All I needed to do was revisit Eminem's discography and understand what I enjoyed about him, and understand his mindset going behind the making of this record, how he genuinely wanted to improve and appeal to as many demographics as possible, I used to think the Ariana Grande reference was tragic but now the only tragic thing about this project is just how awful the reception's been... and knowing Eminem, he'll understand what everyone's reaction is. . . man, I just hope he takes it well.
I've found myself enjoying a lot of the tracks here, the album isn't too bitchy like "Kamikaze". This album's production work beats anything that's landed up on an Eminem album... in decades...
His flow is usually tight. His schemes are on point, especially when he's caught with another capable and skillful rapper that puts up a good challenge. Royce da 5'9 on "You Gon' Learn" and Black Thought on "Yah Yah" are exactly what I'm talking about.
Those Kinda Nights isn't as bad as I remembered. In Too Deep grew on me a lot. The pacing is a lot more convincing than I would've wanted to admit the last time. The tone is a lot more under control than I would've expected on an Eminem album. Darkness is one of his best stories to date.
Man, there's a lot I enjoy about this thing... crazy. I really didn't need to overthink what Eminem was doing here.
BEST: You Gon' Learn, Monster, Darkness, Yah Yah, Lock It Up, I Will