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The Slim Shady LP

Eminem

1999

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The Slim Shady LP

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3.36

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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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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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’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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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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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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5

Classic innit, love this album

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

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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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This is funnier than I remember but also horrible

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

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

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

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

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This album has not aged well

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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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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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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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This did not age well.

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That was pretty awful. Not for me, anyway.

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puerile ramblings haven't aged well

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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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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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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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5

One of the best rap albums of the early 2000s

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5

Classic!

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5

It was good

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5

T to B excellent

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5

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

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classic

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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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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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5

finally an album worth listening to!?

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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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Classic. Must have heard it a 100 times.

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classic

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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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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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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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Consistently innovative within the hip hop genre!

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

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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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Classic

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oh wow

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One from when I was in HS

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5

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

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One of the best visceral experiences.

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

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i already know this a banger

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Classic

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

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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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Brilliant and vulgar.

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

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Disgusting lyrics. Loved it

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#0001 - Start Jan 12 2021

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

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

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Classic Eminem, can't go wrong

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Eminem's always on point. Gets too real sometimes

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Em says some pretty messed up stuff on this album

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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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what put em on the map

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A lot funnier than I remember but dark as shit.

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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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reminds me of middle school

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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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Me gustó. Un recuerdo de adolescencia cuando era un rebelde

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“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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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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classic zep. v good guitar hard rock

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Classic

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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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oh slim, you have my heart

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

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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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Goed. verhalende teksten met interessante plottwists

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None

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A bit crass but fits the style

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

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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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4

Some questionable lyrics on tracks but overall a classic.

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

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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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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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Great storytelling.

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Pretty good actually

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A classic

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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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Funnier than I thought

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Very good although lyrics have aged poorly.

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

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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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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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really intense, graphic and at times funny

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Muy buen álbum

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

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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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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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4.5

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Makes me hype

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Holds up okay

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Peak Eminem

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Flott debutalbum

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Hip-hop de Eminem. Me ha gustado.

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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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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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Seriously good stuff.

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For his debut album, this album goes hard!

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Goofy skits but potentially the best Eminem album

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Pretty great

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

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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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Very good W Eminem

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4.0

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Surprisingly good

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Love

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

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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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Zeer goed album met een paar klassiekers

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Since I've listened to this album so many times, of source I would be happy to review this album. My experience with Eminem's music is special, since he was basically the first rapper that I listened to. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment that I listened to Eminem's music, but I think it was either in the Recovery or MMLP2 formula. This album has a very special place in my heart, since it was the first album that zi got on vinyl record. I wanted an LP player so bad for Christmas, and you can probably tell that I was super happy when I got the Expanded edition last year. Before I go into the review, I just want to tell you guys that I have not listened to Infinite. I've heard the title-track which slaps, but I haven’t listened to the entire project due to it being off streaming services. The production on this album was a head of it's fucking time. I know that this album was literally released at the end of the 90s, but so much of it slaps. The snares on "Just Don't Give A Fuck" and "Still Don't Give A Fuck" slap ass. The sampling on this album is so good, "My Name Is" and "Guilty Conscience" are the two that really come to mind. There are some things that I do dislike. "If I Had" sounds like the cheesiest Eminem track, it has too many skits and it isn't really as shocking as it once was. FAVOURITE TRACK: It would have to be "My Fault". The storytelling on the track is fucking incredible, and it’s all thanks to the tone of it. Eminem isn't taking the situation as a joke, so that just makes you care that much more about it. LEAST FAVOURITE TRACK: "If I Had" 7,5/10

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Em's ultraviolent LP is a full exploration of the Slim Shady character is twisted, disturbing, and full of hot button celebrity culture chicanery. The songs themselves are tight and the samples come together to have incredible sonic textures; see Just Don't Give A Fuck. I can't tell if I was angry when I started listening to this album or if listening to this album made me angry.

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While there are some very offensive lyrics and ones that haven't aged super well, I still really appreciate his rhymes. Early Eminem will always hold a special place in my heart.

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Even at his lowest, Eminem is entertaining, and Slim Shady is far from low. It drags a little at the end and rides very close to my red gonzo line, but ends up a weak but obvious four. The focus on characters on this LP keeps it from sliding into the rut of the followup and emphasizes the real disturbing parts. It might be a little less dynamic, but I preferred the production of this effort as well.

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He is quite good at the rapping.

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13th June 2022 Listened throughout the day while working from home. Put away kitchen stuff and made our bed in the evening! Aggressive, lyrical, funny, you can see why Eminem made such a splash. Technically outrageous rapping.

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Guilty pleasure … really enjoy

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Listen to this a ton when I was in HS. Solid album with some surprisingly good songs. Rap album skits have always been dumb

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Not my kind of hip hop... a generous 3!

