Eminem, Rap Job October 15, 2013
Jonah Bromwich has a laptop in his front pocket. Eminem’s suffered from various problems for most of the last decade. Most importantly, he ran out of things to talk about after he exhausted the whining about his family and fame, and the more-nimble-than-funny pop culture jabs that kept seventh graders (me included) snickering and everyone […]
You never were supposed to trust Eminem. He was always honest, but rarely truthful. Slim Shady was the perfectly executed attempt to obscure everything. A song like “Rock Bottom” co-existed alongside “As the World Turns” and both felt bounded within the same white-teed realm. Somewhere around the time he realized that nobody wanted to see […]
Eminem Goes Berzerker August 28, 2013
Max Bell prefers Clarence Carter to Billy Squier. Eminem knows Recovery should be filed under pop, not hip-hop. So with “Berzerk,” Em claims he’s going to “take it back to straight hip-hop.” It’s a move in the right direction, but now that he’s as old as the genre itself he’s gone too far back. He’s on […]
Max Bell consulted Devon Sawa before composing this piece. On the 25th of January 2013, it will be fourteen years since the release of “My Name Is,” fourteen years since Marshall Mathers, the best selling-artist (period) of the 2000s, broke into the rap game, the TRL countdown, and the homes of every impressionable white child […]
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Deen has never watched the X Factor. Well, if it isn’t the Hail Mary to end all Hail Marys. If you’d told me back in 2006 that I’d fuck with a rap single with Adam Levine on the hook, I’d have called your mom a whore and told you to suck a bag of phalluses. […]
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Aaron Matthews isn’t American, but he gets the gist. Among popular rappers, Emimem’s sense of self-awareness is rivalled by only Jay and (arguably) 50 Cent. On his ’97 song “Low Down, Dirty,” he imitates a backpacker critiquing the Slim Shady EP: “Slim Shady, his tape is dope, I love it/It’s rugged, but he needs to […]
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Evan Nabavian was photo shopped out of this photo. For all the promise and accolades, the road to Yelawolf’s debut album did not inspire confidence. He signed a deal with the reanimated corpse of Shady Records and released two singles conceived by witless Interscope A&Rs. I was loath to admit it, but Radioactive seemed destined […]
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Aaron Matthews doesn’t want to sit next to Carson Daly or Fred Durst. On his second go-around, Eminem wanted to get personal, balancing the Slim Shady persona with Marshall Mathers. Putting himself under the microscope, he weighs influence and impact, evaluating and manipulating his own image of the media. It established the template for the […]
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Matthews On Mathers is a new feature where Aaron Matthews will reevaluate the Eminem discography within the context of Marshall’s current status as parent-approved pop star. We begin where it began for most people – Eminem’s first major label record. “My Name Is” hasn’t aged well, but it’s a good place to start. Eminem’s first […]
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Shady 2.Oh March 2, 2011
Simultaneously effective and everything I feared would happen, the first collaboration between the new Shady roster capitalizes on the crew’s strengths and exposes their weaknesses. First the good: these guys are good at rapping and their entire raison d’ etre is to let you know that they are GOOD AT RAPPING. Their worldviews were forged […]
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