SHADY XV ALBUM REVIEW

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By Jonathan Ionescu

Interscope and Shady Records had came to release their first compilation album of classic hip-hop songs from various artists. These artists consist of D12, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, Yelawolf and more featured artists. All of these are part of the label as well as the founder of the label, ‘Eminem’. It was released on November 24th, 2014. Many singles released before the album release, such as “Guts Over Fear”, “Detroit vs. Everybody”, “Till It’s Gone”, and “Y’all Already Know”. All of these are diverse in the art of hip-hop, derived from the greatest rappers alive. Many of the songs are the “greatest hits” over the years of rap.

It was so soon that a rap with Eminem, Slaughterhouse, and Yelawolf released something on VEVO. It was titled, “SHADY CXVPHER” It is comprised of a freestyle acapella from all the rappers. Each person gets a verse. Some were 3 minutes minimum, but the most astounding one came from Eminem. An eight minute verse that blew everyone out the water. My only thought is, “How can someone deliver such fast-flowing lines with so many syllables?” To focus on the lyrics and meaning of the cypher raps. The main concept is just building a story and where they came from using rap.

I am always fond of Eminem’s verses in *any* song. The main component to his writing is his emotion. In his newer music today, he is full of so much rage. For instance, let’s say you haven’t spoken in years and you have so much built up and you just have to say it. You’re going to be saying it so fast and with so much emotion. Eminem is similar in this way. Except, everything rhymes and just have so many syllables and annunciated words. Honestly, is this dude even human? I guess he just followed that ten-thousand hour rule and just perfected rap.

Going back to the album, some classics that appear are, “Pop The Trunk”, “Down”, & “I Get Money”. Some of these old classics favored by many fans are, okay. Typically,  you hear people say, “We want the old music back!”, or “I prefer the old Yelawolf/Eminem”. Truthfully, it is quite the opposite for me. I love all new music. It shows a timeline of their success, voice change, and emotional change.

I do not listen to this album that much, that be said, I cannot give it a high rating if I am not bumping it often. This album receives 3.6 💯💯💯.💯💯💯💯💯💯  out of five 💯💯💯💯💯  emojis on the Johnny Romani Scale.
Ionescu out 😈 👌🏿

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