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The Slim Shady LP

Eminem

1999

The Slim Shady LP

Album Summary

The Slim Shady LP is the second studio album by American rapper Eminem. It was released on February 23, 1999, by Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. Recorded in Ferndale, Michigan following Eminem's recruitment by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the album features production from Dr. Dre, Bass Brothers, and Eminem himself. Featuring West Coast hip hop, G-funk and horrorcore musical styles, the majority of The Slim Shady LP's lyrical content is written from the perspective of Eminem's alter ego, named Slim Shady, whom he created on the Slim Shady EP (1997). The Slim Shady LP contains cartoonish depictions of violence and heavy use of profanity, which Eminem described as horror film-esque, in that it is solely for entertainment value. Although many of the lyrics on the album are considered to be satirical, Eminem also depicts his frustrations of living in poverty. The Slim Shady LP debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, just below TLC's FanMail, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It received commercial and critical success, with critics praising Eminem for his unique lyrical style, dark humor lyrics, and eccentric personality. The first single, "My Name Is", became Eminem's first entry on the Billboard Hot 100. The album won Best Rap Album at the 2000 Grammy Awards, while "My Name Is" won Best Rap Solo Performance. In 2000, The Slim Shady LP was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). While The Slim Shady LP's success turned Eminem from an underground rapper into a high-profile celebrity, he became a highly controversial figure due to his lyrical content, which some perceived to be misogynistic and a negative influence on U.S. youth. Despite this, the album has since been included in several publications' lists of the greatest albums of all time.

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Rating

3.37

Votes

5405

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Thu May 13 2021
5

Rhymes within rhymes within rhymes. All the shlocky, edgelord premises are there so Em can play with sounds. “I smacked him in his FACE with an ERASer, CHASed him with a STAPler and told him to CHANGE the GRADE on the PAPer.” It’s not overstating it (it is?) to say that Mr Mathers has a Shakespearian ability to quibble on the sounds of words, taking endless delight in embedding sounds and concepts that come back and slide away and return to tie it all together. Here, he is hiding his light (incredible ability to quibble endlessly on sounds) under a bushel (his obnoxious, hostile personas).

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Thu May 13 2021
4

’97 Bonnie & Clyde isn’t the weakest song here, but it does represent the main drawback: that Eminem hasn’t yet found his register for stories that exorcise his (and 50% of the world’s) violent misogyny. That came once he was a global cause celebre and had the genius to make the Public Eye the prism at the centre of his nakedly honest, frighteningly violent real-or-fantasy bizzare-o-world. But I digress. If ’97 Bonnie and Clyde leaves room for growth and If I Had and Rock Bottom are the residue of previous attempts at gritty East Coast rap, that leaves My Name Is, Role Model, My Fault, Cum On Everybody, Just/Still Don’t Give a Fuck, As the World Turns, I’m Shady and Bad Meets Evil (plus a handful more) as the most outrageously cartoonish, wickedly funny and violently deranged version of Eminem we’d ever get. While it was still possible for him to be this detached, going to the far reaches of his imagination is as refreshing for me as it was cathartic for him. And the images that stand out are the same ones that burnt into my brain when I was a teenager lying on my bed playing Pokémon Blue and spinning this on repeat. Eminem slapping Garth Brooks out of his limestone shirt, standing next to the Loch Ness monster at Kid Rock’s next concert, as an extra-terrestrial running over pedestrians while they’re screaming at him “Let’s just be friends”, wearing a bulletproof vest and shooting himself in the head, having full blown aids and a sore throat, activating his gadget dick, supporting abortion, putting his guinea pig in the microwave, dressing like Les Nessman, putting air in a bag and charging people to breathe, murdering the alphabet. I could just say it’s all in good fun and shouldn’t be taken seriously, but double guessing his sincerity is half the fun. More importantly, it’d mean ignoring that he announces himself with a PSA followed by the immortal “Hi kids”. For all his not giving a fuck, he always wanted his music to be a dialectic. Take it seriously.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Absolute game changer. There had never been anything quite like it. You couldn’t not take note. Brash, funny, outlandish, such funny lyrics, so much energy. Dre’s mastermind production elevates this to an all time Hiphop classic.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
3

This is funnier than I remember but also horrible

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Fri Jan 22 2021
1

Has not aged well at all. Too many references about rape for me. Have never been a huge fan of his, even less so now. Seems like shock and awe for controversy's sake. Much prefer Kanye or 50 Cent. Now I realise why parents were worried about their children listening to this. Rightly so

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Mon May 02 2022
1

Yeah...so...I know Eminem has some great music but this wasn't it. The beats were good, and he obviously has amazing rhyming capabilities, but the lyrics are just so so SO cringy. The violence and the misogyny reveal an immaturity that is off-putting. My feelings for this album is the embodiment of Schmidt saying: "Youths!"

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Wed Nov 04 2020
5

Classic innit, love this album

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

A horrific masterpiece. His rhymes are simpler but maybe less offensive than MM LP. When taken as a cartoon or a work of fiction it good fun.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

It’s dark AF but I find myself regularly chuckling/sniggering/snickering to his rhymes. An individual style, totally blew my brains when it first came out and scared the bajingo out of me. I think I’m still a bit scared actually. God, I’m scared of Eminem. I’m scared of what he’ll do to me when he reads this. He’ll tear it apart and then he’ll mime blowing my brains out and I’ll start crying and quivering at his feet and he won’t care one jot.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

Bon album mais aucune envie de m'étaler dessus, on tourne la page on passe à autre chose.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Okay SO! Did I enjoy the sound of this album? Yes definitely! Did I enjoy some of the lyrics? Yes! Did I enjoy all of the lyrics? Fuck no! (but that's kind of the point right?) Eminem's storytelling is so good and the songs are so catchy it does hold my attention, even if the misogyny does get a bit tiring. Last couple of songs lost me a bit but otherwise I enjoyed this more than I expected

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Sat Jul 03 2021
3

What an album. This isn't THE Eminem yet. Proto-Eminem, really. You can hear some of the pieces that he's putting in place for Marshall Mathers LP. This is...goofier than later stuff and it's clear that he's not entirely sure who he wants to be.

