Turning the music world on its head, Eminem, the blond-haired rapper from Detroit, forced the hip-hop world to accept him as an equal. Despite lyrics full of anger, misogyny, violence, racism, and homophobia, Eminem has been a major commercial success since his debut in 1999, selling records as no black rapper with similar lyrical content ever could. Considered by many a "rapper's rapper," the Dr. Dre-sponsored Eminem has accomplished the seemingly impossible--platinum sales with street cred intact, largely due to his triplet-based rhyme meter and undeniable narrative skill.
DISC 1 for The Marshall Mathers (Vinyl) Album
Japanese exclusive limited version featuring a bonus CD with remixes & video clips. Limited to 20000 copies. Differs from the Asian version.
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? On Eminem''s sophomore album, he can''t decide who he wants to be: the deranged pseudo-psycho of the Slim Shady LP, or a nice guy who just likes to rhyme about slicing and dicing his girlfriend ("Kim"). Of course, according to Eminem, he''s just kidding. He refuses to take responsibility for the misogynistic, homophobic bile he spews, whining that he''s the victim of people who don''t get his unique sense of humor. It''s good old America''s fault if the kids aren''t alright (Eminem blames bad parenting), and he''s just capitalizing on Uncle Sam''s dark side. On the Marshall Mathers LP, he''s ambivalent about his fame, angry at his life, pissed off that people take him seriously, and fightin'' mad at boy bands--and a lot of other white people. But the blue-eyed brat is acutely aware of his status as rap''s resident alien: he has the most offensive mouth running, but never uses the "N" word. He gives lyrical love to tragic (black) legends like Tupac and Biggie while dissing white rappers hard. Even sitting duck Puffy gets the kid-gloves treatment. Of course, Eminem is an interesting, witty rapper, and there''s some nice production on this CD, courtesy of Dr. Dre and others. But the hatred in Eminem''s rhymes makes the album rotten at its core. And his protests that Slim Shady is just a persona become less convincing with each arrest. Then again, Eminem''s got it hard: he''s rich, famous, white, and male. --Lizz Mendez Berry
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