Saturday, January 10, 2009

Eminem - Curtain Call: The Hits (CD, 2005)

By this point, I became convinced that Eminem was just fucking with us.

"Fack," the song that leads off this greatest hits compilation, is dumb even by Slim Shady standards. And "Shake That," a duet with Nate Dogg that is one of the other unreleased tracks on this album, is a potty-mouthed club throwaway that never should have seen the light of day. Nate Dogg actually says "I get more ass than a toilet seat."

"When I'm Gone" is Em in full-blown 2Pac wannabe mode, recording a song that will become forever poignant (and eerie even!) if he ever gets shot and killed. Until that happens, it just seems kind of corny. Though it sparked some conversation: Em's hair isn't dyed blond in the video, so the theory that he "killed" Slim Shady at the end of Encore now holds even more water.

It's all very interesting.

"When I'm Gone"

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