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Eminem – The Slim Shady LP REVIEW

★★★★1/2: Apalling; amazing. Delightful; Disgusting. It touches every sense and leaves you in awe at the rhyme schemes AND raw vulgarity in the lyrics.

Eminem – The Slim Shady LP

Released: 23 February 1999


     T
his is the album that introduced the world to Eminem…and this is the album Eminem introduced the world to him. In The Slim Shady LP, we get an in-depth, chauffeured tour through Eminem’s demons, including family problems, rap aspirations, and mental breakdowns. Around the time SSLP was released, several political interest groups tried to shoot down Em for his vulgarity and loose cannon of a mouth. But Em’s sharp tongue is what places as one of the best rappers of all-time, and The Slim Shady LP as one of the best albums in his discography.

My Name Is: 5/5
Guilty Conscience: 4.25/5
Brain Damage: 4.25/5
If I Had: 5/5
’97 Bonnie & Clyde: 5/5
Role Model: 4/5
My Fault: 4.75/5
Cum On Everybody: 2.5/5
Rock Bottom: 5/5
Just Don’t Give A Fuck: 4.5/5
As The World Turns: 4.5/5
I’m Shady: 5/5
Bad Meets Evil: 4.75/5
Still Don’t Give A Fuck: 5/5

4.53/5 Apalling; amazing. Delightful; Disgusting. It touches every sense and leaves you in awe at the rhyme schemes AND raw vulgarity in the lyrics.

VERDICT

★★★★1/2: Stellar example of genre; peak potential

     Chock full of crazy/twisted stories, syllabic rhymes, and out-of-this world flows, The Slim Shady LP proves to be one of the most vivid Hip-Hop albums ever released in terms of imagery. Eminem paints delightfully disturbing pictures as seen on the songs ’97 Bonnie & Clyde, My Fault, and Guilty Conscience. This was the world’s first taste of Eminem, so his pseudo-psycho talk was fresh and shocking, adding to the album’s legacy. If you ever got disgusted or felt violated during the duration of this album…

GOOD you were supposed to, Eminem STILL doesn’t give a fuck.

Editor’s Note: Production, mixing, and some of the content (shock value), on this album hasn’t aged too well. It’s the weakest aged album in Em’s discography, not counting Infinite. I still respect SSLP’s classic status and impact, but as of right now, I prefer MMLP and The Eminem Show.

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