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The Marshall Mathers LP

Eminem

2000

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The Marshall Mathers LP

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3.54

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5

Full on. Loved it, hated it. The shock factor it holds is one of a kind.The opening skit was ridiculous, Kim was proper unsettling, Stan is an eternal classic, the hooks on Bitch Please II and Drug Ballad are sick. But the blatant and repeated homophobia and misogyny is pretty hard to get passed, even the product-of-its-time defense doesn't cut it on this one. Even so it still hits high on Albums of All Time lists (eg. 145 on Rolling Stone's 2020 top 500 of all time list). I'll stand by my rating system though, I can't deny that this album was a (at times hellish) thought provoking rollercoaster.

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Thanks to these Eminem clowns, I'm no longer a glass half full guy.   I had a 30 minute drive so thought I'd start listening to this in the car. Quick search for Marshall Mathers and hit play.  As expected, shitty rap made by dumb ass white guys wasn't doing it for me. I took a quick look and saw the playing time was north of 70 minutes. Sometimes with 1001 you just have to do the hard time and hope it passes quickly.  I get through 8 songs and later at home flip the album on Spotify to finish my sentence. But - something's wrong. I notice the playing time is a little less than what I was playing in the car. It was a 78 min album in the car and a 72 min album at home. I'm confused. The unfortunate explanation for my confusion is that there is another Eminem  album called  The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and I mistakenly  listened to 30 minutes of the wrong Marshall Mathers album. The horror! If you thought 72 minutes of this shit was heavy lifting, try 102 minutes. The glass half full guy I was until today might say: "Hey I could have listened to the full Marshall Mathers 2 album before finding out," but no, I can't be that person today. Those extra 30 minutes were too painful. My glass is half empty. 

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Nope

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5

An extremely in-depth, personal record on Marshall's thoughts about his sudden fame, the pop landscape; all told through the scope of his classic horrorcore rap style. Nuts, and at certain points still fucking terrifying. Still making waves today, too. Favorite tracks: "Kill You", "Remember Me?" "Stan"

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i) Words, harmless and powerful ii) The Stan—Kim paradox iii) Heavy metal rap iv) Don’t forget the jokes v) PHSE i) Consider the line, “If this chick was my own mother / I’d still fuck her with no rubber / And cum inside her and have a son and a new brother at the same time / And just say that it ain't mine”. It’s spill your popcorn, last round of ‘Would you rather’, criminally taboo toilet humour. Every teenager in the year 2000 or 2020 gets its dual offensiveness and senselessness. Eminem is faking you out. The people in the line—J-Lo, Eminem, his mum—are real, but the scenario is so detached it’s cartoonish. So far, so Slim Shady LP. But what if it became less detached? What if he said the Columbine shooters got their trench coats and weaponry from his house? Or worse, that given the chance he’d copy them? That’s a very real and raw scenario, not to mention one in which Eminem was implicated as a cultural influence. And yet both our 13 and 33-year-old selves know that just saying those things doesn’t make them true. Then consider the political climate in 2000—and not just the president getting his dick sucked. I’m talking about the ongoing fallout from the failure of the Bretton Woods arrangement. Clinton coming into office promising Big Government/tighter regulation then realising that not even he can control the bankers. Realising all he’s got left to convince people that can is his words. Cue the age of spin. I did not inhale. I did not have sexual relations with that woman. Etc. The age of controlling the story, controlling the headline, controlling the truth. In this context, Eminem saying he’d commit Columbine, or have a child with his mum, becomes as “real” as what you’re asked to believe on a daily basis. ii) After ‘Kill You’, ‘Stan’ is almost an apology. Breathtakingly brutal, honest, and empathic. It’s a three-dimensional portrait of not-Eminem--the guy he could be if he hadn’t made it, if he didn’t have a way of containing the Slim Shady in all of us. After ‘Stan’, almost anything is tolerable, impregnated mums included. After ‘Stan’, you understand Slim, understand the Stan-Sim lineage. So you chuckle at the jokes, abide the fag-baiting, bite your lip in faux-disapproval at the rabble-rousing. And then, when you’re almost at the end, he gives you ‘Kim’. And it ruins everything. He employs all the same devices that made you empathise with Stan—relentlessly linear first-person narrative, direct address, multiple characters, and so much diegetic sound it’s as much radio play as song—and uses them to not only shock you beyond anything that’s come before, but to betray your trust in his humanity, his sanity, his redemption. What’s so brilliant is not only that ‘Stan’ and ‘Kim’ are both Marshall Mathers songs (that is, if you go in for attributing each Eminem song to one of his three personas) but that the Marshall who kills Kim is basically Stan, the guy he made you empathise with earlier. But now there’s no distance, no epistolary framing device to make the murder seem journalistic. It’s just you and a woman-hating murderer. This is the bit that interests me most. Why are we okay with what was essentially the same story in ‘Stan’, but so appalled by it in ‘Kim’? iii) If I was writing the 2000s update to Chuck Eddy’s ‘500 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums in the Universe’, I’d be tempted to include MMLP. A quick comparison with Stankonia (same year of release) tells me that Outkast’s album is probably speedier and louder. But metal’s also about spirit, and MMLP has a heart full of revenge. It also has barkier rapping, actual screaming, and uses its somewhat basic beats like riffs. While it may lack guitars (except on ‘Kim’, the most metallic of all its songs), it’s still clearly built on the blueprint of Licensed to Ill. iv) “If I ever gave a fuck, I'd shave my nuts / Tuck my dick in between my legs and cluck.” v) I learnt more from ‘Drug Ballad’ and ‘Kids’ than I ever did in PHSE. The former is a too-rarely mentioned Eminem masterpiece (“What’s a little spinal fluid between you and a friend?”), the latter the most scandalising of all his provocations: a genuine PSA. The verse about Zack, with his back "like the McDonald's arches", his shoulders "hunched up like he's practicin' yoga", and his friends "laughing at basically nothing except maybe wasting their money" will always haunt me.

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5

Already convinced it’s a total classic, I figured I’d better do my duty and listen through again so my review can be informed by a recent listen rather than the nitrous of nostalgia. As with The Slim Shady LP, Eminem plays with sounds like few others, but where in that former album he is a little too caught up in his agent-provocateurness and in later years he seems more preoccupied with hitting those densely packed rhymes with machine-like precision, here is Eminem’s perfect marriage of form and content. In each song he revels in playing characters - endless characters: particularly circling back around to the Slim Shady (offensive, gleefully so), Eminem (hostile, back up against the wall, firing back) and Marshall Mathers (introspective, self-effacing) but playing many more cameos in between. Hopping in and out of these roles lends a clarity and sharpness to a still quite long album. It allows playful juxtaposition of track listings (The Way I Am [Eminem, hostile, I won’t be who you want me to] to The Real Slim Shady [Slim Shady, here I am, you want Slim Shady, well here is ALL OF HIM] being a particular highlight). The album only drags when anyone other than Eminem guest stars, perhaps because Em is in such a creative place that he is essentially guest MCing his whole album, but also because the guests take it as licence to do the schtick of obscene and offensive stuff, only without the subtext Em provides of the whole thing being performance. That subtext only works in the context of the whole thing which constantly flips between provocation, meta-awareness of all of this as a show, showing off, gratuitous swearing, comedy skits, world-weary agents, and at the centre of it the question “who is Eminem?”. The album is so effective because it’s essentially a dare to the listener to try and pin it down: a virtuosic catch-me-if-you-can.

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Great production, skilled lyricism, and catchy hooks! Despite all the controversy it is hard to argue that this album doesn't sound great. Brings me back to middle school.

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This one took me back. I listened to it a bunch on a road trip to Florida 20 years ago. I'm not huge on rap but I've always said Eminem is a brilliant lyricist. Here is living proof. The Steve Berman interlude is one I still paraphrase when talking about differences in rap styles. I'd rate the album a 5 if the back half didn't drag a bit. Still, it's a wonder to me how someone like lil Nas X ever came out as gay in the rap world with so much homophobia and false male bravado. Some of the lyrics are instant cringe material. I appreciate how he puts his words and thoughts together even if I disagree with the message.

