Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Listening Post

You can call Eminem a lot of things, but I never thought I'd see the day you'd be able to call him "comforting."

Yet as I watch his new video -- which looks no different than most of his old videos -- there's something wonderfully, well, quaint about it all. It's as if the last eight years never happened. Sure, there are the references to pills (albeit pills of a much different sort this time around) and the slams against current pop culture icons that at one time seemed so daring and controversial. But in the midst of a real world meltdown, Em's mischievous misanthropy suddenly looks tame -- and maybe a little outdated (particularly the obligatory Dre name-dropping).

But the fact remains, he's still one of the best MCs currently walking the earth, and I've really missed him.

So hey, TRL may be long gone, but let's party like it's 2000. Here's the first single from Eminem's new album, Relapse. It's We Made You.

Eminem -- We Made You


Tara Parker said...

I wondered if he would ever make another album.

I always got a kick out of his lyrics. Very clever.

Thanks for the link.

Robo said...

I'm probably a little biased on this but this new song is annoying and good.

Annoying in that it's the typical first single from an Eminem album that will be played on TRL for the tweens (Real Slim Shady, Like Me, Etc), but good because this is completely different from the current Hip Hop landscape. Just listen to the beat and music. It's not like anything you would ever expect from a Hip Hop artist. Em makes this song good with his stunning lyricism (even tho i'll be sick of it in a month from being overplayed everywhere) and Dr. Dre's beat pushes it over the top. What's even better is 100% positive this isn't even close to the best song on the disc either.

I have to say I'm very excited for this new album. I think he is going to push the Hip Hop envelope once again.

Considering shitheads like Lil' Wayne are completely fucking up the genre I'm VERY Thankful for Slim Shady to be back.

Chez said...

Wayne's totally over-hyped, which like you said is indicative of just how bad hip-hop is these days, but I have to admit that Prom Queen is a pretty kick-ass song.

Not a good song mind you -- it's actually pretty run-of-the-mill -- but still a catchy one.

Cheryl Robbins said...

Not bad at all... We've been anticipating the full album drop for a little while and are quite excited about it. I think the most recent album that I adored was "The Eminem Show". I've heard that this album is supposed to be some personality combination between the Marshal Mathers of the Eminem Show and the dark sociopathic Loki persona of Slim Shady from the LP. Looking forward to it, loving the Trek references from the music video so far. I don't think this track is his best work, but then again, I usually prefer the tracks nestled in the albums above the hyped title tracks designed to get attention.

Chez said...

White America = My all-time favorite Eminem song.

Cheryl Robbins said...

Oh, shoot... I have a hard time picking a favorite from that album. White America was the first track that stood out to me, and certainly the first one that ended up memorized. But, the beat in When The Music Stops is pretty amazing, as well. I fell in love with My Dad's Gone Crazy at first, but then there's that little segment of the song where Eminem explains how he has "more pain inside of his brain than a little girl in a plane headed towards the world trade... what you're seeing here is a genius at work". That song would've been amazing if he would've just left that melodramatic ego BS out of it. When he goes on about his pain being superior to any other pain on the planet, I just want to smack him. I remember jamming to it the first time, and then face-palming when it got to that part. And then there's Cleaning Our My Closet, which I generally blow raspberries at, though it's grown on me, too. Not grown on me because I think it's musically sound, but grown on me from nostalgia and recognition, the same reason I have Monster Ballads in my collection.

I've seen him in an interview, and he mumbles so much you can hardly understand what he's saying. Yet, his work is so intelligible. I'd like to get him and Ozzy in a room together, tape the conversation, and see if it sounds like the final verse in You Know My Name - Look Up The Number by the Beatles.