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Nice debut

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Classic slim shady. Not my favourite album, but still a pretty solid one from Em.

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i mean i've already listened to this before but this is the first time i'm listening to it since turning into a legal adult (18+) so lets see if it holds up

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Aah men kul ändå ju.

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It’s ok but better was to come

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It's pretty good, I vastly prefer some of the albums that come after this though.

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prima rap album ga ik vaker luisteren om de tekst te begrijpen

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Some really great tracks with incredible lyricism, in amongst some questionable content. Also not a fan of skits in general - could definitely do with cutting these as the album already runs a bit long. Still, a great hip-hop record that (mostly) stands the test of time. 3.4

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glad I listened, a classic with great narration

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Childhood classic.

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Sikkert bra, men ikkje min kopp med chai

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I mean it exists.

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La primera y tal vez única vez que oí este disco completo, hace 20 años, lo odié de principio a fin. Ahora pude apreciar mucho más lo buen disco que es: letras, rima, música en general. Quizá no se vuelva un disco que escuche con frecuencia pero sí le agarré gusto.

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No es el mejor disco de emanems pero está bueno, el rap siempre ha sido una plataforma de protesta y Marshall lo sabe llevar mas allá las rolas my name is, rock bottom, brain damage, just dont give a fuck

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I was pleasantly surprised. Music-wise it still weak, but the lyrics were interesting

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glad i finally sat through this, and it's funny to think of the uproar when it came out.

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Sólo había escuchado el Marshall Matters completo hace 20 años y por un momento pensé que no terminaría este disco. Creo que el album comienza bien y cierra mucho mejor a partir de Role Model. Tracks: My Fault, Rock Bottom, Cum on everybody

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Lots of funny lines here, and some nice beats. I'm not a huge fan of horror movies, and listening to this was sort of like watching one. I see why it is well-regarded, but I probably won't be listening again. 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 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 referred to as "made-up tales of trailer-park stuff," describing it 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.

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I can appreciate Eminem’s abilities and his place in the ‘pantheon of rap,’ but I honestly can’t listen to this album. It’s like he just picked a bunch of topics to be edgy or contrarian about and then rapped about them. I felt similarly about it when it came out in 1999 (when I was 21) and my opinion hasn’t changed in the years since.

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Pap. Puede que las letras sean fantásticas, pero al no entenderlas, da igual. Musicalmente monótono y simple.

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Es algo complicado porque Marshall es talento puro, revolucionario y figura. Las letras vuelan la cabeza. Pero nunca he logrado digerir su voz que (para mí) es un elemento primordial en el rap / hip hop. Reconozco el talento pero siempre preferiré escuchar a 2pac o al mismo Dre

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High school

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No me va mucho el hip-hop/rap pero este disco mola bastante

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A little aggressive for my current tastes but still sounds incredible!

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Disturbing

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I really appreciate this album, but don't necessarily enjoy listening to it. Has a pretty angry energy This album sounds surprisingly current for how old it is, which I think is a testament to how big of an impact Eminem has had in the rap world. His use of different voices for characters, word play, rhymes, etc is super interesting and engaging. Favorite track was probably "My Fault". I enjoyed the raw production of this album quite a bit as well.

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not my favorite Eminem but still catchy enough

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He's terrible, but his sound is really interesting and innovative. Probably at least a 3; let's see exactly how many songs are good. After listening to the whole thing for the first time, it's only a 3. He IS really unique and innovative to my ear, but his lyrics are just too much, and I really didnt' get into very many of the songs.

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Sorprendente en su momento, se termina haciendo largo y repetitivo. Un par de temas ya míticos.

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I understand his skill and musicianship. Can't understand how much he wants to offend.

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Not a rap fan, but this wasn’t too bad.

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Regular 7/10

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An angry, angry young man. The title track is still great but boy, this guy went through a lot. He has a nice flow, though.

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I’m glad I listened to Eminem because I haven’t done so before. I enjoyed it; it’s pop music with limited substance in the lyrics but I can’t knock it.

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A lot of the album is very same-y. I don't enjoy the music as much as other hip hop artists and albums. I respect his talent, but I hate the subject matter.

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Obviously Eminem’s talent is evident, but the lyrics, sound, and production are quite immature. The album is good enough to notice Eminem’s vast potential and want more music in the future, but lacking enough to not want to listen to it any more than the rare reminiscent indulgence.

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An interesting snapshot of what was and wasn’t offensive at the turn of the century. Technically brilliant, but the schtick starts to run thin rather quickly.

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Influential, but not my fav.

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Love me some Eminem but this isn’t my favorite.

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Blast from the past in the best way. Stands up to time, still very clever lyrics lifted by a good selection of samples from some classic songs. However, the content become vulgar instead of playfully rude as the album goes on.

