The Eminem we are more accustomed to; the one that we’ve grown up to blaring on the radio stations or on the music channels with the videos that are deemed “inappropriate.” He was beyond the typical controversial artist at the time that he came kicking his way into the music scene. He came into the scene , he left his mark and he had no plans of leaving. His debut album The Slim Shady LP was released in the year 1999 and with that album his infamous alter ago became world-famous. His single “My Name Is” became famous and blew up on the airwaves and was soon followed by “Guilty Conscience” which featured his mentor Dr. Dre. Slim Shady is his “alter ego,” it’s supposed to be the “crazy” side of the rapper. He uses Slim Shady to just let loose of everything; he takes out his emotions on a track. Slim Shady exaggerates and goes on to say he’s killing or raping women and occasionally men as well. Marshall Mathers on the other hand; is a bit more personal than the typical Slim Shady song. It touches on more serious issues or issues about who he is as an artist, as a rapper, as a human being like every other person listening to the album. A debut album filled with controversy, vulgarity and many more topics that parents and music labels hate. With an artist’s debut album causing so many problems onto the world, it’s impossible to lose the controversy ever. No matter what he does he will always be known as an artist of controversy. A man who tried convincing a man into robbing a store, into having sex with an under-aged girl, or killing his wife for cheating on him; referring to “Guilty Conscience.” Marshall Bruce Mathers (the third might I add) knows this well, he doesn’t care what the critic’s say or how controversial certain songs are. He doesn’t plan on changing himself, he said so himself, “That’s just the way I am.”

Without a doubt, Dr. Dre is Marshall’s mentor and the two have worked together since the previous album. It’s obvious a Dre beat with start the album (excluding the opening Public Service Announcement.) The first song screams controversy; with a title of “Kill You” and containing lyrics such as “You think I won’t choke no whore ’til / the vocal chords don’t work in her throat no more?” He makes a joke about the controversy behind himself and how a simple line in his song could cause a company regret talking about him. “Just bend over and take it like a slut, okay Ma? / Oh now he’s raping his own mother, abusing a whore / and snorting coke and we gave him the Rolling Stone’s cover?” (See side) The chorus; “Bitch I’mma kill you / You don’t want to fuck with me,” he’s not holding back at all.

What could arguably be Eminem’s best song  “Stan” starts with Dido singing the chorus and the sound of rain falling can be heard strongly. ”My tea’s gone cold I’m wondering / why I  got out of bed at all.” This song is highly acclaimed and this song is what really pushed Eminem into the spotlight. The name “Stan” has now become a slang-word to mean the obsessed fans; that’s what the song is really about. Four verses long; three of them being the fan Stan and the last one being a reply letter by Eminem. Stan writes continuously to Eminem explaining how he waits for a reply because “you said if I’ll write to you /you would write back.”  In the song, Stan explains how he idolizes Marshall and talks about 24/7.  Eminem doesn’t get a chance to reply and because of this, Stan thinks he’s being ignored and he takes all of it out, and he ends up killing himself, his wife (who is pregnant with his child). The story was brilliant, the beat was simple and great; the song has gone down in history as a classic and nothing else.

The next song is his way to tell the world that he didn’t mean to affect the world the way he did, he made music because that’s his passion. His intentions were not to harm the Earth. “Wake up, get a sense of humor / quit trying to censor music / this is for your kid’s amusement / but don’t blame me when lil’ Eric jumps off of the terrace / apparently you ain’t parents.” He goes on to explain more so how he was just writing things down with a pen, he didn’t mean to ruin anybody’s life.

The second single “The Way I Am” which is famous for him jumping off the building is him singing (or rapping loudly) about the similar to everything he’s already mentioned on the album; him being judged. “I don’t mean to be mean / but that’s all I can be is just me.” His first album was highly attacked by critics; and families as well. “The media immediately points a finger at me so I point one back at ’em,” and what does he do? He’s put up the finger that “you put up when you don’t give a fuck.”

“Will the real Slim Shady stand up?” His first single from the album talks about how he’s looked at different because he’s rapping and he’s white. He goes on saying on how other people are imitating him, “All you other Slim Shady’s are imitating.” This is a classic song with lyrics that are known all over the world, “Of course they gonna know what intercourse is / by the tie they hit fourth grade / they got the Discovery Channel, don’t they?”

The next song “Remember Me” featuring RBX (cousin of the rapper Snoop Dogg who also appears on the album) and Sticky Fingaz (a member of the hip hop group Onyx) starts with a rattling of a spray can. Each rapper starts their verse off with things that they’ve done that have made them famous (at least in the hip-hop industry.) “For this one it’s the X,” RBX goes first and at times he reminds me of rapper Xzibit. Before you even notice, he’s done and Sticky starts, sounding a bit like Busta Rhymes at times. With lyrics like, “my name should be ‘Can’t-Believe-That-Nigga-Said-That-Shit,” this verse will be memorable. In the verse, he says how he promises “the fucking critics I wouldn’t say “fucking” for six minutes,” that did not go through.

After Eminem screams out “Remember Me,” the song instantly changes and he starts singing. Without wasting any time his verse starts: “I murder a rhyme one word at a time / you never heard of a mind as perverted as mine.”  He goes on to say that when he was 12, he was his mommy’s little angel;when he turned 13 that all changed.  With lines like “I used to give a fuck / now I can give a fuck LESS / what do I think success? / It sucks,” the lines would be stuck in your head. “Whatever you say is wrong; whatever I say is right.” His flow stays consistent and well done through out the whole song.

He has a pattern; great songs that have lyrics that prove he can be a lyrical mastermind. Lyrics that will surprise you like, “That’s why we don’t call it Detroit / we call it Amityville / you can get capped after having a cavity filled.” Those songs would be great to listen to but nothing will compare or even prepare you for the 16th song on the CD. Which is easily one of Eminem’s most controversial and most shocking songs; “Kim.”

The infamous song about him killing the mother of his daughter. The song samples “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin and the drums are loud and consistent through out the whole song. For nearly six minutes filled with screaming, impersonations of a women; they all melt together incredibly to make a track filled with chaos and it changes it into something loved by fans, and hated by everyone else. In the song he tells the story of when Kim got drunk and threw up over a friend. In the climax of the song he brings her to the woods and after she tries to run away he catches up with and he screams help for her, “Ah! Somebody help!” A few seconds later he slits her throat and he screams at her as she’s dying, “Bleed bitch, bleed!”

This CD just like every other Eminem is filled with two things; controversy and passion. Whether the passion he has goes into a song like “Kim” or a song released later such as “Mockingbird,” there’s one thing that’s similar; the passion. His passion for his family and his passion for his musical career are in every album he’s every recorded; it’ll be hard to figure out which one is bigger. If one thing is for certain it’s that Marshall Mathers is talented and has been for over ten years. This album was released in the year 200 and it’s being sold constantly; this album is a classic and it well deserves the title that is passed along too easily these days.

Kill You 8.5 / 10

Stan 10 / 10

Who Knew 8.5 / 10

The Way I Am 9.5 / 10

The Real Slim Shady 9 / 10

Remember Me 9 / 10

I’m Back 8.5 / 10

Marshall Mathers 9 / 10

Drug Balled 8.5 / 10

Amityville 8 / 10

Bitch Please II 9 / 10

Kim 9.5 / 10

Under The Influence 9 / 10

Criminal 8.5 / 10

The Marshall Mathers LP 9.5 / 10

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