Eminem Does The Same Ol’ Shit, Except Lazier

eminemmic.jpgIf you can hear it under the migraine-level avalanche of sirens and gunshots, DJ Whoo Kid shouting out his “Jew-Unit,” and the tinny radio-rip quality, Eskay has a two-minute preview of the new Eminem at Nah Right. (And considering Whoo Kid spins the track back around 40 seconds in, this makes it a minute-and-a-half preview.)

Sonically, one of Nah Right’s commenters calls it without even bothering to download it: “generic eminem production (snares too loud, moody strings).” As for Em, he’s still mugging in silly cartoon accents (quasi-Spanish nonsense here, if that matters), slouching on his storehouse of meta self-referentiality (getting defensive over that infamous clip of a young Em letting the N-word slip), dropping kindergarten-restroom scatology (something about peeing, or drinking pee, I couldn’t be bothered to parse it before noon to be honest), and otherwise obscuring his own technical gifts under 10 tons of shtick. Even in low-bitrate, miniature form, it’s hardly as lazily offensive as “Just Lose It,” but has any other rapper’s legacy been self-tarnished in such record time?

New Eminem [Nah Right]

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  • Chris Molanphy

    Thank you for calling out the laziness that was “Just Lose It.” Frankly, Em’s been falling off since ’02.

    has any other rapper’s legacy been self-tarnished in such record time?

    2Pac would’ve become a joke after 1996 if he’d released all that vault shit without dying first.

  • Ken Griffey’s Grotesquely Swollen Jaw

    Seriously.

    I remember when Em, at his peak, was being compared to the greatest of all time. I wish he would’ve taken his own advice and said “goodbye to hollywood”/the music industry. I can hardly listen to his old stuff without thinking of this new imposter anymore.

  • Ken Griffey’s Grotesquely Swollen Jaw

    Seriously.

    I remember when Em, at his peak, was being compared to the greatest of all time. I wish he would’ve taken his own advice and said “goodbye to hollywood”/the music industry. I can hardly listen to his old stuff without thinking of this new imposter anymore.

  • natepatrin

    has any other rapper’s legacy been self-tarnished in such record time?

    Well, he could pose for Playgirl.

  • AquaLung

    The guy painted himself into a corner with his first couple albums, to be honest.

    I remember listening to the “Marshall Mathers LP” and thinking, “Where do you go after this?”

    He built his entire career on bitching about stuff (his childhood, his mother, fans, press, etc.)- so what happens when you have nothing left to complain about?

    Guy lost his fire a long time ago. “The Eminem Show” was the first stumble. “Encore” proved he was running on fumes. We’ll just pretend the D-12 projects never happened.

    Somehow he squeezed out “Lose Yourself” in between, but for a guy who was hyper self-aware before, he’s shown a considerable lack of that quality lately.

  • Rob Murphy

    Great post, Jess. You and the previous commenters are all spot-on here. “Stan” was an incredible piece of work, “Lose Yourself” was almost as good, and “Guilty Conscience” was good, too. Beyond that, not so much. And each release seems to be — as noted above — weaker and lazier than the preceding release.

    Em would probably do well to hook up with Dre again.

  • Trackback

    The return of Eminem from retirement hasn’t exactly set the world alight, Iodlator is reporting after playing through the snatch available:Sonically, one of Nah Right’s commenters calls it without even bothering to download it: “generic eminem production (snares too loud, moody strings).”

  • Adam Bernard

    Agreed. I actually wrote something about this very topic just two weeks ago: [adambernard.blogspot.com]

  • blobby

    Actually, I enjoyed The Eminem Show more than either of his first two albums, but I completely agree that by Encore he was running on fumes (though even that album had a few good frontloaded cuts).

  • jus10j

    Agreeing with BLOBBY, here. The Eminem Show was his best record, with The Marshall Mathers LP right on its tail. Encore was disappointing, but it was good in its own right…it’s still better than The Slim Shady LP, in my opinion. That being said, this song is…disheartening. Sounds like a D12 leftover beat with gunshots ad nauseum. I can only hope they were stuck in there by that buttfuck DJ who feels the need to play that ridiculous clip of the echo yell over and over. But it wouldn’t surprise me if they were Em’s sound effects. I’m getting sick of the gun bravado.