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Damn, love Shady and I forgot how violent this album is. And anti gay. And misogynistic. I can never figure out if satire, a joke, or real. Ground, even if maybe we leave that ground alone. Ultimately have to rate the art on what it says.

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I tried so hard to listen to the whole thing but the language and crude references just got to me. There are a few Eminem songs that I love but the whole album was just too much.

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Not for me.

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5

Classic, masterpiece, and one of the best rap albums of all time. Yes, the homophobia can be painful to listen to at times and it's easy to understand why that puts so many people off from this album. If this album was any less good, any less influential, any less *anything*, it could be written off as a product of an era destined to remain there forever as a forgotten time capsule. But this is so much of everything that it's impossible to look away. This is the album that sold 21 million copies and turned Eminem into a global superstar. It's a pure demonstration of Em's lyrical abilities, technical skill, and - yes - his humor. If you can get past its transgressive attitude and offensive content, it's truly a gift to put on the MMLP and be able to experience the master at work.

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5

I haven't stopped thinking about this album since I listened to it. His talent is absolutely unquestionable but the content is quite confronting. I remember hearing this album when it came out and while I realise all the bigotry and homophobia is part of the act, it is hard to digest at points, Kim being the biggest challenge. I can't even imagine what it would've been like recording that song. The music is amazing tho and when he gets on a roll you can't help but be amazed. The tracks featuring other artists really show how good he is as his verses wipe the floor with the others. I was gonna give this 4 stars but the fact it hasn't left my mind for 3 days means it's probably worth top marks.

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5

Violent and disturbing, but at the same time, great lyrics, hooks, and flow. A classic album that caused a lot of controversy.

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5

The Slim Shady LP blowing up so fast and Eminem becoming an overnight celebrity created an opportunity for Eminem on his follow-up album to write an excoriating commentary on society in the guise of a deeply unpleasant cartoonish villain who still managed to make people laugh, daring to ask the question - Who is listening to this violent, mysoginistic filth? And why is it so funny? What the hell is wrong with us? This is Em's masterpiece - the verbal dexterity is phenomenal, the choice of beats almost all perfect, the sample choices brilliant (turning Dido's Thank You into a dark reflection on the dangers of hero workship on Stan is a master stroke), even the guests (mostly) don't disappoint. Not all of it is easy to listen to - Kim is really hardgoing (but if this were a film, the actor would be nominated for an Oscar) - and a couple of tracks fall a little short - Drug Ballad and Amityville are the weakest - but the Kill You / Stan / Who Knew / The Way I Am / The Real Slim Shady sequence shows a rapper at the top of his game with something important - and horrible and hateful and funny - to say.

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4

Super offensive but there's really not much else like it out there. It's a weird feeling to be so repulsed and so impressed at the same time. Some of the tracks are just great.

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This would have been a 5 maybe ten years ago but the violence and misogyny is a bit too much for me these days.

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Sigh, tough one to rate. I'm not a big rap fan, but he has a unique style that I can appreciate. The issue becomes when you start to pay attention to the lyrics. It helps to know the underlying idea - there's "Slim Shady" who is everything that people criticize Eminem for - misogyny, homophobia, violence, etc. But then there's the suggestion that this is all an act. "Stan" is a good example of how people shouldn't take him so seriously (and a real catchy tune). The video is disturbing and really well done (and got me watching Dido's Thank You video, which is also a good video and a catchy tune). This Genesis fan liked the Phil Collins shout-out. But then there's a track like "Who Knew" where he's like who would ever think people would take me seriously and I'd get this big? And isn't the problem with the kids other people's fault, not mine? Still, does that make it any better? The rest of the album proceeds similarly - it's not my fault that y'all can't get the joke and it's only because of my upbringing and you're all terrible too. I'm giving it a 3 because I appreciate the style and wittiness, but I can't give it more because I can't rate an album I'd be embarrassed to be seen listening to anything higher than a 3.

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Eminem, for all his notoriety, was THE rapper for white dudes in the early 2000s. He was up there with 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z, and he was WHITE. I can't understate the race thing; in a genre built and dominated by black guys, Marshall Bruce Mathers III was this hardcore white guy who seemingly gave no fucks. Even years later, he's left an imprint on internet culture with the song "Stan" taking on new meaning. Dr. Dre is on production here so you know it's gonna be good. Eminem's lyrics are pretty hardcore for the sake of being edgy. I think at this point he knew his audience wanted shocking so he gave them lyrics that would scare parents, the same thing that worked for N.W.A. Only two reservations are the album length and the extent that Eminem is trying to be edgy. So by the time you hit the 11th track he's spewing homophobic shit and it's not even cool or funny, it just sucks. That's not trying to hold him accountable or anything, I just don't care much for the content. It didn't age poorly or like fine wine. The Marshall Mathers LP aged okay.

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No thanks. I’ve been to the early 2000s

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Hay un par de canciones que más o menos. Pero el resto me ha parecido hasta desagradable. Canciones gamberras de niño de instituto. Prescindible.

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Besides one or two songs, this was pretty boring. It's like hearing an hour long rant. They might have valid points but it gets lost in the mess.

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Heard enough of this crap in high school when it was on everyone like a bad rash. Not supporting this misogynistic prick.

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5

Kim is hard to listen to but a masterpiece nonetheless.

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5

The material was very... jarring, but the rapping was fantastic.

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5

Sindssyg storytelling, rhyme-schemes, grænseoverskridende

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5

A classic from one of the top 5 emcees of all-time.

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5

A lot of anger here. And a lot of homophobia. Good at rhyming though.

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5

Always liked this album. Own it on vinyl

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5

Been a long time since I've listened to this one. Still got instant chills when the bells toll at the start of 'The Way I Am'. Forgot just how violent this album is though!

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Banger

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5

Mixed, deep reactions from the group

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5

Geil

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5

Classic and a great intro into Eminem.

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5

“Stan” is a storytelling masterpiece

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brabo

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5

Dit gaat toch een dikke 5 zijn

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5

Excellent lp. Nothing more needs to be said

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5

Great story throughout the album and I loved the actual dialogue in this. Some good beats as well, but definitely a good listen.

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5

Legendary

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5

I really love the music Eminem makes, and this is no exception. It’s not something I’d listen to casually, except for a couple tracks. It’s also SO angry as to seem facetious and silly at times. I can’t tell if that was intentional.

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5

One of the best rap albums ever. I am definitely biased here, but it’s so good.

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5

this album is fucked up. 5 stars.

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5

Fuck yeah finally.

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5

Front to back a great album. (Minus the Ken Kaniff sketch)

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5

Fire

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5

The sign of a great album is how well it stands the test of time. How relevant the sound compared to current music. This album definitely sounds relevant nearly 20yrs later. Sure the lyrics still sound crass with unneeded language which does come across a little more cringy today but the sound is right on and it flows just as well as ever.

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Classic

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Masterpiece

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amazing storytelling

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Nostalgie pur

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Wow! Brilliant Brilliant stuff. I am not a rap fan. I own one rap album; "It takes a nation of millions..." which Ilisten to every couple of years and try to enjoy, beyond "Don't Believe the Hype". But this is Brilliant. The rhyms and the effortless delivery left me stunned. I will listen to this album in the coming weeks to try to cull as much as I can from it and then move on the The Slim Shady LP which I understand is just as brillliant. Discoveries like this is why I love listening to music and why I am part of this program. My first 5 🌟 album for one that I had never heard previously

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5

FIVE STARS. Standouts: Stan, The Way I Am, Kill You, The Real Slim Shady, Kim.

