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Eminem Show [Clean]

The Eminem Show [Clean]

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by Eminem

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It's all about the title. First time around, Eminem established his alter-ego, Slim Shady -- the character who deliberately shocked and offended millions, turning Eminem into a star. Second time at bat, he turned out The Marshall Mathers LP, delving deeper into his past while revealing complexity as an artist and a personality that


It's all about the title. First time around, Eminem established his alter-ego, Slim Shady -- the character who deliberately shocked and offended millions, turning Eminem into a star. Second time at bat, he turned out The Marshall Mathers LP, delving deeper into his past while revealing complexity as an artist and a personality that helped bring him an even greater audience and much, much more controversy. Third time around, it's The Eminem Show -- a title that signals that Eminem's public persona is front and center, for the very first time. And it is, as he spends much of the album commenting on the media circus that dominated on his life ever since the release of Marshall Mathers. This, of course, encompasses many, many familiar subjects -- his troubled childhood; his hatred of his parents; his turbulent relationship with his ex-wife, Kim (including the notorious incident when he assaulted a guy who allegedly kissed her -- the event that led to their divorce); his love of his daughter, Hailie; and, of course, all the controversy he generated, notably the furor over his alleged homophobia and his scolding from Lynne Cheney, which leads to furious criticism about the hypocrisy of America and its government. All this is married to a production very similar to that of its predecessor -- spare, funky, fluid, and vibrant, punctuated with a couple of ballads along the way. So, that means The Eminem Show is essentially a holding pattern, but it's a glorious one -- one that proves Eminem is the gold standard in pop music in 2002, delivering stylish, catchy, dense, funny, political music that rarely panders (apart from a power ballad "Dream On" rewrite on "Sing for the Moment" and maybe the sex rap "Drips," that is). Even if there is little new ground broken, the presentation is exceptional -- Dre never sounds better as a producer than when Eminem pushes him forward (witness the stunning oddity "Square Dance," a left-field classic with an ominous waltz beat) and, with three albums under his belt, Eminem has proven himself as one of the all-time classic MCs, surprising as much with his delivery as with what he says. Plus, the undercurrent of political anger -- not just attacking Lynne Cheney, but raising questions about the Bush administration -- gives depth to his typical topics, adding a new, spirited dimension to his shock tactics as notable as the deep sentimental streak he reveals on his odes to his daughter. Perhaps the album runs a little too long at 20 songs and 80 minutes and would have flowed better if trimmed by 25 minutes, but that's a typical complaint about modern hip-hop records. Fact is, it still delivers more great music than most of its peers in rock or rap, and is further proof that Eminem is an artist of considerable range and dimension. [The clean version of this album has been edited in attempt to remove profane material.]

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Interscope Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eminem   Primary Artist
Joe Perry   Electric Guitar
Jeff Bass   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Barbara Wilson   Background Vocals
Conesha Owens   Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Traci Nelson   Background Vocals
Dina Rae   Background Vocals
Shy Felder   Background Vocals
Paul D. Rosenberg   Track Performer
Steve King   Guitar,Voiceover
Theron Feemster   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dr. Dre   Producer,Executive Producer
Anne Dudley   Composer
Jeff Bass   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Kevin Bell   Composer
Marti Frederiksen   Guitar Engineer
Trevor Horn   Composer
Malcolm McLaren   Composer
Luis Resto   Composer
Steven Tyler   Composer
Steve Baughman   Engineer
Timbaland   Contributor
Mark Bass   Executive Producer
Mike Elizondo   Composer
Paul "Bunyan" Rosenberg   Composer
Andre Young   Composer
Eminem   Producer
N. Hale   Composer
Jason Noto   Art Direction
Alex Reverberi   Engineer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
DJ Head   Producer,drum programming
Denaun Porter   Producer,drum programming
Obie Trice   Composer
R. Arthur Johnson   Composer
Kevin Dresser   Typeface
Steve King   Composer,Engineer
Theron Feemster   Composer

