The latest offering from Eminem the Producer is D12 World, and has a good mix of sounds going for it. There's the relatively chilled U R Da 1 through to the comical My Band, and all the way back to 40oz with its aggression and violence.
What's different in this album to that of, say, Devil's Night, which most people hail as the "Classic D12 Album", is that in almost every track, no matter how much the crew go on about sex, drugs, violence and guns, you can hear the laugh the rappers are blatantly having. At us? With us? At themselves? To be quite honest, I don't care who they're laughing at. D12's linguistic skill, whatever their morals, can't be ignored.
There's something about ho's, drugs and guns in every song - which might just start to get repetitive after a while if it wasn't for the many different ways the group manages to express it. Each track is different and distinct and the aggression spilling over into the lyrics is something I find refreshing. These guys are expressing themselves in the way they choose and their popularity and album slaes are a testament to their skills.
Eminem's voice in particular has grown and grown in maturity. Cast your minds back to the Marshall Mathers LP, and the Slim Shady LP. Remember how nasal and whiny and high pitched he sounded? Well, no more, and quite honestly I'm relieved. He's a better rapper now than he's ever been. Even Bizzare, whose lyrics reflet his name, has a beat all of his own and is a talent to himself.
That said, the skits get more and more annoying as you get through the album. They're done in good humour, true, but don't really serve any purpose, particularly the My Band skit. Boring and useless.
All in all, the album is very different to Devil's Night...but that don't make it a bad album. Sit in your car, kick up the bass and drive.............