I bought the Eminem CD because my 15 year old son asked for it and I wanted to see what he was listening to. The first run through appalled me. I was shocked by the language and the use of such subject matter as killing and drug taking and wife beating.
The second time, I started to LISTEN to what Mathers was saying rather than just the vulgarity and I have become a huge fan. The combination of thug and clueless kid comes out in almost every track.
The song "Who Knew" tells of how he never knew his words would have an affect on kids the way they have and seems almost remorseful and then, at the same time, trying to shove aside those feeling and blame parent for not being there for the kids. He also seems to be in total shock that anyone would be buying his music.
"Stan" is a classic obsessed fan song which is actually quite revealing and shows a caring side of Mathers that we rarely see.
"The Real Slim Shady" is just a fun song with a lot of really inside references that take a few times listening to, to understand.
"Remember Me" is a haunting, crazed song which somehow catches you and won't let you go as does the "Drug Ballad" where Mathers almost begs to get away from the drugs but admits that he just can't no matter how hard he tries.
"They Way I Am" is an indignant song with no apologies about who he is and why he acts the way he does. He does explain his feelings about people intruding in his life and about how celebrity has changed him. It is probably one his most honest song.
"Kill You" is the first song I heard and I was shocked at first but upon listening to the song again, I have realized that he is just warning all of those who hurt him to stay away and he explains a lot about his childhood -- whether created in his mind or real -- in this song.
And then there is "Kim" an amazingly violent, yet oddly sad song where Mathers fantasizes about beating up his then-wife because of an alleged affair she had. Although he is enraged in the song, his vulnerability shines through and, despite the crude subject matter, I found myself oddly drawn to this song.
Throughout the CD are references to Mathers' mother, his family, the many lawsuits he has been slapped with since becoming famous, his rival enemy band The Insane Clown Posse (there is one short interlude where he implies oral sex between the two members of the band. He really doesn't care at all what anyone thinks of him!), his drug use, the record company's attempts to tone him down, Dr. Dre, other bands like N'Sync and Brittney Spears, and his wife and their rocky relationship.
Mathers, at first, comes off like a punk who needs to swear and use drugs and violence to get people to listen, but once you get past that hurdle, you find a multi talented, very vulnerable performer underneath with a lot of things to say and the guts to say them.
Although I certainly discourage my son and any teen from listening to this CD based on the sheer volume of profanities, the edited version may be okay although, if the references to violence bother you, you may want to steer clear of Mathers altogether for your kids. For adults, getting past the vulgarities and into what he is saying and the beat is something that anyone with an open mind should do.
This is one of the best rap CDs I have heard and I have heard many. This one has not just senseless words and repetition but heart and soul and it is worth a listen or two. It sure helped when I printed out the lyrics and realized how really in-depth this rapper can be.
So, for the kids, I say no way. For you adults out there looking for something different, I say get this CD and really give it a chance. You'll find yourself humming the tunes at work! I walked around the house singing "Remember me?" to which my husband said, "How can I forget with all that noise!"
Hey, at least my husband won't forget me! "I'm the real Slim Patty..."
Highly enjoyable as long as you don't believe this kid is REALLY doing what he says he is.
Whether you love him or hate him, it's hard to deny that Eminem is the best rapper today, and may be the best rapper of all time. His clear diction, rapid fire delivery, innovative beats, and clever lyrics make for very entertaining music. He didn't win a Grammy for nothing. This Grammy Award winning CD is awesome and powerful. Songs like The Way I Am and Marshal Mathers are sung with power and conviction, while the more humorous The Real Slim Shady and Who Knew are provocative and clever. And Eminem's … more
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Personnel: Eminem, Snoop, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, Sticky Fingaz (rap vocals); Dido (vocals); Jeff Bass, Steve Berman, Paul "Bunyan" Rosenberg (spoken vocals); Mike Elizondo (guitar, keyboards, bass); Sean Cruise, John Bingham (guitar); Tommy Coster, Jr., Camara Kambon (keyboards); DJ Head (programming). D-12: Kon Artis, Proof, Kuniva, Swifty, Bizarre (rap vocals). Producers include: Dr. Dre, The 45 King, Mel-Man, F.B.T., Eminem. Engineers: Richard "Segal" Huredia, Mike Butler, Aaron Lepley. THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. "The Real Slim Shady" won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year. Personnel: Eminem (vocals); Mike Elizondo (guitar, keyboards); John Bigham (guitar); Tom Coster, Jr., Camara Kambon (keyboards). Audio Mixers: Chris Conway; Mike Butler; Michelle Lynn Forbes; Akane Nakamura; Eminem; Rob Ebeling; Richard Huredia; Rick Behrens. Recording information: 54 Sound,... Song List: Disc 1 1. Public Service Announcement 2000 2. Kill You 3. Stan (featuring Dido) 4. Paul (Skit) (skit) 5. Who Knew 6. Steve Berman 7. Way I Am 8. Real Slim Shady 9. Remember Me? (featuring RBX/Sticky Fingaz) 10. I'm Back 11. Marshall Mathers 12. Ken Kaniff (Skit) (skit) 13. Drug Ballad 14. Amityville (featuring Bizarre) 15. B**** Please II (featuring Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg/Xzibit/Nate Dogg) 16. Kim 17. Under the Influence (featuring ...