Hip Hop's class clown/rebel is backkk! And this time he seems to have a cause. On December 15, 2017 Eminem, also known as Marshall Mathers, also known as Slim Shady, released his 9th album. This comes four years after his last one, MMLP2 (which was a monster). I'm not sure about any other fans, but I wasn't expecting new music from Em, so this album is a pleasant surprise. After dropping MMLP2, he kind of went back off the grid.
In typical bad boy, no fucks given fashion, he made waves during a cipher at this year's BET Hip Hop Awards with his venom laced verse aimed at Donald Trump. He also drew a verbal line in the sand and called his fans out, telling them that if they stood on the wrong side that they were basically no fans of his. That just raised the anticipation for the release of his album. Speaking of, let's get into this review!
There are 19 tracks on the album which is pretty average for Eminem. There are also some pretty solid features on there such as Beyonce and Ed Sheeran, as well as Pink and Skylar Grey who've made appearances on past albums as well. As for production, of course there was no slacking there. Dr. Dre, Rick Rubin, Just Blaze, and Eminem himself are just a few of the all star producers.
The only issue that I have is that I feel it lacked cohesiveness, except for the very last 2 songs. I did like that we got a taste of all the sides of him though. Eminem kept up with his war on Donald Trump and touched on subjects like police brutality with the songs like "Untouchable" and "Like Home (which features Alicia Keys)". Then we saw Marshall Matters show up on a more personal level and touch on his drug problems and family issues in the songs "Castle" and "Arose". We also get a glimpse of the goofy Slim Shady on songs like "Remind Me" and "Framed".
I like that he wasn't afraid to touch on some of the more controversial issues going on today, while still keeping it fun but also shedding light on some of the more personal stuff. My personal favorites are "Untouchable", "Remind Me", "Offended", and "Castle". I actually can't say that I really dislike any of the songs. He also sampled some classics including "I Love Rock n Roll" and "Zombie". Overall, I give it a solid 8 out of 10. It's definitely an album that I would recommend!
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