Eminem
Straight From the Lab


4.0
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Review

by HughHarper USER (2 Reviews)
September 6th, 2009 | 2 replies | 4,151 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although it could've been longer, this album contains great production and lyrics with little filler.

This little mixtape was put out on the streets in 2003 and contains some great tracks.

The album starts out with "Monkey See, Monkey Do", a one verse track dissing Ja Rule. Nothing too interesting here.

"We As Americans" attacks the president and government like "Mosh" does. Backed by a pretty badass beat, the track is about using lethal force to protect yourself in life threatening situations and insults police officers for arresting people who were simply just trying not to get killed. I also find it kinda funny that Secret Service investigated Eminem and this song because of a couple lines in the second verse they feel threatened the president:
"*** money / I don't rap for dead presidents / I'd rather see the president dead"

"Love You More" is one of my favorite Eminem songs. It contains moody pianos over a pretty cool drum beat. This song, and "We As Americans" appeared on a bonus CD that came with Em's fourth album, Encore.

"Can-I-Bitch" is just terrible. It's basically just a diss to rapper Canibus. It has a couple funny lines, but the rest are stupid. For example the chorus states:
"Can-I-Bitch, oh Can-I-Bitch
Wherefore art thou Can-I-Bitch?
Please tell me what happened with
That style that you were rappin' with
Can-I-Bitch, oh Can-I-Bitch
Are you from Los Angeles?
New York or just a janitor
From Canada? Oh Can-I-Bitch"

"Can-I-Bitch" probably made you wanna throw up, but the albums gets right back on track with "Bully". The first verse disses Benzino, co-owner of the Source magazine. The second is a diss to Ja Rule, who was previously dissed on "Monkey See, Monkey Do". The third verse talks about the state of hip-hop music with legends like 2Pac and the Notorious B.I.G. dead.

"Come on In" is another track talking about the state of hip-hop. It features his crew, D12 which give almost equally great raps. The track was renamed to "6 in the Morning" and was re-released on D12's second album, D12 World.

"Doe Rae Me" is the final track and one of the best. It features D12 (again) and Obie Trice. Eminem lays back and only does the chorus while he lets the other Detroit MC's lyrically murder Ja Rule. The track ends comically with Eminem's daughter, Hailie, asking "Daddy, is Ja Rule taller than me?" to which Eminem replies "No honey, you guys are the same size". Note that this song is also referred to as "Hailie's Revenge".

Suggested downloads : "Love You More", "Bully", "Doe-Rae-Me"


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fireaboveicebelow
September 6th 2009



6837 Comments


sounds good getting now

druglesshippie
September 6th 2009



182 Comments


And people think I'm a bad writer...

Anyways, an EP is not an album. So if it was longer. It wouldn't have the title that is on it.



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