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The (W)rap Up - Week of January 16, 2018
Posted by Emanuel Wallace at Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 2:00PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

If you missed any of the new reviews this past week including Eminem's "Revival" then do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap Up!

[Revival] Eminem :: Revival
Aftermath/Shady/Interscope Records

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"After seeing Eminem's "Revival" on so many of our Year 2017 in Review lists, I decided it was time to take on this review. It's not as though I had a sudden revelation that covering a new Eminem album was overdue. The album dropped in December so it's not "long overdue" as such, but I've still been counting every day since it came out knowing we needed to make our statement about it. My own perceptions were being tainted though by the reception on social media, with so many of my friends and peers complaining about the "mature Eminem" and the "sober Eminem" not being fun to listen to any more. Eminem even addresses those concerns in the song "Walk On Water" featuring Beyonce, and to be honest accurately predicting the reception both the song and album might receive in some corners of his fandom. You can say Marshall Mathers is a lot of things, but you can't say he's not perceptive. As his alter ego Eminem stands there asking us whether or not it's time to get rid of the peroxide in his hair, he could pose another question to the fans of Slim Shady -- is maturity a bad thing? It's fun to live your life like the classic Beatnuts track "Psycho Dwarf" for a little while but eventually you get tired of a headache every day of the weekend (or every day of the week) and meaningless relationships fueled only by lust. Or -- maybe you don't if you're wealthy and can afford an endless string of prescriptions and therapy to numb the physical and emotional pain. That's the thing about Mr. Mathers that really matters -- he could easily afford to be as reckless as his wealth would allow but he chose to do something else. I'm not here to tell you that "mature Eminem" is undeniably better. If you miss the guy that made jokes about Pamela Anderson, Britney Spears, Tom Green, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, et cetera then I get it. Mathers became a pop icon by skewering other pop icons, by showing irreverance and immaturity toward both the living and the dead, and by combining both with a talent for lyric writing and charismatic delivery. He was and still is a once in a generation talent, and rightly deserves the comparisons he gets to Shawn Carter, Kendrick Lamar and Nasir Jones. He also deserves the chance to change and evolve with each album just like they do."

Year 2017: Year 2017 in Review
* Y2K17: Grant Jones
* Y2K17: Jesal Padania

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