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Sat May 22 2021
2

Dude is definitely a lyric genius, but DAMN on the content. Just not for me.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
2

This hasn't aged well. Some of the lyrics are almost embarrassing.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

This album has not aged well

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Mon Mar 29 2021
1

0 - I fully acknowledge that ppl love Eminem and that this album is technically good. I even used to be a fan. But as a grown ass gay person, I fucking hate Eminem and the shit he spews out of his mouth about the LGBT community and women in his art.

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Thu May 13 2021
1

Was excited to listen to this again, it's been years. Production is unreal and Eminems skills are undeniable. However, 97 Bonnie and Clyde is a fucking nightmare of a song. Found it funny and crazy when I was 9, it's beyond wrong now. Ruined my enjoyment of this whole album. Gave up after that.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Another amazing album. Brilliantly produced, fantastic baselines and incredible lyrics. Another favourite album of mine with only one tune on it that I don't absolutely love. Even the skits are good.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

It's still shocking, it's still nasty, it's still dark, it's still funny. It's all a joke, Slim Shady is just a character, we all get that but it still really doesn't sit well in the woke 21st century, and probably rightly so. An album so fucked up that Marilyn Manson thought it was too over the top for him to appear on. That said, it's still an astonishing album, a true hip-hop classic. There aren't many out there with the rap dexterity, the writerly precision and the comedy timing of peak-era Marshall Mathers.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

Yeah, this was explosive when it came out. I was in college, and everyone was obsessed with Eminem and this album. Being from Michigan, it was even more of an impact. There's no denying the impact and influence Eminem has had since this debut. The speed of his verses and rhymes are crazy, and he also put humor up front in his persona. The Eminem moniker allows him to skewer society in horrendous and crazy ways, but the satire is clear (regardless of all the critics).

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

You know you’re in for something intense just by the cover alone. Slim battle raps his way through some of the best punchlines hip hop had seen. Incredible word play. It’s comical, outrageous, pushing buttons, pushing limits, politically incorrect and something that the world obviously wasn’t ready for. Dre and Em are a sick match together and they created some real fire that still burns hot now. Some of it hasn’t aged well but the vast majority is timeless. Top 5 1 my name is 2 role model 3 if I had 4 just don’t give a fuck 5 bad meets evil

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Some very comedic parts coupled with very dark sections. A great listen - lots of great production and obviously talented rapping

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

‘The Slim Shady LP’ is generally as funny as it is horrifying, but its true genius lies is in trying to figure out whether Eminem was being sincere or just taking the piss. Turns out it was a bit of both. Where the album falls down a bit is in its somewhat hit and miss production and overly long length. At its best however, Eminem’s imagination and storytelling ability is both amazing and outrageous, with an angry and urgent, but often humorous hallucinogenic quality and a sense of danger you don’t often get anymore from an artist, especially on their debut.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
3

I was expecting to like this a lot more than I actually did. At the time, this was groundbreaking, but seemed almost cliche today. Unfair? Maybe. But I’m giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️ anyway.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

Honestly, this didn't age as well as I thought it would. I know that, when it came out, it was somewhat groundbreaking and I appreciate the injection of comedic and lighthearted storytelling elements into a genre that, at the time, was preoccupied with being "hard" above all. But it's just not that great 20+ years later. There are still good moments and solid hooks in here and "My Name Is" is still a fun joint. But it's not enough to pull it above a middling 3-star score.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Man this is both raunchy AND dark. Good beats, but dang this is not good lyrics. Yeah kinda what I said already. I just don't like his lyrics. Which is unfortunate cuz the sound is good.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
2

oof. did not age well, I know it was edgy back then too but I felt dirty even listening to it. still had a few good bars so 2 stars instead of 1 but good lord the pearl clutchers were right to hate this dude

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Mon Oct 25 2021
2

This one seemed to be going big for shock value. Some clever rhymes but pretty much nonsense for the most part. Had a time and place, best left there.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
2

Can't be doing with his "ironic", "humorous" misogynistic violence. Even if he is claiming it's all done in character. The music is potentially good, but lyrically it's just unpleasant.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
2

I can understand using art to express states of mind like extreme frustration or anger. But, to make a huge understatement, I think fantasizing about disposing of your wife's dead body is not entertainment and is a misapplication of creativity and talent. He committed that not only to this record but to the record of his character for all time. And frankly I can't see past it. I acknowledge the importance of this record but I have no appetite for it at all.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
2

I thought I didn't really like Eminem. Now I know I don't really like Eminem.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

This has not aged well. The two singles are fine and I won't skip them if they came up in a mix. The rest of the album is weird reminder of what was Edgy in 1999.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
1

This did not age well.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
1

That was pretty awful. Not for me, anyway.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
1

puerile ramblings haven't aged well

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Wed Jan 19 2022
1

Eminem tells us all about what a fucking horrible person he is and then throws himself a little pity party. Sucks to be you skittles but I don't need to hear about your rape and murder fantasies. Some of the beats were ok but definitely not good enough to make up for the shitty rapping. This album should have stayed in the 90's.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
1

I didn't think I disliked Eminem as much as I apparently do (or at least dislike this album.) I've heard some of his singles, I saw 8 Mile and liked it, and remember when he and Elton John played the Grammys, which I thought was fairly powerful. So I was expecting a hip-hop/rap album that, while I admit isn't my favorite genre, would be a fun listen and at least tolerable. But wow, I couldn't have been more wrong. The album starts off strong, with My Name Is, a crossover hit that you couldn't escape and still can't. But then, from there, it devolves into an album that's A. Way to long B. Way to repetitive C. Way to violent for no reason I'm not sure who finds listening to this enjoyable. At least in, say, a horror movie, you aren't rooting for the killer. Maybe it was a product of the late 90s, but the violence, hatred, and misogyny is just too much to get over for me. It was honeslty hard to listen to the whole thing. Not a fan.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
1

Had to suffer through this again.. Yeah not for me and it's gotten worse with age. I think 20 years ago I might have given it 3 stars but now I have to give it a 1.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

One of the best rap albums of the early 2000s

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Sat Jul 10 2021
5

Classic!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

It was good

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

T to B excellent

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

maybe nostalgia, but it's always a 5 from me

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

classic

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

I could score this 5 solely on music and probably another 5 solely on legacy/influence. Awesome album. Plus it has Chase & Dave on it. 10/10

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

I remember first hearing this in Luke’s attic and being blown away by it. I was hooked by the humour and narratives in the lyrics and the production. Wasn’t really a hip hop fan before it, and it opened up a world of new music to me. An absolute classic and an album I still listen to and love today.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

finally an album worth listening to!?

