The Eminem Show

Music review by
David Brown, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Very explicit; for mature older teens only.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 68 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

He prides himself on being the anti-role model.


V is for Very, Very Violent.


Everything from venereal disease to rape. Disrespectful and explicit.


If swear words were dollars, he'd be rich. Actually, he is rich.


Not as bad as most popular rap.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drunk driving and all varieties of drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is another explicit gem from Eminem. Use this album to bring up the topic of censorship with your kids. Eminem denounces censors and critics, but spits some of the most offensive lyrics around.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCool jerkerama January 29, 2019
Overall this album has a crazy amount of swears songs like drips bring out the sexual content and soldier brings out the violence. Superman is very sexual. Squa... Continue reading
Adult Written byKittypower July 30, 2011


Why you guys hating on eminem?!?!?
Teen, 14 years old Written byYeet the alien November 26, 2019

Good just skip out drips and superman

This is an amazing album skip songs like drips and superman if you are really easily offended skip out my dads gone crazy for kids under 12 clean version is goo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLexiLoree December 1, 2018

Depends on the kid (and the parent)

It has swearing, as expected from Eminem. It also has a few “interesting” references and topics. However I think it depends on the child, and how you want to pa... Continue reading

What's the story?

For his third album, THE EMINEM SHOW, the rapper still uses shock value and offensive topics to get attention, but is moving away from sarcasm and parody toward a more serious and critical attitude. In addition to rants about his censors, his abusive relationships, and the government, he includes introspective thoughts on success, fame, and social responsibility. Don't be fooled though -- he is still rapping about killing his mother and doing drugs in front of his child, testing the limits of taste and morality. The album has some very strong songs, like "Business" and "Square Dance." But a few duds break up the flow, including "Drips," about venereal disease, which is disgusting and disrespectful.

Is it any good?

This album has the same strengths as the first two (The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP). It showcases Eminem's excellent rapping ability, and it is backed by solid production work. But has Eminem reached the bottom of the "shock value" barrel? Eminem has shown that he can rap intelligently about poignant topics. Whether he is willing to do so for an entire album has yet to be seen.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the following: Where should we draw the line between freedom of speech and explicit material? Who should make that decision? What harm, if any, can come from this music?

Music details

  • Artist: Eminem
  • Release date: May 26, 2002
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 29, 2015

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