Eminem
The Slim Shady LP


4.0
excellent

Review

by Phaze USER (5 Reviews)
July 15th, 2011 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I just don't give a fuck.

When Marshall Mathers released The Slim Shady LP on the cold day of February 23, 1999, something happened. Or this is what many Eminem followers choose to believe. More than a decade after its release, the Slim Shady LP showed off a new face in the media; a crude, hilarious, and controversial one. Gone was the Nas and AZ impersonator from Infinite, or the struggling rapper from his older group, Soul Intent. However, the rapper was ambitious enough to escape a naturally unhappy life in his music. He had gone through struggles during childhood, like abuse, welfare, and so on, not to mention being incredibly poor. With the release of Slim Shady LP, it turned Eminem from an average MC to a respected solo artist. But at the time, it spit lyrical fire more aggressively than anything else, to some.

Even nowadays, people consider The Marshall Mathers LP to be notorious for pushing the rapper from a big name to a massive one, becoming universally hailed as one of the best solo artists of our decade. Not true. Even if the MM LP was never released, Marshall would have been big just with the Slim Shady LP. There was a lot of story-telling in the songs, and it was different from mainstream rap at the time. It still may be. He didn't just rhyme words, he rhymed entire sentences. It went triple platinum in the first few months alone, and charted incredibly high at the Billboard Top LPs and Tapes, naturally impressive for a debut. (Though Infinite could be considered a debut, though that alone was bootleg enough)

Marshall Mathers aka "Slim Shady" - The Slim Shady LP
Aftermath Records, February 1999, Hip Hop


Setting the tone in the album, above all others, is the dark humor. As I had mentioned before, Eminem began to incorporate storytelling elements in his songs. He used the Slim Shady persona he created during time in his rap group, D12, and recorded an album after getting noticed by Dr. Dre, after the release of the Slim Shady EP and his high spot in the 1997 Rap Olympics. This album showed off more of an underground style, created some kind of element that nobody have ever heard of before then. It's got a lot of wit for a rap album, and not an easy one to listen to.

Tracks like As The World Turns and Brain Damage are great showcases of said storytelling, and humor. The explosive rhymes and literary are shocking upon first entry, which make tracks like My Name Is seem incredibly weak. The former tale of Eminem attacking two women in a unique style, while still able to keep the flow, is simply incredible. The latter deals with more dark humor in Brain Damage, which deals with Eminem's popularity for getting beaten by bullies (one of which is now consistently getting in trouble), and his abusive mother. (He's able to rhyme orange with four inch, door hinge, and foreign. How creative)

More tracks like My Name Is, I'm Shady, and Cum on Everybody show off usual Eminem insanity, though the sillier tracks here tend to drag on and become more annoying then likable. The former is a real burner, which is ironic considering that My Name Is was an integral part of the LP, as it was Eminem's most popular single ever, at the time. Shock tactics are sometimes used, and are a mixed bag. In one hand, shock tactics on the album are sometimes funny as hell (Hillary Clinton tried to slap me and call me a pervert, I took her ***ing tonsils out and fed her sherbert), or sometimes just a plain eye-roller (I'll *** anything that walks), which is one of the low points of the album.

The memorable moments on the Slim Shady LP come when the creativity comes in. The two guest stars, Dr. Dre and Royce da 5'9, are not filler at all. Their respective work on the classics Guilty Conscience and Bad Meets Evil both earned them a friendship with the rapper. The former showed off a classic angel-devil conscience situation, further showing Eminem's scriptwriting skills, and the latter showing off some of the most intelligent moments on the album. Tracks like Still Don't Give a F*ck show off a more angsty side of the album, with a sick flow that can rarely be topped. The softer moment of If I Had is one of the more serious parts of it, dealing with Marshall's desire to be rich (which is ironic, because 10 years later he's called the best solo artist of the decade).

One more powerful advantage this album has is the magical production of Dr. Dre and Aftermath. Unlike the mess made of later albums, the Slim Shady LP is crisp throughout. The beats are unlike anything heard in rap, like Bad Meets Evil's glockenspiel melodies over some hard bass, Still Don't Give a F*ck's simple but haunting guitar riff (similar to the title track of the Marshall Mathers LP), and Role Model's almost underwater sound. Dr. Dre always was an astounding producer, and this album shows off some of his best work. So major props to Dre for that.