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Obv 5/5. One of my first albums. Not as good as his next album though, Marshall Mathers LP. But this paved the way

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

Classic. Must have heard it a 100 times.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

classic

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Sun May 23 2021
5

Huge Eminem fan, I used to listen and know most of the lyrics to Relapse, Recovery & MMLP2. I cant believe I deprived myself of the earlier work, Ive always been hesitant to listen to the earlier stuff because I thought it would be closer to D12 and gang nonsense. The album is closer to perfect than most albums I know. If I had might be one of my favourite Eminem tracks, it was such a far cry from the usual tracks. Rock Bottom was another standout ( excluding the ones I knew, (My Name Is, guilty Conscience) . IJDGAF also very good,. The best album Ive heard on here so far.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
5

one of my favorite albums ever. everything about this project is so unique and fascinating. marshall mathers is truly a genius

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

32. Quando em 1975, o músico londrino Claudius Afolabi Siffre compôs o tema "I Got The...", estaria longe de imaginar que a contagiosa melodia seria, umas boas décadas mais tarde, o hook mais icónico do rapper mais branco da História. MotA: "My Name Is" "This is a public service announcement brought to you, in part, by Slim Shady."

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Consistently innovative within the hip hop genre!

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Didn't listened Eminem earlier, except some songs, so I'm new to him, and it was surprisingly great! Now I understand why he is so popular

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

Again an album that I have not played for many years but still sounds fresh to me.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

I like dirty jokes and horror movies. Perfect. Best Tracks: My Name Is; If I Had; Just Don't Give a Fuck

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Classic

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

oh wow

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

One from when I was in HS

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Classic album from one of my favorite artists. Was awesome to go back to.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

One of the best visceral experiences.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

This, and Americana by The Offspring, were the first two albums I owned. I was 16 when this album came out and my brother burnt me a cassette tape of it. I have vivid memories riding the bus to college listening to this album on repeat. It was huge to me and totally suckered me in. I loved the follow up album but by like 2003 I was starting to move towards metal and punk rock. I still listen to this album from time to , and rate it highly.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Disturbing, shocking, entertaining, all things Slim Shady. Genre defining album from horror hip hop, comic books meet horror films. Eminem’s most open album where his upbringing and struggles are truly felt through honest emotions amongst the brutality of Shady. It’s legendary, whether loved or hated.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

Didn't age so gracefully, but this gets 5 stars for the pure nostalgia factor. Loved it as much as I did back in middle school when it was my first album with parental advisory.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Den gamle eminem, offensivt, grineren, skævt, skarpt, legendarisk

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Fri May 13 2022
5

i already know this a banger

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Tue May 24 2022
5

Classic

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Tue May 31 2022
5

Classic, I loved it when I was 17, and I love it still. Funny, dark, conscious, and silly (at different points!)

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Fav songs: - My Name Is - Guilty Conscience - Bitch - Skit - Role Model - Still Don't Give A Fuck

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Awesome hip hop album. I love his conversation clips he puts at the start of his songs

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

palms are sweaty

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Hard to beat the real slim shady as an opening track

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Owning the game ever since this album

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

His name is slim shady

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

slayed

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Violent, brutal and glaringly honest. These are the words we can use to describe Ems first effort. Anthemic bangers are galore. Excellence.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

I remember exactly where I was when I heard this album from the first time. The album had just dropped a few months before maybe and I was transporting a foster child for the Agency I worked for. He asked if he could play a cassette inn the car and it was this. So we checked it out over the long drive and he was WAY into it. Eminem was a complete departure from anything that had come before. And these songs are ballads for the lost and forgotten and the hurt. To see it through the eyes of that foster child as my initial taste of Eminem earned me as an early fan, and I still think he's terrific. A master.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

Fucking nothing will ever be harder than Just don't give a fuck.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

One of my favorites of my youth. Didn’t listen. Walch diagnosed with cancer.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Немного бесячий, но чёрт возьми, это первый альбом Эминема.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Raw aggression

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

I feel like Eminem represents/maybe started a piece of culture that has been popular in the 21st century: sensationalism. Writing abrasive and outrageous lyrics simply to get people talking. He knew that the graphic violence he raps about would cause controversy, and that’s why he did it! He knew that the people talking about how awful his lyrics were meant they were still talking about him, and talk spread his image and skyrocketed him to fame. Shock value was the currency with which he bought his infamy. This album fucking slaps. My favorites: My Name Is, Role Model,

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Not a rap fan, but 10/10.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Nice Eminem album, was like a story, has been a while since I listened to an album like that one :)

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

The alter ego of Eminem, someone sarcastic who speaks about being poor, drugs and all of the problems about this. A lot of rhymes very well developed to tell a story. This album could cause a lot of polemic to people, but not for the topics that it speaks but by the way it touches that topics, however remembering that is an alter ego and a sarcastic album, it's one of the greatest of Eminem

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

I wish I could go back and give Bob Dylan a more gracious rating now that I can see the commonality between them.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Classic Dr. Dre production. Fun and grotesque bars from Em.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Eminem was really funny back in the day

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

PSA: My Name Is Paul and If I Had had a Role Model like '97 Bonnie & Clyde my Guilty Conscience would have prevented some of the Brain Damage that made me Just Don't Give A F... Instead I'm Shady, hit Rock Bottom and it's My Fault... 5/5

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

Reminds me of middle school

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Superb album! Always a great listen

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Gr8 production, brutal and creative lyrics and stories, not repetitive in a boring way, very meaningful and impact filled lp. Great listen

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

Damn boi, what a banger. One of my favs all time. So visual, moody and extreme. Love so many tunes sonically and so fun to listen. Some skits run a little tired after a while but some are entertaining and very much suit the vibe of the album. My favourite Eminem album. 9.2/10

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

heard most of this at some point over the years, was suuuper popular when I was in high school. holds up well, too. guilty conscience and my name is still rule. 4/5.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

