Volume 92, Issue 90

Thursday, March 18, 1999


Second banana takes the stand

Reefer Madness infects Post-New Yorker Series

MacPherson digs deep for inspiration

His name is Eminem - isn't it?

His name is Eminem - isn't it?

The Slim Shady LP
Interscope Records

Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady, Eminem, whatever you want to call this kid, there's no doubt he's hot right now. You know when you see a white guy from Detroit gettin' play on Black Entertainment Television and hangin' with Dr. Dre, he's someone to check out.

This album marks his major label debut. He did release a few indie discs, one of which was the Slim Shady EP, which is one of the ways he caught the attention of Dre, who soon signed him to Aftermath.

This album has been a long time coming and most heads have been eagerly waiting for it to drop. Well it's here. If you thought the Mad Rapper had beef, you ain't heard nothing yet. Upon first listen, you'll think he's got the whole world on his shoulders.

Tracks like "Brain Damage" and "Rock Bottom" prove this point. At times he comes off like a cross between the Fresh Prince and the Geto Boys spinning tales that have comedic feel but with his own harshness. Listeners beware.

His lyrics are really twisted and as long as you don't take them too seriously, you might not get too offended. The intro is a nice disclaimer and sets you up for a wild ride into Mr. Mathers' life. After listening to this album, no one should complain about how bad their life gets.

As far as production goes, you can't really go wrong with Dr. Dre who gets his hands on quite a few tracks. The rest of the production comes from Marky & Jeff Bass. These cats got some skills on the board. Check for them. Who knows if this will ever turn into a hip hop classic but for now it's something new and different.


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