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The Eminem Show

Rap & Hip-Hop album by Eminem

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The Eminem Show

  • May 4, 2004
Rating:
+5
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.

The Eminem Show follows up the Grammy winning Marshall Mathers LP with a bang. The great thing about this LP is it doesn't fall into the trap of so many artisits, especially rap artists, of basically putting out follow-up LPs that sound the same as their last album. This is a new, fresh piece of work with the same clever lyrics and controversial, in your face style we've come to expect.

Without Me, probably the most popular song on the album (excepting possibly Cleaning Out My Closet which got a lot of airplay for the cleaned-up version), is my favorite. But all the songs, with a few expeptions, are very entertaining. This is not a CD for which I find myself reaching for the skip button after every other song.

I rate this CD an impressive SIX stars:

White America *
Buisness *
Cleanin Out My Closet *
Without Me **
Superman *

Most of the other songs on the CD are very good too. This is one of my most listened to LPs.
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Ratings: CDs are rated simply by how many good songs are on the album. Great songs get two stars, and good songs get one star. Songs that get no stars are those that I might like but not enough to give it a star or ones I find boring or actively dislike. CDs are not penalized for songs that I don't like because they are easy enough to skip over. There is no maximum number of stars a CD can get, but of course the more stars it gets, the better the CD.

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Any lingering doubts as to the depth of Eminem's skills or his potential for raw yet compelling honesty are dispelled onThe Eminem Show's first track. Armed with a quicksilver flow and a thundering rhythm track (the record was exec produced by longtime mentor and partnerDr. Dre), "White America" finds Eminem ferociously mauling the hand that feeds him, lambasting his critics, the industry, and the racism that, in many ways, helped make Marshall Mathers more than just another rapper. "Let's do the math," Em sneers, "If I was black I would have sold half/ I could be one of your kids/ Little Eric looks just like this." After the bombast ofThe Marshall Mathers LPand Eminem's well-noted use of sexual epithets, this kind of material is made more controversial because it actually rings true. From a brutal retort to his long-estranged and equally troubled mother ("Cleaning Out My Closets") to a surprisingly tender ode to his child ("Hailie's Song"), Eminem examines his life, loves, arrests, addictions, failures, and successes with surprising insight, making this a funk-drenched hip-hop confessional well worth the hype.--Amy Linden
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Label: Interscope Records
Artist: Eminem
Genre: Rap & Hip-Hop
Release Date: May 26, 2002

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