Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rap Haters Tune Out

Yesterday was the big day for Eminem fans. Relapse was released, which is his first studio recording in four years.

This collection lacks some of the blatant humor of his previous releases, but the humor is still there, well tucked away in the lyrics. It becomes much more obvious in the video of Rock Star where he shines a spotlight on starlets of music and Hollywood.

I know that times are hard and shelling out some good cash for a new Eminem album is always a risky thing, but fortunately you can get a taste and see two full-length videos and hear 30 second snippets of the rest of the collection at the website

Yes, Em continues to whine on about his rotten childhood, his anger management, his daughter, his mother(Mommy Issues), his problems with substance abuse and the subsequent treatment, but he seems to have branched out a bit more with this album. The production values of this collection is second to none.

While listening, one also realized that Em is a master of making tongue twisters sound easy. This guy has incredible ability and agility of cadence and making all the words come out as though they were designed by an engineer to fit exactly the way that they do. This is rarer than one might think in Hip Hop and Rap. I find that only Em and Snoop Dogg have this mastery of linguistics. The difference being that Snoop is cool and never shouts, but Eminem belts it out like a crisp punch in the face. I never thought a punch in the face could be so good.

Em was on Jimmy Kimmel last week. Em seemed out of his element with his shifty eyes, it seemed he was looking for an escape route. Em was also on spots on Family Guy this week. Though he may appear to be going main stream, his new collection is no where near main stream.

So in conclusion I do recommend this collection. Slim Shady is back.


Blogger darev2005 said...

Sorry... what was that? I tuned out.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Tango said...

Nice!! Can't wait to get it this afternoon.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Have you ever tried singing along (out loud) with Eminem? I have. I trip over my tongue a fair bit but it’s fun.
What that man can do with words!

11:39 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, yuo are excused.

Tango, I'm digging you more. A like minded thing.

Beth, I'm lovin you! I didn't know you sang along with Em. You of all people. I'd love to see you doing that. He is surely quick with the linguistics. It's amazing. Beth you now have my eternal admiration.

5:24 AM  
Blogger g said...

only coolio...

6:33 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Perhaps I'll make a Youtube video of me singing along with Eminem! (Not.)

4:46 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

g, isn't that the pasta shop in Down Town Astoria?

Beth, if you do, do it with headphones so all we will hear is you singing.

5:50 AM  
Blogger g said...

you're the rap guy. you gotta know coolio.

4:55 PM  

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