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  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Aftermath
  • ASIN: B00000I5JQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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CD Aftermath Entertainment, 490 287-2 IND-90287, 1999, 20 Track

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On The Slim Shady LP, Eminem wants it all. He is conflicted, you see; the world has treated him badly, and he wants to respond in kind. But he isn't a straight-up gangsta--this is, after all, the first release on Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records, his post-Death Row-era venture--and Eminem (born Marshall Mathers) doesn't really want anyone to follow in his footsteps, which leads to some interesting contradictions on this album. In the first single, "My Name Is", he's self-deprecating, rapping about his poor upbringing and his hairy palms. But on the very next song, "Guilty Conscience", he plays the devil to Dr. Dre's angel--that is, until Eminem brings up an incident from Dre's devilish past, rapping, "You gonna take advice from someone who slapped Dee Barnes?" Later, on "'97 Bonnie & Clyde", he turns Will Smith's "Just the Two of Us" on its ear, making it a tale of murder; but on "My Fault", he actually feels bad--though whether it's for the girl he overdosed or for himself is tough to figure out. With his nasal Midwestern tone, Mathers has a clean, clear flow, and the production--by Dr. Dre, Marky, and Jeff Bass--is crisp but consistently fun. Eminem has some serious skills, and he makes for some great tunes--but the lyrics are as morally reprehensible as they get. --Randy Silver

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am for the most part a very conservative person, and those who know me would probably never imagine that I am a devoted Eminem fan. When The Slim Shady LP came out in 1999, I heard a lot about it, but I had almost no exposure to the music itself. The only song I really heard at the time was the radio version of My Name Is, and that little ditty seemed to have "gimmick" written all over it. I expected Eminem to disappear from the music scene after a few months. I, like many people, was uninformed and wrongly dismissed this artist out of hand. Then, I actually listened to the man's music, and I soon realized that Eminem was in fact a musical genius. This first album is a little more bare-bones and gritty than The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show, but it is nonetheless nothing short of amazing. I am not exactly a big fan of rap or hip-hop, although I have wandered down those lanes a few times in my past, but Eminem actually transcends rap, creating a musical genre all his own that reaches out to even the most unlikeliest of places to win fans like me. Sure, the lyrics are explicit, but what I have come to realize is this: Eminem does not use the explicit lyrics to attract notoriety and sell albums; he uses explicit lyrics because he is expressing himself in a shockingly honest way, and what he gives us is his own version of truth and reality. He really does have something to say, and he says it in a way that speaks not only to the culture of the streets but also to boring conservative individuals like me.
I can't find a bad song on this album, although I'm not that fond of the Ken Kaniff sketch. Eminem does things with beats and rhymes that I have never heard anyone else do, using the very rhythm of his music as a further means of communicating his ideas and feelings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov. 2000
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Eminem is one of the most contraversial, verbally shocking and talented rappers in years. The message behind his album is not one of killing, destruction and mayhem but a sly, sarcastic look at pop culture as it exists today. Don't take his lyrics at face value and PLEASE buy the uncensored version of the album as if you don't know what he's saying, you miss out on what he's all about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE on 26 Nov. 2009
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I picked up this disc the other day for what must be the 1000th time & STILL found something new in it! If CD's wore out, then this one should have. Long ago. Fortunately it hasn't & its contents have, as yet, failed to fade with the passage of time.

Although there are some tracks that lack power (e.g. If I Had & Role Model), most of the other tracks have amazing lyrics & such economy of language that you'll be discovering the meaning behind a word or phrase for years to come.
For instance, a friend pointed out to me that ''97 Bonnie & Clyde' was the 2nd part of Kim off The Marshall Mathers LP & suddenly 2 songs which seemed completely different (one subtle, one brutal) made sense as one piece...

There is also tracks such as Rock Bottom (about being down in the dumps), As The World Turns (a surreal day-in-the-life of Eminem) & Bad Meets Evil (Eminem as a Wild-West villain), which are the type of thing that other artists would *dream* of having on their first album.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2000
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I have an eclectic music taste but I have never really got past Will Smith when it comes to rap. However, I had heard a lot about Eminem and decided to see what all the fuss was about. I wasn't disapointed. He brilliantly manages to combine the funny tracks (e.g. Guilty Conscience and 97' Bonnie and Clyde) with the hard-hitting stuff (e.g. Role Model, Rock Bottom and Still Don't Give a F**k). He even manages to mix it up in the same track, My Fault and My Name Is being perfect examples. Of course, you could get caught up in just the lyrics and forget about the music. Fortunately, most of the tracks have a brilliant rhythm and tune to go with the words, although If I Had and My Fault fall down slightly on this front.
An essential purchase not just for the rap fan but for any music fan who wants to broaden their horizons. The best album of 1999.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rm155@mdx.ac.uk on 17 Sept. 2000
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From the moment I first heard this album I was hooked, great tunes matched by Shady's dark sense of humour ensure that this album gets better with every listen. I actually prefer this to his newie, which is a huge recommenation as I would also rate 'the Marshall Mathers LP' as a 5 star classic. However, there is something about this album which gets me every time like the swing of 'Brain Damage', the irony of 'Role model' or the way Dre and Shady trade blows on the infectious 'Guilty Conscience'. Buy this album or you may be left with one.
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