Eminem
The Slim Shady LP


5.0
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Review

by GeorgeNelson USER (21 Reviews)
February 10th, 2013 | 41 replies | 2,072 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In 'The Slim Shady LP' Eminem finds an exceptional balance between mania, darkness and comedy. He's a weirdo, but a clever weirdo.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

‘The Slim Shady LP’ is strange. Through awkwardness and psychedelic mania, Eminem creates a masterpiece. (Actually, it’s sort of interesting in the Philosophy of Aesthetics!) He unifies humor and menace exceptionally; we’re uncomfortable, but in a good way.

What’s so good here is that Eminem’s authentic. I like Tyler, the Creator, I really do, but he’s always felt like a less genuine Slim Shady. Both tell ***ed up stories and both are fictitious – the majority of ‘The Slim Shady LP’ is Eminem portraying his Slim Shady alter-ego. I don’t like sounding as if I’m glad Eminem struggled, but his music is better because of it. He’s a weirdo shaped by trauma: an addict and, before his studio albums, a manic-depressive. Talk about re-channeling – he’s converted this wounding into an illuminative voice.

Eminem’s rapping is brilliant. Intricate rhyme schemes reflect his frantic persona. ‘Role Model’ is a personal favorite – it’s packed with outrageous punches that mask a sinister subject matter. Slim uses his erratic and excited flows to build an atmosphere that’s uneasy, but funny.

“I’m not a playa, Just an ill rhyme-say-a, That’ll spray-a aerosol can up at the O-zone layer.”

‘The Slim Shady LP’ is menacing, offensive and intelligent, and Dre and the Bass Brothers do an outstanding job of reflecting this in the production. Having said this, there are crucial interjections of comedy – Eminem’s a self-proclaimed wiseass. This is a wicked mix. Honestly, some of it’s laugh-out-loud funny and it’s not the juvenile ephemera about on ‘Recovery’; skillful storytelling is designed as the backdrop for hilarious ravings, I’m thinking of ‘My Fault’:

“Dave! Pull up ya pants! We need an ambulance! There’s a girl upstairs talking to plants!”

What’s more, Em’s voice is ideal. His weedy, high-pitched awkwardness gives him his presence, and this allows him to pull off threatening moments ably. He’s a victim – in his own words, a “scrawny looking white boy”, but this gives him a peculiar unpredictability. He warps his discomfited style into Eminem mega-hooks; ultra catchy sing-songs that heighten the mania. I mean, Slim’s a devilish character, epitomized on ‘Guilty Conscience’: he’s the ultimate bad influence and his abuse of responsibility made headlines. But freaky as he is, we find ourselves siding with this bad guy: Em’s a lovable rebel and idol to all defiant and self-conflicted teens.

The album’s not perfect. It’s too intensely introspective in places – ‘Brain Damaged’ is an awesome song, but his droning goes a bit OTT. Despite this, ‘The Slim Shady LP’ remains a classic: Eminem had a lot to say, and he said it well.



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KILL
February 10th 2013



70621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rule

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demigod!
February 10th 2013



43891 Comments


yeah this albums pretty sweet

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foxblood
February 10th 2013



6797 Comments


never listened to any of his albums, should i

demigod!
February 10th 2013



43891 Comments


his early stuff is pretty gr8
everything up to and including the Marshall Mathers LP

sixdegrees
February 10th 2013



16838 Comments


agreed

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foxblood
February 10th 2013



6797 Comments


i'll listen to the marshall mathers lp, i've been curious about it for a long time since i can't fathom how he could make an album deserving of a 4.3 average, some of the best hip hop albums ever aren't nearly that high

KILL
February 10th 2013



70621 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

who the fuck hasnt heard the mm lp i mean seriously whatin the fuckuefbhwen

demigod!
February 10th 2013



43891 Comments


MM LP is a bit overrated but its still really good. i gave it a 4, had it 4.5'd for a bit though


Cygnatti
February 10th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

MMLP would be an easy 5 if it weren't for dat filler

but it has tons of standouts that go hard

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demigod!
February 10th 2013



43891 Comments


yeah it does have some filler which brings it down

bach
February 10th 2013



11966 Comments


Na na na na na.

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pissbore
February 10th 2013



9935 Comments


who the fuck hasn't heard infinite and the slim shady EP

foxblood
February 10th 2013



6797 Comments


if an album has thousands of votes chances are i haven't heard it

demigod!
February 10th 2013



43891 Comments


so hip!!

foxblood
February 10th 2013



6797 Comments


i know right! i only listen to shoegaze that's not in the database until i add it

demigod!
February 10th 2013



43891 Comments


wheres that shoegaze list btw

Cygnatti
February 10th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

loveless has >1000 votes

liar >:/

foxblood
February 10th 2013



6797 Comments


yeah there's always exceptions i mean obviously i've heard tons of popular stuff, was mostly joking. working on the list right now, i've had to add literally about 70 albums to the db so it's taking forever

Cygnatti
February 10th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I add a bunch to the db too

it becomes like a 2 minute affair once you start forgoing the tracklist

foxblood
February 10th 2013



6797 Comments


just counted, 25/100 albums were not added by me. i always add the tracklist, i try to do a proper job.
also sorry to the reviewer for completely derailing this thread so quickly



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