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I think I like it
still. and would it kill his w***er ass to smile? gee life can't be that tough for him.
But I really like the track with Kendrick, it's one of those songs that shouldn't work but absolutely does.
Wasn't particularly keen on Berserk or Survival but this has piqued my interest a bit more.
Can't say I'm massively into it, the songs where he lets loose (Rap God, Love Game) are great and there's some good slower one's too Bad Guy, Rhyme or Reason) but there's too many fairly plodding efforts for my liking.
Then again Eminem has always been more of a "greatest hits compilation would be ace" type artist than a guy who's albums I'd by so take my opinion with a pinch of salt.
Based that on like 60 second samples of each song, natch.
and the one with kendrick is lol out loud ridic. otherwise... no thanks.
This doesn't sound at all good from the early going and I say that as a bit of a Recovery apologist.
I still maintain he could put out a fucking good record if he dropped all the juvenile shit.
and when he made it, it was a bit of a snooze fest.
i think the last 10 years have proved he has absolutely no musical ear. and that's definitely one shift in rap music he just hasn't been able to keep up with. pair that with the fact that he's admittedly disinterested, and can't even be bothered to rap on beat for most the record (like... it's technically solid, but the backing track seems like an afterthought at most times), and you've got an absolute shithouse of a record.
the final (and controversial) nail is i just don't think he's that much of a lyricist. the number of times he's matched incredible rhyming with really great songwriting are looking pretty sparse with some hindsight.
I think with the right producer/team and someone pulling some focus out of him from somewhere he's still technically special enough to pull off something special. Never going to happen mind you.
Maybe, as he becomes more and more out of place in the pop rap world, there's a small chance of him taking a left turn and doing something interesting. Stranger things have happened.
How the fuck anyone can listen to that and think 8/10 is beyond me.