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Timanttia. Itselle ensimmäinen rap-levyhankinta ja kuulostaa vielä vuosienkin jälkeen erittäin hyvälle 👌

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ewwww ion wanna listen to m&m ewwwwwwwwww this is shit. ok im at stan rn, i kinda like it ok im really loving this now, maybe its just because I'm in good mood right now. its so bad, its good

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5

Grande Marshall

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5

would probably hate this if it was released today, but came out when i was an angry 16 year old so it holds a massive place in my heart

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5

I said the Slim Shady LP deserved to be on the list, but honestly, I feel like this record accomplishes the same thing but better. Like the second season of a show that was good to start, but really found it's groove. Same rage and shock value, but better music.

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5

Still stands up. Still stands up

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5

A total step forward from his debut - lyrically brilliant, amazing production, dark, twisted, funny - a proper hip hop masterpiece

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5

Ready to listen again and again

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5

5/5 - love this album

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5

Amazing album. So lyrically quick and finding the perfect phrasing all the time. Top of his game

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5

Good album but super homophobic and misogynist - something that feels rather aged in the post-me-too era. But damn that was a trip down memory lane in the early 2000s - I didn’t listen to this album back then but it’s just a perfect snapshot of that particular time. Which is why it’s an album one must listen to- and probably not love. It’s a tough one man’s screwed up thought roller coaster that has no place 20 years after it was released but at the same time it’s a perfect Time Capsule. It’s a pendulum swing between brilliant and horrible.

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5

Just an all time great hip hop album

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5

Good album, maybe a little intense on friday morning.

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5

I think maybe the fact my parents wouldn't let me listen to this when I was in middle school only made it age better.

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5

Stan is haunting and The Real Slim Shady is a classic. The rest don't even matter - those make it lights out.

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5

violently beautiful

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5

It’s raunchy it’s crude. It’s vulgar. It’s violent. It’s amazing. This album solidified Eminem as one of the best rappers. He’s doesn’t hold back and his rhymes are fantastic. The beats are well done by Dre. This is a classic rap album. 9.0/10

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Album koji ću pamtit do kraja svog života. Legendaran album koji me je uveo u svijet hip hopa zajedno sa 50 Centovim GRODT. Znam da više govori nostalgija, al znači mi ovaj album puno i nisam mu mogao dati ispod petice. Jedino Ken Keniff smeta na albumu i Kim je scary, ovo ostalo - klasik. Bitch Please II mi je najslušanija sa albuma, znam svakog odglumit i odrepat. Who Knew isto, ma i Real Slim Shady, ma sve jebote. Ako se osvrnem ovako, rekao bih da je ovo njegov najbolji album. Šteta stvarno što nema da se rejta do desetke, jer ne bi bila čista desetka, al bi bila jaka devetka. Luka's ranking = MMLP > TES > SSLP > Relapse > Recovery >> Encore >>> ostatak.

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5

Favorite album

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5

"I murder a rhyme one word at a time / you never heard of a mind as perverted as mine" was pretty much the manifesto for this album. Fantastic production, unbelievable rhyming and delivery. Scary, very offensive lyrics which are very hard to stomach at times, but that was the point. To be this offensive and still be a classic in these times is quite a feat.

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5

Old Eminem best Eminem, 100% goated

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This album is one that I have grown up with before and it remains one of the best rap albums out there. To start, in terms of instrumentation, they are beautifully crafted by Dre. Whether it is the infamous The Real Slim Shady or Criminal or any inbetween they are always enjoyable. In terms of rapping, Eminem delivers unique candence and flow throughout every track, with all of them sounding perfectly tailored for every track, such as the I sit back/ with this pack etc etc. His delivery is aggressive whether it is the way I am or Kim, you can feel the rage behind this album constantly and may even rally behind it. Subject matter and theming was unique for the time focusing on censorship and the media in reaction to his music on songs like drug ballad, who knew and marshall mathers. It also has the idea of fandom and standom in Stan showing the deep and various ideas this album contributed to the rap scene. I will conclude this with features, they do not miss, Dido adds a necessary chorus to complete Stan, sticky fingaz delivers a verse that arguably outclasses Eminem on Remember Me? and Snoop Dogg delivers his clean flow on Bitch Please II.

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5

absolute classic. eminem was completely in his bag w this one

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chaotic over-the-top horror

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Always polarizing, always enthralling, always relevant. Startlingly precise on one hand (Stan, That's What I Am, Drug Ballad) and horribly dated on the other (I'm Back, Marshall Mathers, the skits), The Marshall Mathers LP is the quintessential Eminem album with cultural touchstones and an insight into the life and times of the soon to be Rap God. An essential listen. P.S., Kim is not for the fainthearted. Favorites: Stan, That's What I Am, The Real Slim Shady, Remember Me?, Drug Ballad, Amityville, Bitch Please II.

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Imprescindible de Eminem

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It's Eminem, pretty much every person's stepping stone to hip hop and rap. Everyone knows at least a few songs on MMLP, The Real Slim Shady and Stan to name a couple. There are gems all around too, with Criminal, The Way I Am, and I'm Back being the most memorable. The production and the beats on this is fantastic and makes a whole album of a genre I'm not a fan of really enjoyable. It might not be one of those albums that can be played anywhere anytime, but it's definitely an essential listen.

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5

Great album, goosebumps...

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5

9.5/10

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5

Timeless hip hop album

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5

Eminem. I really loved Eminem as a teenager, the Eminem Show is absolute genius. This album shows him on the way to that and it is a fantastic album but I think his style got cleverer with subsequent albums. This album is in places difficult to listen to but I do get the reasoning behind it all and I think it's very good. The political edge of Slim Shady is very interesting and this album seems to be wholly about Eminem attracting mainstream attention at being a white man rapping when his black contemporaries had been doing the same thing for ages sparks very true and is evident in the fact I loved Eminem and he made it so big in the UK when no one I knew of was listening to Dr Dre or anything similar.

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5

Gawt dammit I actually really love this album.

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5

Gets a little hard to listen to after a while but that's more of a matter of taste. I love a lot of tracks on here and the skits mixed in are hilarious, eminem is one of the greats

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5

Packed with trailer rage and raps like never before seen. An early and incredible success of an album. A modern version could cut out like 3 or 4 tracks, but it still slaps.

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5

The Eminem Show was the album that got me into rap as an impressionable pre-teen, so I may be biased, but I still think that's the more consistent, better album and it's crazy that it hasn't made this list. Anyway, this one is close behind. He switches between so many voices (literally and figuratively) so effortlessly - the biggest singles (Stan, The Real Slim Shady, The Way I Am) sum up Eminem's depth, humour and anger respectively, and they all work equally well. There are undoubtedly lyrics on here that are genuinely problematic, but there are also a lot that aren't - they're cartoonishly OTT or satirical or playful -and that's why he gets away with the whole package, in my opinion. Every topic is pushed to its limits, but it's not *just* designed to shock - there's a lot of truth spoken too. So the lines between sincerity and facetiousness are blurred, which just makes the whole schtick (or is it...?!) very compelling. 4.5

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5

The lyrics are a lot more messed up than I remember, but this album slaps as hard as it did back in middle school. Another 5 for nostalgia.

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Nego branco

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5

Brilliant album.

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5

@SHACK #bingo

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5

Ahhh Marshall Mathers...a name I haven't heard since... Well since he fucked my dad to death. It was the eve of my 15th Birthday, the usual crowd gathered round my parents' house for nibbles and drinks. Eminem swaggered up, pants riding high and jeans around his knees. Without any thought or hesitation, he'd pushed my dad into the pantry and rode the dick off him until they both bled.

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5

Vraiment solide, mais la chanson Kim... oh mom dieu.... 5

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5

Textes fous, interprétation malade, production de feu.

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4

Nice beats. A little more intense than I am used to. Much respect. Great enunciation! Will need to listen again - there was so much going on, I didn't catch everything.

