What are your opinions on revival? At first I wasn’t feeling it but I feel like it has grown on me. There’s actually some good tracks among some that aren’t as good for example, castle (I love the letter concept of it), arose, believe and others. The fast flowing in ‘offend’ was ahhh so fucking good. I like the new perspective of eminem in some of the songs, we see here he’s kinda talking about his fame and the pressure put onto him since he’s considered as one of (if not) the greatest rappers of all time and his more vulnerable and sensitive side. I personally didn’t really like all those songs about a dysfunctional fictional relationship bc it was kinda things that he’s already talked about and it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table (although I did like bad husband except bad husband isn’t fictional so it doesn’t count lmao). I can see how it doesn’t really appeal to the kinda new age hip hop audience but personally I think it was good but just not has good as his other project, however I would definitely not rate it below relapse (bc I know some do) anyways thanks for reading my fat rant heh
•TOP 100 HIP-HOP ALBUMS OAT•
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28 - Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
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It's hard to know what to make of Eminem, even if you know that half of what he says is sincere and half is a put-on; the trick is realizing that there's truth in the joke, and vice versa.
Many dismissed his considerable skills as a rapper and social satirist because the vulgarity and gross-out humor on The Slim Shady LP were too detailed for some to believe that it was anything but real. To Eminem's credit, he decided to exploit that confusion on his masterful third record, The Marshall Mathers LP.
Eminem is all about blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, humor and horror, satire and documentary, so it makes perfect sense that The Marshall Mathers LP is no more or no less "real" than The Slim Shady LP.
It is, however, a fairly brilliant expansion of his debut, turning his spare, menacing hip-hop into a hyper-surreal, wittily disturbing thrill ride. It's both funnier and darker than his debut, and Eminem's writing is so sharp and clever that the jokes cut as deeply as the explorations of his ruptured psyche.
The production is nearly as evocative as the raps, with liquid basslines, stuttering rhythms, slight sound effects, and spacious soundscapes. There may not be overpowering hooks on every track, but the album works as a whole, always drawing the listener in. But, once you're in, Eminem doesn't care if you understand exactly where he's at, and he doesn't offer any apologies if you can't sort the fact from the fiction.
As an artist, he's supposed to create his own world, and with this terrific second effort, he certainly has. It may be a world that is as infuriating as it is intriguing, but it is without question his own, which is far more than most of his peers are able to accomplish at the dawn of a new millennium.
Great album, a classic.