Posted Jul 15, 2010 in Music | 1 Comment

Eminem Review

With his 9th album to date (I am counting the two independant albums he released, Infinite in ’95 and The Slim Shady EP in ’97), the Real Slim Shady, or Eminem if you will, is back with his newest project titled Recovery.

After disappointing the hip-hop community, his fans, and even himself with his last album Relapse,
Eminem looks to rebound and take back his spot at the top.

Shady uses Recovery to talk about his recovery from pills and self-destructive behaviour. He tries to show his audience that he is taking a stand and changing his ways.

As is the case with virtually every hip-hop album these days, there is a little something for the party/club people. The hit single “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna is sure to get people moving  with its catchy beat.

Besides screaming the 1998 comedy Night at the Roxbury, the album’s other lead single “No Love” featuring the currently incarcerated Lil Wayne definitely says “get on the dance floor!”

Beat-wise, the album delivers on virtually every track. Songs like “Going Through Changes,” “Cold Wind Blows,” “Not Afraid,” “Talkin’ 2 Myself,” and “W.T.P” really standout, naturally. What did you expect fom a Dr. Dre produced album?

Some other excellent songs include “You’re Never Over,” “Won’t Back Down” featuring Pink (where has she been???) and “W.T.P” (White Trash Party) I am going to have to leave that one alone…

Lyrically, the album gets a little confusing. While Shady talks about getting off the pills and straightening himself out, and taking care of business on tracks like “Not Afraid” (“I’m standin’ up I’ma face my demons/ I’m mannin’ up, I’ma hold my ground/ I’ve had enough, now I’m so fed up, time to put my life back together right now… It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me… I promise to focus solely on handlin’ my responsibilities as a father…”), he talks about using the same drugs that he allegedly rid himself of on the track “Going Through Changes,” as well as having suicidal thoughts over the 2006 death of his best friend, rapper Proof (“I feel like I’m losin control of myself… I try and hide it but I can’t, why do I act like I’m all high and mighty/when inside I’m dyin… Now I’m poppin Vic’s, Perc’s/and Methadone pills… F@#%in’ drug dealers hang around me like yes men/and they gon’ do whatever I says when/I says it, it’s in their best interest to protect their investment…”).

The lyrics leave you asking yourself is he really in recovery, or if he is having another relapse.

Despite the contradictions, Slim Shady does show that he hasn’t lost a step in the flow department. His abililty to go toe-to-toe with Lil Wayne in “No Love” while rhyming to a strictly dance music beat is impressive.

He also shows the ability to slow down his flow to go along with the guitar play and drum beats in “Space Bound” and “Won’t Back Down.”

It also would not be an Eminem album without laughter. In the song “Almost Famous” he makes his usual controversial remarks when he said he treats the rap game like Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger treats women. “I just wanna be famous but be careful what you wish for.. I stuck my d!@k in this game like a rapist, they call me Slim Roethlisberger”.

Out of ten, I would have to give this album a seven. While this release is by far better than Relapse, Eminem doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. He still continues to rhyme about how much he hates his wife Kim on the track “25 To Life” with verses like: “To late yeah, I can’t keep on chasin’ you, I’m taking my life back/ caught in a chase 25 to life… I don’t think she understands the sacrafices that I’ve made/maybe if this b@?|#h had acted right I would have stayed/ but I’ve already wasted over half my life, I would have laid/ down and died for, I’ll no longer cry for you, no more pain”.

I will give him credit for admitting in the song “Not Afraid” that his last album was weak at best. I find it refreshing to see that. Who was the last artist, rapper or not, to admit that they put out a crappy album?

Another negative about the album is the amount guests that are on it. Officially, there are four artists on the album. But if you listen to all sixteen tracks, you will realize that every song, with the exception “W.T.P” and “So Bad,” has somebody besides Eminem performing on it.

When it’s all said and done, the positives far outweigh the negatives on this album. Not only are the beats on point, but the different styles that are present really show the album’s and Eminem’s versatility (the song “So Bad” has Dr. Dre written all over it). Fans even get a little extra bang for their buck as the album also contains an untitled bonus track at the end.

Going from a total disaster with the Relapse CD to a strong comeback album this time around shows that musically, Eminem is on the road to recovery. How long it will last is anybody’s guess.

Photo courtesy of  ©Jeffery Beckford

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  1. jacqueline says:

    The song 25 to life is NOT about his ex-wife Kim, it is about hip hop. you should do more research before you write a review.

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