While not reviewed at the time, this album is important to the newest Eminem album review, so this release has been revisited.
A lot of people think that this is a bad album, but that has been misconstrued. This album is full of personal growth that is only natural considering how long Eminem has been rapping for. He is not the same angry young man, until everyone set him off over this.
The production is not as grimy and aggressive as previous releases, but that is the point. The atmosphere created by the beats fits the message of the songs well. The only issue really is that sometimes the backings are slightly too loud for the lyrics to be crystal clear, but this is not a huge issue.
The lyricism is amazing with Eminem keeping up his absolute top level lyrical wit and skill. Instead of using his talent to describe violent scenarios, he puts them to work with more conscious rhymes and more emotional story telling. Eminem does not miss a step and proves his pen is as sharp as ever.
The features are more pop centered on this album, but all contribute strongly. They all have a softer touch to add to the messages on this as well as reinforcing the same messages as well. A few more rap features could appease more of the masses, but might take from what this album is trying to say.
Overall, this is an album that was released to try to show the world that Eminem was stepping up and was trying to tell America something and instead all that people seemed to take from it was that he has grown as a human being and that they don’t like that. Eminem was right to release a follow up scathing people’s responses.
This album has a great balance of all aspects of Hip Hop. There is content, features, beats and lyricism for all rap listeners to enjoy. Krept and Konan flex thier rhyme muscles hard on this album and it comes out as a great project for them and the UK scene.
The production is excellent and is a good blend of refined commercial backing with gritty street tones. The beats all create the atmosphere that enhances the track and helps the impact of the message from each song. It is possible that there are a few more commercial sounds than raw grind that the core audiance enjoys, but this album still has a mostly even balance.
The lyricism is clear and excellent on every track. Each bar is full of a clever lyrical technique that shows not only how intelligent the rappers are, but also how creative rap can be. A few rhymes may go over peoples heads, however that is not the artists fault.
The features are fantastic and all help make this album as great as it is. Each of them help to make this album more of an international effort as well as using thier own skills to show thier level of talent compared to Krept and Konan. Possibly a few more singing features would help on more of the emotional tracks. On the other hand the main artists do a great job on the hooks themselves.
Overall, this is a great album that should appeal to all listeners of the Hip Hop genre. Krept and Konan should be beyond proud of how this album has finished off.