Eminem and all-star features rock the hip-hop realm with double-disc release

Shady XV album cover.

Shady XV album cover.


Most of the mature population is familiar with the name Eminem or maybe Marshall Mathers or even Slim Shady. If you haven’t heard, the infamous rapper has released a new album, which is his 8th studio CD. Shady XV dropped on Nov. 24, 2014, and is celebrating 15 years of Mathers’ music label, Shady Records. The new release is split into two discs: Disc “X” and Disc “V.”

Disc “X” is an assortment of new songs from artists, including the rap groups Slaughterhouse and D12, as well as single artists Yelawolf, Royce Da 5’9, Skylar Grey, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Trick Trick and, of course, Eminem. Overall, this disc is pretty sweet. The always-talented lyricist, Eminem is able to work his magic on the tracks he’s in, even on some occasional mediocre beats.

Some songs that stand out include the opening title track, Shady XV. The rapper goes off lyrically to a classic rock beat for five minutes and reminds the listeners why he’s the greatest. The fifth track, Y’all Ready Know by Slaughterhouse, also stands out. The group flows to a great hip-hop beat; it’s really just a solid rap song.

The sixth track, Guts Over Fear by Eminem featuring Sia, is a feel-good song. It shows the rapper’s soft side, which has been invisible for so long. The song’s message is: Just don’t give up. Whatever you go through, someone else has gotten through it and has persevered. The last song that stands out is the tenth, Twisted by Eminem featuring Skylar Grey and Yelawolf. The sensitive track is simply about one-sided love and tells the tale of an insane, “twisted” woman.

However, Disk “X” also includes a few unimpressive songs, such as Bane by D12, Right For Me by Eminem, and Down by Yelawolf. These tracks are unimpressive simply because of bad hooks, below-average beats and mediocre lyrics.

Disc “V” is a compilation of Shady Records’ greatest hits from artists including 50 Cent, rap group D12, Obie Trice, Stat Quo, Kuniva, Ca$his, Lloyd Banks, Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf and Eminem.

This disc has an impressive variety of every distinct kind of rap and hip-hop. From 50 Cent’s gangsta style to Yelawolf’s country-like vibe, the CD is diverse. It includes some really good songs, especially Lose Yourself, the theme song from Eminem’s biographical movie 8 Mile and debatably the rapper’s best song.

Fan favorites like Pop The Trunk by Yelawolf, P.I.M.P. by 50 Cent, and Purple Pills and Fight Music by Eminem’s rap group D12 also stand out. Perhaps the coolest thing about this disc is one of the bonus tracks. It’s the demo version of Lose Yourself, and it’s the original beat with the initial lyrics. Mathers really pulled this one out of the vault.

Also the CD has a touch of vulgarity. If you’ve listened to Eminem before, this should be expected.

All in all, Mathers, who at 42 is a relatively aged rapper, manages to construct another solid album and a few more hits while reflecting on the older ones.

Eminem has done better; then again, it’s nearly impossible to top his work in the past as he’s had some of the best-selling hip-hop albums of all-time. Although it’s not on the legendary level of his other albums, Shady XV is worth your money.