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4

POG

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Not everything from the early 2000s has aged well, and I would argue that this album falls into that category. Eminem's persona sounds a bit Trumpian 20 years on. So, I choose to evaluate the album based on the time in which it was made. In that view, the album is very solid, packed with hit songs 4/5

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4

Great album. Kim is still hard to listen to for me. So intense and raging.

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4

Det eminem, hvad ka man gøre

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3.5 but bumped to 4 for this scale

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Klasik

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Good

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Comedy based in reality, rides a fine line but never falters

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8.5

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Classic

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Love me some Eminem, but I wouldn't say this is my favorite album of his. Would give a 3.5, but I'll round up.

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8.5

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Effed up and unhinged. I want to hate it but it is compelling.

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What a nostalgic album! Still relevant, still entertaining, still "shocking".

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one of rap's best albums, as far as i'm concerned. i grew up with this album, and it still holds up today

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Made me feel like a high school freshman again. Still good music though

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4 - sehr sehr gut

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Bängeri Slässic Slim Shady

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Amazing album and one I need to get back to more often.

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Haven’t heard “The Real Slim Shady” and “Stan” in years! Fun stuff here. 7/10

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I don't think I ever listened to the entire straight through. It's definitely fantastic and it feels like a real album instead of just a collection of tracks. Some of it aged poorly the day it was released and the last 20 years have been slightly less kind. Still very good.

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Very long (+dumb skits) but nostalgic for me. Production has also held up well over the years. 8

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Hip-hop.

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Pode não ser tão meu estilo de rap, mas tem muita música FODA aqui

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god this album is dark. Its Em processing his fame and celebrity while still digging into his own desperate childhood. Bitch Please II is iconic gangster rap song. Kim is graphic and disturbing and i never want to hear it again in my life

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Sharp witty intense entertaining highly inspiring US was officially broken since then

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honestly not sure what to say about this one. i actually liked a lot of it more than i expected, especially the first 30 minutes but some of the songs are so unpleasantly brutal and it's way too long. i'll give a 7

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Superb

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What a lyricist. On par with Taylor Swift I'd say.

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Ich mag das Album. EMINEM ist einfach cool.

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Cool album

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Solid classic.

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Fresh!

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Heavy album! Fucking brutal. Very good though.

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Took me right back to my early 20s. Loved it.

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Original Eminem, classic album 8/10

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Great record. Damn he’s good

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Not my thing but hard to ignore, ear worms like crazy and really well-produced

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This is a good album. It is my personal favorite from Eminem.

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Eminem does not like N’Sync

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This is a classic but there is a bit of filler here also.

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I have to give this a 4, even though this album was hard for me to listen through, and some songs (Kim jfc) were honestly almost too violent for me. I'm not into the humor or the not-even-close-to-politically-correct landscape, but I have to admit this record is significant.

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Yes, some of Eminem's best material ever is on this. And I can see how people have a problem with the lyrics and what they say. But you cannot deny the skill in which it is performed. Never been a big fan of the little skits in between songs, so I would very rarely play those.

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It is truly wild listening to this album in 2021. It’s still a mostly enjoyable listen, but it’s easy to forget just how extreme Eminem was until you listen to this again. He says so much offensive shit that it almost doesn’t matter anymore.

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Well. As much as I wanted to resist this, it’s a work of absolute magic. Honing everything that was brilliant about Slim Shady and creating this perfect synergy of story, song, and emotion. He’s smart as hell and he scares the living jingo out of me (have I mentioned that yet?). I enjoyed it when it came out but I don’t revisit it very much (aside from Stan) and I don’t think I will much in the future. Just not my particular brand of vodka.

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Un 4 porque algunas canciones cansan.

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Sounds like youth and Einslive

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Aina sillon tällön tää löytyy Spottarista soimasta. Timanttista, mut pienestä jää kiinni, että olis kokonaisuutena 5*. Joitain biisei tulee skipattua, mut muistaakseni lukioajoilta asti levy kulkenut sydämessä ja antanut terapiaa. ”Now shut the fuck up and get what’s coming to you. You were supposed to love me! Now bleed bitch bleed!”

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Surprisingly aged well.

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This one takes me back so far, I could smell the steril-ness of those high school hallways.

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4/5

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good album

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Great singles, bit too long. 3.5/5

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PART-BRILLIANCE, SOME CHEESE. OVERLONG. ****

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Surprised that I liked this a lot more than expected. Disturbing, misogynistic, homophobic, underbelly themes coupled with dark lyrics and melodic accompaniments. Two songs about murdering women after they are locked in a car trunk? and almost countless references to his and other people’s penises keeps this at a four instead of five stars. Listworthy = 👍

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Its a great album. The swearing, violence, misogyny, etc are a bit off putting and over the top but I am not sure if it would be good without it.

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Mathers is a calculating pop phenomenon (songs alternate with brief spoken interludes of people commenting on Eminem's attitude, of he having oral sex with two guys, etc, the ultimate form of self-glorification) that viscerally exposes calculating pop phenomena. (8/10) Favorite Tracks: Stan, The Real Slim Shady

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Clever, visceral and very entertaining.

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Brilliant stuff.

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Superb to hear again

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Not a fan of transgressive hardcore, horrorcore hip hop, but this is pretty clever.

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14th October 2021 Listened throughout the day while working before going to see Barnett after he got engaged and he asked me to be his best man! I remember stealing away to listen to my brother's mini disk of this album and it's still as visceral an experience now as it was back then.

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One for the headphones....

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Forgot how great this album is. Great use of samples, lyrically creative and entertaining. Defined a generation.

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Homophobic, misogynistic, but they're still bangers?

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stan is a top 5 storytelling song of all time

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I honestly don't know that I listened to the album versions of a lot of these songs, or heard some of them before at all even. Album is still pretty good despite the JV of it sometimes

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Ágæt en textar eldast illa

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A classic. Lotta good songs here

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Love a bit of Eminem

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Eminem's flow and his hooks are the stuff of legend. I also appreciate his "lil' stinker" vibe, and the fact that he is intentionally a provocateur... But also some of those lyrics are HARD to listen to

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I guess I'm an Eminem stan now

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Classic. Venomous and humorous in equal measure, with the greatest rhymes ever used in music. Legend.

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Hatte ich über meinen Sohn kennengelernt - bis dahin fand ich HipHop albern. Noch heute höre ich Eminem gerne.

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Loved this when it came out. It is still great. Standouts: The Real Slim Shady, Stan, The Way I am, Kill You, Kim, Marshall Mathers, Under the Influence. 4/5

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FÖRLÅT för att jag är casual men Stan är en sån jävla bra låt? Aldrig mått så dåligt av en låt som av Kim, fy fan. Kingplatta.

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In my mind I remember this album to be just as strong as its predecessor. But now listening to it again.. it is still a very good album, but 80 minutes is at least 20 minutes too many. I would probably go for Slim Shady again.

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Jeben album, mislim da je ovo realno najbolji eminem ikad, uz slim shady lp svakako najmanje cringe pjesama koje su ostarile ko 🥛 Obligatory Top 5 rappers: 1. Eminem 2. Marshall Mathers 3. Slim Shady 4. B Rabbit 5. Bijelac iz d12

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Dobar, budi sjecanja na osnovnu skolu, i sad nakon nekih 20 godina, slusam album sa potpuno drugom glavom i odusevljenjem

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Bez neke nostalgije oko ovog albuma, kao što mnoge drži iz mladih dana, mogu reći da je ovo stvarno dobra stvar.

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this album is way better than i remember. time to pick some tracks for mood playlists. not the skit tracks, which i nonetheless enjoy v much.

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This is a better album than the Slim Shady LP. That being said, I rated Slim Shady as a 5 and this a 4. The reason is that while Shady was subpar to this album, what it represents, what it introduced, and what it made possible in terms of Mathers, hip-hop, and the future of the genre is much more powerful than what this album represents. I remember buying this record the day it came out and listening to it in my car CD player over and over. Stan is a standout achievement for sure. I knew it backwards and forwards, and while it's great, it's also dated now, a little derivative, and still in my opinion not his best work, which comes with Encore, after which, he never achieves that level of quality ever again.