3/22 4.5/5. Slim shady been crazy. Standout Tracks: My Name Is, Guilty Conscience, If I Had, Role Model, Lounge (Skit), My Fault, As The World Turns, Bad Meets Evil, Still Don't Give A Fuck

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Wed Jan 06 2021
4

1999. Key Songs: My Name Is, Rock Bottom, Guilty Conscience

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Probably my favorite Em project even though there are some stinkers. His attitude and image work a lot better before he worries about being heralded as the best rapper ever

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Brilliant and vulgar.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

all and all, a pretty good album. it's kind of in your face about some stuff, and the lyrics are a bit like Big L, but the flow and lyricism is great.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Moja ulubiona płyta eminema, dużo klasyczków z tamtąd pochodzi, bardzo lubie

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Disgusting lyrics. Loved it

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

#0001 - Start Jan 12 2021

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Didn't finish but fun to listen too. Very much "high school Ben" album

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

First time actually listening through the Slim Shady LP and paying attention to the lyrics. Good album, and clearly set the foundation for Marshall Matters LP.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

What does a rapper who mostly sings about his own fame sing about before he's famous?

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Classic Eminem, can't go wrong

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Eminem's always on point. Gets too real sometimes

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Em says some pretty messed up stuff on this album

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Me gustó mucho el álbum. Sin ser experto en el tema, imagino que este disco rompió muchos estereotipos sobre el rap, además de iniciar una carrera muy exitosa para Eminem. Además de la parte musical, me gustó mucho que cada canción narra una historia, y que hay canciones que se hacen referencia entre sí. La única razón por la que no le pongo 5 estrellas es porque el álbum Marshall Mathers me gusta más.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

what put em on the map

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

A lot funnier than I remember but dark as shit.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

No su mejor disco pero si bastante arriba. Un debut inesperado y fuerte en su momento creo que hoy en día no es necesario tratar de defender o convencer a nadie de la habilidad e ingenio en lírica que tiene. Técnicamente de entre los mejores exponentes del género a mí parecer lo más importante que tuvo fue sacar al hip hop de un estanque absurdo en el que todo se trataba solo de presumir cuánto ganan y cuánto dinero tienen o cuántas viejas traen. Saca el ritmo y hace rimas del más alto nivel pero llevándolas a una realidad de White Trash, no presume, se queja de lo mierda de la vida, tiene problemas mentales, en resumen es más cercano a la realidad que la fantasía que prevalecía en el momento con otros artistas. Todavía verde en algunas cosas pero para ser el primer disco que sacaba es algo brutal. Cannibal Corpse y Slayer pueden intentar cuanto quieran pero Bonnie and Clyde sigue siendo quizá la canción verdaderamente más oscura de la historia.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

reminds me of middle school

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Je connaissais beaucoup de tounes. C’est un bon album. Probablement un des c’est meilleurs avec mm lp. 4.65*

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Me gustó. Un recuerdo de adolescencia cuando era un rebelde

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

“The Slim Shady LP” by Eminem (1999) Well, obviously this is not for the squeamish, the qualmish, the prudish, or the priggish. But it is intelligent entertainment with a coherent critical worldview, albeit one marred by the Marxist propensity to interpret morality through the lens of class consciousness. In Eminem’s case, the class in question is the transracial American proletariat [full disclosure: That’s me]. On a record produced for profit. How utterly bourgeois. Setting that huge internal contradiction aside, this is a very good album. The cover art depicts a man taking a break during an outing with his toddler daughter, the purpose of which is to dispose of her murdered mother’s decaying corpse (reference “‘97 Bonnie & Clyde”). Like I said, this is not for the squeamish. The songs on this album are fictional character sketches and narratives which are intended to express the feelings of many in the contemporary ‘under’ ‘class’ who will consequently go out and spend ten bucks or so (which they can ill afford) to be entertained by this. And the ‘middle’ ‘class’ youngsters can toss some disposable income in the direction of the guy who broke the race barrier in the rap industry, thus assuaging their subliminal white guilt. And the ‘upper’ ‘class’ disregarders of culture can double check to make sure that Universal Music Group/Interscope Records is included in their stock portfolios. In the meantime, Marshall Mathers III has a big royalty check. I get it. Eminem’s voice is initially disappointing—a cartoonish tenor framed in an accent that is suspiciously eclectic. His “Slim Shady” character’s intonation sounds like he can’t decide where is in the black/white binary or which side of 8 mile he came from (sorry, someone had to say it). But his voice on “If I Had” sounds more natural. He seems to be able to take rap further along its original trajectory. Shock is not the objective. Expressing the rap themes with less inhibition than his predecessors. For a guy who thinks “God sent me to piss the world off”, this production is satire reminiscent of National Lampoon Comedy Hour, but deeper, danker, and more repulsive. Yet while it repels, it is easy to see its magnetism, like a monopolar particle force. Beats created by Dr. Dre sometimes approach the sublime, evoking an ethereal mood (“‘97 Bonnie & Clyde”)

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

4.3 - Just listened to Marshall Mathers EP and I can understand why critics find that one slightly more compelling - it's more challenging, brazen and raw than Slim Shady. I just happen to enjoy listening to this album more. The amazing rhymes are here, the incredible flow, and Eminem sounds less jaded, more bouncy and just funnier.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

classic zep. v good guitar hard rock

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Classic

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Only listened to half, but it was all v good. Didn’t enjoy this at the time due to being overplayed. But seeing him live and having the time has helped me appreciate it

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

oh slim, you have my heart

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

SHACK is absolutely loving it. Tops off and knee slides everywhere. Windmilling in a toddler's face. You can't deny the impact this had on a generation...especially on SHACK in that song where they discuss fucking a 15 year old.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Distinctly remember watching the music video for Guilty Conscience on MTV! Great intro to Eminem and his collaboration with Dre.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Het off-beat rappen, de stemmetjes en gevarieerde beats maken Eminem voor mij een van de betere rappers. Toch blijft het niet echt mijn genre, maar dit vond ik precies wel nog oké om te luisteren

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Goed. verhalende teksten met interessante plottwists

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

None

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

A bit crass but fits the style

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Obviously has something to say, lyrically powerful but the best is SO repetitive