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Might have enjoyed more about 15-20 years ago. Could listen to it again

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I'm sure if I was white trash from a trailer park, this would be my jam. But I'm not

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At least he's a good dad.

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Tiene 22 años y si saliera hoy lo petaría sin desentonar mucho con lo que hay a pesar de que las tendencias musicales son otras

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I feel like this album deserves a higher rating for its significance but I don't really like it as much as other eminem albums.

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I get that this was a big album at the time, and a big deal for Eminem, but there are other hip hop albums from around the same time that I think are better. It's fine, I sort of enjoyed it, but not that much. 2 edgy 4 me maybe.

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It's hard to weigh up nostalgia with this one. Even back in the day I didn't love it, but it was just such a big album in the years I first started listening to music.

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Some classic songs on this. Strongest track: Guilty conscience with dr dre

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Eh.

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Some absolute classics on this album, but it really drops off at the end for me unfortunately

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Lyricism is so strong, but some of the content is really unpleasant to listen to, and I found that the beats got somewhat stale over the ~60 minute runtime. 6/10

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U OK hun? x

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Большую часть треков даже не слышал раньше, мемный Эминем.

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Generally a fan of eminem and listening to his albums is like looking back in time interestingly (even though I didn't really know his music growing up), but this album of his isn't my favorite. It's alright but not the one I'd choose to listen to.

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I would say I am an Eminem fan, I bought one of his CDs in college and was obsessed with some of his older ones too, but I never really enjoyed his debut LP. Listening to it today, it grew on me a bit but nothing stood out. I especially didn't like all the skits which is par for the course for me (I typically don't like skits and interludes) but I've grown to like them more as I've gotten older. These I wasn't a fan of. I hope we see some of his other albums on this list and I'm glad we got this first one out of the way. The album cover is very interesting, guy with his kid on a pier and a dead body in a car under the full moon. Is that slim shady? Looks more like Husky Shady.

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We are what we pretend to be. Eminem's skill as a rapper is undeniable, and his collaboration with Dre produced a lot of excellent work, but Jesus Christ has the lyrical content from this not aged well. I get the whole idea that Slim Shady is an alter ego and that the violence is meant to be cartoonish, but this shit is real hard to listen to in 2021. At the same time, I understand why Eminem rapping about his life on songs like Rock Bottom wouldn't sell while his more violent songs would.

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This is almost a 4 star, but it's just a bit too long with redundant songs that don't stand out so much. But the good songs are good.

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He's aight

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Bit dated and cringy with some of the references. Nevertheless it was undeniably funny at times and some good rhymes and beats.

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Enjoyed this much more than I thought I would and I would have liked the chance to listen again. A solid 3*

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Enjoyed ‘Rock Bottom’ and ‘If I Had.’

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In his debut odyssey, Eminem transports us to the cartoonish, grotesque world of Slim Shady. Enter a parade of classroom violence, perverted teachers, microwaved guinea pigs and murdered women, with an occasional glimpse of a darker reality of mushroom overdoses, extreme poverty, warped role models. For as long as I could stomach it, I went along for the ride. No getting away from the sweary, abusive, homophobic elephant in the room: "The Slim Shady LP"'s obnoxious humour feels tailored toward wired and disillusioned teenagers of the 90s. And yes, the jokes are puerile, shlocky, designed to offend: date-rape of a 15 year old, a young child helping Slim dump her murdered mummy in the docks, nine inch nails through the eyelids.... I could go on. It's like a musical episode of South Park. In fact, what stands out most is how much of this album is played for laughs: songs are laced with sound effects, quotes, adlibs, narration from guest stars (see "Guilty Conscience"'s turn from Mark Avery) and interspersed with juvenile skits. The result is what feels like a novelty album, where Slim Shady's persona and humour is held above the actual music and the songs themselves. On first listen it's all about shock value, subsequently the skill of the wordplay begins to leap out. Which brings me to my main criticism of the lyrical content: just because it's all "ironic" or "fake" or "in character" doesn't always make it funny. The anarchic spirit of the late 90s doesn't seem to hold much sway in 2021, where re-enacting raping a "fat slut" to death in "As The World Turns" just isn't on. That said, the main strength of the album is Eminem's amazing lyrical skill- not a single line, a single word is wasted as piles of rhymes and half-rhymes are crammed into single lines. Some favourites? The graphic imagery of "hung my original self from the top bunk with a belt" and "nailed my foot to the floorboard of my Ford", the pairings of "sick sick bastard" with "picnic basket", "naughty rotten rhymer" with "Marty Shottenheimer", even the aforementioned "fat slut" swallowing Slim's "leg whole like an egg roll." Also huge kudos to "Brain Damage" for rhyming "orange juice" with "storage booth", "door hinge loose", "four-inch screws" and "foreign tools." Musically, I didn't find there was much going on. The lyrics are the centrepiece here, and there's not much shame in this when they're as strong as they are. Nevertheless, I think I would have got the same (if not more) out of this album from reading the words on paper than hearing it performed. The beats are simple and the samples and instrumentation aren't particularly dynamic. Most of it can be pared down to synthetic beats and bass; together with Eminem's nasal, harsh vocals, it's a cold and strident sound. A good tonal fit, but didn't make for a listening experience to draw me back in. "I'm Shady" with its sample of Curtis Mayfield/Ice-T is about as groovy as things get, and elsewhere the slow tempos and lack of variation dragged the album down a little. Still, it was garish, devilish and horrifying, and I couldn't look away through much of it. For lyrical flows, Eminem must have been second to none here- just a shame some of the subjects are too much for me and the music too little.

