Sunday, April 15, 2007

Eminem - The Slim Shady LP

Decade - 1990's

Label - Aftermath
roducer - Jeff Bass + Marky Bass + Dr. Dre
Country - US

Genre - hip hop

Eminem - The Slim Shady LP (1999)

As most people know, this album was quite controversial on its release, filled with violent, sexist, homophobic lyrics so no real surprise there. This was released before anyone really knew much about Eminem and his life and could tell just how much he stood behind the violent stories in his lyrics. Some of it is pretty confronting, especially '97 Bonnie and Clyde' which details the guy killing his wife and taking his child along so he can get rid of the body. I can imagine this album got quite a review on those "Christian review" sites!

This is probably the best hip hop/rap album I've listened to since the NWA album, and it's clear Eminem IS a talented rapper, and is intelligent and imaginative within his lyrics. You can never tell what parts are tongue in cheek, and what parts are serious, so the doubt often translates into being uncomfortable. Exactly what he would want, I expect!

Lets face it, I'm not going to end up as a hip hop/rap fan. If I was, I'd probably like this though.

Score - 6.7/10

Recommended - Yes


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