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Always enjoyed a bit of Eminem, this was no exception. I think Marshall Mathers LP is an objectively better album though - other than My Name Is and Guilty Conscience, I think Slim Shady LP lacks stand-out tracks that Marshall Mathers LP provides.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Some questionable lyrics on tracks but overall a classic.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Gonna be honest, never listened to an Eminem album. Obviously heard a lot of his more popular songs and remember listening to a few from The Eminem Show, but never specifically an album start to finish (haven’t really done that with many albums in general). But holy fuck this is the edgiest shit, Guilty Conscience had me somewhere between this 😂 and this 😨 It was a funny album, My Fault was a funny story. I think the problem with the way I listened to this album was that rap is all about the lyrics not necessarily the music. Listening to the later half while on discord playing games made me lose that closer attention to the words and made the music as a whole sound a bit same-y. However, it’s Eminem so I’m stuck on my rating a bit. Maybe another album would be higher.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Listening feels like playing two truths and a lie but still makes me wonder more about his experience which is the mark of a good story-teller. Not as refined or cohesive as other albums of his but great lyrics and very compelling. Gritty raw reflective dark violent. Guilty conscience, brain Damage, role model.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: My name is, Guilty conscience, Role model

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Thu May 13 2021
4

It is absolutely outrageous how he got away with these lyrics. Seems like almost every verse he says something that would get anyone instantly cancelled today. Love the different flows and more of an R&B influence this album has versus his later ones.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

fun listen. cringe jokes. great voice. great lyrics. reminds me of school. Marshal is so full of himself it's hilarious, I feel bad for what he went through, yet I don't relate to his personality much. I don't find him as wise or experienced as people say, but he's got guts.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Great storytelling.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Pretty good actually

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Thu May 13 2021
4

A classic

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

There will never be anyone else quite like eminem. I don’t think this is his best album but it’s definitely up there.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Funnier than I thought

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

Eminem déjà si fort, on regrettera que ce marginal de Robert a encore voulu se la jouer different en ne selectionnant pas The Eminem Show dans sa liste de 1001 albums. C'est comme organiser un gros repas d'anniversaire sans gâteau, ça ne devrait pas exister.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
4

In classic Eminem fashion, this album would be way better if the 3-4 worst songs and the skits didn't exist. My Fault, Cum on Everybody, and '97 Bonnie and Clyde stand out as stinkers, and the production throughout the album is very tinny on the vocals and high end of the beats. However, my nostalgia goggles keep me from being too critical. 7

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first: there are way too many skits on this album; there’s a lot of filler tracks which sound far too similar; and the homophobic and rape references are tired and repetitive. Now the good stuff: the lyrical wordplay is astonishing and even at this early stage in his career, Eminem shows huge promise on the road to become one of the greatest rappers to ever do it. And that he does it via this cartoonish, over the top, vile alter ego Slim Shady renders it all the more astonishing. The closest comparison I can think to make is with Slick Rick who told similar, goofy, x-rated stories; but otherwise, Eminem is in a class of his own with subject matter, humour, wacky sound effects, all of which turns him into a cultural phenomenon. And you can see why disaffected youth would be thrilled at this attitude - here is a rapper who, rather than saying he’s the best in the world, is saying he was bullied, feels awkward and makes jokes, letting his hidden inner monologue of odd thoughts become his outer monologue, a deranged steam of consciousness. I can’t give the album five stars - I’m saving the fifth for his next album - and also because the album is far too long - but this is groundbreaking, impactful, powerful stuff.

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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

This eminem album created a generation of rap listeners. Explicit and juvenile.

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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

Skoro pa najbolji od em-a, jedno razdoblje mog života je i bio

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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

Oh da, album koji me je vodio kroz godine i godine. Iako se znam vraćati tu i tamo na njega, ne mogu zaboraviti koliko je utjecao da moj ukus i ljubav za glazbom. Definitivno top 3 njegovih albuma, nema premca. Pošto znam da sam odrastao na njemu, ali sad znam da sam i prerastao nekako. Svakako zaslužuje jako dobru ocjenu, i zbog nostalgije, a i kvalitete.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Soft 4 stars. Definitely interesting. I love how he can combine creepy content and hooks together

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Wild album, only a few really standout tracks, but the overall explicit content and themes clearly set Eminem up for what he'd become. Pretty nasty stuff obviously meant to ruffle feathers. Definitely deserves to be on the list.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Prose master! Also the master of the tonal shift as he flips back and forth between comedy and more serious topics. The Eminem Show and Marshall Mathers LP are more nostalgic for me but this might be one of his best albums.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Excuse me, can I have attention of the whole class for just a minute? The Slim Shady LP is great, but not Eminem's best. 4

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Rating Em is always complicated, and I've always preferred the MMLP, but to give this three stars feels a little unfair of me.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Not Eminem's best work but it set the tone for what he could do and showcases his latent talent. My feelings are probably coloured by nostalgia because I first heard this years ago in school when I was 15. It brings back good memories and at the time I thought some of this material was a lot funnier than I do at over 20 years remove. Coming to it completely cold I'd probably only give it 3 stars now.

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

Eminem gets away with the usually tedious art of outrage for its own sake by being so blatant, self-conscious, and funny. '97 Bonnie and Clyde is still too much for me, and if that invites the charge of moral hysteria so be it. He didn't just write it and put it on the album, it was made the cover art. Overall though the talent is too high a level to dismiss.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Very good although lyrics have aged poorly.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

A familiar face! This is actually the one OG Eminem album that I've heard already, and I do like this one a lot. You can hear a lot of raw energy and talent here. Not super dazzling with the lyrical acrobatics as he would do on future releases, instead leaning on outlandish jokes and storytelling to shock and awe. Back when he had a story to tell, not just awfully hot coffee pots. One of my classic jokes is "which Eminem album about killing his ex-wife is your favorite?" Until further notice, this is mine. Favorite tracks: My Name Is, 97 Bonnie and Clyde, Rock Bottom, Bad Meets Evil, Guilty Conscience. Album art: Love this one. Cool color filter, great picture with the baby next to him and the ex in the trunk. Love the crayon font too. This one holds up. 4/5

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

The classic debut, all piss and vinegar and darkly funny.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