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eh

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Not a big rap guy

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It is tough for me to give only 3 to my boy slim, but this is not his best, for sure, was still grooming to be the rap god we would know beyond this first album

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Give him some credit for talent but not my cup of tea

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Not bad, actually never listened to this completely, curious to hear more

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Was really expecting to enjoy this more than I did. Only really know his hits

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Em's första. Klass hela vägen, men albumet är lite före min tid och jag hoppade inte på tåget förrän samlingsalbumet Curtain Call. Still good tho

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Not as essential as the follow-up, but it deserved to be everywhere in 99.

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Yeah pretty good

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Hi-'97 Bonnie & Clyde, Rap's original edgelord revels in his vulgarity, though most of the humor is from the self-deprecating perspective of the title character and is an over-the-top satirical commentary on impoverished living. '97B&C is a touching showing of vulnerability, which is a welcome change of pace for the album. There are a number of "skits" that I just dislike in albums that could better be done without...the rap trope of recorded phone calls that someone thought was funny was tired even in '99. Overall an enjoyable album, a lot of classics that still hold up, and still manage to make me blush.

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"Dave pull up your pants, we need an ambulance, there's a girl upstairs talking to plants." Some of these rhymes have been deeply buried in my teen-aged mind for decades. Yeah it's violent, misogynist, homophobic, and all the other things and I'm not defending it. But criticizing this is likely going to a horror movie and complaining it was too violent, or going to a modern art exhibit and saying it sends the wrong message to kids--that's point, you're supposed to be offended and shocked! Not saying this a great work of art or anything but the context of how and why it came to be is important. Slim Shady is a symptom of many larger social problems that have gotten worse over the last 2 decades. If you're not mad after listening to this, you're doing it wrong!

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Mixed feelings on this one -- I do think Eminem is an incredible rapper and lyricist, but I had a hard time with some of the tracks on this album, specifically some of the really dark physical and sexual violence. I get that he's "playing a character" and a lot of this was '90s "shock value" fare, but it really didn't age well and just because it might've been boundary-pushing then doesn't mean I need to enjoy all of it now. That all said, there is some really great production on this album and the songs that aren't overly-violent are pretty great.

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On one hand, Slim Shady is a character. He's an immature, bratty young man, whose response to stresses in his life is to indulge in violent fantasies around the sources of stress, often women. He also likes to smoke weed and eat shrooms, which seems very mild compared to the 2020s. On the other hand, there's Eminem who is a brilliant lyricist and rapper. His flow feels revolutionary. I guess with a lot of iconic albums, while he shook things up with The Slim Shady LP, it wasn't his best work and it was but a sign of things to come.

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4 for impact and nascent talent. Not my style, perhaps, but his talent for rhyming is undeniable. 2 for artistic merit.

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Das Album ist jetzt nicht mega schlecht gealtert (Auf jeden Fall besser als sein aktuelles Zeugs). Die meisten Songs sind ziemlich spaßig, aber nach ner Zeit wird’s auch ein bisschen langweilig, auch einfach weil es zu lang ist.

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War positiv überrascht vieles natürlich schlecht gealtert aber durch den weniger ernsten vibe irgendwie doch sehr unterhaltsam. Hat halt wie viele Alben aus der Zeit das Problem dass es viel zu lang ist für das was es ist. Interessant fand ich dass man bei Eminem immer an einen sehr einflussreichen Künstler denkt aber ich hatte jetzt gar nicht das Gefühl dass sich dieser Stil krass durchgesetzt hätte korrigiert mich wenn ich falsch liege bin kein Hip Hop Experte.

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Wow, remember when Eminem was good! This isn't his most consistent album by any means, and he went on to perfect his approach on the Marshall Mathers LP, but it works well to define his sound and make a huge impact early on

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Very dark, very over the top , very shocking and very funny. I loved this when I was 12, probably more because I shouldn’t have been listening to it. Listening back you could say it’s not aged well, but is it anymore shocking than when it came out. Marshall Mathers is far superior but a great debut.

