Eminem
The Slim Shady LP


4.5
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Review

by ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin USER (142 Reviews)
June 6th, 2012 | 14 replies | 1,865 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The weaker of three classics

4 of 9 thought this review was well written

In 1999, Eminem's stretch of perfect albums began with The Slim Shady LP. After the mediocre debut in Infinite, Eminem had done just enough to secure a small fanbase, but it was with this album that he would really get known as being a great lyricist and fantastic rapper. This was where his dark humour was at his peak, but lyrically is not quite on the level of the two that would follow. This is also Eminem with the trademark violence that he would essentially ditch on his later albums in favour of more acceptable lyrics. Now, before the review starts, it would be unfair to compare this to the two titans that followed it, for it is nowhere near on the level of those, nor is the style quite similar. No, this will not be stacked up against The Marshall Mathers LP or The Eminem Show. Instead, the standard for this is the rest of his discography as well as music in general.

"Don't Even Listen To Slim, He's Bad For You", claims Dr Dre on the track Guilty Conscience, and he really was not joking. Lines such as "Hi kids, do you like violence?" are prominent throughout this album, which is just one example of the dark lyrics coated with dark humour that can be found throughout this record. Another one of my personal favourites would be "how you gonna breast feed me, mom, you aint got no tits". Lines like these are so shocking that they are funny, and that is the real genius behind this album.

Whilst the beats and flow of this album are not perfect, the lyrics are fantastic and constantly funny throughout. The rusty flow is best displayed on If I Had, which is one of the weaker tracks on the album, but that is not to say it is bad. Because, once again, the lyrics save this from the depths it could have gone to. The most amazing thing about this album is that is is not even close to being his best. Both his next projects would top it in every form except the humour. Lyrically, they both flaw it, but the humour is not as good as on here.

My personal favourite off of this abum is definately My Name Is. This song is the most hilarious song he has ever written, and one of the best songs he has ever done. This is, flow-wise, one of the stronger cuts off the album, and the lyrics are just insane. The beat to it is powerful enough, and the production, as with the rest of this album, is fairly crisp but still keeps the dark but funny atmosphere found in the lyrics.

Eminem's voice on this album is by far his best. It is this that lets the funny lines in the song shine through amidst the rest of the violent insanity. He is young and really sounds it on this album.

Congratulations, Marshall Mathers, you have began your three album home stretch to impossibility.



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KILL
June 6th 2012



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

amzazing album!

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2012



31047 Comments


This was where his dark humour was at his peak,


*its peak

No, this will not be stacked up against The Marshall Mathers LP or The Eminem Show.


You already compared them in the summary....

Instead, the standard for this is the rest of his discography as well as music in general.


So now you plan to ignore the two albums that follow but compare this to the rest of his albums? Are you an idiot???

Another one of my personal favourites would be "how you gonna breast feed me, mom, you aint got no tits".


No one cares

The rusty flow is best displayed on If I Had, which is one of the weaker tracks on the album, but that is not to say it is bad.


What is rusty about it? You never say

The most amazing thing about this album is that is is not even close to being his best.


Lol, I hope the crux of your review isn't just based on hindsight

Terrible review

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BigBlob
June 6th 2012



1632 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing review.

chambered49
June 6th 2012



1727 Comments


lol dev

Killerhit
June 6th 2012



5249 Comments


This review told me more than my books ever did

random
June 6th 2012



2261 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love this album.

ItsOnlyWords
June 6th 2012



369 Comments


commando devanator

SaneTBP
June 6th 2012



1680 Comments


rhymes nicely

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SaneTBP
June 6th 2012



1680 Comments


oh but I was talking about the LP

SaneTBP
June 6th 2012



1680 Comments


fine.

Rastapunk
June 6th 2012



729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dev you're kind of harsh on this one...

KILL
June 6th 2012



71087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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J0ckstrapsFTW
June 6th 2012



3652 Comments


Lol

ViperAces
December 13th 2012



12382 Comments


how did i miss that



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