Ich fand ihn immer gut. Dieses hip-hop-Album ist das erste in dieser Liste, das sich zu Recht darauf befindet.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

This guy really is a master of clever wordplay and interesting rhymes. The lyrics can be a little too edgy for their own sake but if you take them as Eminem supposedly intended - fictional accounts of a terrible character - it's easy not to get too upset by it. Still it sort of detracts from the otherwise impressive album.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

really intense, graphic and at times funny

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Muy buen álbum

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Takes me back to being 17 and working at Sam Goody. Brash and angry, Eminem's lyrics and delivery are full of lunacy and humor. Dre's production helps to hone the words of an unknown but gifted rapper into an album that changed the rap landscape

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Still a good record…age has not necessarily helped it though given the climate of the world today

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

22 years later and this album is no less transgressive than the day it was released. This was definitely the sound of 1999-2000, though I probably won't listen to it much in the 2020s.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

A quite good album. Eminem handles classic themes in a cynical way. And the closing "Still Don't Give A" recapitulates this tragic leitmotif in a quasi-classical epic. (7/10) FT: My Name Is

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

4.5

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

Makes me hype

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

Holds up okay

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

"Holy shit! He's alive! He just opened his eyes. I did it! I DID IT! Dr. Frank would be proud!" "rgggh..." "And here goes his first words!" "rghhhh... Fuck you!" "Perfect!" *** "You are Slim Shady, my alter-ego. You are made of every angry experiences and thoughts that I have ever had. Your job is to tell the world all about you. About what makes you, and maybe even about who made you. You are already gifted with literary skills, and all the words that I memorized from the dictionary, so you can work now." *** "Find him!" "Really? But he is white!" "I don't give a fuck if he is purple, if he can kick it, I'm working with him" "Okay, okay..." "..." "I heard that he's one of your big fans, Dr. Andre!" "Hmmm mm? I think I'll love giving those verses some life!" *** "What the hell are you listening to this time, son? Another edgy rap isn't it?" "It's just some new hip-hop guy, mom" "Just some new hip-hop guy, eh? But he does sound different, let me hear... hmmm... Jesus Christ what the FUCK are you listening to young man? You... ... ... *** "Hahaha rap god fast" *** "Was all of these... me, daddy?" "Yeah, this little girl in the picture is you. And that little voice in the special song was also you. We all made it when you were a baby" "But... was it about... killing and disposing... mom?" "Errrr... not exactly. These things shouldn't be taken literally you know?" "Geez..." "..." "So... what was all of this... thing all about?" *grabs a cigarette* *** "Hahaha rap god dude during the '90s... wait WHAT THE HELL?" "hehe beats good"

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Well conceived album, holistic and flows well, ultimately not my kind of music but deserves the accolades it and received

