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The Slim Shady LP (Review)
The Slim Shady LP
The most important part of Eminem’s career was the introduction of his insane alter-ego “Slim Shady”. No one doubted he had some technical ability, but up until Shady became a part of him, he had no chance at stardom. Slim Shady was his outlet to lash out at whoever he felt like at the moment, which is what his earlier work lacked. Like most debuts, this is a rapper at his rawest, realizing that this was a potential make-or-break for how his career trajectory would aim after this album. Over some vintage Dr. Dre beats, Marshall Mathers sets himself up nicely for a great career.
“Public Service Announcement” – Gives the listeners an idea of what they’re about to listen to. Nothing great, but does an ok job of setting the tone (no score)
“My Name Is” – Or in other words, the moment Eminem became mainstream. This was really the first “Eminem” song (dissing pop stars, talking about his childhood, a lot of drug use). It’s not amazing lyrically, but it has some funny lines “I lay awake and strap myself in the bed/ put a bulletproof vest on and shoot myself in the head” that demonstrated what we would come to expect from Eminem. Not his best song, but at this point, probably his most important. (7.5/10)
“Guilty Conscience” – The first of many collaborations with his co-sign and mentor, the legendary Dr. Dre. It is a concept song, that introduces a character before the verses start. Eminem plays the role of devil’s advocate, which he has no problem with, while Dre tries to get each character to think things through. In the end, Em wins out. The chemistry is easily seen, and this demonstrates Em isn’t afraid to make fun of his mentor (“You gonna take advice from someone who slapped Dee Barnes?/What’s wrong, didn’t think I’d remember?”). One of the first moments where Eminem could be considered more than a gimmick white boy. (8.5/10)
“Brain Damage” – Growing up as a white boy in a black part of Detroit, Eminem had his share of struggles. He takes actual stories from his childhood that did happen, and adds his own creative twist to them to make it a great song. He also voices six characters in this song, a talent that would stay with him his whole career. (8.5/10)
“Paul (Skit)” – After a fairly controversial first three tracks, Eminem’s manager stops by to ask him nicely to try and “tone it down”. (no score)
“If I Had” – While the beginning of the album was a display of his brand new alter-ego, this track touches on the main theme of his whole “Infinite” demo – poverty. This is a song about the struggles of the 9 to 5, which many can relate to, but that’s not how Em wants it. He starts off every new line with “I’m sick of”, and in the hook tells everyone “If I had a magic wand I’d make the world suck my dick without a condom on, while I’m on the john.” It may look like a working class anthem, but this is strictly personal to Eminem. (9/10)
“’97 Bonnie and Clyde” – Most of the violence depicted in the album so far had been harmless – just humorous thoughts on made-up situations. But what makes this song hit so hard is that he seems dead serious about every word he says. The song opens up with Eminem talking to his baby daughter Hailie about a trip to the beach. Eventually we find out that they are going there to dump is wife’s This song is near genius because instead of coming out and just saying he killed his wife, he displays it through a conversation with his daughter. The rhymes are simple, as you would expect when talking to a two-year old, and are often littered with baby talk (“her make poo-poo ca-ca? Daddy change your diadee/ Clean the baby up so she can take a nighty-nighty”), but they all hit dead on. Eminem has made some freak-out songs, and fantasized about many murders, but never with the disregard he shows here. (9.5/10)
“Bitch (Skit)” – Not too good, a phone call from a girl complaining about Em’s lyrics (no score)
“Role Model” – Eminem just goes on a tyrant here, trying to demonstrate to parents all the irresponsible things he has done. After letting this be known, he uses it as an example for why he should never be trusted as a role model to their kids. As he started to become more well-known his influence on kids grew, which is the last thing he wanted. Even at the risk of losing listeners and buyers, he needed to make it perfectly clear that no one should act like him. And then just to make it feel more like and Eminem song, he sprinkles in some Canibus, OJ Simpson, and Sonny Bono references. (8.5/10)
