The Marshall Mathers LP

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Bob Waliszewski

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

Absolutely none

Objectionable Content

The artist’s appalling sexual misconduct includes brutally sodomizing his mother (“Kill You”) and setting up his sister to be gang raped (“Amityville” states, “My little sister’s birthday/She’ll remember me/For a gift I had ten of my boys take her virginity”). Elsewhere, two men perform fellatio on a third (“Ken Kaniff”). On his hit single, “The Real Slim Shady,” Eminem mentions sex with dead animals. “Drug Ballad” talks of sniffing glue, taking Ecstasy and mixing drinks, and claims that after six gins, “You are now allowed to officially slap b–ches.” Six other tracks glamorize alcohol, weed, acid, hash or cocaine. The rapper strangles his wife to death (“Kim”). With psychotic glee, he threatens to stab people, shoot toddlers and “smack the preacher while he’s preachin’” (“Under the Influence”). “B–ch Please II,” “I’m Back” and “Amityville” glamorize violent shootouts. On several cuts, Eminem either whines about being a scapegoat for teen violence or brags about his vile music’s ability to inspire fans. Lines like “We’re . . . out of our minds and we want in yours/Let us in” (“Kill You”) and “You never heard of a mind as perverted as mine” (“I’m Back”) speak volumes.

Summary Advisory

On “Criminal,” the Grammy-winner notes, “If it’s not a rapper that I make it as, [I’ll] be a f—ing rapist.” He’s made it as a rapper—and a rapist. He’s raping young minds at an alarming rate.

Bob Waliszewski
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