Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972),[1] better known by his stage name Eminem, (commonly stylized EMINM on his albums), is an American rapper, record producer, actor and singer. Eminem quickly gained popularity in 1999 with his major-label debut album, The Slim Shady LP, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The following album, The Marshall Mathers LP, became the fastest-selling solo album in history.[2] It brought Eminem increased popularity, including his own record label, Shady Records, and brought his group project, D12, to mainstream recognition.

The Marshall Mathers LP and his third album, The Eminem Show, also won Grammy Awards, making Eminem the first artist to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive LP’s. He then won the award again in 2010 for his album Relapse, giving him a total of 11 Grammys in his career. In 2002, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself” from the film, 8 Mile, in which he also played the lead. “Lose Yourself” would go on to become the longest running #1 hip-hop single.[3] Eminem then went on hiatus after touring in 2005. He released his first album since 2004’s Encore, titled Relapse, on May 15, 2009. Eminem is the best-selling artist of the decade,[4] and has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide to date, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.[5]

Eminem was ranked 82nd on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time.[6] He was also named the Best Rapper Ever by Vibe magazine.[7] Including his work with D12, Eminem has achieved eight #1 albums on the Billboard Top 200 and 12 number one singles worldwide. In December, 2009 Eminem was named the Artist of the Decade by Billboard Magazine.[8] His albums The Eminem Show, The Marshall Mathers LP, and Encore (in order) ranked as the 3rd,[9] 7th,[9] and 40th[10] best album of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine. According to Billboard, Eminem has two of his albums among the top five highest selling albums of the 2000s. In the UK, Eminem has sold over 12.5 million records.

Recovery is the seventh studio album by American rapper Eminem, released June 18, 2010 on Polydor Records and Interscope Records. Production for the album took place during 2007 to 2010 and was handled by several record producers, including Alex da Kid, Just Blaze, Boi-1da, Denaun Porter, Havoc, Script Shepherd, Supa Dups, Jim Jonsin, DJ Khalil, Emile, and Dr. Dre. [Wikipedia]

Cold Wind Blows—-Beginning with the trademark sing-song vocal style of Em’s, the song quickly moves from interlude to pure Em style rapid fire word play that is full of introspection, sex and violence. The beats are strictly predictable, but do we really want something new? This is classic…the chorus is fantastic and the song is full of suggestive sex and name dropping. Ain’t nuffin’ changed.

Talkin’ 2 Myself featuring Kobe—-Kobe delivers a nice R n’ B line that beefs up this song over some rather erratic beats. This is a bit different for Em, but it seems like his voice and his rhymes fit in with about any beat made. Eminem spends some time talking about his jealousy of the rappers that have taken over the charts in his abscence…this is somewhat refreshing. The main just of the track seems to be about the road to recovery and the victory that comes when you reach the end of the road. This is great!!

On Fire—-This is DEFINETLY a Dre beat…the cool and laid back West Coast style beat that seems to fit Em’s voice best. The barrage of lyrics come out fast and furious with a certain edge of anger and disgust. As you would expect. This is exceptional….laying bare some of the feelings inside this man, but still delivered with a certain air of sarcasm and black humor. Magnificent.

Won’t Back Down featuring Pink—-Surprising from the start, there is a nice guitar intro and the voice of Pink delivers the chorus…the heavy bass is not far behind nor is the rapid fire delivery of Eminem. This has a slight aggressive edge to it and a certain magical wordplay that only Em is capable of. This is fantastic…the constant ting of the cymbal gives the song a sense of urgency and surprisingly, Pink sounds right at home on this track…this may do very well for the both of them…would love to  see a video for this.

W.T.P.—-Now, this is classic and fun Eminem. The delivery is old school Em…reminding back to the early days as he even brings forth Shady, his other personality. W.T.P. = White Trash Party…..could anything be more appropriate? This has some nice graphic images and some real ghetto illeterations…this is what I need and expect.

Going Through Changes—-Using a classic sample from Ozzy era Black Sabbath [one of my favorite sabbath songs…EVER], this is masterfully delivered. Mathers is again in an introspective mood as he seems to be going through some mid-life thing that he is dealing with through the magic of writing and delivering rhymes. This is fantastic…one of my favorite tracks on this release!!!