“Lounge (Skit)” – A group of guys harmonizing the hook for the following song…
“My Fault” – This is almost 100% Slim Shady, a completely outrageous story about his adventures at a rave party. It all starts off with Slim meeting a recovering addict, who’s looking to get back under the influence. When he was about to introduce her to shrooms, she steals the rest of of his bag, and goes on an absolute trip. She goes on to talk to plants, complain about her past, and drink Lysol. At the end she actually does die from the overdose, and Slim puts on a shockingly real show of sadness about it. It can get kind of stupid at times, but there are enough laughs here to make it worth a listen. (7.5/10)
“Ken Kaniff (Skit) – The introduction of Em’s fictional gay character, Ken Kaniff (no score)
“Cum On Everybody” – Just Em rhyming about what comes to his head. There are some nice lines (“One Excedrin tablet short of a full medicine cabinet/ I feel like my head has been shredded like lettuce and cabbage”), but not much stands out (7/10)
“Rock Bottom” – This is in the same vein as “If I Had” but instead of just sounding pissed off, he actually sounds depressed. His lack of wealth has left him debating robbery and murder (“That’s rock bottom, when this life makes you mad enough to kill/ That’s rock bottom, when you want something bad enough to steal”) instead of just complaining about its inconvenience. Definitely the most personal track on the album. (9/10)
“Just Don’t Give A Fuck” – After the six-syllable rhymes in the opening bars (Dirty Dozen, naughty rotten rhymer/ cursing out you players worse than Marty Schottenheimer”) it’s clear that we are about to witness an amazing technical display. It likens back to his battle days with the one liners (“you couldn’t sell two copies if you pressed a double album”, “bought a ticket to your concert just to come and whip your ass”). In one of the best lines on the album, “I’m Nicer than Pete, but I’m on a Serch to crush a Miilkbone, I’m Everlast-ing, I melt Vanilla Ice like silicone”, he disses the whole white rapper group in a few tidy bars. Best track on the album. (10/10)
“Soap (Skit)” – A weird clip where Jeff Bass and Royce da 5’9” act out soap opera characters. It seems out of place at first, but it ties in with the next song’s title (“As The World Turns”, also the name of a soap opera.) At last the end of the skits. (no score)
“As The World Turns” – Another example of twisting the details. It starts off in your typical white-trash trailer park, with Em trying to get with a trailer chick. Things get weird when he tries to rob her and she strikes back. He hunts her down in anger, and ends up at her house, and sees her waiting for him naked. There is a gunfight, and it ends up with Em being saved by his “Go-Go Gadget Dick”. Absolutely bizarre, but actually a great example of storytelling. (8/10)
“I’m Shady” – Interpolating Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman”, Em makes it fit better and uses it to describe the drug dealer to a bunch of trailer-trash. No real message, but there are a bunch of great lines. (8.5/10)
“Bad Meets Evil” – A collaboration with his fellow Detroit rapper, Royce da 5’9”. The two have no trouble trading bars back and forth throughout the song. Royce is able to hold his own, even against Em in his prime with lines like (“The disaster with dreads/ I’m bad enough to commit suicide and survive long enough to kill my soul after I’m dead”) The closing line was the inspiration for their future collab album. (9/10)
“Still Don’t Give A Fuck” – The sign-off on the album. Starting off with a spoken intro letting people know he isn’t going to change anything, Em flexes his lyrical muscles. It isn’t as much of a battle song as “Just Don’t Give A Fuck”, but it does have some of the same elements. It has the great diss lines (I walked into a gunfight with a knife to kill you/ and cut you so fast when your blood spilled it was still blue”, but he gets somewhat emotional on the hook. He admits that he does miss some of his old friends and his old life, but for the most part he wants everyone to kiss his ass. An excellent end to the album. (9.5/10)
Overall: 120/140=86% (B+)
use this to separate songs
by using the “–” key multiple times without spacing
Ok I’ll try to re-do it, thanks
Great, in-depth review! Keep it up!
I think you under-rated it though, personally
Yeah adding it up track by track made it a little lower than I thought it would, I think overall it’s better than the number, but thanks.