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Listening to Eminem reminds me of my angsty middle school years when I thought I was hard. It definitely has not aged well in terms of content. Musically still holds up very well though. And funny enough I got this album on February 13, 2022 the same day Eminem performed the Super Bowl Halftime show.

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Hi-'97 Bonnie & Clyde, Rap's original edgelord revels in his vulgarity, though most of the humor is from the self-deprecating perspective of the title character and is an over-the-top satirical commentary on impoverished living. '97B&C is a touching showing of vulnerability, which is a welcome change of pace for the album. There are a number of "skits" that I just dislike in albums that could better be done without...the rap trope of recorded phone calls that someone thought was funny was tired even in '99. Overall an enjoyable album, a lot of classics that still hold up, and still manage to make me blush.

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Liked this at the time and brought back a lot of memories but the beats are actually fairly weak in a lot of places. I think the 2nd album was a big improvement from memory.

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I remember this seemed a bit edgy and funny at the time but now I'm a bit older, the constant graphic descriptions of violence towards women seems A Bit Much. But I guess that’s the point. Great songwriting skill but it does become a bit of a grind by the end. Definitely preferred Marshall Mathers LP.

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listened to again still brash, still unapologetic

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Did want to like it but realistically it's just not my cup of tee. The beats are funky and minimalistic, the rapping is, while lyrically on a unique level, often interrupted and lacking flow. Personally I didn't enjoy this as much as I hoped i would

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3 1/2

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Some clever lyrics and excellent beats. My Name Is, is still a killer after 23 years. The rest of the tracks are juvenile, sexist, borderline racist and in places just dumb. The parts I enjoyed I really enjoyed but for the most part the album was a struggle. I've kept it as 3 stars as it is landmark album even though it is very dated

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This simply didn't age well. Still some sick rhymes, though. Best track: Brain Damage

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aight

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nah, 3/5 at most, maybe 2.5

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Well - it’s not as good as the album that followed it - it’s we crafted and clever but also a bit too nauseatingly misogynistic - the concept of even talking this way about violence against women - even with the intention of furthering some other point - shouldn’t even be a thing in 2022. Judging with that lens this album isn’t as strong to make up for the passage of time and more acceptable language of the past. That said some classic tracks and even through the violence and irreverence - Eminem is a master of words and rhyme - and the production is wow - perfect beats, just enough comedy and Easter eggs in the mix. We’re it not for the nails on scratch board depiction of hatred against women - this would have been a comfortable great album.

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Hard to believe that this was his first big album. He had already developed storylines and personas that appeared in later albums. Not a huge Eminem fan, but solid album.

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Not a rap guy and while I get Eminem is playing a character, I just can't stand the lyrics. It just hasn't aged very well in my view. 2.5/5

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Ahh, the fine line between fantasy and misogyny... I have to say, though, that I do like this kind of storytelling hip-hop and the songs have a certain way of pulling you in immediately that I often struggle with when listening to others in the genre. Still, the subject matter doesn't hold up very well at all, regardless of which "character" he's supposed to be rapping from the POV of. Too bad. Also, full disclosure: I "wrote" a Super Bowl commercial for Eminem and Brisk Iced Tea. You can find it on YouTube. They scrapped most of the script, but I didn't care. I got to talk to Eminem on the phone the day after I had my wisdom teeth pulled and all he really wanted to know is if we could see his "puppet take a shit?" It was claymation animation. No puppets. And it was one of the best phone calls of my life.

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A couple of good ones. I prefer his more polished albums that calm down a bit. Most of these lyrics didn't age well.

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Man, I struggle with this album. On the one hand, Eminem creates imagery with his words that is unreal, you can feel his anger and hatred through his raps, and his beats are solid. On the other hand some of these lyrics are disgusting (don’t get me started on Guilty Conscience). I could see it being a 5 for genius or a 1 for not aging well at all, so I’m in the middle.

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I really thought I'd enjoy this more than I did, I like a lot of Eminem but this just wasn't doing it. His flow and lyrics are strong, but it was too juvenile for me.

