Possibly the greatest rapper of all time and is credited enough for his work.
Although many regard 2pac as the best Eminem set the record for most album sales in a week with Marshall Mathers LP.
Although Eminem can be childish and use basic rhymes in his recent albums. Encore (5/10) and Relapse (7/10) his first three albums define Eminem as a rap legend. Slim Shady LP was the classic with crazy rhymes such as "Role Model":
I came to the club drunk with a fake ID
Don't you wanna grow up to be just like me!
I've been with 10 women who got HIV
Now don't you wanna grow up to be just like me!
Then after Slim Shady LP came Marshall Mathers LP the greatest. This was his most successful album and most controversial for its homophobic comments:
My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge
That'll stab you in the head
whether you're a fag or lez
Or the homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-vest
Pants or dress - hate fags? The answer's "yes"
Eminem Show didn't match the success of the Marshall Mathers LP but it was another top album from Slim Shady. It was the best selling album in 2002. It had 2 top 10 songs and 4 top 15's. Superman manage to reach the U.S. top 10 without a music video counterpart. It cut out the homophobic comments however still had strong relations to sex. Drips was completely removed off the clean version of the album:
willin' to stick out my neck, for respect if it meant life or death,
never live to regret what I said,
when you're me, people just want to see,
if it's true, if it's you, what you say in your rap's, what you do
Encore was Eminem's 4th studio album and was criticised for its childish humour. Many songs lack lyrical talent and include fart noises. Mainstream the album worked well but for the hardcore fans who were used to the crazy Slim Shady it was a dissapointment:
You find me offensive, I find you offensive
Shit, this is the same verse I just did this
When am I gonna come to my good senses?
Probably the day Bush comes to my defenses
After 5 years without releasing an album Eminem released a 5th studio album Relapse. Although Eminem still has some childish lyrics to boost his mainstream image in such songs as "Bagpies from Baghdad" and "We made you" this album was a success. Crack a bottle and We made you made it into the top ten. The album has glimpse of the classic Shady. Beatiful, De Ja Vu, Medicine Ball and Underground show you what Eminem is, a lyrical genius:
'm just so fuckin' depressed
I just can seem to get out this slump
If I could just get over this hump
But I need something to pull me out this dump
I took my bruises, took my lumps
Fell down and I got right back up
But I need that spark to get psyched back up
In order for me to pick that mic back up
Relapse 2 comes out in late 2009. Whether it is a success or not Eminem will always be one of the greatest rappers to grace the planet.
Unlike rappets like Lil Wayne and Akon, Eminem's words have a meaning and msot of his songs aren't similar to something that could be made up by a ten year old.
I have left a final quote from "Be careful what you wish for" from a deluxe version of Relapse which I possess. This includes Eminem's on thoughts on his albums.
Every CD critics gave it a 3, then 3
Years later, they'd go back and re-rate it
And call the Slim Shady LP the greatest
The Marshall Mathers was a classic
The Eminem Show was fantastic
But Encore just didn't have the caliber to match it
I guess enough time just ain't passed, yet
A couple more years, that shit'll be ill-matic
And eight years later, I'm still at it
Sleeping pill addict
(Be careful what you wish for)
Man: Who's the greatest rapper of all time?
Man 2: Eminem.