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Since it's probably one of the most striking album debuts in the history of rap, it's interesting to assess how *The Slim Shady LP* is holding out more than two decades after that game changer broke all the hip hop rules you thought you knew at the time. Eminem's hectic, cartoonish flow, hilarious-slash-offensive lyrics, technical chops as a rapper, and controversial persona are very much a part of popular music history today, so much that it's actually a little difficult now to realize in which *ways* this first album indeed broke all the rules. The rap game was a seemingly simpler affair then, its opposition between east coast and west coast giving everyone enough basic landmarks to find their way into it (to sketch the whole thing in oversimplistic terms, it was G-funk L.A. vs. rougher developments in NYC--we're leave Atlanta aside for this piece, as well as other strands more or less outside the whole gangster influence, from Wu-Tang street weirdo poetics to the cooler, smoother boom bap heirs of that earlier jazzy "Native Tongues" scene...). This clear-cut world, however, was before Eminem, or rather, should we correct, before his "Slim Shady" alter-ego snarly told us all *what his name* was for the first time. Less a gangster than a dangerous, irremediably irresponsible, white thrash psycho raised in one of them middle-west trailer parks, Slim Shady was the very definition of a loose cannon. And as a rapper's version of Batman's Joker, he was a character actually far more disturbing and downright outrageous than any of those MCs still stuck into circular ego-tripping exercises, too busy launching diss tracks from one coast to the next to really break new ground.                                                       Enter Marshall Mathers, who, even though he picked a "side", so to speak, by collaborating with Dr. Dre of N.W.A and The Chronic fame, was still smart and savvy enough to let his crude lyrics, nasal voice, unsavory statements and faster-than-light rapping abilities speak for himself without much of an afterthought as to where his place should be in the "game". Of course, Captain Obvious must have a say here: Eminem is indeed not only a brilliant rapper, but also, he is a white rapper, with all the necessary consequences that such an obvious statement entails. Others have analyzed this elsewhere. Let's just say that one can only imagine how Dre must have felt producing that white-thrash genius, more of an ally to hip hop's cultural cause than Elvis ever was to the African-American songwriters and artists of his time (speaking of *white* rappers, we're not forgetting the fantastic Beastie Boys, but they couldn't count here, having chosen the arty sidelines of that world as soon as 1989, when *Paul's Boutique* came out). With Eminem's irruption, however, one can easily argue that a very important gate for strands of modern black music that were hitherto despised by the mainstream music industry had been blown open at last. Hip hop at large could finally reap what it had sowed for two decades. And more importantly, Dre, as an important and historical actor of the U.S. rap scene, was also at the helm of this phenomenon, not only counting his newly-earned heaps of dollars, but also counting the ways in which said phenomenon could benefit everyone in the "game" in the long run. But what about the album itself, then? How fresh does it sound now? Just as its author, we won't mince words: the first half is brilliant, almost pitch-perfect. But the second half is not so good as a whole, and this even in comparison to other hip hop masterpieces which often tend to go on a little too long, avoiding the necessary edits that would make them shine even brighter (just like your humble servant here). On the side of the good stuff, there's the funky, Rhodes-driven opener and first single "My Name Is", a grand preliminary statement as to what Eminem's crazy antics are all about. But it's really the second song, "Guilty Conscience", that brilliantly sets up to the task of showing what we're up against here, setting the bar so high on a lyrical standpoint that the album almost doesn't recover from it after. Featuring Dr. Dre playing the part of a better angel urging lost souls to err on the side of caution and dignity (this here is already a riot to write about!), the track is not only a showcase of Eminem's narrative abilities, but it's also a genius opportunity for him to display his talents as an actor delivering hilarious punchlines, each one more shocking and outrageous than the one before. You've probably guessed it already, Eminem plays the part of the miniature devil facing Dre from the opposite shoulders of said lost souls, and he's so competent in this role that the so-called angel finally gives up all pretense to decency and joins the side of pure evil at the end of the song (we won't spoil the way Eminem convinces Dre to join his ranks here... Let's just say that anyone collaborating with Mathers needs to share his self-deprecating sense of humour). What works so well in the track is that it starts as a concept where the two rappers are initially only playing a role, but because of Slim Shady's sheer malevolence, such concept soon goes off the rail, and even Dre-as-a-real-person doesn't come out of it unscathed. Nothing is off-limit, not even disrespecting the album's own executive producer. Carnival at its best here. Next is "Brain Damage", an exploration of childhood trauma that also goes off the rail to become a mix between Garbage Pail Kids and a gore flick. It is one of the best tracks musically speaking, with its unstoppable bouncy beat and intricate west-coast-style samplings. But the real centerpiece of the album only comes a few tracks later, and here it's not so much its music than its overall concept, along with Eminem's chilling delivery, that will send shivers down your spine. "'97 Bonnie and Clyde" is horrorcore at its most disturbing and off-putting, telling the dreadful yarn of a man killing his ex-wife and getting rid of her body with their daughter in tow, the unrepenting murderer even lying to the small toddler throuhout the song, denying how much of a monster he is (just look at the cover of the album to have an inkling of what the song is about). In the next record, "Stan" will explore such a sociopathic narrative thread even a little further, but for those who are already familiar to that later track, suffice it to say that this is how everything started when it came to Eminem as a horror master... An aside here, about 'unreliable narrators'. Some commentators at the time were quick to put blame on Eminem's possible deleterious influence on kids and their sense of morality (often in conjunction with their condemnation of the mock-satanist shock-fest of Marilyn Manson). But it is somewhat misleading and even downright stupid to think the kids Eminem was adressing himself to were not aware all of this was just entertainment, a play, an act, spooky tales aimed at placing them into a rollercoaster of conficting and intense emotions. In a way, Mathers later beat those commentators at their own game when he created the 'Stan' character during the course of his next album. Here was an Eminem fan dumb enough to take everything at face value, and so become an unhinged danger for himself and others. But... well... newsflash: 'Stan' doesn't really exist. Just as 'Dada' in " '97 Bonnie And Clyde". Or even "Slim Shady" himself. It's that old "Fight Club" twist all over again, is it not? Teens' minds are always blown away by it, but meanwhile, there's never been a killer-rampage enacted in the name of Eminem or Tyler Durden. It's just pure, trangressive fun. Phew... I guess PMRC members can start sleeping a little better at night now. It will be easier for us to slit their throats in their sleep, at least. See what I just did up there? Mathers does that all the time. There's never a sure way to know when he's playing an act and when he's dead serious during the course of the album. Well... there's never a sure way to know *if you're not paying enough attention*. Case in point: "Role Model", where Eminem makes it clear he is not one of them, nor should be considered as such. For instance, this is the song where he lists the drugs he is truly addicted to as opposed to the ones he has no interest in, contradicting other statements elsewhere on the album (including that ironic "Er... Don't do drugs..." in the short skit opening the LP). Such intricate, truly postmodern way to mix truths and falsehoods does not merely offer cheap thrills in most songs, it is also a testament to Mathers' multilayered, rich, and even thought-inducing writing. Eminem is smart enough to consider his listeners should still exercise their free will and sense of agency in our sick sad world, contrary to the conservative boomers who found the mirror he was holding up to us all too dreary and unbearable for their delicate, hypocritical tastes. Unfortunately, past "Role Model", that multilayered, thought-inducing writing starts to wear thin a little, as if Mathers was at pains to find any effective way to fuel the demonic machinery he so brilliantly ignited in the first part of the record. At some point, just as you go through this piling-up of shock treatments, you start to feel a little numb, a little anaesthetized, and it doesn't help when you already know that Eminem's technical chops as a rapper with a machine-gun flow will get *even better* than this in the next LPs. Some of the imagery even sounds a little immature at some point, a pitfall that was probably unavoidable given the nature of Mathers' initial intents here. And the music itself sometimes loses its momentum. Indeed, it must be pointed out that a huge chunk of the tracks' instrumentation in the LP, mostly those composed by the Bass Brothers, does not fare that well today, and one has a sneaking suspicion that even in 1999, such instrumentation could pass off as clunky or slightly outdated, especially when compared to the songs Dr Dre produced himself. The drums, in particular, often sound flat and overmixed, a flaw that will fortunately not occur again in the subsequent albums, where Dre will be more directly involved. For the first of those, *The Marshall Mathers L.P.*, it seems that Eminem effectively course-corrected most of those shortcomings at least. This second album might also be slightly overlong, but there, the killer tracks are sprinkled throughout the record so that the latter never loses its steam. And it is an asset that *The Slim Shady LP* can't boast about. Rather than listing the underwhelming tracks in the album, maybe it's better to list some of the best one-liners that are still peppered throughout it, in spite of all that lost steam. At least we'll end up on a high note. "But I don't get pissed, y'all don't even see through the mist / How the fuck can I be white, I don't even exist" ("Role Model"). "I'm about as normal as Norman Bates with deformative traits / A premature birth that was four minutes late" ("Role Model" again). Or *this*, about a girl overdosing on mushrooms at a party, with the unmarried girl deliriously moaning : "I don't even have any kids and I can't cook," and Slim replying: "I'm over here, Sue, you're talking to the plant, look!" ("My Fault"). And we should probably mention that two of the best punchlines come at the very end, in "Still Don't Give A Fuck": "I get imaginative with a mouth full of adjectives / A brain full of adverbs, and a box full of laxatives". Either this or the following boast: "Now how in the hell am I supposed to get out of debt? / I can't rap anymore, I just murdered the alphabet". All bragging aside, Eminem did not murder the whole alphabet yet at the time of his first major debut. But he sure came close to it in the couple of records that followed. [Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 996 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 0 Albums from the list I might include in mine later on: 2 (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 3 ]