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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would .

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Tiene el hit con Dido y The Real Slim Shady. El resto, me gusta el bit pero no entiendo letras...

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I mean it’s good. I feel like a bad person for listening to it though. I can’t reconcile the violence against women, homophobia and I think racism. Even if he’s rapping about people who think like that, there’s not enough distinction in the text that’s what his intention is. The talent is undeniable. The message is terrible.

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What a great album!

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Awesome. Needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Lyrics are a bit raunchy, so you need to be able to separate fact and fiction, and understand where he's using metaphors, acting, etc.

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4 I suppose. it is pretty darn good and creative, even if a lot of the lyrics are a bit cringe at this point.

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I already knew this album quite well from back in the day. Slim Shady at his prime. Love it. Don’t live the skits

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Surprisingly enjoyed it. Interesting use of sound fx.

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Brilliant in its way, but not something I’d want to listen to every day. “Stan” is one of the best short stories ever set to music.

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Long story short: Years ago I was working through some stuff related to my spiritual life, and wrote music and lyrics to an entire LP that I never necessarily intended to see the light of day. Well, it did, and not on my terms, and the final product was personally disappointing and left me angry at the people who forced it. That was a long time ago and I’m over it now. But it gives me reason to wonder if a similar thing wasn’t going on in the creation of 'The Marshall Mathers LP,' the self-professed anxious, angry thoughts of a man trying desperately to work through, and out, his own shit: betrayal from family and lovers, the extraordinarily excessive demands and expectations of fame, the hypocrisy of the music industry and virtually every cultural institution one came name in 21st century America. A friend of mine told me once that one of the first things one can do, finding oneself down a deep hole, is to at least stop digging! Eminem’s alternative strategy on 'The Marshall Mathers LP'? To keep digging ‘till he hits China, and then take it over the top… way over… from the beginning all the way to the graphic end: ‘And I am whatever you say I am. If I wasn’t then why would you say I am… Then attack Eminem ‘cause I rap this way. But I’m glad ‘cause they feed me the fuel that I need for the fire to burn and its’ burning and I have returned!’ And again, from the same track, ‘The Way I Am’: ‘I’m so sick and tired of being admired that I wish I would just die or get fired… And I’m thankful for every fan that I get, but I can’t take a shit in the bathroom without someone standing in it.’ Am I to blame for all that’s bad in the culture, Eminem asks on ‘Who Knew?’ Are rappers (or head banging metal heads) the root cause of tragic events like school shootings, or shouldn’t that responsibility rest more on the parents of the shooters? Interesting, too, that on ‘I’m Back,’ the song in which the Columbine school massacre was referenced, YouTube chose to censor the words ‘children’ and ‘Columbine,’ but apparently felt no discomfort about leaving in the line about Eminem fucking his mother ‘with no rubber and come inside her!’ Look, this LP is ugly, and for a reason. I think Eminem just threw his hands up at this point in his career and said if you’re going to come at me with pitchforks and torches like the mob that tried to destroy Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, then I’ll just super-size that motherfucker to Godzilla-like proportions and really give you something to target. I think taking any of this literally is absolutely missing the point. Extreme? Definitely. Too extreme? I wouldn’t be comfortable rapping it. But it’s not my recording, is it? Neither is it my journey. Forget the lyrics just for a moment if you can, if you dare, and listen to the enormous talent of this guy, an extraordinary rapper. One in a million. He spits out rhymes in an insanely unique fashion. At least give him that. And with the assist of Dr Dre’s signature West Coast sound (the coolest groove around) and traveling with a posse of like-minded artists (Snoop Dogg probably being the best known), this is a great LP. For adults. Not for kids. Or maybe it’s a perfect LP for parents and kids to listen together and learn about things like hyperbole, for example. Not to mention the danger censoring art holds for freedom of speech, the very first amendment to the American constitution. ‘I’m a criminal,’ Eminem closes 'The Marshall Mathers LP' with, ‘Cause every time I write a rhyme these people think it’s a crime to tell ‘em what’s on my mind. I guess I’m a criminal but I don’t gotta say a word. I just flip ‘em the bird and keep going. I don’t take shit from no one.’ It’s not that Eminem shouldn’t have written all of this, every goddamned word, or that it shouldn’t have ever been recorded. Rather, the problem was that a lot of folks should have never heard it. And when they did, if they weren’t emotionally mature enough to understand the kind of art it truly is- a specialized work, not meant for mass consumption- then they became the problem, the real insult, not Eminem. And don’t you dare think for a minute that Eminem isn’t bearing his own consequences for his art. But that’s his shit. You bear your own- which will be more than enough work to occupy the remainder of your time on earth- and shut the fuck up about his. ‘Ha ha (‘Slim Shady’), I guess there’s a Slim Shady in all of us.’ ‘Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy.’ I’m only talking to you right now, listener. I’ll talk to Eminem later, if I ever get the chance.

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4.5

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"Kim" is really uncomfortable. But the rest has its qualities, though a lot/most of the lyrics are unsettling.

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The album is a bit too long; most of the second half is just mediocre hip-hop. But a few of the tracks are truly phenomenal. The level of sarcasm is just right.

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I liked this one. I really like the collaboration on Stan. Overall very good and would listen again.

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Slaps

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Still angry.

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High 4

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- as a person that doesn't really care about rap i always liked this one for some reason. it was the shocking lyrics, the violence, sex, humor. I just couldn't turn this off (it was on cassette and i was 10 and english was my second language...) - yes he sounds like an asshole but I didnt care back then - Stan is amazing song with amazing sample and storytelling, scary background screams and best plot twist ever - the "I'm Slim Shady, yes i'm the real Shady....." tongue twisting, yes please, and that classical piano sample (sounds like Bach) makes it more comical. - Marshall Matters with the guitar! - I will never forget about the blow job skit - Bitch Please II has sick beat and I always wondered what was the weird organ/piano sound..... - Kim is just scary, skip - Criminal again shows great storytelling - deserves to be in 1001 albums, but some songs make it 4/5

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Kill you, Stan, The way I am, The real Slim Shady, Bitch please

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A deeply unsettling album characterized by Eminem’s aggressive, yet self aware lyrics. Despite its unsavory moments, of which there are many, this album is a cohesive statement on fame, notoriety, and the insanity that comes with it. Eminem knows his violence towards women is wrong, he knows his homophobia is misplaced, yet he persists in it continuing a self destructive cycle consumed by fame. Say what you will about the violence and misogyny in his content, Eminem’s sound is distinctly his own.

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Second Acts, or careers, are normal. Some are built out of necessity. Look no further than one Kenneth Charles Osmond. He was so identified with his brilliant performance as one of the more iconic characters in television history that he had no choice but to retire from acting altogether (save for reboots which allowed him to slip right back into the Eddie Haskell character) and become a police officer. And imagine how Ken Osmond must have felt when he first heard that kid who starred as that "Little Squirt" channeling all of his anger towards law enforcement on popular music. Tony Dow must have rolled his eyes every time he'd hear the Beave call Larry Mondello fat. But we should give Beaver credit for at least waiting until Hugh Beaumont died before embarking on a new, albeit controversial career. Barbara Billingsley approved, but that wasn't surprising given how well versed she was in speaking jive. It was still shocking for millions of fans to learn Beaver Cleaver grew up so angry and hurt. Oops. I'm sorry. I thought this was The Jerry Mathers LP.

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Undeniably a unique talent. I'm glad I took a listen.

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Has it's moments, and I enjoyed it.

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Good album

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-Pretty dark -dated language lmao -Rapping skills still v high

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Very good musically, somewhat ruined by absurd levels of homophobia and misogyny.

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A product of its time with some legit great songs but, holy fuck, some of these lyrics are even more hurtful and offensive than I remember.

