Eminem – “The Slim Shady LP” Anniversary Album Review

Eminem – “The Slim Shady LP” Album Anniversary

eminem-slim-shady-back-n-the-day-buffetEminem released his second studio album “The Slim Shady LP” on Feb 23rd, 1999.  It was an extension of his “Slim Shady EP” with additional songs produced by Dr Dre.  The majority of the tracks were produced by the Bass Brothers with 3 tracks produced by Dr Dre, in which all 3 blew up like a hand grenade!

The first track off the album is the annoying yet ground breaking “My Name Is” produced by Dr Dre.  The song has Em rapping as if he was just talking, at a slow tempo.  The lyrics are funny and poke fun at celebrities (something that will become common place),

“Well since age twelve, I’ve felt like I’m someone else
Cause I hung my original self from the top bunk with a belt
Got pissed off and ripped Pamela Lee’s tits off
And smacked her so hard I knocked her clothes backwards like Kris Kross
I smoke a fat pound of grass and fall on my ass
Faster than a fat bitch who sat down too fast
C’mere slut! (Shady, wait a minute, that’s my girl dog!)
I don’t give a fuck, God sent me to piss the world off!”

On “Role Model” (also produced by Dr Dre), we get more of what Eminem really is, a witty rapper with witty lyrics that make you laugh and say “oh shit!” at the same time.

“I’m cancerous, so when I diss you wouldn’t wanna answer this
If you responded back with a battle rap you wrote for Canibus
I strangled you to death then I choked you again
Then break your fuckin legs till your bones poke through your skin
You beef wit me, I’ma even the score equally
Take you on Jerry Springer, and beat yer ass legally
I get you blunted off of funny home grown
Cause when I smoke out I hit the trees harder than Sonny Bono
(Ohh no!!) So if I said I never did drugs
That would mean I lie AND get fucked more than the President does
Hillary Clinton tried to slap me and call me a pervert
I ripped her fuckin tonsils out and fed her sherbet (Bitch!)
My nerves hurt, and lately I’m on edge
Grabbed Vanilla Ice and ripped out his blonde dreads (Fuck you!)
Every girl I ever went out wit is goin les(bian)”

On “Guilty Conscience” , Dr Dre joins in on the fun with 3 tales that lead to a…yeah you guessed it…a guilty conscience.  The first story is about robbing a store, the second is about underage sex, and the third is on catching your wife cheating.

Fuck that shit, you just caught this bitch cheatin
While you at work she’s with some dude tryin to get off?!
FUCK slittin her throat, CUT THIS BITCH’S HEAD OFF!!!

[Dr. Dre]
Wait! What if there’s an explanation for this shit?
(What? She tripped? Fell? Landed on his dick?!)
Alright Shady, maybe he’s right Grady
But think about the baby before you get all crazy

Okay! Thought about it, still wanna stab her?
Grab her by the throat, get your daughter and kidnap her?
That’s what I did, be smart, don’t be a retard
You gonna take advice from somebody who slapped DEE BARNES??!

[Dr. Dre]
What’chu say? (What’s wrong? Didn’t think I’d remember?)
I’ma kill you motherfucker!

Uhhh-aahh! Temper temper!
Mr. Dre? Mr. N.W.A.?
Mr. AK comin’ straight outta Compton y’all better make way?
How in the fuck you gonna tell this man not to be violent?

[Dr. Dre]
Cause he don’t need to go the same route that I went
Been there, done that.. aw fuck it…
What am I sayin? Shoot em both Grady, where’s your gun at?

[gun fires, is cocked, and re-fired]

The other stand out cuts include “97 Bonnie and Clyde” where Em and his daughter Hailie are on the way to dispose of Kim’s (Em’s baby mama) body, and “Just Don’t Give A Fuck”,  were we get dope rhymes like this,

“Slim Shady, brain dead like Jim Brady
I’m a M80, you Lil’ like that Kim lady
I’m buzzing, Dirty Dozen, naughty rotten rhymer
Cursing at you players worse than Marty Schottenheimer
You wacker than the motherfucker you bit your style from
You ain’t gonna sell two copies if you press a double album
Admit it, fuck it, while we coming out in the open
I’m doing acid, crack, smack, coke and smoking dope then
My name is Marshall Mathers, I’m an alcoholic (Hi Marshall)
I have a disease and they don’t know what to call it
Better hide your wallet ’cause I’m coming up quick to strip your cash
Bought a ticket to your concert just to come and whip your ass
Bitch, I’m coming out swinging, so fast it’ll make your eyes spin
You getting knocked the fuck out like Mike Tyson
The +Proof+ is in the pudding, just ask the Deshaun Holton
I’ll slit your motherfucking throat worse than Ron Goldman”

If we just take the Dr Dre songs, we can see that Eminem was on the verge of stardom.  The album is uneven with old songs combined with newer way more polished songs, but this is a great starting LP and gave Slim Shady his (way more than just) 15 minutes of fame.  Those who did not think he was going to be a star, were blind!  The net album thou…

-Al E.


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