OROn the other hand, releasing a “deluxe version” of an already successful album simply meant adding its B-sided content and live tracks to rejuvenate its sales, squeezing the kind of die-hard fans who will pay for any new release of their favorite. artist. In 2020, however, hip-hop has significantly raised the bar.
Deluxe versions of albums previously released by DaBaby and Lil Baby came with what looked like brand new albums attached; The murder of rapper Pop Smoke in February didn’t stop his label from finding 15 new tracks to add to his debut album released posthumously a month after its release.
Similarly, Eminem’s Music to Be Murdered By Side B includes an additional hour of music to make it a fully done job. It’s one that shares his main album’s concern with Alfred Hitchcock: the late director appears in the intro; The music for Alfred’s Theme is derived from Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette, which was played while the credits appeared on the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and reacts to the mixed reviews of its predecessor and the controversy it generated with the song Unaccommodating. , who presented dizziness. jokes about the Manchester Arena bombing. The latter provoked the condemnation of both the fans and the mayor of Manchester. Eminem’s response is a classic sorry, not sorry: “I don’t know anything about the Manchester bombing that’s funny,” he offers on Favorite Bitch, before making a joke about the Boston Marathon bombing.
There’s an argument that getting angry that Eminem has said something awful on his new album is like getting angry that AC / DC’s new album features a man dressed as a schoolboy playing the guitar – it’s rather the point. In fact, AC / DC are a suitable comparison. They have been in the business of giving their audiences precisely what they expect for decades, which has been more or less Eminem’s default position since the 2010 recovery. Donald Trump provided a reinvigorated flash of inspiration, perhaps because the “alt-right “He did not resemble a significant part of his fan base from the 1990s:” the angry young white misanthrope who feels marginalized … with a sense of grievance disproportionate to reality, “as his biographer Anthony Bozza put it. .
Eminem’s disdain for the current state of hip-hop, which he reported to 2018’s Kamikaze, offered listeners the curious spectacle of Slim Shady sounding like a middle-aged father, lamenting the music his sons like. Other than that, it’s been business as usual.
And everything continues as usual here: it takes 52 seconds to get to the first letter about assaulting a woman and three minutes to get to the first letter about murdering her, with sound effects. Mumble-rap comes in for another kick on Favorite Bitch, 90s hip-hop sings, there’s a hit at rappers using ghostwriters, daring, given the guest appearance of Dr. Dre, the most famous user of ghostwriters in business. There are the usual things about drugs and insanity; there are jokes about Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. There is an explosion of support for the Black Lives Matter movement in These Demons and Zeus (“black people saved my life,” he claims) and he keeps mentioning the coronavirus, particularly in Gnat, without having much to say about it beyond comparing it. with the same. .
On the other hand, age hasn’t weakened the rapper’s astonishing level of technical ability. If you’ve heard most of what he says before, you might be amazed at the way he says it: an incessant, breathless barrage of puns, puns, and complicated internal rhymes, delivered with a voice that increases by intensity as the slopes. follow.
The music is less interesting than its predecessor – the best here might be Guns Blazing’s bass and drums programmed to sound like a succession of gunshots, but there’s nothing that compares to the chaotically thrilling noise of Music to Be Murdered By’s. You Gon ‘. To learn. Nor is there an unequivocal triumph in the Darkness vein from that album, a brilliant depiction of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting through the eyes of its perpetrator.
The most interesting moments come when Eminem confronts his own artistic dilemma head-on, worrying about the fact that he is approaching 50 – “I’ll be an old fart” – or protesting that people “want you to change but don’t change … I want to. the new old Shady. ”“ Where am I supposed to go from here? ”he says to Higher.“ I really have no idea. ”It feels like a poignant moment of honesty and clarity. Then go back to Slim Shady mode and makes another joke about his testicles.
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