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Album Review: Music to Be Murdered By by Eminem

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One of the original rappers and legends in hip-hop returns to the music scene. If you don't know who I'm talking about from the first sentence, the man is Eminem. Eminem has been making music for several years but has surprised fans with a new album titled Music to Be Murdered By. Despite having some weak albums in the 2010s, this marks his eleventh studio album and he fixed some issues that he faced with his previous albums.

The first track of the album, Premonition (Intro), starts with a woman screaming and she was possibly killed. Right after, Eminem talks about all the negative reviews he was receiving from Revival and Kamikaze over a trap-styled beat. He continues to talk about how he still thinks he's the best rapper of all time despite the criticism. He also talks about how some fans want him to return to his roots with Dre while others want him to collaborate with some modern producers. That creates a huge divide with his current fan base since you have some older fans that grew up with his earlier music and then some new, modern fans.

On Unaccommodating, Eminem features Young M.A. Young M.A opens up the track and name drops some famous rappers and talks about how some people thought she wouldn't make it. Eminem comes in and does some name drops as well of famous rappers and songs. I also noticed that Eminem starts rapping faster with every verse and chorus that passes.

Next, we have You Gon' Learn which features Royce Da 5'9" and White Gold. This track is a little more unique since it doesn't feature a trap styled beat and I actually enjoy the way this track sounds. Royce Da 5'9"'s verse definitely stands out. Eminem and him basically talk about how they were able to escape poverty and make a living for themselves.

The fourth track, Alfred (Interlude), is a sample from Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 album, Music to Be Murdered By.

I shouldn't be surprised by this feature, but here we are, an Eminem track with Ed Sheeran. Those Kinda Nights has some singing parts by Ed Sheeran. Since the track has a more pop feeling to it, Ed Sheeran honestly sounds better than Eminem. On this track, Eminem reminisces about his days in D12, which was a hip hop collective from Detroit. He also talks about meeting this girl in the club and she knows his music.

Next, we have In Too Deep. It's more of a smooth beat than a trap beat which has been more prominent on this album. The track talks about jealousy and loyalty in a relationship. The chorus of the track seems to be talking about how they aren't happy in their current relationship.

Godzilla is one of the bangers off the album and features the late Juice WRLD. Since Godzilla is a fictional monster, Eminem is pretending that he is a monster on this track. This could explain his very fast rapping on the last verse of the track. It could also lead into the next track titled Darkness. This track is very dark and talks about the shooting at the Las Vegas concert in 2017. Eminem takes on the perspective of Stephen Paddock leading up to the mass shooting. This isn't the first time Eminem rapped about something this controversial, so I wouldn't recommend this song to the faint of heart. The track ends off with several news clips talking about different mass shootings in the United States.

After that, we come to Leaving Heaven. Skylar Grey brings a strong soulful chorus while Eminem raps about what happened in his past. He also talks about how he didn't grow up with any riches but was able to work with what he had. Now after several years of hard work, this is where he is in the music world.

Yah Yah starts out with a sample from a Busta Rhymes track. Other than that, this track is loaded with some decent artists on top of a boom-bap instrumental. Just like Darkness, Eminem uses this track to mention the mass shootings in the United States. He also uses his fast rapping which has been prevalent in his last few albums.

Next, we have Stepdad, and there is also a quick introduction track before the actual track. The introduction seems to be talking about an abusive stepfather who is going to punish his child for leaving the lights on. On the actual track, Eminem is basically telling us how horrible his stepfather is/was. While we can all agree his stepfather is probably a horrible person based on the context, the loud/shouting chorus doesn't really mesh well with the track.

On Marsh, we have another trap-styled beat with deep bass notes. On this track, Eminem uses a play on words, "My name is Marsh and," which sounds like he's saying he's a martian. He might also be taking a hit on Travis Scott on the chorus. Eminem uses auto-tune and reverbed vocals, as well as some ad-libs that Travis Scott is known for.

Never Love Again has a double meaning. If you remember Eminem in his earlier years, he used and experimented with a lot of drugs, which led to addiction. Saying he'll never love again is like saying he'll never experience something like those drugs again. The song could also refer to his ex-wife or some ex-lover of his.

Little Engine opens up with another snippet from Alfred Hitchcock's album, Music to Be Murdered By. For once, in the opening first verse, we actually hear a more calm, non-fast rapping Eminem. As cheesy as the chorus lyrics are, it's actually kind of catchy and a nice change of pace on the album.

The next track, Lock It Up, features none other than Anderson .Paak. You can almost expect to see an Anderson .Paak feature on some high-end artist's album. He doesn't have that big of a part on the track since he's only on the chorus, and the track is under three minutes long. I would have liked to see a longer version of this track.

On Farewell, Eminem takes out some anger on some kind of past lover. He has all of this pent up anger and is releasing it on this one track. On the second verse, he opens up on wanting to love this person but hating this person at the same time. This can be from the confusion of a failing relationship that he was in.

Don Toliver is featured on the track titled No Regrets. Again, Eminem talks about a familiar topic that has been brought up throughout the album, his troubled past when growing as an artist. Eminem talks about how some fans want the old Eminem, but they don't understand that Eminem was in a bad place back then. He was an addict and his life was on a downhill path.

I Will is officially the last musical track off of the album. Royce Da 5'9" comes back on this track with a few other artists. This is a long-winded track where each artist takes a shot at a verse. The very last part of the album is another snippet from Music to Be Murdered By from Alfred Hitchcock.

While this is much better than his past two records, there are still some things Eminem can work on. The first thing I can think of is definitely the length of the album since it seems to drag on with some of the tracks. Another thing Eminem can work on is his rapping and not having to worry about rapping fast all the time.
Overall Rating: 5/10
Favorite Tracks: You Gon' Learn, Godzilla, Yah Yah, Little Engine

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