Friday, 18 October 2013

The Slim Shady LP (1999)

This album shows a drastic change from his last release, Infinite. The chill and relaxed themes are now gone, and replaced with bold, aggressive and angry ones. This was also his first successful album. Largely due to hip-hop mogul Dr Dre's involvement, Eminem managed to find his way in the limelight.

I'd say that this is my personal  favorite album in his discography, although it's hard to choose from this and 2000's Marshall Mathers LP. This album introduces Eminem's alter ego, Slim Shady, an insane, angry, murderer.
Most of the songs done as the character also had a comical, almost cartoonish feel to them, despite the extreme violence. As an example, listen to the tracks Brain Damage or My Name Is.

Along with the Slim Shady tracks are more personal tracks like If I Had and Rock Bottom. 97' Bonnie and Clyde could be considered a mixture of both sides. The track involves Eminem dropping his dead girlfriend into the lake, all while baby talking to his daughter Hailie about the situation, it's probably one of the more striking tracks on the album. Because it truly is interesting.

Bad Meets Evil is a track that doesn't really fit in anywhere with the album, but it's arguably one of the best
examples of Eminem's lyrical capabilities, as he goes back and forth with rapper Royce Da 5'9

Overall, the album, by many, is considered to be Eminem's magnum opus, and with good reasons,Newer Eminem fans would probably be turned off by the violence, but I feel that this was the highest point of his career.

Favorite Track-Brain Damage
Least Favorite Track-Cum On Everybody.
Overall Rating- 9/10

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