Monday, February 28, 2011

Unearthed: Eminem's Drug Laced Unreleased Sessions

Nine tracks previously unreleased by Eminem have been unearthed. The tracks seem to feed the narrative of where Slim Shady was at mentally around 2007-2009: teaching himself to rap once again, hooked on pharmaceutical drugs ranging from muscle relaxers to Clonopin, ruminating about his own craziness (nothing new for him but to a degree that is unusual), mourning his best friend Proof, obsessing over his childhood and in the midst of making uncharacteristic diss songs at rap heavy hitters like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Kanye West.

As one of the most successful rappers of all time, Eminem is inevitably going to have a biopic made about him. Sure, there is already 8 Mile but that film was tame and made with his own consent. It overemphasized things to his narrative advantage (like growing up in a trailer, which he didn't) and didn't explore less congenial things like drug addiction, the inner workings of the rap industry, his broken marriage, his three daughters or the beef between his record label, Shady Records, and The Source magazine. These songs will honestly provide a really good asset for whoever writes that screenplay. Here goes the Jigga and Yeezy dissing lyrics off of his "Get Money" freestyle, which used the beat of 50 Cent's "I Get Money:"

They keep on sayin’ the same rappers are the best
Jay-Z and Kanye West, maybe they’re just tryna distract it
From the fact that I’m comin’ back
Or maybe it’s cause I ain’t black, maybe it’s because of that
Maybe it’s because I’m the highest sellin’ artist in rap
While I’m sittin’ back in my office jackin’ off to my plaques

It goes on:

I’m the best thing that ever happened to rap, bastards
I’m a blonde Dre, now gimme Kanye’s glasses!

It's a pretty terrible song, honestly, and it's no surprise that it never saw the light of day. It's easy to imagine that the Eminem rambling on that track was overweight and trying to keep himself from stuffing his face with food and drugs long enough to rap.

Songs like "Emulate," with Obie Trice, sound like they could have been really good if put more effort into. Obie and Eminem have alot of synergy and the verse that he spits is one of his better ones. It strangely is placed twice in the song instead of any chorus and Eminem once again sounds like he's about to collapse from drugs. "G.O.A.T.," like "The Game," is just Eminem trying to assert to himself more than anyone else that he is still worth listening to. "Wee Wee" is another exercise in cartoonish child rambling: humorous, addictive but totally pharmaceutical inspired.

The passion is really only present in his song "The Apple." In that song, Eminem admits fully that he is "off his rocker" but then goes in to the full detail of why that's the case. He illustrates his family history - a drug addicted mother who claims he had a sister who fell out of the window when they were living in the projects in Missouri, when he attests they never lived in Missouri, and how his uncle was stabbed while trying to find Marshall's bicycle. It's actually one of his better songs and would have added the personal touch to Relapse.

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