The Slim Shady LP

 
Rap for only the most mature older teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Psychopathology 101.

Violence

Murder, torture, and suicide.

Sex

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

Language

A gallon of Clorox couldn't clean this mouth.

Consumerism

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.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

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Teen, 14 years old Written byitsallgood July 20, 2010
age 14+
 

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 Model, and Just Don't Give a F**k. I found it interesting that '97 Bonnie & Clyde doesn't have one swear word in it, yet I consider it the most evil song on the album. I would reccommend it for anyone my age and older, as long as they don't take it the wrong way. It's just music people.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bybradley4846 June 18, 2009
age 15+
 

One of the Tamest Eminem CDs

Everyone says its really innapproprite, but its not as bad as his 2nd album. Unlike those he doesnt't use the f-word in every song. But there is a lot of drug themes
Kid, 11 years old March 5, 2012
age 13+
 

SLIM SHADY

He raps about horrible things, but the way it comes out of his mouth, it just sounds funny and awesome. GO SLIM SHADY!!! P.s. All the stuff he talks about is made up and he never actually did it. (Except for Brain Damage, part of that actually happened)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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