Throwback Review: “The Slim Shady LP” by Eminem

Eminem’s break out album “The Slim Shady LP” is a perfect showcase of the artists talent in his early days

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Eminem is undoubtedly the biggest most recognizable artist in rap history, however, he wasn’t always such a powerhouse. Before 1999, he was an unknown battle rapper from Detroit. One album would rocket Eminem to becoming a household name, which parents would utter in disgust and disapproval for his vulgar, controversial lyrics. 

Production of this album, manned by the iconic Dr. Dre, is unique and defined in its own right. Dre, who had recently launched his record label “Aftermath”, needed a breakout star like Eminem in order to get the ball rolling. With that being said, Dre’s production deserves a lot of credit for Eminem’s success. The guitar presence on the album in particular is pretty stark, with plucky and sometimes dark tones becoming a very defined trait. As well, enhancing the overall cartoonish feel of the album, sound effects and layering add to the atmosphere. I find the production on “Role Model” to stand out the most.

Vocals also play a huge role in making this album a classic. Eminem has a very specific accent, and as well his way of storytelling, which employs a lot of impressions, separate point of views, and comic-book esque sound effects make the vocals on the album just as iconic as the production and the lyrics. Specifically, Eminem’s vocals on “Guilty Conscious”, with aid from feature Dr. Dre, enhance the storytelling in a way only they can accomplish.

Most importantly, the lyrics on this album, controversy and all, are by far the most iconic part. The comedic absurdity of the lyrics make this album a dark romp through a comic book about a psychotic, disgusting protagonist who does the most ridiculous things just because he can: and it’s amazing. A sound and lyrical tone that had never been expressed. Eminem’s introduction to the world, smash hit “My Name Is” definitely has the best, most absurd lyrics, and it’s controversial subject matter would make Eminem a common topic amongst critics of rap and fans alike.

All in all, this album is a classic in every sense of the word. Its revolutionary nature as the first project by the most well known artist in rap history makes it a joy to listen to, and its ridiculous subject matter, fun production, and unique vocals make it extremely entertaining.