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

i love this album, its clever, creat lyrics, doesnt bore and the skits are kind of funny putting the whole slim shady act together

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

After being introduced to The Marshall Mathers LP through this exercise. I was prepared to be similarly blown away by this album. I wasn't. Still a great album, funny sometimes even hilarious, some excellent production but not up to the standards of Marshall Mathers, it is missing the emotional depth of that album as well as the almost frightening honesty. Still a hell of an album 4 🌟

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

This burned CD was passed around my high school and we would use our school's CD burners to burn copies for anyone who wanted it. This was primarily because none of our button-up parents would have approved it, and we could label it with "Slim Shady" or something because our parents only knew who "M&M" was. This album took me back to those days as I hadn't listened to it since probably 2000. It does not hold up as well as I thought it would, though. Em is trying WAY too hard to be edgy, but he had to establish his Slim Shady character, which was unknown in 1999. Still, the rhymes are other-worldly. If I'm rating it base purely on today, it's a 3, but I'm bumping up to a 4 because of the nostalgia and Em's ability to spit fire.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

3.8 - this was a fun album. Eminem is a master lyricist and Dre’s beats pair perfectly with them. A strong bit of nostalgia here, too, even though I think this is the first time I’ve ever listened to the full album. Pretty violent record - but it’s so over the top that it’s more campy/funny than outright offensive. Still - there feels like a lot of filler to the album, especially the skits between the majority of songs.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

I found this album quite interesting because I had never really listened to rap before heard it. The lyrics are funny,cutting and downright crude at times. Overall an album worth listening to with an open mind if you are not a rap person.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Produktion ist mittel bis super, habe den ganzen tag ohrwurm vom guilty conscience beat gehabt. Inhaltlich sind paar sachen ziemlich übel aber der grösste teil angenehm cartoony, kombiniert damit dass eminem damals tatsächlich noch ganz lustig war kann man sich das deutlich besser anhören als die neueren sachen. Hat mich unterm strich nicht komplett weggehauen aber konnte ich mir gut anhören, highlight war glaube my fault, fand das ganz geschickt dass man sich da die ganze zeit nicht wirklich sicher ist ob das jetzt schlimm sein soll oder lustig, das war da ja auch insgesamt so sein bit. Halbe sterne hätte ich gerne

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Eminem's first proper album to hit the mainstream, while shocking today for some with it's subject matter, still holds up as a great record. Favorites: "My Name Is", "Role Model", "Rock Bottom"

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Most of the songs are so catchy and comical, even if I didn't expect it to be so violent. A great listen.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Loved Eminem as a kid but not listened to him in a long, long time. I was dreading going back to this when it came up. Like going back to an old N64 game and seeing how shit it is. This felt similar. A childhood favourite that in my mind probably should remain there. However I thoroughly enjoyed that little blast of nostalgia. This has always been his best album and the best songs on it aren't the hits. As vulgar is it is funny. Shame his later output couldn't come close to this.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Peak Eminem

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Flott debutalbum

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Hip-hop de Eminem. Me ha gustado.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

I had almost forgotten how playful and outrageous Eminem's early lyrics were, interspersed with those skits. Eminem gives the world a glimpse into his lower socio-economic class upbringing (although potentially slightly exaggerated). His flow throughout is quite loose and free coupled with his cartoonish, satirical alter ego, makes for a fun listen. Anyone taking these lyrics at face value need to check themselves. Best: My Name Is Worst: Role Model

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Great Friday album. 1st time I’ve listened all the way through. Thoroughly enjoyed this album seemingly made for 7th graders

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Seriously good stuff.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

For his debut album, this album goes hard!

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Goofy skits but potentially the best Eminem album

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Pretty great

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

I prefer the MM LP but this was undeniably a rap debut of huge importance. These are fast flowing and quick witted rhymes backed by solid beats and catchy melody but it's the extremely dark material and humour that defines the arrival of Eminem and his alter ego, Slim Shady. It is hard to think how this level of misogyny, homophobia and violence would be tolerated if released today. It makes for frequent troubled listening, then and now. But that shock and horror is part of the intended experience.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Lacerating. Raw. Brutal. Too long. But fuck me.... 4

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Man is this ugly – just totally lurid and shocking – but also real funny and inventive. It meant to provoke, of course, trolling before trolling was cool, and succeeded spectacularly. Certainly the moralizing critics had a point about it being toxic, however much one wishes they would pipe down and/or make an effort to get in on the joke. The mushroom song is hilarious and horrifying at the same time. “Bonnie & Clyde” sounds cool but then the lyrics sink in – just ghastly especially in contrast to the “Two of Us” sample. That Maryilyn Manson thought it too shocking says everything. Beats are solid chill and there are nice-touch sound effects all over the place; the whole thing is set up to showcase the rhymes and storytelling, which is as it should be as Em raps spectacularly at times. Les Nessman and Marty Schottenheimer are two fave name-checks. Honestly, I hope my kids never listen to this, and for that I can’t decide whether that means Slim Shady deserves bonus points or demerits. I don't want to like it or admire it as much as I do; it too often goes too obviously for shock value. But hard to argue with the ambition, the narrative concept, and the vast majority of the execution. 3.8 for 4.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

Very good W Eminem

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

4.0

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Surprisingly good

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Love

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

It's really amazing lyrically. He embraces his anti-role model persona and has a pretty solid stable of songs in this list. I'm still not a skit person, but they work here as well as anywhere i've seen.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

That Marshall Mather is a crazy dude. This album is crazy. Good.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

The one just before his rise to fame as the poster of rap, leaving a fresh perspective of Eminem being poor, struggling for success and his childhood past. It's very good overall. Everyone knows My Name Is and Guilty Concious is a great back and forth between Eminem and Dr Dre, but also liked Role Model, If I Had, Brain Damage and My Fault. It does dip a bit towards the end with a few forgettable tracks. Apart from that it's very funny at times, little outdated with some pop culture references and insults, and some interesting stories. It was also interesting hearing Marshall Mathers LP first and finding out some of the skits (Paul, Ken Kaniff) and some spoken messages ("A lot of people ask me..." at Still Don't Give A Fuck).

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Zeer goed album met een paar klassiekers

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