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Lots of swearing and violence. Some good songs, but this was a different time

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I can't listen to these lyrics anymore in good conscience, but there's a lot of good stuff on here.

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Interesting. First time I've listened to an entire Eminem album. I have enjoyed a couple of his songs in the past including 8 Mile movie. However, this was a bit harsh.

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I had recently listen to this one from beginning to end haha, so I skipped a few tracks. The nostalgia is strong with this one.

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meh

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Intense and angry. Not for everyday listening, but it's a true mark in time.

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Master class de producción.

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Angry!

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A partir de cierto punto todas las canciones suenan exactamente igual. Tiene buenos temas, mola haber vuelto a los 15 años pero no me quedo con ninguna canción y algunas son basura. Aún así hay que valorar lo que supuso el disco en el hip hop

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I actually find his voice quite annoying explaining my lowish score. I can't knock his skills though.

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It’s good and some parts are very funny, but it’s so fucking hateful.

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Utrolig varierende kvalitet på dette albumet. Noen gems; Who Knew, Drug Ballad og ypperlig med både Snoop og Nate Dogg på Bitch Please 2. Jeg blir bare irri av Stan og The Real Slim Shady - vet ikke hvorfor.

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Irriterende med alle pratesporene, men er en del bra her. Ville helst gitt 3.5

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raw as fuck, brutal, violent, misogynistic, fun - would like to see how it would go down if released now. Some drivel though. 6/10

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Enjoyed this back in the day but it's not aged particularly well.

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Alright I suppose

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Meh

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Not my genre. I tried listening but just not for me

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Surprisingly good, given my general dislike for the genre. Too much repetition, though: it could have been shorter/better.

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3/5

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Just began and I can't go on because I am stuck listening to Stan. The chorus is incredible, oh my god. I wish Nicki Minaj would take this album as inspiration when she makes her next one... Sonically though. I cannot stand the homophobia of this record. I sit sometimes satirical? Yes. Is it all to push an image he can only portray because of his privilege? Yes. Is it good? No.

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It has some bangers, but i think i wont play it again

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Neato. Wish there was less cussing

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stripping away the veneer of shock rap reveals... a self-pitying, self-absorbed look at the music industry and life as a musician through the lens of an "outsider" in rap. some good messages and critiques of being an artist here but mostly whining. also repeatedly stating that your music is for edgy white high schoolers is kinda weird

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Muy buen disco de rap, una forma de rapear extraordinaria todos los coros pegados los beats espectaculares, obras maestras del rap

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Nonostante mi piaccia il rap, non mi ha fatto impazzire (ma l'ho ascoltato distrattamente)

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Interesting album. One can only hope that he's using his lyrics in a cathartic way. Good beats and song-writing though. Favorite Tracks: Stan, Criminal, The Real Slim Shad

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Can’t get into him …

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3.7 - An MC with unparalleled rhyming and flow. And an artist who’s clearly working through some stuff. “Stan” marks an amazing high as its narrative unfolds like a thriller. Honest and raw in his lampooning of some of the music industry’s more toxic elements, and he doesn’t throw punches when calling out certain executives in particular. In the end though I found all the self-pity, homophobia, and mommy/Kim issues exhausting. For me while I can appreciate his consummate skill as an MC, Eminem remains an artist to enjoy in small doses.

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I can see why people say Eminem is one of the greatest rappers of all time.

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A dark angry rap album. 3RS

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Strong 3, almost a 4. The lyrics are questionable in places, and very good in other places. I did enjoy this a lot more than I thought I would though, some great tracks and it's pretty consistent.

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This man is hella angry. I don't know why but eminem always sounds like he is parodying something to me. 2 angry/5

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Good for what it was at a point in time with regard to being a new voice/perspective (one could argue that Eminem brought a different class lens to rap of the era). Not one I'd reach for on the shelf though.

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Eminem was better at that moment, but skits are terrible, instrumentals really boring, and eminem is so hyperactive. Don't care about the lyrics.

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Not my thing, but he's a seriously creative lyricist.

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Not my cup of tea. Bit sweary (although I like swearing, less is more) and overwrought. Might try again when I want to vent

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Singles are great. Album a bit of a meal

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Heard before but not for ages. Trails off in second half when the nastiness stops being offset by the wit and intelligence that characterise the first half, and is just… grim. The guest spots and skits add very little too.

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Agressieve lyrics, goeie rapper. 'Stan' is een nummer dat altijd raakt. Een van de hiphop-albums die er voor mij wel mee door kan

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Skilled rapper. I'm sure these lyrics were shocking when this album came out, but now seem a little tired.

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3 1/2

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It was a bit of a rough listen but it still slaps.

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6/10

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This was really popular when I was about 17. Not too bad, goes a bit too long. But young Eminem was angry lol. 3/5.

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Very strong. Not my thing.

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This was never really my jam. And Eminem was basically playing to my exist age group. But the angst and anger never really resonated with me. However some great singles and writing, undeniable talent.

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classic

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Some of the hits, overall kind of weird to listen to in the modern era

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Classic.

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I think there's some great songs on but is really brought by some stuff in songs that hasn't aged well and some unfunny skits.

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Eminem's edginess, certainly, feels dated nowadays. But back when this album came out, it was still riding the line of being pop while saying things you couldn't fathom other artists at his level of popularity saying. His abilities can't be understated either. He's undeniably a great rapper, but the shit he's usually rhyming about is of little to no interest to me. Not something I need to visit often or really infrequently for that matter. This album certainly takes me back to a place in time, though...this album gets a high 2, so I guess I'll round up to a 3...

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Though never a fan of violent content or style of singing, this album, surprisingly, did not bother me too much, music-wise. At least it's not a noisy one. And Stan is surely a classic by now, not to mention it has endorsement from Sir Elton...

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There's no denying the talent here, but the mix of gleeful horror core and whiny self absorption gets old across a whole album with nothing to lighten the mix.

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Det är inte ... ett bra album. han bara gnäller så mycket.

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solid beats. eminem is good in his job, but after listening through the album im a little full.

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I'm officially announcing that Eminem is overrated. Not because this album is bad (it's not), but because this is supposedly his masterpiece, and I personally don't see it. Yeah, some excellent songs on here, but it's also riddled with the skits that bogged down so many early '00s rap projects, including at least one sex skit that demands a skip and prevents this from getting any higher than a 4 star rating. I don't know, I think I prefer the Slim Shady LP and even Eminem Show to this one. The highs are very high, but most of it is in a middle ground that doesn't stick with me, and the skits range from unnecessary to painful. Still a good album and solid overall, but I can't really co-sign the classic status. Blame Ken Kaniff, not me. Favorite tracks: Stan, I'm Back, The Real Slim Shady, Who Knew, Kill You. Album art: Some have a picture of him next to some decrepit piece of furniture, I'm guessing in the house, and some are this shot of him outside the house. Either way, it's clear that he's plumbing the depths of his psyche, and I respect that. I wish it was more saturated, but it's fine. 3.5/5

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Oh Slim, you poor boy sitting on your porch wondering what the world can offer you and how you put your fist so far up the worlds rear to prove that you are the next big rapper. I enjoyed parts of this LP but I'm like a midpoint Eminem fan, his old stuff is very vulgar which is ironic because I typically don't care about that but you can tell that he is trying to be very aggressive on this album. Every other song started getting me upset or nervous just feeling like I was being personally attacked by Marshall. He definitely hits every gender, race, and creed in his insults. People are upset at Dave Chappell for his comments about the trans community but I'm wondering what they would think about some of these tracks. But there are some bangers on here too: Stan, The real Slim Shady, Marshall Mathers, Drug Ballad.

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3.t5 stars, angry but playful

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listened to again one of a kind

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3,5; classic from Em undoubtedly, it has a lot of Eminem in it, but imo it aged very poorly, starting with homophobic lyrics, ending on old-fashioned voice modulation and beats, even though album contains 2 classics like Stan or Real Slim Shady. Some of another songs are enjoyable as well and they have really unique vibe, I think that I should mention the song Kim at this point.