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I dare you to suggest to Eminem- or more appropriately his evil alter ego, Slim Shady- to start practicing an attitude of gratitude each morning upon rising. You will no doubt end up in the trunk of his car coupled with his dead wife on the way to your final resting place at the bottom of the lake on the outskirts of town (as represented visually on the cover art.) Randomly, - The intermittent ‘skits’ are offensive, seemingly for offensiveness’ sake. It’s the catfish of humor, bottom feeding. - Most of the rest of the material seems to aim the offense at particular persons or events from Eminem’s past, including himself. In truth, this is the most self-loathing I’ve heard in a good long while, and is not inconsistent with many folks who suffer from childhood trauma, as many of his ‘songs’ recount. He was 26 years old when he recorded it. No one at 26 should be hating themselves this much. - However, whatever Eminem is (and is not) doing in these ‘songs’ he’s definitely not glorifying a life gone wrong/bad. His choice of the ‘devil’ character to producer Dr. Dre’s ‘angel’ on ‘Guilty Conscience’ is interesting to ponder in light of his apparent self-hatred. ‘My Name Is’ and ‘Role Model’ also speak to this. And ‘’97 Bonnie & Clyde’ (cover art) is just a truly horrifying tale, hair standing up on the back of your neck stuff. - I was trying to think of the best description of these ‘songs’ and the word that kept popping in my head was ‘sarcasm.’ But sarcasm is the use of irony to mock or convey contempt. Eminem/Slim Shady disregards irony altogether to instead, just matter of fact-ly mock and convey contempt. I’m not sure what literary label should be given to ‘Cum On Everybody’ but sarcasm it ain’t. - I couldn’t help but question throughout 'The Slim Shady LP,' what’s the purpose? Eminem claims that its just horror for entertainment, much like the horror genre in cinema. But classic horror movies are almost always speaking to much larger cultural issues underneath the surface plot, so It’s hard not to imagine that 'The Slim Shady LP' might also be serving in this way. Maybe simply catharsis on a more personal level? One of the many things that helps lift an LP above the average are the emotions it elicits among its listeners. Say what you want about Eminem, but persons sure do react to his work, and not all negatively. And they’re not all disturbed and dangerous. Agreed, 'The Slim Shady LP' is not for everyone, and its not for me. (While I’m a fan, this is still early in his career and is not his best work by a long shot.) Still, though, it is art. And Eminem is a very good artist. Provocative, absolutely. Evocative? Perhaps to some. There is more than enough hatred for everyone here. And I’m willing to bet good money that you will hear something along the way that will finally get to you. In fact, that would make for a great discussion question among reviewers: what lyric on 'The Slim Shady LP' was the one that finally made you wince? Bring a sweater to this listen. Shade will fall.

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So, all things considered. It helped that Eminem actually can spit lyrics. And that he kept his nasal whine. And that Dre saw beyond the physicalities and focused on the potential. And that 1999 was not 2019, and we had a more nuanced understanding of 'cultural appropriation'. (Don't get me wrong, there was hot shit on stilts then too. And far fewer people were paying attention to the egregrity of this behaviour. Nevertheless...)

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I guess it’s a little bit better than I expected but still pretty shit fuck Eminem, edgy cunt 5/10 the album starts saying not to try any of the shit he says, then halfway through the album he’s all talking about how you can drown yourself at home, he’s just an asshole who talks about how hard his life is with made up problems

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I bet this has aged terribly.

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8 Mile is an amazing movie, but this album kinda sucks. Some songs are good (Rock Bottom is pretty great), but I find the lyrics incredibly annoying, and the instrumentals and samples are just ok.

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Whoa boy, it's been awhile since I listened to early Eminem, and this has not aged well. Definitely could not be made today. That being said, his lyricism is top notch and there's strong production. Eminem Show remains my go-to album.

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Wasn't expecting much, there were some songs that stood out and made the album better only to be brought down by some popular ones

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I did not expect that I could listen to the whole album. But some lirics were intresting. Not that I will listen to this album again. But it was different to what I thought it would be.

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First time I've ever heard a complete Eminem album and I'm not sure I will ever do so again. At least, not in my own home.

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Not an Eminem fan

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Not a big Eminem fan. A few good songs, most awful.

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Rap

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Man, this is so dark. It's been a long time since I've listened to this straight through, and it was hard to get through. Later records had the same themes, but more replayability.

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I’m really over Eminem and this album was incredibly boring if it wasn’t so annoyingly and provocatively obscene.

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I don't know? Somewhere between 0 and 3 stars depending on the song and how closely I'm listening

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Bueno... Por el contexto de cuando salió el disco y lo adolescente que era y que sonaba en todos lados, creo que me gustan algunas canciones por eso. Pero vamos, grupo de rap

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I acknowledge his talent as a rapper, but it’s not for me.

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Decent beats. Nothing revolutionary, but a good vibe nevertheless. Too many references to sexual assault for me to enjoy.

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Meh

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Love the Labie Siffre sample on My Name Is. Eminem writes such dark, but humorous lyrics. The anti hero, Slim Shady is such a nasty character and if you listen to Guilty Conscience, where Dre plays the Angel and Eminem plays Slim, the Devil, it is evident that he is just a character. Shady seemed to have the whole world against him. The whole album is really a cautionary tale of how messed up a person can become from trauma and how it spreads from them to the people around them. There is no doubt that Eminem is a fantastic wordsmith and a talented rapper. His delivery is conversational, but fast and never sounds contrived or prewritten. Some great tracks and samples, but just too long for me. Half the album could have been dropped.

