Sign up for our newsletter. © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Few texts in hip-hop are as bizarre as Eminem’s debut LP, Infinite.
The criticism burned, and from that fire he formed his alter ego, Slim Shady.
Revival suffers from the same malaise “The Storm” did.
He’d matured into a more evolved human. The Alicia-Keys-featuring “Like Home” is equally limp and toothless, defanging Eminem’s attempt to battle Donald Trump.
Released on a local Detroit label in 1996, it was either ignored or dismissed by those who rejected his whiteness and his borrowed aesthetic. This time he’s competing with a version of himself that no longer exists.
Rubin’s contributions are particularly embarrassing; his re-hash of hits from the Rush/Def Jam days (“Heat,” “Remind Me”) suggest he’s completely out of ideas.
One dismayed fan tweeted: “Hurts my soul to say this, but this is a terrible listen.” Well, that’s perhaps a little harsh.
’Cause you don't got nothin’ left to prove at all But while the long tracklist and equally protracted verses make for an exhausting listen, there are rewards for those that endure. But, at 45, he hasn’t had a good pop-culture feud in ages, and his pill-popping days of vice are behind him. has already received an extremely mixed response online.
If Slim Shady fed on hate, what does he do now that he’s beloved? That being said, Eminem is due no accolades for having thumbed through a copy of Between the World and Me or for finally acknowledging the humanity of non-binary people. On his overtly political ninth studio LP, Eminem is fueled by self-doubt. But how do you keep up the pace It’s like I run in place Venues for Save Our Stages Fest, Stevie Wonder Releases First New Music in 15 Years, Ice Cube Tries to Explain What in the Hell He Was Thinking, Watch the Osbournes Go Ghost Hunting in ‘Night of Terror’ Trailer, Trump Talks of ‘Leaving the Country’ if He Loses, These 3 Pieces of High-End Fitness Equipment Are Better Than Anything at the Gym, Springfield of Dreams: 150 Best ‘Simpsons’ Episodes, Mötley Crüe on Summer Tour With Def Leppard, Poison: ‘We Missed Being in a Band Together’, Gang Starr’s First Album in 16 Years is a Gift to Old-School Rap Fans.
The controversial rapper takes aim at Donald Trump on this vital, if flawed, politically charged ninth album. It’s not until the album’s final tracks that we see a glimpse of the masterful storytelling he exhibited on early hits like “Guilty Conscience” and “Stan.” “Castle” is structured as three letters to his daughter, who, for better or worse, tends to inspire some of his strongest work. “River” (with Sheeran), “Tragic Endings” (with Skylar Grey) and “Need Me” (with Pink) are self-lacerating narratives about powder-keg relationships, each seeming like an attempt to recreate the lighters-up majesty of Number One hits like 2010’s “Love the Way You Lie” and 2013’s “The Monster.” On the Cranberries-sampling “In Your Head,” he says sorry to his daughter for forcing her grow on record with the fucked-up character of Slim Shady. And if the beats knocked, it would probably be tolerable, too. Musically, Revival is no different, chock full of piano ballads and pop-star features that echo the most cynically commercial corners of his catalog. Rapper takes stock of his career, says he’s sorry to his daughter and goes off on Trump on ninth LP, Illustration by Nigel Buchanan for Rolling Stone. Eminem has long been pushed to the edge and all his foes are dead. A manifestation of Marshall Mathers’ inner turmoil, the persona served as a vehicle for his darkest, most violent thoughts and helped him step out from the shadow of his forebears to channel the darkest parts of himself.
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’Cause you done already hit ’em with the coup de grâce. But legendary executive producers Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin managed to stuff a bloated tracklist with uninspired production and instantly forgettable pop hooks. Nor should he be deified for mackling about the privileges of whiteness and how hard it is to be black in America.
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