Slim Shady LP

The Slim Shady LP

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by Eminem
     
 

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Imagine a cross between Snoop Dogg and Buddy Holly and you've got Eminem -- post-gangsta rap's great white dork. With a wicked tongue, rhyme skills that would stun John Donne, and a flow that suggests Lenny and Squiggy more than Mike D or MCA, this son of the mean streets of urban Detroit might be the best white

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Imagine a cross between Snoop Dogg and Buddy Holly and you've got Eminem -- post-gangsta rap's great white dork. With a wicked tongue, rhyme skills that would stun John Donne, and a flow that suggests Lenny and Squiggy more than Mike D or MCA, this son of the mean streets of urban Detroit might be the best white rapper of all time. His Dr. Dre-produced debut is a confrontational, offensive, undeniably funny update on the usual shock-rap shtick. On cuts like "My Name Is," "My Fault," and his hilariously grim response to Will Smith's "Just the Two of Us" ("'97 Bonnie & Clyde") his wit, imagery, and brilliant sense of comedic irony are unprecedented. Dre's production is hands off -- this is Em's show, folks -- and a little more musical richness might have made these 20 cuts fly by a bit quicker. Still, taken in regular doses, a few choice cuts at a time, this is the hip-hop breakthrough of 1999.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given his subsequent superstardom, culminating in no less than an Academy Award, it may be easy to overlook exactly how demonized Eminem was once his mainstream debut album, The Slim Shady LP, grabbed the attention of pop music upon its release in 1999. Then, it wasn't clear to every listener that Eminem was, as they say, an unreliable narrator, somebody who slung satire, lies, uncomfortable truths, and lacerating insights with vigor and venom, blurring the line between reality and parody, all seemingly without effort. The Slim Shady LP bristles with this tension, since it's never always clear when Marshall Mathers is joking and when he's dead serious. This was unsettling in 1999, when nobody knew his back-story, and years later, when his personal turmoil is public knowledge, it still can be unsettling, because his words and delivery are that powerful. Of course, nowhere is this more true than on "97 Bonnie and Clyde," a notorious track where he imagines killing his wife and then disposing of the body with his baby daughter in tow. There have been more violent songs in rap, but few more disturbing, and it's not because of what it describes, it's how he describes it -- how the perfectly modulated phrasing enhances the horror and black humor of his words. Eminem's supreme gifts are an expansive vocabulary and vivid imagination, which he unleashes with wicked humor and unsparing anger in equal measure. The production -- masterminded by Dr. Dre but also helmed in large doses by Marky and Jeff Bass, along with Marshall himself -- mirrors his rhymes, with their spare, intricately layered arrangements enhancing his narratives, which are always at the forefront. As well they should be -- there are few rappers as wildly gifted verbally as Eminem. At a time when many rappers were stuck in the stultifying swamp of gangsta clichés, Eminem broke through the hardcore murk by abandoning the genre's familiar themes and flaunting a style with more verbal muscle and imagination than any of his contemporaries. Years later, as the shock has faded, it's those lyrical skills and the subtle mastery of the music that still resonate, and they're what make The Slim Shady LP one of the great debuts in both hip-hop and modern pop music.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/1999
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949028725
catalogNumber:
90287
Rank:
2945

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eminem   Primary Artist
Jeff Bass   Track Performer
Richard Huredia   Narrator
Mark Bass   Track Performer
Dina Rae   Vocals
Zoe Winkler   Track Performer
Aristotle   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Labi Siffre   Composer
Kid Rock   Cut
Dr. Dre   Composer,Producer
Jeff Bass   Composer,Producer
Richard Huredia   Engineer
Mark Bass   Composer
Mark Leroy   Artwork
Andre Young   Composer
Aaron Lepley   Engineer
Eminem   Producer
Greg Burns   Engineer
Mel-Man   Composer,drum programming
Justin Trugman   Producer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Michael Tuller   Engineering
Michael Wilder   Producer
Michael "Wolf" Reaves   Engineer
Alan Mason   Engineer

