 5 Supposedly written the night he attempted to commit suicide, this song remains one of the realest, deepest, and touching songs Eminem has ever written. It is also a perfect example of the kind of song that never makes it to the radio, and therefore is not known to the people who call Eminem a pop sensation. You’d think they’d listen to the entire album before making judgments. “I feel like I'm walking the tight rope, without a circus net Popping perkaset, I'm a nervous wreck I deserve respect; but I work a sweat for this worthless check Bout to burst this tech, at somebody to reverse this debt Minimum wage got my adrenaline caged Full of venom and rage Especially when I'm engaged And my daughter's down to her last diaper That's got my ass hyper I pray that god answers, maybe I'll ask nicer Watching ballers while they flossing in their pathfinders These overnight stars becoming autograph signers We'll all long to blow up and leave the past behind us Along with the small fry's and average half pinters” Just Don’t Give a F**k-5 “Slim Shady, brain-dead like Jim Brady, I’m a M80, you little like that Kim-lady, I’m buzzin’, dirty dozen, naughty rotten rhymer, Cursin’ at you players worse than Marty Shottenheimer” This track is another example of Eminem’s ability to blend razor sharp wit with brilliant rhymes. The beat could easily have been a more prominent part of the song, but as with the rest of the album, the lyrics demand our attention and take a firm hold of the stage. This song also has arguably Eminem’s best use of metaphors and wordplay in his entire career.

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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