A review of this — 7 years ago
This was Eminem’s first major label record, and I must say that it’s one of the best rap records in quite a while.
First of all, rap — real rap — is an artform based on beats and rhythms. Most so-called rappers don’t know the first thing about their artform, and straight-up suck.
Dr. Dre’s beats combined with Eminem’s spitfire delivery make this an album worthy of a Grammy. However, although it is very good, it sounded like he was new to all the attention he was getting — which is reasonable considering that this is his first major-label record. It wasn’t until I listened to “Infinite” that I realized why he sounded the way he did… Infinite is a radically different album, so going from the Infinite style to the Slim Shady style was a gargantuan change.
Still, this is one of the best rap albums ever put out by anyone, if you don’t mind getting offended every once in a while for the sake of an extremely talented artist.