Re-Up

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Slim on Shady's multi-syllabic brilliance.
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Based on 9 reviews

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age 15+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The "N" word is used often; there is also a fair amount of exploitive, sexist sexuality.

Violence

Gun-shot sound effects and a generous helping of death references.

Sex

Explict sexuality, including graphic references to anal sex.

Language

Heavy on the four-letter words.

Consumerism

Several brand names (Hennessy, Ferrari) are mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to drinking and getting high.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Eminem uses shock value to get his message across: four-letter words, explicit sexuality, and gunshot sound effects are all part of the deal. But this visceral, in-your-face rapper is still one of the best around. Unfortunately, this album highlights other artists on Eminem's label who have yet to live up to his artistic standards.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 4, 4, and 8 year old Written byWeezy1 March 6, 2010
Adult Written bywhovian85 April 9, 2008

When I become a rapper want to be called Skittlez!

See above. PS when are you guys going to review to the new Fall Out Boy CD. Ummm... not that I care or anything.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpielberg00 July 6, 2011

Pretty disappointing.

This is not Eminem at his best.
Kid, 11 years old August 28, 2009

Brilliant Mixtape

I bought this about 3 weeks ago and i think its an extremely good mixtape considering i am an extremley BIG fan of rap music but the first song Shady Narcotics... Continue reading

What's the story?

Designed to help launch several new Shady artists -- Stat Quo, Ca$his, and Bobby Creekwater -- RE-UP originated as a street mixtape project, destined only for underground distribution; or so says the press release. The end result, however, is a product every bit as slick as any other Eminem release without the talented treatment of language that he's so capable of. The album opens with a blast of shotgun fire and then rolls into a deluxe assortment of four-letter words (punctuated by more gun shots). Many tracks are performed by the featured artists, with or without Eminem. For the most part, the Shady boss lifts the others up, coaxing good performances out of his crew. But much of the writing isn't up to usual Eminem standards.

Is it any good?

Ths album is filled with tedious boasting about sexual and automotive prowess -- without the pointed poignancy and clever lyricism we've come to expect from this artist. What's not missing from this album is Eminem's usual pissed-off, potty-mouth persona. Employing his trademark throaty growl and uniquely rhythmic phrasing, he attacks every track with the intensity of a pit bull. Parents are likely to be uncomfortable with the graphic and exploitive sexual content on several of the songs. And, there's the obligatory (yawn) cell-phone call, the drug and gang references, and the "N" word used over and over again.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Eminem's rhythmic phrasing and expressive delivery. Do you think his message would be as effective if he toned down the shocking word play? What makes his songwriting so unusual?

Music details

  • Artist: Eminem
  • Release date: December 5, 2006
  • Label: Shady Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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