Eminem
Straight From the Lab


3.5
great

Review

by the_accents USER (11 Reviews)
May 24th, 2006 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Okay, so this album is just fun. It's the disk that "never was" - it was a teaser Eminem made to hold off bootlegs of his upcoming "Encore". The tracks on it were all fresh when he released them, although some eventually got on to Disk 2 of Encore.

It's always fun to see Eminem playing around. Since it was an EP, he didn't have the pressure of release the next big thing. All the tracks show Eminem doing what he does best - playing with infinite loops and knocking the *** out of words and phrases. It's a surprising tape - a mix of "The Eminem Show", "8 Mile" and "Encore". If you didn't like any other of the above - perhaps you're into his earlier works - you won't really like this disk.

The tracks are either overly exited ("Can-I-Bitch" or "Doe Ray Me") or they're gloomy and down ("We as Americans", "Bully") It's pretty unique stuff. Let's start with the beats. Eminem has got respect from the likes of Jay Z and his mentor Dr. Dre for producing some snazzy beats. He keeps the bandwagon rolling on this one; "I Love You More", "Bully", "Monkey See Monkey Do", "Come On In" and, especially, "Can-I-Bitch" are tracks with flashy, catchy sounds. Interloped with Em's most hyper lyrics spit on any of his records, it's a good combo.

The lyrics are dope. I'm not just saying that because he's Eminem, and has enough of a posse that reviewers should fear for their life if they say something bad. And Im not just saying that because Eminem used to be top on my favorite musician list. I'm saying it because it's true; the words come quick and are spit machinegun style. However, don't expect hilarious - this ain't "Slim Shady LP". Expect - tough twisters? Sure. Eminem is really stretching the capabilities of a single sentence, always trying to fit more and more words into a phrase. The effect works.

If you've got Encore, and most people reading this probably have, you can pretty much skip "Monkey See Monkey Do" and "We As Americans" - not much different than the CD version. Check out these though;

"Can-I-Bitch"
I don't know what's going on with Eminem and his words, but he's really re-inventing a sentence. About five thoughts and five hundred words are squeezed into each one of his phrases; all filled with quirky rhymes and small punch lines. I don't know what it is - but it sure is impressive and rolls of his tough into your ears.

"Doe Ray Me"
Again, a hot flow, both on the instrumental and vocal side.

Definitely check this tape out. It's hot, feels unmasked, and is pretty much un-censored to any "beef" he's been having. There are enough cheap shots in here to keep you listening. If you want more underground tunes by Eminem - underground is where he's most comfortable - check out his radio sessions on Sirius.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Two-Headed Boy
May 24th 2006


4527 Comments


Wow, you're review is short. It's on the money, though, good job. :thumb:

I've been juggling with the idea of getting his singles collection.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2006


16089 Comments


You should, it's a rather strong collection.
Pretty good review, it's kinda funny to see someone actually using "hip hop lingo" in their reviews.

Hatshepsut
May 24th 2006


1997 Comments


Oh so true
Three Eminem reviews in one day :eek: that's hot. Pretty good one here, even though it's short.

the_accents
May 24th 2006


38 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a good collection, man. It's also got "Stan's Mixtape", which i thought was cute of Eminem to do!

Two-Headed Boy
May 24th 2006


4527 Comments


Back off, man, "Hip Hop Lingo" is my catchphrase.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2006


16089 Comments


Yo nigga, I'll put a stop to your shenanigans with this simple statement: AVA is hip hop.

Two-Headed Boy
May 24th 2006


4527 Comments


...hm.

the_accents
May 24th 2006


38 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Word.

Hatshepsut
May 24th 2006


1997 Comments


When was the last time you heard a nigga say shenanigans.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2006


16089 Comments


[quote=Iluvatar]
Yo nigga, I'll put a stop to your shenanigans with this simple statement: AVA is hip hop.[/quote]

Hatshepsut
May 24th 2006


1997 Comments


:lol:

Burn2Burn
May 23rd 2008


2378 Comments


'Bully' is pretty much awesome

RFitzpatrick
June 24th 2010


27 Comments


Eminem's mixtape stuff is his best work, though it tends to be his angriest. Monkey See Monkey Do has a pounding beat and aggressive tone, I'm a fan of it, and Bully doesn't sound like anything else he's done before or since. If you like Eminem's albums, go out and find some of his mixtape tracks, they are untouchable

SCREAM!
November 7th 2010


10104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eminem sounds so pissed here i love this shit

Someone please start a rap career just to diss him a few times and get him pissed again so we can hear some good again

1ChrisRock
July 28th 2011


101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome, Eminem dissed Ja Rule/Murder Inc. here and Source Magazine/Benzino.
It all shows what Em is capable of doing in a beef, destroy your "career"



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