Not Afraid—-Surprising to me that this is the first single from this release, there is so much better stuff on this release…that is not to say that this is a bad or ill delivered song, I just think that there could have been a better choice for the first single. I guess Mathers was trying to make a point with the song, and I suppose he succeeded. This is great, but is a bit to predictable and same sounding.

Seduction—-The intro to this song has a nice atmospheric quality that slowly evolves into a slow and sexy R N’ B beat that is wonderfully set to the rhymes that are delivered. Em sounds a bit more pissed off than usual and he delivers his lines  with a crispness and arrogance…a machismo that made the man so famous and so damn sexy. This is nice…slow and groovy with an air of attitude….and you can dance to it as well!!!

No Love featuring Lil’ Wayne—-Using a nice sample from the 90’s dance floor hit from KWS, Wayne enters first and delivers his trademark space induced style rap that is more of a chant than a rap. This is nice, Wayne is surprisingly understandable and the deep bass that accompanies the rap is masterful. It seems funny to hear Wayne rapping about being high and smoking when Em is struggling with his ‘recovery’. This is a pretty remarkable track, I hope they made a video before Wayne was sent away because this is a stellar track….another favorite!!

Space Bound—-This is odd for me from the onset….the beats are momentarily replaced with an acoustic guitar that sticks around even after the bass is added to the mix. This seems almost to be a ‘rap ballad’. This is nice, you can catch every word that Eminem delivers and the chorus is a sing song chorus that is so damn catchy it will stick in your brain for hours after you hear it…perhaps even days. This WILL be a hit single..I guarantee it. This is fantastic!!

Cinderella Man—-This is choice!!! The beats are huge and the backdrop vocal chorus is almost Gospel inspired that is lots of fun and catchy as hell. The rhymes come out fast as hell and are delivered with an urgency and arrogance that makes you smile at the fun of it all. This is remarkable…I love the back beat..it consumes the song and is almost more important that the actual rap itself. This is great production and even better execution. Awesome!!!

25 To Life—-The female vocal from Liz Rodriguez that sets the tone for the hook of the song borders on beautiful…the contrast between the two voices is pretty remarkable. This is nice, Em delivers line after line that has an air of arrogance and anger that bites and leaves a bitter taste in your brain. This is aggressive, somewhat violent and classic Em. Another favorite of mine.

So Bad—-Finally a return to the fun eminem…the middle of this release is pretty serious and dark, it is nice to have a nice fun rap that is full of juvenile references and classic Eminem wordplay. This even has a nice homage line to my favorite show at the moment,  Entourage! It is nice to see that despite the new lifestyle and edge that Eminem still knows how to have fun in his perverse way…this is classic!!!

Almost Famous—-This is AWESOME!!! I love the sing song female vocal going on in the backdrop and the lesson that is all over the lyrics of the song. When Em says they call him ‘Slim Rothlsiberg’, I about bust my gut. This is delivered with an aggression and air of anger that you have not heard from Mathers in quite some time. The lines are rapid fire fast and the hype is made to literally make crowds go wild, This is magnificent. I could not ask for more…this is classic stuff!!! And when he says….”Eminem backwards is Meni-me”, I about cried!!!

Love The Way You Lie featuring Rihanna—-This is brilliant, Rihanna delivers some lines that makes you wonder if she is talking about you know who, Eminem enters with a style that is again full of darkness and aggression. this is a huge lesson…Eminem talks about the past and his habit of laying hands on women all the while Ri-Ri sings in the backdrop. This is a bona fide smash….BET!!!

You’re Never Over—- This is a nice ode to Eminem’s life long friend Proof…the beats are really aggressive and remind me of the old, lighter days of Mathers. This is classic….I listen to this over and over again trying to catch the words without the benefit of the lyrics sheet…Em actually attempts to sing and the result is pretty fantastic. I love this release!!!

Untitled—-Ending the release on a rather light note, this only seems appropriate considering the dark tone of much of the material. The beats are fun and full of zings, while the lyrics are fun and could have been on any of the early releases from this genius of a wordsmith..a fantastic way to end one of the best releases of the year.

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]


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