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Hip hop. Algunas melodías y ritmos interesantes.

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Hard to know what I thought of this. Like I enjoyed a lot of it and know Eminem is a rather a legend, I guess a lot of it is story telling but I did find all the racism, sexism and homophobia a little jarring.

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This is so hard to rate!! I'm trying not to overthink this because there's so many factors. Big main positive factors include; artistic/creative genius, unique voice and rap style, unashamed discussion of hard-hitting topics, an intense journey mapped out through listening to one album. Big main negative factors include; what could be perceived as misogyny, homophobia, profiting off of the world's deepest misery, promoting/potentially inspiring domestic violence. I have to appreciate how incredibly deep and influential this album is/was but also I can't say I simply love it, it's too complex so I think the best route to take for me is a 3. I am so torn between the very top and the very bottom and I think that is actually part of the beauty (is beauty the right word? It's fascinating) of this album and a lot of Eminem's work.

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Man he just so angry with Britney and Christina. A few less homophobic slurs and this would be a 4

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Kind of repetitive to be honest. skits were funny, a couple good ones but not what I remembered

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Long time lurker, first time listener ... to an entire Eminem album. Whoa this is one angry white dude. His lyrical dexterity is pretty impressive though, he seemingly can make any sentence rhyme and he sprays the room with words like it’s from an AK47. His misogynistic, homophobic and sophomoric schtick gets old after awhile though, or is he actually railing against all that, dunno because it’s a fine line. Dude needs to chill a bit though. I thought Stan which sampled Dido was nice.

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Virtuosic rapping, but the beats are honestly lackluster in some songs, and the whole thing neatly fits into the definition of "too much" sometimes.

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Surprisingly acceptable since I don’t really like rap/hip-hop. I did accidentally download the censored version which sucked a lot of joy out with the whole flow being destroyed by constant missing words - but that also means it’s full of swearing which is an odd lack of variety and articulation against the clever wordplay throughout including a joke about being a bad influence on 4&5 year olds! Eminem has a far less harsh and annoying voice than I recall. Mostly clever and listenable.

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this man says some weird shit. but he made a career out of it and i respect that. some of the lyrics are just gross though

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Good album, one of Eminem’s scarier albums as he uses his music to fantasize about handling his personal problems in a violent fashion.

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Quite explicit, sometimes seems to be just for the sake of outrage and shock value rather than because it actually adds anything. Hard-hitting and candid on the non-skit tracks (of which there were too many for my taste), would prefer more in this style. Really enjoyed Stan, The way I am and I'm back, all of which I knew from before. Perhaps the other tracks may grow on me, but as already stated, the overly explicit nature of some tracks, apparently just for the sake of being that, makes me hesitant to bother listening to the whole album again.

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Crude, rude, unforgettable dude.

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Guidance counselor music

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A hard one to rate - creative, great production, but unpleasant - hadn't listened to the whole album before, won't listen to it again

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Slick, with great production. I don't like the dude, but this is pretty infectious.

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never really been an eminem fan, but it turns out teenage me heard this album in my friends car so much that i know it pretty well. I was tempted to give this a high score as some of the tracks are pretty good and its fairly solid as a full album, but there's some massive elephants in the room. calling people faggots in a song is pretty wild for these days and the fucking skit songs make my skin crawl.

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3

Great beats, questionable lyrics

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Ugh, the guy can rap alright, but he's a massive tool. The homophobia, misogyny, and general edgelordishness of it all are pretty tiresome. 😒 Fave track - eh, "Stan" I guess - gotta give him props for managing to verb a proper noun...

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What I lik of rap and hiphop music is the social claim that is shown in its lyrics. Interesting point of study. Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (/ˌɛmɪˈnɛm/; formerly stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is credited with popularizing hip hop in middle America and is critically acclaimed as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Eminem's global success and acclaimed works are widely regarded as having broken racial barriers for the acceptance of white rappers in popular music. While much of his transgressive work during the late 1990s and early 2000s made him widely controversial, he came to be a representation of popular angst of the American underclass, and has been cited as an influence for many artists of various genres. About Rap and hiphop. Interesting is who is assumed as a "subculture" (which should be the culture in this case?) Hip hop music or hip-hop music, also known as rap music, is a genre of popular music developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans, Latino Americans and Caribbean Americans in the Bronx borough of New York City in the 1970s. It consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records (or synthesized beats and sounds), and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.

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Eminem on epäilemättä teknisesti yksi kaikkien aikojen taitavimmista räppäreistä, mutta tää levy ei kyllä oo tekstiensä puolesta vanhentunut erityisen hyvin. Homofobialla ja väkivaltafantasioilla ei ihan kauheesti enää saa shokkiarvoa, ja ne tuntuu lähinnä lapsellisilta. Sanotaan nyt kuitenkin 3/5

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Türkçe yazalım. Dota oynarken dinledim lanei kaybettim

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Gets a higher vote for old school listening. It isn’t actually that great now with age.

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The popular singles still stand strong, the rest of the album is either unremarkable or, frankly, lyrically gross.

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I've not listened to many Eminem projects at length. They tend to work. He has his sound, his flow, his themes. Background music, almost, though playing Eminem as background music is a questionable choice at best. Listening a bit more carefully to the whole LP was not exactly kind. The flow and insults get a bit old, though of course the rhymes are tight and Eminem acts perfectly like himself. I wonder about that last thing, though: How much is actually there in the music and how much is persona and coverage? Looking back, there is a really disproportionate amount of attention on the controversy and the context of MMLP, as opposed to the songs themselves. The production is fine, if minimal. The weird focus on ICP has maybe aged worse than anything. Granted, the back end of the album picks up significantly.

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The back half of this one is trash, full of misogyny and homophobia. I still like most of the singles and the rhymes (for how they are constructed), but this one is a tough listen anymore.

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Meh. El rap no es lo mío.

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Not my thing

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This album makes me cringe. It’s clearly hyper-edgy to sell. The rhymes and beats are fantastic, Dre and Em are masters of this genre. But the content is too brutal. Sorry, cannot relate...

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Not my favorite rapper, but always unique. I grew up listening to this album, and it was still hard to play through.

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not my favorite. it hasn't aged well. the music is really fun and the beats are ok. the lyrics don't really resonate in any meaningful way.

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So many solid tracks. Takes me back. Hard to listen to, with how violent and misogynistic and homophobic it is, though.

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Rap so i was never going to like it but better than some of the other stuff. Some of the language used is insane.

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Undeniably groundbreaking and brilliant, but that doesn't give the misogyny a pass. Just way too much to be able to give it a high rating.

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I know a lot of people love this album, but I just can’t get passed the language he uses.

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3. Well, I can see why it is good, but at the same time it felt a bit Korny, and was just unpleasant for me to listen to. Also way too long.

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If I couldn't understand English I'd really like it. 4

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I like Eminem’s hits a lot but I’m still out on most of this album. Terrific talent, truly disturbed

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Was this album written by a 15 year old boy with serious issues with itself? "The Eminem show" is way more mature and interesting than this album.

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I acknowledge how insanely talented Eminem is, and I love a few of his songs, but a whole album is tough to get through. Especially in songs where he murders his wife.

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Eminem has some great songs but his more theatrical stuff is really unlistenable. I forgot how dark and aggressive his music was and is just shock for the sake of shock

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This is both angrier and more homophobic than I remember. It’s a funny album though and an interesting time capsule for what an angry embattled rapper sounded like in 2000.

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Stan is pretty good but the rest kinda sucks

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Ich mag die Beats. Ich kannte Stan aus dem Radio, mag es aber nicht so gern. Real Slim Shady = CLASSICCCC on every party!!! Alles in allem würd ich es mir aber nicht öfter anhören.

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very crass, not my favorite.

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Musically, his stuff is very interesting. Lyrically, he just sounds like Moby's pissed off alter ego.

