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The Slim Shady LP
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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. 97 Bonnie and Clyde is rightfully well-known, a song which addresses real issues that many people deal with every day; it's much more than a song about someone killing his wife. Guilty Conscience is a notable track, with Eminem and Dr. Dre playing devil and angel to folks encountering real, albeit, extreme situations. One of the greatest things about Emimen is his denial of himself as some kind of role model or superman; you can't pin him down to anything, as he shifts back and forth between a "don't do like I do" message (such as can be found in Role Model) and a celebration of the parents' nightmares he is creating. His life hasn't been easy, as he relates in Rock Bottom and further expounds upon in Brain Damage. As the World Turns is a great song with pop appeal, but my favorite has to be My Fault. Lounge, the preamble of My Fault, is just amazing because its Beach Boys-esque sound is quite unexpected and a perfect lead-in to what has to be the funniest song on the album. There's all kinds of variety here, including the designated "dance track" [Come] on Everybody. "Still Don't Give a" is the perfect ending to this emotionally complex diatribe of an album, summing up in the introductory words the very essence of Eminem.
There are many individuals who would never agree with me, but I truly think there is a little Eminem in all of us. As an introvert who tries to avoid conflict, I can't help but idolize Eminem for his fearlessness, boldness, and complete dedication to individualism. His reputation guarantees a legion of men and women who will never even consider listening to his music or consider him anything more than a moral cancer on the younger generations, but I think Eminem has already proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is a talented musician capable of influencing the music of today and tomorrow in ways that many people will probably never even realize. While I enjoy his next two albums a little bit more than this one, The Slim Shady LP serves as an absolutely crucial piece to the fascinating puzzle that is Eminem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2000
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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VINE VOICEon 26 November 2009
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. It's like watching Bruce Lee in action - all your frustrated rage finds its voice & its expression in the words &, paradoxically, you feel chilled out by something that should stress you out!

Anyways, I suppose what I'm saying is that this record hasn't aged. I look at 'OK Computer' & 'Blur'-Blur (from the same time) & they don't really compare; this record is densely & fully packed with Eminem at his brightest & sharpest before he went ad nauseam on 'The Marshall Mathers LP'.
Although fame didn't ruin Eminem, it certainly did distort his playful wit & it's a truly excellent thing that this CD is there (like Definitely Maybe or Experience) to remind us all of what good music REALLY is - raw, passionate (in the true sense) & powerful, in a way that the 'Jedward's' of this World couldn't possibly fathom...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2000
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
on 17 September 2000
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2001
Do you want to be blown out of your mind? This is certainly the best album ever. Every track is unique. The most hard-hitting and amazing fact about this album is that as he was composing it with Dr Dre he was still right on the edge and really going through a lot of the sh*t he raps about, he really was broke, engaged to Kim and barely able to pay rent. This is why it is so personal - and the music totally gets to you. Best tracks include 'Brain Damage', 'Role Model', and 'Rock Bottom'. Despite his bad situation, and being sick of not being recognised for his talent - he manages to take it all in his stride and adds loads of humour. This Hip Hop album is pure DOPE - Eminem proves all he needs for a sick album is genuine raw talent. Listen to this - and appreciate rap.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2006
the slim shady LP, a look in to the dark, twisted world of eminem, this was his debut, he was broke angry, and ready to take on the world, and let me tell you this album is nothing short of brilliant, eminem proves himself as an incredible lyricist, with an amazing delivery great voice, he is brutally honest and raps about a range of subject matters, such as the struggles of being broke, hilarious storytelling songs, killing his girlfriend, vicous battle rap songs, dissing everyone from his mum to vanilla ice, in fact, the majority of the songs on this album are hilarious battle rap songs, which doesnt really matter because eminem comes up with punchlines, jokes, and multis galore, this album is mainly produced by underground producers(apart from 2 songs produced by dr dre), and the beats are amazing, theye are not heavy or commercialized but still easy on the ear, and its obvious the producers took alot of time trying to get the mood of the production to fit the songs this is the second best of eminems 3 amazing albums(encore was garbage) i would highly recommend this, if you want to hear some amazing lyricism, brutal honesty, or amazing battle rap skills, peace
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on 27 July 2014
So Eminem's debut album (don't count Infinite) and it's still my second favourite after The Marshall Mathers LP. There's classics such as,

My Name Is,
Guilty Conscience,
Brain Damage,
97 Bonnie & Clyde,
Role Model,
Rock Bottom,
Bad Meets Evil,
Just Don't Give A F**K,
Still Don't Give A F**K.

There's plenty of great beats from Dr Dre and the Bass Brothers, everything has a different feel to it's compared to the next three albums. More raw which works very well. It's a shame that Encore did a lot better than this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2003
eminems first album was no.1 all over the world and i can see why, his great lyrics and sick humor are a guranteed success.
my name is,dont give a..,guilty concience, the list goes on.any who calls themselves an eminem fan needs this album, you wont be dissapointed,heaven on a disc. 50 cent,2-pac have nothing on marshall mathers 3rd
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on 10 November 2013
Explicit lyrics are just written off by some people as pointless. Eminem uses a lot of pretty messed up language and talks about messed up things, but however sinister they may sound, he is an absolute genius at telling stories through music, speaking his mind in his lyrics. I heard this album as a kid 10 years ago, and having purchased it again as an adult, I can truly understand why this man is rated so highly. But my words don't do his music justice, you need to listen carefully to his lyrics to understand just how good Eminem is.
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