The Slim Shady LP

Music review by
David Brown, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Rap for only the most mature older teens.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 48 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Psychopathology 101.


Murder, torture, and suicide.


As explicit as it gets, including references to rape and other sexual abuse.


A gallon of Clorox couldn't clean this mouth.


He's too busy offending people to worry about cars or diamonds.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The professional junkie's grocery list -- every drug out there plus drunk driving.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Eminem is an excellent rapper and a horrible role model. He's extremely vulgar and offensive, broaching every explicit topic from drugs to venereal disease to rape, torture, murder, and suicide.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysomecoolguy August 7, 2009

Kids don't copy albums

Slim Shady is one of the best rappers and not a good role model, but kids don't copy things they hear in albums, this albums is very messed up, it talks ab... Continue reading
Adult Written byBrenny February 21, 2009

Very dirty, violent, and explicit... But awesome.

Eminem is one excellent rapper, but this cd is not something I would recommend to children under 17. Some songs contain long lists of profanity like "Just... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byRapperrapfan1 February 10, 2017


one of the best rappers best albums some weak spots but over all a great album if we want to go by the actual language and how innapropriate it truly is i would... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byitsallgood July 20, 2010

Great album, Em's best.

Such a good album, one of my all time favorites. My favorites would have to be My Name Is, Guilty Conscience, Brain amage, '97 Bonnie & Clyde, Role... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE SLIM SHADY LP, Eminem's debut album, came out in 1999 and instantly vaulted him to superstar status. Most of the album constitutes the most offensive and sarcastic material out there, but there are a few traces of conscience and somber reality. Underneath the offensive surface, Eminem is intelligent, introspective, and self-aware, weaving sarcasm and angst into creative and skillful word play. Songs like \"My Name Is\" and \"Role Model\" show Eminem's sick sense of humor at its best, while \"Rock Bottom\" and \"If I Had\" are dark and introspective. Forget a grain of salt, take the whole shaker and appreciate this album for its strengths.

Is it any good?

Eminem has extraordinary lyrical dexterity and undeniable talent. Dr. Dre and the Bass Brothers add superior production value, creating catchy, danceable songs that fit well together. Eminem's popularity is inescapable and he knows how to appeal to kids, so it might be wise to prepare to work with Eminem rather than against him. And if teens can accurately judge how morally reprehensible most of this material is, it may even help them to cement their own values.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how shock value is used to get attention and sell products. If they can handle this material maturely, they can handle anything. Note: The edited version is very difficult to get a hold of these days, and Eminem's swearing is the tamest part of his content anyway.

Music details

  • Artist: Eminem
  • Release date: February 23, 1999
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 30, 2015

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