These Are The Seminal Albums of Eminem

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All right little ones; it’s time for bed. Your virgin minds aren’t ready for the corruption that is Eminem. Defiant, belligerent, deranged, and critically more astute than your parents would expect from a rapper. This man essentially raised the bar,entirely disregarding prudence and social convention. “How?” you ask. Well, if you actually do have to ask, then go to bed like the little ones. When you wake up, hand over your citizenship and go find a home with the wolves somewhere. Maybe that’d be more suiting.

Anyway, I present the epitome of absurdity, the pinnacle of graphic language, imaginative, vibrant, and vivid, and our generation’s social apex of controversy. I present Eminem at his most intense, occasionally absurd, and consistently in your face, with these, his top 5 albums.

5 Recovery

Best Tracks: “The Song Remains the Same,” “The Rain Song,” “D’yer Mak’er,” “No Quarter” With experience comes maturity. With maturity comes wisdom. Maybe these aren’t words you find apt for Eminem. Nonetheless, Recovery is much more introspective than previous works. Another winner of a Grammy for Best Rap Album, this one continues to push boundaries, but in a significantly more humble manner. “Not Afraid” conveys the typical reproach toward expectation and criticism, while “Going Through Changes” reveals exhaustion and frustration. I highly recommend checking out the Saturday Night Live performance of “No Love” featuring Lil’ Wayne.

4 Encore

I’m surprised in myself. I’ve come too far in this article to have not brought up Kim, Eminem’s ex-wife. Whether killing her, screaming at her, or bitching about her, Eminem incorporates her in a good majority of his material. “Puke” is a damn fine example. “Crazy in Love” is another. “Ass Like That” is lewd and degenerate, but it’s cartoonish and comical. “Like Toy Soldiers” showcases a more sentimental side considering a wealth of stress, and “Mockingbird” follows suit, presenting a softer side for his daughter.

3 The Marshall Mathers LP

Best Tracks: “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Stairway to Heaven,” “Going to California,” “When the Levee Breaks” So his debut album was a flop, and The Slim Shady LP, which is commonly regarded as his debut, was extremely over the top, animated, and all around ridiculous. With The Marshal Mathers LP, it appears as though Eminem is taking a slightly more serious approach. Albeit salacious, illustrative, and ferocious, he’s addressing real life issues a little more directly. “Stan” handles stardom, obsessed fans, and depression, “Who Knew,” also tackling the consequence of stardom, raises the debate of responsibility over children’s influences, and “The Way I Am” denounces said responsibility by pointing blame at the parents and critics. This album shines a blinding light on the topic of free speech.

2 The Eminem Show

Who else do you know is so loved and so hated at the same time? There was a time when it felt as though one man could single handedly tear the country apart. An entertainer. Unbelievable. Despite the contention, or possibly attributable to it, this, his fourth album, was the best selling album of 2002, won a Grammy for Album of the Year and another for Best Rap Album. It could be that he toned things down significantly. Severely less misogynistic, this album provides a glimpse of a more grounded, human Eminem. “Cleaning Out My Closet” hashes out some issues from his childhood, and “Sing for the Moment”, sampling Aerosmith’s “Dream On”, analyzes his position and status in society; common themes for his material.

1 The Slim Shady LP

The world was not ready for this. An alter ego, a pill habit, domestic violence… Regardless of what was expected, they bought it up, earning the album quadruple-Platinum status and a Grammy for Best Rap Album. “Hi My Name Is” introduces us to Slim Shady and does a pretty decent job of surmising the insanity the world has just unleashed upon itself. Until “’97 Bonny and Clyde” you would’ve had to look to film for the madness of a father-daughter duo dumping moms body off. “Role Model” ironically expresses his dismay for the controversy whilst simultaneously instigating it, and “Guilty Conscience” featuring Dr. Dre portrays a series of moral dilemmas and the duality of good and evil in a menacingly delightful way.

So he’s basically the king of controversy. He obviously thrives off commotion with a blithe disregard for disparagement. Like Eminem, I am completely unconcerned with your opinion. If you are adamant, however, about forcing your thoughts on me, then go ahead and post something. Just don’t get carried away.

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