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The Eminem Show 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Need I say more? I had never listened to a rap album before, my kids wanted to buy this so I took a listen. Now, I'm a fan, just like "Stan". Eminem is genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was young once, loved the rebellious music, i grew out of it, but this guy I still listen to this is my only rap album i have left and the only one i still like
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem is at his best here. The songs included in this album explain Em's complicated life by far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem has done it again! This album is by far his best. The way Em describes his feelings towards Kim and Hailie, among others, is phenomonal. This album let's every listener get a feeling of Eminem's everyday life. What he goes through, how he's felt about his family, how he grew up and made it big. The lyrics for every song give one a very big slice of the Real Slim Shady's heart and life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whirlwind of controversy that has surrounded Marshall Mathers since his mainstream debut, The Slim Shady LP, has been nothing short of Marilyn Manson-esque. With each album, however, this talented emcee has gone from a novelty act to one of the best in the game, and with The Eminem Show, Eminem displays nothing short of a modern day miracle: a white kid putting out the best hip hop album of the year. Eminem begins the album with "White America", a track which Em examines his popularity through his affect on the modern day TRL crowd and why he believes congress has beef with the emcee. On "Cleanin Out My Closet", Em gives us a deeper look at his troubles with his ex-wife and his much-publicized feud with his mother. There are many great tracks here that allow us to hear the lyrical genius that is Eminem, such as "Square Dance", "Say What You Say", and the Dr. Dre-produced "Business". Even the filler ("Without Me", "Drips", "Superman") don't necessarily require the skip button. But the diamond in the rough in this collection is "'Til I Collapse", a hardcore track with a Nate Dogg hook where Em angerily spits his venom for all the right reasons at his detractors "In this industry I'm the cause of a lot of envy, so when I'm not put on this list this **** does not offend me" and offers any emcee to bring it "So this is like an open attack I'm launchin' at 'em, the track is on some battlin' rap, who wants some static?" With "The Eminem Show", we get to see an emcee at the top of his game, but not at his pinnacle. One can only wait for his ILLMATIC or BLUEPRINT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked it and i thought it was the best one out and i really like number 2,10,14,15,19,and 20. I think that it is the saddest one yet though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
EMINEM-This is by far the best album EMINEM has put out. I don't think any body 'journalist & writers' that get paid realy understand were this hip-hop is coming. It's like them coming to a unknown world and giving opinions I think this Album is history and I could have no arguments that EMINEM is the best rapper of all time and there's "The EMINEM Show to prove it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think The Eminem Show is one of his albums where he really show his feelings like, his real dark side.He really let his listeners know how he feel about everyone and everything in his life. This album is good and i love it. If you're a real rap fan, i strongly advise you to get this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is really good. It might be better than his last one. I liked ''Sing for the Moment'' because I like Aerosmith and especially that song. He remade it well, sounds real good. ''Squaredance'' is kinda funny. ''My Dad's Gone Crazy'' is funny too and Haylie(don't know spelling) sounds cute. Not only cand he rap but he can really sing too in ''Haylie's song''(I think). ''Superman'' is funny. Me and my best friend joke around with some of these songs, even make our own video for Superman.It's a real good album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Eminem Show is a great CD and the lyrics are genius. Eminem has shown us once again that he is not going anywhere for a while and that he is the real thing. His music is very soothing and puts people in the mood that he wants them to be in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is pretty good. I like some songs more than others. but all around this is a great CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay..So I've been an Eminem fan since his first album dropped and so i would have got this cd no matter what...but Wow. This cd is sooo good. From the radio loved first single, to cleaning out my closet and hallie's song. I'm impressed. I recomend this to all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a Led Zeppelin/Jimi Hendrix fan. I used to not like eminem and I hated all rap but after hearing this album at a friends house I started to enjoy his new music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a all time Eminiem listener but I have to give it to him I heard my ex one day playing it while on the phone and i just fell in love with this one song "Superman" I love it. Eminiem I love you bro and keep making real music you are very original nobody has your flavor or quality in know ing how to produce and write music as your own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is the best i've heard since 1999
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem sucks. He should just give up before he get any worse. He is probably the whitest person I have ever seen, and he certainly ain't no ghetto homey gangsta' do ya' know wh' I'm sayin'yo?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The eminem show lived up to its height with brilliant songs such as 'without me' 'cleanin out my closet' 'white america' 'sing for the moment' etc.There must be about 18 tracks on there that i always listen to. Give 'sing for the moment a chance and you'll love it. 'Hailie's song' is the best song I've heard all year. 5 stars is not going over the top it really is that enjoyable. marshalls work on the album was very hard working and it must of been very worth it.The songs i dislike are 'drips' and 'say what you say'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Favorite song was Haile's Song and without Me. There both terriffic I can't wait until Eminem's movie 8 Mile, which features another great song on this album Cleanin Out My Closet. I also like Buisness and Superman, + My Dad's Gone Crazy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Eminem show may be the greatest album ever. Starting with ''Without me'', it also has ''soldier'', ''till I collapse'', ''Hailie's song'', ''Business'', and more amazing songs. I think the Hailie's song is the best song in the album because it shows how much Eminem cares about his daughter and it impressed me. I recommend it to everyone. You gotta have it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a massive Eminem fan it was with great interest that I listened to ''The eminem show''. I have to admit, the first time I heard it there was a hint in my mind that perhaps this album did not have the unique variety and catchiness which his previous two albums have had, perhaps most notably 'The Marshall Mathers LP'. However, listening to it again, I realised in fact that this is a brilliant progression from the previous album. It features a number of the same themes in different incarnations, but some of the tracks feature some fantastic innovation in terms of the sound and the beat..... not least the inclusion of Hailie Jade, Eminem's daughter, on one of the tracks... Overall I would day that any fan of Eminem, D12 or indeed hip-hop in general should not miss this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this album is Eminem's greatest so far. I would encourage him to make more great songs and albums such as this one. As far as the headline that I wrote goes Eminem is almost no longer just another guy rapping in a group, this CD is mostly about him rapping solo. This CD I rated 5 stars because this is one great piece of work, great job Eminem. P.S. I hope your next CD is as good as this one was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never really heard much of the Slim Shady LP, and the Marshall Mathers LP sometimes sounded as if he was being controversial for the sake of being controversial, but it was still an amazing album. The highlights of the new album? Oh, too many to mention. The controversy has been turned down EVER so slightly and it sounds mature, and most importantly, it keeps flowing like hot oil over glass, all the way through. Whereas Eminem attacked in Marshall Mathers LP, he questions more in this album. From ''Sing for the Moment'', and ''When the Music Stops'' where he looks at his real-world influence on fans, to ''Without Me'' where he just jokes at everything (you've all heard this one, blah blah blah), the tracks keep rolling and rolling. The highlight of the album would be without me in my opinion, but only by a wafer-thin margin. The lowest part of the album would possible be in ''My Dad's Gone Crazy,'' and only because Hailie's voice will grate ever so slightly over time. That's the best I can come up with. Buy this album, if only for the jibes at everyone else...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is great i love this CD. It is the best CD i have had in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is solid all the way through, and although his other albums are great, I think that this one is his best.