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Angy

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I know some like it, but nothing there for me--ZERO connection.

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real conflicted because I like a couple of songs and I have a lot of nostalgia for it, but this album aged like milk. Went in expecting to like revisiting it but the majority of the songs left me physically cringing

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The music itself is alright. I like that he doesn't hide his lyrics and voice behind a ton of noise and production. That said, the lyrics about rape, killing children, and homophobic slurs might have turned me off this one...

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Glad I listened because it’s interesting creativity but it’s not really my cup of tea. I can see how it made the top 1001

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Some of these songs were omni-present when I was in high school. Used to carpool with a guy to school that was a big fan of this music and I think he had a burned CD with some of these tracks (along with OutKast's Stankonia and Dre's Chronic II) that was on a constant loop. So this brings back some memories... But having said that I was never much of an Eminem fan and much of this album has really not aged well. While I have to give him credit for being pretty funny a few tracks (The Real Slim Shady)... much of it is overwrought (Stan, Marshal Mathers) and (as usual with the genre) the homophobia and misogyny is a problem. He's also kind of obsessed with the pop landscape of the time (Britney Spears and the like, boy bands, etc) and that all seems so dated now. Also, like a lot of records from this time period, it's way too long (1 hr 12 min). Not even Snoop can save this one in the end. Kind of a fun memory trip, some clever/funny lyrics, but it doesn't really hold up (even compared with other records in this genre from the same time).

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Starkt album? Oväntat bra, va verkligen inte beredd på all spice, va fan oväntat mycket som 'flög' 2000.

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It was an improvement on the Slim Shady LP with some good moments, but still disliked most of it.

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This didn't age well.

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Eminem is a talented rapper, if he could’ve trimmed the length and varied his topics this could’ve been epic ftw

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Bruuuuuuuuuh (remix)

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I don't like his flow

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Not a fan…. Only liked Stan

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He is a talented song writer and his lyrics can be great when he wants them to be. Like most electronic music though it just isn't something I can get into.

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Não é para mim, mas gostei da sonoridade. Esperava menos, para ser sincera.

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Emminem is good at telling stories and I like some of his songs. With this album I get the appeal if hearing someone talk about extreme/taboo stuff, and yeah maybe there's irony or its a caricature or whatever, or its purposefully inflamitary/shocking, but in general I thought 'nah', whatever way I look at it, the answer is generally 'nah'.

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Here is a confession, I have never before listened to Eminem by choice.

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Lyrically I just didn’t like it. The misogyny and homophobia was just horrible

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As a non-rap-fan I guess I can still recognize that Eminem is pretty talented and has a way with words. That said, I still don't like rap and his lyrics pretty horrible despite his way with words. At least half of everything he has to say is a mixture of swear words, homophobia, domestic violence and "I'm white, deal with it". Stan is a good song and I spent the album hoping for another track with such high quality, but couldn't find it. I liked Kim and the D12 parts of Under The Influence. But that was it.

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Bit cringe

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Very aggressive and hardcore. The lyrics are dark, vulgar, descriptive, obscene, and offensive, and each song tell a particular story. The sound is okay, and the album, in general, is fine, but I wouldn't listen to the entire thing again. The album was a shock, and the opening skit was ridiculous. The blatant and corny homophobia and misogyny are hard to get through, which I am sure would not have made it anytime. Kim was unsettling and uncomfortable in general, but a couple of songs were pretty good. Kan Tariff was, again, ridiculous and uncomfortable to listen to. The language was a just little too much.

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I can't do this to myself, the sniggering idiocy of the introduction was enough

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Beats are good, the rest I could leave.

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Hmmm. The beats are awesome (Dr Dre's influence surely), the rapping skills are top notch and even the humour is welcome. But the misogyny and homophobia is toxic and impossible to overlook, maybe more so with the passing of 20 years or so. I still can't work out whether it is all front or not, but that probably isn't the point.

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This album put me in a bad headspace. I can appreciate the amazing wordsmith Eminem is, but this horrorcore genre filled with misogyny and homophobia really bothers me. I wonder who this album is for and where the enjoyment in listening to can come from. I definitely won’t be going back.

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Pretty good, can't see myself listening to it much in the future though.

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Até que funcionou bem pelos hits da época da mtv e bases interessante.

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Juuh vähän on vaikee kuunnella, vaikka monta ihan teknisesti hyvää biisiä.

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Vaikka tiedän et kyseessä on alterego on tätä paikotellen aika raskas kuunnella. Julmaa. Oli kyl hienoo 2018 nähdä Eminem roskildes ku siel oli 200 000 ihmistä mutta kyl vähän häijyy tää tekee. Tykkään enemmän ehkä siitä tän levyn jälkeisestä superstara-aikakaudesta enemmän. 2/5

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Eminem's beats and rapping ability are impeccable here. It really holds up. Lyrically though damn this has NOT aged well. Truly from a different time.

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0. Hate.

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I have heard a few Eminem songs over the years, and with the exception of "Lose Yourself," a song I like (great beat, cool guitar riff, and good lyrics), I was never interested in listening to his music. I just listened to this album and came to the same conclusion. There's a whole lot of "I don't give a ***" being vocalized, and no matter the source, I find that self-proclamation of individualism to be amongst the more boring messages, artistic or otherwise, one can utter. That, and musically and content-wise, this album does very little for me.

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When I was younger I dismissed Eminem. Never bothered to listen to him. Now that I have listened to him I am happy to say...I was not wrong. Fucking. Edgelord. Rap.

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Favs: Um. I guess "Stan." Sometimes Dido sang, and that was better Mehs: It's beyond meh into painful Worse than I remembered, but I only heard singles. I did not know this had "skits." There is a skit where Shaggy and Violent Jay perform oral sex on each other. Because ha ha they are gay. Ha ha. Then mother raping, girlfriend murdering, mother throat slitting, yelling homo, yelling slut, blah blah. "Kim" in particular is enraging and his voice sucks on the bridge. Ha ha domestic abuse. The edgelord burns. Lyrics aside, his beats and themes are damn repetitive, too. Wish I could give zero stars.

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Please make it stop.

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I remember trying to like this album when it came out. There were some catchy songs but the content of those songs made the album unlistenable.

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Really not interested in his "ironic" misogyny and homophobia. I'm not shocked, just bored, because I'm an adult not 14.

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This was cool and edgy when I was 13, but as an adult in 2021: nope. This doesn't hold up at all. Couldn't make it more than a few minutes without cringing. Deleting from library, sorry Eminem.

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Not really my thing. Makes me quite uncomfortable listening to it. I guess that might have been the point, but really not for me.

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Oh dear. Utter tosh.

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suger actually mer än ja nånsin sku ha kunnat tro... det här var pinsamt att lyssna på. Alla beats utom kanske 4 låter billiga, hans röst då han rappar (utanför Stan) är väldigt irriterande, och en stor del av skivan är tematiskt om exakt samma saker, jag dödar dig, tar piller, fuck you!!! Bryr mig int vad du tycker! Blir snabbt ointressant, speciellt då skivan är långt över en timme lång. Come on man...

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this album fucking blew. that's my take.

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Can't decide if this album is Eminem's justification of being a douche bag or more proof that he is. It's so over the top offensive on so many levels it borders on an attempt at comedy or parody and clearly, Eminem is trying way too hard to be taken seriously. I feel justified for dismissing him for all these years because it is as horrible as I thought it would be.

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Homophobic and misogynistic.

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It's too bad that he relies so heavily on dropping F-bombs and violent, hateful lyrics designed to shock listeners, because some of the music is alright. The best part for me was being re-introduced to that Dido song.

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I like eminem for the most part, but not this album.

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Booooring. Kjafturinn á þessum gaur gerir ekkert fyrir mig.

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Tried it at least, definitely wasn’t my scene. But could appreciate the production value.

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Apart from Stan, it's terrible.

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Interesting

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Still love it

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