Posts Tagged ‘Eminem’
Kid Cudi was set up to fail.
His Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, a sequel to his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Days, could not have possibly lived up to the genius, wildly adventurous, genre-defining record that its predecessor had become. And yet, there he went, knowingly slapping the “II” onto this album, thereby indelibly connecting it with its forerunner and making comparisons between the two not only convenient but necessary.
We all know about sophomore slumps, but why make that criticism so easy to lob? Maybe it’s because Scott Mescudi has laid bare time and time again his penchant for self-destructive behavior.
So it was no great surprise to me that I felt completely disappointed and let down when I first ripped into this album. “Why isn’t it as good, damnit?!” But then a funny thing happened on the way to the circus. The more I listened, and the more I gave the music a chance to stand on its own, I realized I was asking the wrong question. It’s really not the most important thing to know whether this album is as good as his debut. I figured if I wanted to be fair, I should have been looking only to see whether it was good – with no qualifying “as” needed. And to my pleasant surprise, The Legend of Mr. Rager suddenly manifested itself as a good record, almost right before my eyes, like the flick of a switch.
I’ve got two new Eminem-based videos for ya.
The first video is for the next single off Recovery, “No Love.” It features Lil Wayne in a killer guest spot (not to mention an excellent Haddaway sample) and was one of my favorite tracks off the album.
The second video, which can be seen after the jump, is a pretty great cover of “Love The Way You Lie” with the verses rewritten. The girl’s voice is tremendous, although I can’t tell if there’s been any kind of editing done to the vocals. What do you think? I guess it doesn’t really matter since most singers use some kind of touch up editing in the studio anyways. The bottom line is that she isn’t using any Auto-Tune bullcrap.
When I heard Eminem’s new album, it was pretty evident that the track “Love The Way You Lie” was destined to end up as a commercial smash.
Not only did it have an instantly memorable hook, but it features mega-star Rihanna, who lends the song added crossover potential – meaning the song could find its way onto exponentially more radio stations’ playlists. And that’s exactly what happened. I know this because my 14 year old female cousin who probably never listened to an Eminem song in her life, posted the lyrics to this song on Facebook and is apparently now a fan. So the record company definitely did something right here.
But the most important thing is that the song is really good, and the new video for the song matches its quality (which is increasingly rare with music videos these days). And even though, like the song itself, the video deals with domestic violence. . . it’s still kinda hot.
What started as a relapse led to a recovery – and possibly the rebirth of a recently directionless career.
It takes a lot of guts as an artist to scrap an entire body of work that is almost completed in favor of starting anew with a clean slate because the old material simply didn’t reflect who you are at the present. Deftones recently were in such a predicament due to the serious injuries suffered by one of their members. But that’s a much different situation than the one facing Eminem.
Em himself writes off his most recent work in “Talkin’ 2 Myself,” saying, “them last two albums didn’t count/Encore I was on drugs, Relapse I was flushin’ ‘em out/I’ve come to make it up to you now no more fuckin’ around.”
And anyone who’s seen a minute of Celebrity Rehab knows that when you’re on drugs and in the spotlight, some stupid shit can happen and proper decision-making processes probably aren’t happening. That’s why it’s so commendable that Eminem was actually able to step back and take an objective look at his own situation, decide that he wasn’t on top of his game, and change courses.
I’m not big into rap and hip-hop because, let’s be honest, most rappers sound like morons spitting lame rhymes about how many times they’ve been shot or how much bling they are sporting around their neck. I don’t know about you, but I can’t relate to that shit. Sure, I’ll nod my head and smile at some of these beats that are accompanied by ludicrous braggadocio, but at the end of the day, I’m really laughing more at the rapper than with them.
Now there are certainly plenty of great rappers who eschew these trite conventions, and Eminem has always been one of my favorites. His insane wordplay and knowing sense of humor are enough to draw in plenty of fans like me who don’t usually frequent the rap world. But even Eminem was starting to fall into the trap of endlessly repeating himself. I mean, how many tracks can a guy sing about how much drugs messed him up?
But after scrapping the planned follow-up to his last album Relapse, and instead starting from scratch on his new album Recovery, which is due on June 22, it seems as if Mr. Mathers is toning down the wise cracks and focusing on his own faults. On the first single, he sings, “It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me/Admittedly I probably did it subliminally for you/So I could come back a brand new me, you helped me see through.” Funny or serious, with Eminem it’s all good.
Check out the video for “Not Afraid” after the jump (and notice the not-so-subtle product placement for Dr. Dre’s Beats laptop):
Am I the only one not looking forward to Eminem’s next album? Em’s releases are just, well, always the same — whiny, complaining, high-pitched, immature garbage. I get it; it’s his thing, but heck man, some of the best artists in history made changes throughout the years to stay fresh.
What I do like about Eminem though? When he’s in other artist’s tracks. Some of his best work is his music not on his own albums. Just my two cents.
With that being said, Eminem has announced there will not be a Relapse 2. Instead, he’ll release Recovery on June 22nd. After taking much time off fighting drug addiction, Eminem released Relapse last year. It was rumored that Eminem would follow with Relapse 2 — that rumor was put to rest this week.
The rapper explained: “I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year. But as I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album. The music on Recovery came out very different from Relapse, and I think it deserves its own title.”
If you’ve seen Parks and Recreation or any of his Comedy Central appearances, then you’re familiar with comedian Aziz Ansari.
And if you’re familiar with Aziz Ansari, then you probably know about his alter-ego “Raaaaaaaandy” (that’s Randy with eight A’s) who he created for the Judd Apatow movie Funny People and now is incorporated into his standup routine.
Well, Raaaaaaaandy has teamed up with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek to make a hip-hop mixtape. The only problem? The guys who were supposed to contribute the verses haven’t come through yet (wink, wink, this is all part of the joke).
So take a listen as Raaaaaaaandy puts a hilarious verbal beatdown on hip-hop giants like Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, and Eminem.