The Slim Shady LP is the second studio album by American rapper Eminem. It was released in early 1999 and features guest appearances from Dr. Dre, Dina Rae and Royce da 5'9". Released by Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics and was a commercial success.

Eminem also became a very controversial figure within the hip hop industry, being labeled as "a misogynist, a nihilist and an advocate of domestic violence. In 2000, the album was followed by his third studio album The Marshall Mathers LP.

Tracklist

No. Title Length
1. "Public Service Announcement" (skit) 0:33
2. "My Name Is" 4:28
3. "Guilty Conscience" (ft. Dr. Dre) 3:19
4. "Brain Damage" 3:46
5. "Paul" (skit) 0:15
6. "If I Had" 4:05
7. "97 Bonnie & Clyde" 5:16
8. "Bitch" (skit) 0:19
9. "Role Model" 3:25
10. "Lounge" (skit) 0:46
11. "My Fault" 4:01
12. "Ken Kaniff" (skit) 1:16
13. "Cum on Everybody" (ft. Dina Rae) 3:39
14. "Rock Bottom" 3:34
15. "Just Don't Give A Fuck" 4:02
16. "Soap" (skit) 0:34
17. "As the World Turns" 4:25
18. "I'm Shady" 3:31
19. "Bad Meets Evil" (ft. Royce da 5'9") 4:13
20. "Still Don't Give a Fuck" 4:12
Total length: 59:39
Special Edition Bonus Disc
No. Title Length
1. "Hazardous Youth" (acapella version) 0:47
2. "Get You Mad" 4:21
3. "Greg" (acapella version) 0:53
4. "Just Don't Give a Fuck" (music video)
5. "My Name Is" (music video)
6. "Guilty Conscience" (music video)
7. "Role Model" (music video)
8. "The Slim Shady LP" (live and studio footage)

Why It Rocks

  1. Most of the songs were memorable like the singles "My Name Is""Guilty Conscience" and "Role Model".
  2. The music videos for this album are also memorable, especially the music video for "My Name Is".
  3. The production on this album is excellent.
  4. Eminem's flow and delivery on this album is phenomenal.
  5. Eminem sounds really good on this album.
  6. The lyrics are great and very funny.
  7. The album cover is nice.
  8. There are no bad songs.
  9. After years of being unknown to the public, this album was just the beginning of a bright future for Eminem.
  10. Great features.
  11. Large number of tracks combined (28).
  12. Really funny and good skits like "Ken Kaniff" and "Public Service Announcement".
  13. It along with The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show are some of Eminem's best projects.
  14. His rhyming is pretty good too and there are great wordplay/punchlines.
  15. Considered as a classic, not just in hip-hop but general music too.
  16. However Rock Bottom is a first emotional Eminem song

Bad Qualities

  1. It sparked a lot controversy (see above).
  2. The song "Cum on Everybody" has a really repetitive chorus.

Reception

Critical Reception

The Slim Shady LP was generally acclaimed by music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave it five out of five stars, praising Em's expansive vocabulary and vivid imagination. Kyra Kyles of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it a four out four stars. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a C+, describing its "unapologetic outrageouness". Soren Baker of the Los Angeles Times gave it a three and a half out four stars, stating that "He isn't afraid to say anything; his lyrics are so clever that he makes murder sound as if it's a funny act he may indulge in simply to pass the time". Steven Wells of NME gave the record a 6 out of 10 and Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave it an A-.

Accolades

In 2000, The Slim Shady LP won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album while the album's first single "My Name Is" won Best Rap Solo Perfomance. The album was ranked number 275 by Rolling Stone on the "Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and number 33 on its "Top 100 Best Albums of the 90's".

Videos

Trivia

  • The songs "My Name Is", "Guilty Conscience", "If I Had", "Cum on Everybody", "Bad Meets Evil", "Rock Bottom" and "I'm Shady" sample "I Got The" by Labi Siffre, "Pigs Go Home" by Ronald Stein, "Impeach the President" by The Honey Drippers, "Gimme What You Got" by Le Pamplemouse, "Me & My Girlfriend" by 2Pac, "Modaji" by Dave Grusin, "Summertime" by Big Brother & The Holding Company (with Janes Joplin), "Pusherman" by Curtis Mayfield and "I'm Your Pusher" by Ice-T.
  • On the album's clean version, the songs "Bitch", "Cum on Everybody", "Just Don't Give a Fuck", and "Still Don't Give a Fuck" are retitled as "Zoe", "Come on Everybody", "Just Don't Give" and "Still Don't Give".
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