The Eminem Show

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

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 53 reviews

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.

Violence

V is for Very, Very Violent.

Sex

Everything from venereal disease to rape. Disrespectful and explicit.

Language

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

Consumerism

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
Parent of a 15 year old Written byDaracis May 18, 2013

The Eminem Show

Let me start things just by saying- if you are going to consider giving this album to a kid, make it the censored version. A lot of it is very emotional but the... Continue reading
Parent of a 17 year old Written byEminem1014eva March 13, 2011
I am a Big eminem fan . this is one of his BEST albums ever . not too offensive .
Kid, 10 years old March 11, 2013

This album is Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This album is great and I love Eminem. Mature kids who can handle should be able to listen to this but there are a few references to sexual things and a couple... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySanjay Dixit December 27, 2016

Eminem is a genius, but this album is best for teens

Eminem is brilliant when it comes to music, and this album is no exception. It contains must-hear songs like Sing For The Moment, Till I Collapse, and Without m... 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?

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