Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? Every album released after 2002’s The Eminem Show has featured Eminem rapping in different styles, rarely returning to the carefree freestyle form of his earlier records. Don’t get me wrong, I liked most of the later records – it just seemed like that era had been laid to rest. The rapid fire rhymes of yore had been replaced with earnest pop rap and cumbersome rants – both styles fearing a much slower vocal tempo. I hadn’t fallen off of the Eminem bandwagon, I simply had adjusted with the times and accepted who he had become. That’s why the 1st single from the forthcoming Marshall Mathers LP 2 is such a surprising delight.
Part 34 of a series that will run every Friday throughout 2012 as I discuss records that have affected me throughout the years – Flashback Fridays
The early 90’s were a very strange time period. As someone who was in high school from 1991 to 1995 (yes, I graduated) I saw the mainstreaming of the Grunge era as the G-Funk era simultaneously exploded on MTV and radio stations. You would think that these two very different genres (fuzzy rock n roll VS gangsta rap) would also have two very different fan bases – but it wasn’t quite like that. My friends and I would listen to all the latest CD’s – it was very common for me to swap out my Nirvana and Pearl Jam CD’s for Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg. Personally, I’d listened to a bit of N.W.A. a few years earlier and had really loved what I heard – it couldn’t prepare me for the 1 -2 punch of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Doggystyle. I love both records, but I slightly prefer the paranoid world that inhabits Snoop’s record.