Eminem
The Slim Shady EP


5.0
classic

Review

by scyther USER (41 Reviews)
September 17th, 2009 | 28 replies | 5,588 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

"If I had a million bucks, it wouldn't be enough I'd still be out robbin' armored trucks."

Do you remember the first time you experienced Eminem? I do, and I was in awe, he had to be one of the most sickeningly interesting musicians I’d ever lent my ears to. One of his records was also the first time I ever heard “skits” used in rap music, and I realized his comedic attraction; he is a “lyrical rapper”, a rapper gifted with both flawless delivery and engrossing poetry and boy did he use that present well. Up until then at least, but this review is about Eminem’s old ***. Judging by desires to run away with his daughter, steal money and stuff his mother in the trunk of a car it was clear he isn’t your typical MTV act, he was only on that channel because of the insane revenue funneling straight out of his mouth. Be advised when listening to this record that the guy who made “Relapse” wasn’t even an idea yet. Here, Em shows us the hilariously edgy persona that allowed him to become a self-caricature. From the SSEP’s confines a two-faced character will either push you away or make you think twice about how far rap can really go. “The Slim Shady EP” is the purest Eminem: gritty, witty, clownish, and downright sad. If you have the time which I know you do, listen to it.

With each impeccable beat comes the psychologically defining battle between the famed rapper and his even more famous alter-ego, Slim Shady. Slim keeps a bigger presence on this, but Eminem himself wrote the two greatest songs you can find here, those being the emotional manifestation If I Had and Murder, Murder. We hear the remorseful Eminem, depression weighing down his voice narrating a slew of ill-fated crimes, or rapping a list of things he wished he had but really didn’t because all things considered, he’ll always be a grudging soul in life. That anger materializes as Slim Shady the adrenaline junky when the foreboding intro transitions into Low Down, Dirty, a masterful braggadocio piece and that may sound like exaggeration, but if it’s this damn good it has to be an art. Eminem’s voice has a rabid illumination about it; he raps with a totally American “give me your attention” accent and he does it well, grasping at feelings that everyone feels on a day to day basis. Listening to Eminem is like dipping into my adolescent memory bank but it’s relevance doesn’t end there – he touches on a sensitive subject: poverty. Every moment of the Slim Shady EP emanates famine, both financially and mentally. A situation best described by one of his best songs, Rock Bottom, which is unfortunately not among these tracks but it doesn’t need to be, because it’s essence already is.

Nearly twelve years ago this extended play was birthed unto the music industry and since it’s mark is still visible. The Slim Shady EP is perfect and despite its age (in the rap world a year is a century) it’s as important as it ever was, and always will be. Eminem was once a preacher for the poor, whose music offered comic relief among harshly stark reality but he didn’t forget that either, because who can? The world is the same as it was in 1997, there are just different talking heads on T.V. Still, young thieves devoid of opportunity run around town chasing freedom while the cops chase them just as fast as their hopeless leap to an almost unreachable haven. Still, people cradle their unloved baby in warm arms and a tear drops on it’s face for her mother or father’s lack of care. And still, somewhere a fantastic ego assumes power when there is none, crashing and burning empty handed. As social commentary this album is a bullseye and as unadulterated hip-hop entertainment it is too. Do you hate what you might think rap really is? I have just the thing for you.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
devsol
September 17th 2009



347 Comments


youre one of my favourite reviewers despite the fact that most of what you review doesnt interest me

although i like eminem

and the first quote you had was better

scyther
September 17th 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks a lot, but the first quote didn't fit the theme of my review very well.

Cliffyb123
September 17th 2009



1 Comments


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Zip
September 17th 2009



5313 Comments


wow. You're an excellent writer.

fireaboveicebelow
September 17th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if only he still had problems to rap about...

cirq
September 26th 2009



9257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn good review... em is a disturbed individual

AtavanHalen
September 26th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is alright I guess but wow way to overrate

scyther
September 26th 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think this is the defining Eminem record. It basically sums up all of his future material in a few songs and a skit with no dialogue. Brilliant? Yes. I also think that all of these songs are indefinably awesome.

AtavanHalen
September 26th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I reckon there were still quite a few things that Eminem, as an overall distinctive sound, needed to work out. This is, essentially, a rough draft.

cirq
September 26th 2009



9257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

christina's boobie

scyther
September 26th 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What else did he need to work out? You got the philosophical poor guy, the unhinged criminal, the caring father who hates his mother, the premier rapper, the storyteller, and the low down, dirty guy who just don't give a fuck. This is essentially the definitive Marshall Mathers.

cirq
September 26th 2009



9257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

doesnt deserve a 5 though...

scyther
September 26th 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

In retrospect, yes it does.

AtavanHalen
September 26th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You think I'm just talking lyrical characters? I'm also talking production and overall cohesive album flow. He hadn't even begun to touch on the genius that would ensue in the glory days of his career, either.

The Marshall Mathers LP is the definitive Marshall Mathers.

Groink
September 26th 2009



761 Comments


Awsome review.

scyther
September 26th 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

In my opinion, bad production and rap music go hand in hand, I couldn't really give a fuck. Probably explains why I love Infinite so much. And as an EP I doubt this was intended to flow, and I do in fact see it as an EP. But production and flow don't make a classic album in the sense that I see this - time does. This EP goes to show that Eminem never did and never will change, and it basks in the wonder that is Eminem, i.e. a harrowing metaphor of good versus evil.

AtavanHalen
September 26th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This EP goes to show that Eminem never did and never will change


Wait...what?

scyther
September 26th 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Each of his latter works grasp at the same metaphor every time: good versus evil. Marshall versus Slim Shady, rehab versus relapse, same thing.

AtavanHalen
September 26th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That doesn't mean he never changed.

scyther
September 26th 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Maybe Marshall Mathers changed but Eminem sure didn't.



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