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I picture him doing nothing but staring into the middle distance all day.
the good name of Detroit hip hop. At least Kid Rock went country which displaced him from my radar.
GO COUNTRY EMINEM!
although has it featured on many notable end of year lists? don't recall seeing it on any.
in the Spin list and Complex had him up there too. None of the indie sites will go near it of course, but those larger sites should be ashamed.
His record label must have shelled out a pretty penny.
His first three LPs (I'm deliberately ignoring his debut, which until today I didn't know existed, THANKS WIKI) were fantastic. The Eminem Show wasn't his best, but it was still pretty great nonetheless. But past that, with Encore, Relapse, and this last one (can't remember the name right now tbh), it's as if his body is inhabited by the spirit of a lesser hip-hop being. His swagger is gone, and every trace of what made him great has just vanished into the void.
I would never have guessed, when I heard My Name Is when I was all of 8-years-old, that someone so good could become an artist so very, very bad.
I never have really liked him, I can get down with a few random songs here or there (Role Model, If I Had, Till I Collapse, Bitch Please) but its more for Dre's production than for Eminem.
I actually heard a freestyle early this year that made me think he might do something I could get down with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brYY3Dri7xw
Whenever I mention I don't like him, and never really have, people go on about how his early stuff was amazing and talk to me as if I simply don't like or understand rap music. I love rap music. Eminem just happens to be shit. He's either being unnecessarily violent and 'controversial' or making fucking boring, sorry, 'hilarious' parody songs. As far as I'm concerned you're either one or the other. And both sides of that coin are, more often than not, shit.
this album is fucking amazing, his flow is a million times better than on any of his earlier albums, his wordplay is miles better than anyone else out there, and far from being a "withered husk" he sounds hungry and healthy for the first time in ages.
the only problem i can see is horrible cheesy Americanised production & nasty choruses, but at least he's pushing himself forward rather than sticking with the Dre 'sound'.
i honestly think it's a great new start for him (though Relapse has some incredible stuff on it too), and i can't wait to see what he comes up with next.