This album is sometimes considered modern day poetry. But it's not. The skits are worthless, and somehow cut the flow of the album. If you exclude aforementioned skits, the album is a shorter fourteen tracks. Some raps like My Name Is tend to degrade, making it harder to listen to. But the Slim Shady LP is not exactly a grower: there's something here everyone can enjoy. It's incredibly witty, creative, and dark. Tracks like Brain Damage, My Fault, As the World Turns, and Bad Meets Evil can all highlight Still Don't Give a F*ck, therefore making it a ride throughout the entire album. If you could take out a couple of tracks or skits, the album would be near flawless. Slim Shady LP is the Eminem record by which all others must be judged (sans the MM LP).

Quote:
A lot of people ask me.. am I afraid of death..
Hell yeah I'm afraid of death
I don't want to die yet
A lot of people think.. that I worship the devil..
that I do all types of.. retarded ***
Look, I can't change the way I think
And I can't change the way I am
But if I offended you? Good
Cause I still don't give a ***
4/5

Recommended Tracks:

The album as a whole is enjoyable. Nothing exactly here I can recommend.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
rapsucks
July 15th 2011


32 Comments


Dude come on, I thought I told you mainstream rap SUCKED.

Good review though

Idnuf
July 15th 2011


1491 Comments


My Name Is and Guilty Conscience were both huge hits, the album went quadruple platinum. Being mainstream isn't about content

Idnuf
July 15th 2011


1491 Comments


I completely agree, they're my two least favorite tracks but you were talking about the album not being mainstream which it clearly is. Anyway great album, If I Had, Rock Bottom, and Still Don't Give a Fuck (especially) are all some of my most played Em tracks

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2011


31340 Comments


Error in summary

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2011


31340 Comments



Fuck. Call 911, they'll fix this.


Is your phone broken?

taylormemer
July 15th 2011


4917 Comments


Couldn't laugh.

taylormemer
July 15th 2011


4917 Comments


It is pointless to resist.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2011


31340 Comments


I'm not trying to be funny at all. All I'm saying is it doesn't look very good if you have an error in your summary, the piece of writing that sets up your entire review

I'm not going to get everywhere if you nitpick over every little thing.


I think you mean anywhere and yes, improving will help you

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2011


31340 Comments


Then don't put a single 1 in the summary and I or someone else won't need to point it out

WashboardSuds
July 15th 2011


5018 Comments


you want serious constructive criticism? get rid of the 1 in your summary.
seriously it just looks unprofessional

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2011


31340 Comments


Well you can act like a little bitch or you can take the criticism/suggestions

ShadowRemains
July 15th 2011


21021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me princess


god, you are such an insufferable dipshit


Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

shrapnel
July 15th 2011


735 Comments


If you're trying to be funny, you're failing. Miserably.

because pointing out mistakes = trying to be funny

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2011


31340 Comments


Pointing out that you should proof read your reviews before publishing is criticism dumbass

taylormemer
July 16th 2011


4917 Comments


Phaze you are quickly devouring your own relevence by tying to continue this. It's like in the list where you tried to subtly pass off your outcries as sarcasm...

If the '1' was there as a form of leetspeak, then you should have said this earlier, otherwise, yes fix it and don't sook like a baby. I know Dev has evolved into perhaps the most acutely blunt user after Tyler Munro to have used the site, but that doesn't make your argument any stronger.

As a whole, your writing needs to move away from its running commentary style. There are also, a few grammatical errors, and some tense problems. I can't be bothered pointing them out individually, but likewise a proof wound have sufficed, perhaps a read-out-aloud also...?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2011


31340 Comments


I know Dev has evolved into perhaps the most acutely blunt user after Tyler Munro to have used the site, but that doesn't make your argument any stronger.


Hey I'm subtle sometimes

taylormemer
July 16th 2011


4917 Comments


We did. You just had to restart it.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2011


31340 Comments


Way to fuck that one up Sonic

Satellite
July 16th 2011


20822 Comments


Even if the MM LP was never released, Marshall would of been big just with the Slim Shady LP

*have
though the more sillier tracks here tend

either go with "more silly" or "sillier," but not both.
One more powerful advantage this album has, is the magical production of Dr. Dre and Aftermath.

get rid of that comma
...Slim Shady LP is the Eminem record by which all others must be judged (sans the MM LP)...

sans means "without." i think you mean "not including" or "aside from."

random
July 16th 2011


2267 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My Name Is is my jam.



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