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Don't know how to rate this album. I loathe rap - speaking doggerel very quickly over a drum machine beat and a sample of someone else's creativity is NOT music. It might be poetry, but if that's what you're after, try John Cooper Clarke to see how it should really be done. Having said that, Eminem is the best of a bad bunch. 'My name is' is obviously a cut above - but the competition isn't strong.

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Don't like rap very much

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It's Eminem... Specific rap style love or hate it, maximum edginess, good beats

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3/10. Pretty sure this gave me an ear infection

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surely a good hip-hop album for somebody who is into it, but a drag for me.

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Too long. Chatting about his life I'm just not fussed

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Liked a few songs but overall pretty grating

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Meh. I enjoyed 'My name is' and 'Still don't give a fuck', but other than that there was nothing that I really liked on here.

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Kinda fun but also a bit long and vague

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Remembered it as being better.

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Better than expected but still didn't really enjoy it.

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There a couple of tracks on this I could listen to, but as a whole album it's too much. The instrumentals get repetitive, the vocals are so cringey in places and I really don't like the random spoken word sections

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Growing up they told me my autism was a flawtism

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It's catcy and amusing in places, but extremely juvenile and cringey. In 2021 some of the lyrics are very questionable. Guilty Conscience - ooshk. 2/5. Special shout out for Eminem at Reading Festival 2001 being the most cringe worthy set I've ever seen. No, I'm not 'amped' (whatever that means), and I don't really care if you pop that pill or not.

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Not loving it, but it's quite good with the really dark stories and themes together with silly words, mouthfarts and a really non-serious attitude. Great album for the list, but I'm not going to listen to any of it again other than "My Name Is" of course. 2

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If I had a magic wand, I’d make the world suck my dick with no condom on. Eminem scheint vor allem ein Thema zu kennen: Edgy sein. Das wäre soweit okay, aber er setzt sich in einem Anflug von Selbstreflexion selbst damit auseinander: Die einzige Problem damit, das er sich aber vorstellen kann ist die, dass die „kids“ auf die Idee kommen könnten, auch Drogen zu konsumieren. Dem kann man natürlich schnell Abhilfe schaffen: Auf dem ersten „Track” heißt es direkt „Yeah, don't do drugs“. Dann ist ja alles klar und man kann weiter Frauen vergewaltigen schlagen und angesichts der Weißer-Rapper-Allegation Lauryn Hill beleidigen. Abgesehen davon mal langweilig, mal nervig und lang wie ein Migos-Mixtape.

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Es ist irgendwie so witzig wie aus dem goofy Rapper mit den ~provokanten~ Lines der todernste Raptechnik-Boomer wurde den wir heute kennen. So am Anfang fand ich die Beats hier drauf cool, also fröhlich ungewohnt, nette Samples. Dann ist mri eingefallen dass alte 257ers Beats genauso klingen dann fand ich das nimmer ganz so cool ...,,,, Das Album hat mir einfach nix gegeben, die Lines sind ziemlich drüber, also bin jetzt nicht so die Textpolizei aber das ist einfach heute nur noch unangenehm. Der Flow und die Attitude haben aber sicher damals Sinn gemacht. Ich mein ein WEIßER Rapper der es actually kann und sich WHITE TRASH nennt. Geiles Identifikationsmaterial für alle Rowdys der Welt. Ich erinnere mich noch wie die Schwester von meinem Grundschulfreund Tobias ein Poster von Eni-Man wie ich gesagt hab im Zimmer hängen hatte und mein Freund Tobias sagte der ist nicht cool der schlägt seine Mutter. Naja based King gewesen damals. Bestimmt aber auch nur Schulhof-Fake News. Werde das hier in jedem Fall nicht nochmal hören, ist einfach aus der Zeit gefallen und zwar nicht auf gute Weise.