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The Slim Shady LP 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Slim Shady LP is the freshman release from the talented artist Eminem. The lyrics are blunt and maybe offensive to some. The content of the album were critized for violence, profanity, and many other things. I enjoyed the way his personal experiences were portrayed. So what if he may have offended mothers or homosexuals? They don't have to listen to it, or buy the CD. Kids should be inspired by their parents not a rap artist, so why put blame or cause on a CD when something goes wrong? The CD was great in my opinion and The Slim Shady LP is something that a lot of us can relate to. The lyrical content lets a lot of us into the mind of Marshall Mathers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem has dope lyrics but I had to get the clean one though
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem is a really awesome rapper. Although he isnt my altime favorite I still listen to him all the time. I just like to lay down and listen to him for hours. Sometimes when I listen to his music it puts me to sleep. He's probably a idol to alot of people, including me. Well i gotta jet
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey Everybody, I think that you should get this C.D if you like Rap. Because Eminem is like the best white rapper that there is. So if you are into rap, I hughly recomend this C.D! Peace-Out
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is better than a lot of the 'New-Em-fans' give it credit for. U can really hear his roots as a battle-MC coming through with his humour and cynicism for modern day life. Em in his prime still rhyming about stuff we can all relate to like poverty, parties and alcohol. Don't get me wrong, it's two successors are great and lyrically more adventurous but this is so much more funny. ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
''The Slim Shady LP'' is one of the dopest rap albums in a long time. Eminem (a.k.a Slim Shady) brings you dope,crazy,funny and outstanding lyrics that will make u listen over and over again. With only 2 guest appearences from Dr. Dre & Royce da 5'9'' and production from mark & jeff bass, Dr.Dre and Eminem himself, ''The Slim Shady LP'' is a must for every rap fan !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem is da best that there is and this album is tight as hell!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slim shady LP is definitley tight. I thought when I first heard his song, that he will be just another Vanilla Ice. But he proved me wrong. His album shows versitility and skill. Keep up the work Slim, you have my support and my grammy for rapper of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the bomb
Guest More than 1 year ago
On this album, Eminem know how to get his word out about how angry he is and how dark he thinks. The only special thing about that is, he doesn't use screaming to release his anger, instead, he takes a more playful-sounding approach to it which is very disturbing, yet funny at the same time. Eminem is a very angry person, but his tone of voice makes him sound like someone who's playful. Unlike on the Marshal Mathers LP, Eminem sounds calm, subtle, and fun-loving, yet disturbing and dark at the same time. Whether it's talking about his mother, DeAngelo Bailey, or Kurt Cobain shooting himself (on track 13), Eminem remains sinister with a dash of humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Comes the man Eminem and his off da hook debut Slim Shady LP. This is one of the best debut albums I have ever heard. It is up there with DMX, Snoop Dogg, and of course the Chronic. Forget about the skin color just listen to the lyrics and you'll forget he's white. Tracks to listen to: Brain Damage, I just don't give a f#@k, Come on everybody, role model, and the best track 97' Bonnie & Clyde.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem has skills, but he definitely not the best rapper. The white fans out there are quick to say that but get real. Eminem's album is definitely hot. He's one of the best new cats but no where near the best. Eminem is one of the best new cats. You part time hip hop listeners should get a copy of BDP's Criminal Minded for excellence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Eminem has the best songs because he's not afraid to speak his mind. He can write about whatever hes thinkin' and it will turn out to be a good song. He may use bad language and everything that parents don't like but the things he says are true and may be bad but he's the only rapper that truely express his feelings without having trouble doing so. I just love that imagination on him and everybody (parent exspecially)should really listen to the songs that show the good gualities in him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Em in this album is hungry and I think its his best album hes made yet rock bottom is a good song for people who actually have lived in the hood like me and track 13 is good
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem is the best rapper of all time and this album confirms it.Teens can relate to his music in every way. Eminem is the man and this album is a MUST 4 your collection. I love Eminem!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Guest More than 1 year ago
slim shady where ever you are i just wanna let you know that you are the man of my life and you rock my world ...wow i just got a head rush that was cool tosha 18 years old gos to lookout vally high in the 12th grade im so happy :) lol xoxoxox
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem is the best rapper anywhere. He and Dr. Dre are the best combination you can have. His cd is filled with funny,sick, and good songs. He has so many kick a** songs. Eminem is coming out with a new record. I have no idea when but it is going to be better that the last easily!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Dre kicks a** as usual, finding the greatest new rapper of the nineties. Eminem's lyrics are hilarious, if somewhat disturbed. It is a satire, making fun of all the rappers who are so serious and talking about how their lives were so hard. If it were real, no one's life could have been half as bad as Em's. The rhythms kick, and nothing compares!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is his feelings and he expreses them through music if you don't like the words but you like the song just buy the clean version
Guest More than 1 year ago
EMINEM IS THE BEST CD EVER, HE IS SOOOO COOL AND THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE!!!!!! HES SONGS ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU GET THE CD YOU WILL NEVER REGRET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem is the best rapper you laugh your a** off the first time you hear the cd. I know I did he is also oooohhhhh soooo very H.O.T.T. hot. Buy the CD if you liked rap
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this cd tha second i got it in my cd player and heard it. almost every song is funny, distasteful, and SICK (i wouldn't have it any other way). it's not like other rap cds, relying on other people to rap for them. he only has like 3-5 songs with other people rapping on them. it's one of tha best cd's i have, and tha artwork in tha cd insert is really cool too
Guest More than 1 year ago
EMINEM HAS GOTS THE TITLE FOR THE BEST WHITE MALE RAPPER OF ALL!! HE IS A HOT WHITE BOYEE AND GOT ALL THE SKILLS. HIS RHYMES KICK BOOTY AND THEY AS FUNNY AS ISH. I LOVE HIS ALBUM AND BE WAITING FOR HIS NEXT ONE. MUCH LOVE TO YA EMINEM. YOU NUMBER ONE IN MY LIST!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is argubably one of em's best cd's ever. The lyrics are a mazing! The vivid descriptions of killing his wife are very strong but it is good music. Em is the greatest!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
he is so hot and great!!!he is a great white rapper and sings from the sole.most of the song are so true and i 4 1 can relate to some songs.