Yes, yes, y’all and It don’t stop! Sup guys?! Sorry about the two week absence, school has be busier and more stressed than ever, but thank god I have this blog. Updating my personal blog, is just that, personal. It really forces me sit down, relax, listen to what I believe is the best music ever created and speak on my opinion about. A very therapeutic process which I enjoy very much.
A lot has been going on in hip-hop from new mixtape/album release dates, arisen controversial topics and the leak of dope singles. But, the biggest thing being talked about in the Rap world is the return of Marshall Mathers aka Slim Shady aka arguable the most controversial artist in hip-hop aka Eminem!
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Just yesterday on Nov. 5, 2013, the Detroit MC released his 8th studio album dubbed “The Marshall Mathers LP II.” A very brave move by Em to make a sequel to a very critically acclaimed classic made 13 years ago. Subconsciously, fans everywhere are automatically going to compare The MMLP2 to the first one, without a doubt. Not saying it is entirely a bad thing, but it can really block your ears from hearing all the good this album has to offer when you are already having unrealistic expectations.
It is safe to say that everyone from the age of 18 to 28 and even people in their early 30’s grew up on Eminem’s music. Not saying everyone between those ages was a fan, but similar to Michael Jackson’s music, it is everywhere and has been for a very long time. I feel that everyone in my generation at least has an idea of who he is, what he represents in his music, can name 2-3 songs of his regardless of if they ever owned any of Em’s albums.
What I love about this album is that it is just like every other classic Eminem album, minus all the negativity and more emphasis on the MC craft. Not to say the darker and more violent music wasn’t good, infact it was great, but this LP is another audio chapter of his life that can be differentiated from the rest of the book. This is probably his first album where he seems to be just happy with no real grudges. Not only is he content with life, but he seems to be more passionate about rhyming than he’s ever been. From the personal heart felt, tear jerking rhymes apologizing to his mother, silly sounding love songs, the straight unfiltered hardcore punchline-heavy raps, to even rapping like Yoda; this album proved to me if I had any doubt in the past if Em still enjoyed the craft of MC’ing, I was dead wrong. If you were to ask me as a fan, on a scale of 1-10, how much does Eminem care about his rap skills? 1 being “I could care less, ehh whatevz” to 10 being “sharpening my craft is needed more than DMX needing a chauffeur,” than the number would be all the times Slim Shady has ever said the F-word in his music, his personal life, business meetings when they tried to shaft him in the beginning all combined. Literally, that would be the number. Which is dope.
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More specifically what I like about the MMLP2 is that I can tell he’s been reminiscing about the rap he grew up on when making this album , which is probably why most of the album cuts seem more technically written with complex rhyming. For instance his first lead single, “Bezerk”, is a very Beastie Boys sound, not only with the beat but with his flow cadence.
One of the biggest tribute or homages made off the entire album is from a song that is not even on the album, technically it is a bonus track called “Don’t Front”.
It is a remake of “I Got Cha Opin” by Black Moon originally made in 1993.
I didn’t even know Slim was influenced by Black Moon, but after hearing his whole album and then this it made sense.
Em not only polished up the beat and increased the quality, but if I’m not mistaken the lead MC of Black Moon, Buckshot went in the studio with Shady and re-did the chorus.
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Eminem’s “Don’t Front” can be heard here:
He did more than an excellent job on remaking a solid boom bap hard hitting 90’s classic. It’s everything you would want a 2013 MC to do with a song that came out 20 years ago. Keeping the dirty and crunchy snares, the droopy bass loops, incorporating DJ scratch and cut samples throughout the song, upping the studio quality and getting the ORIGINAL artist to re-do the vocals is the best reach out an artists has done in years (Besides Nas making “Made Nas Proud”, of course). “Don’t Front” will go down as one of the most memorable rap remakes. Songs like these make me even reminisce on a time I never had and listen to early rap frontin’ like it was something I grew up on too.
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For real though, all jokes aside, when you feel like the underrated 90’s golden-era rap heroes are getting slept on and almost forgotten, gems like these drop. It must put a smile on the artist’s face to see one of the biggest rappers in the game, if not the biggest musical artists period, pay homage and shed some light on who motivated him to pick up the mic (see that rhymed, that’s tight, real #RapNerdsUnite).
– MC Norman Batez, kid.
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Peace & thank you!