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War als racker richtiger eminam FAN aber seit ewigkeiten nciht gehört und muss sagen: scheisse ist das schlecht gealtert. Edgymeter ist ja wirklich auf Anschlag aufgedreht und jetzt als großer racker auch die englischen texte zu verstehen machts echt nicht besser..... 2/5 aber nur wegen nostalgiefaktor

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Don’t care didn’t listen + you’re white

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man kann hier schon sehen, warum eminem so erfolgreich geworden ist. über weite strecken rappt er echt gut und die instrumentals sind von hoher qualität. seine texte über die eigens erlebte armut zeichnen auch ein spannendes bild über die postfordistische gesellschaft im amerikanischen rust belt. allerdings greift das album an vielen stellen auf gegen frauen gerichtete gewalt als ein witziges gimmick zurück. schon zeitgenossen hätte klar sein können, dass diese dinge, die tagtäglich wirklich frauen angetan werden, keine behandlung als witz verdienen

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Ich fand das ja am Anfang noch teilweise unterhaltsam und auch manchmal bisschen lustig, aber seine überzogene Edgyness hat das ganze wie Milch altern lassen. Es ist vor allem auch immer das gleiche. Die Beats werden auch zum Ende hin immer langweiliger und eintöniger, also bleibt nicht mehr besonders viel übrig. Kann aber nicht leugnen, dass es ziemlich stark startet und dass es durchaus seinen Platz als classic hat. 5/10

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This is more horrible than I remembered but I like the beats. This project is really making me realise that I do not enjoy skits at all on albums, probably because I am boring and hate comedy.

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No me ha enganchado. No me ha llamado la atención. No creo que lo vuelva a escuchar.

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Meh...

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Underwhelming

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Nunca lo aguanté a este tipo. Hacerme escuchar un álbum de este ser fue demasiado. Y lo escuché. Grrrrrrrr. Sigo sin aguantarlo. No descubrí nada interesante.

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Well,...I tried. I really did. I had heard maybe two songs of his before, but I don't recall hearing any from this album. I listened to this and although at times I did like some of the dark humor, I was mostly bored. Even if he intends it ironically or for some other purpose, I tend to have a negative response to anyone who has to put effort into declaring that they don't care what other people think. I kind of figure if one truly doesn't care they don't shout it out because they aren't even thinking about it. But that's just one teeny aspect of all this. Maybe sometime I'll appreciate this album, but it just didn't interest me all that much.

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Dude, that kid is going to fall into the ocean while you're standing there looking cool!

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He's talented but its not really for me

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I got three quarters of the way in the album and had to put on the miles davis album out of sheer desperation

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Well, it’s still not for me. I can see why it’s for others maybe. The cartoonish imagery and adolescent rhymes maybe would have been cooler/funnier if I was younger.

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nah

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I hated 'My Name Is' the first time I heard it on the radio. When this came out it sounded like something geared toward 14-year-old boys who were just realizing that they wanted to upset their moms and weren't sure why or how to do it. I was WAY to old to enjoy this stuff back then. Older than I am now. That said, I don't really enjoy any of this. It feels like a comedy record where the comedian couldn't come up with funny stuff, so they went for the shock. There are bits and pieces that are fun and then sometimes it comes real close to saying something, but then sort of undercuts it. I don't know. Not for me. Two stars because there's clearly talent invovled here. I don't think this is something just anybody could do.

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Idk not good

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Over rated

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honestly i was expecting to absolutely hate this album but it wasn’t as awful as i thought it was. i found myself vibing to it? obviously it wasn’t great but i didn’t despise.

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Man this is really not good

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nope nope nope

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So bad

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Not for me

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Hey look my first 1 (did not like this)

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Zero interés en Eminem i els seus temes.

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ідуть два репера, один в кепці, другий всьоравно пизди получить

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Ba

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At first I was thinking of giving a 2 but it started feeling like I had been listening to this thing for three hours towards the end. "I just don't give a fuck" stood out as the best one as it had the most interesting beat and the hook was kind of catchy. I also liked the line about not being two sell two copies if you made a double album tbh. I would rather just listen to XXX by Danny Brown.

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I really don’t like this

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Not my Cup of Tea!

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You say this to me in an affected accent. You say this to me in front of the tired basketball beat. You say this to me with lots of spikey works You go on and on. But I don't want listen any more.

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So sad so so so so sad

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Never liked his stuff….

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There's very few artists that I don't like to listen to, and Eminem just happens to be one of them. But I gave it a shot for the sake of this challenge and still didn't like it. I mean, I guess My Name Is is a classic, but... I don't really have much else to say about this album.

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Couldn’t get past guilty conscience, hated it

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No thanks

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This list has forced me to listen to some bad albums, but this may be the worst one yet.

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Eminem has talent, but he's made a choice to spend it on cartoonishly over-the-top violence and misogyny.

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Not a fan at all. The music is mostly excellent but isn't that to Dr Dre's credit? Sure it's integral to the album and I care infinitely more about music than lyrics/vocals but when it's so damn distracting and obviously the main course and I hate it.... then I can't enjoy it at all. And I don't. Sure time passing has a way of making what was once shocking almost humorous, but jfc this is still gross - it's just awful. I really do still hate Eminem's voice and his style; whiny/nasally and slightly behind the beat. Hard hard pass on all fronts. 2/10 1 star.

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Nice album

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no.

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Loved it fr

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Listening note?

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