Song of the Day #3,237: ‘So Far’ – Eminem vs. Dave Matthews Band

We’re entering Week Four of Round One of Montauk Madness, just about halfway through the bloodbath that will result in 32 acts who live to fight another day.

Today’s matchup is a funny one, but then any pairing with Eminem was bound to be a little odd. Eminem is the only rapper represented in the contest, a fact that reflects both my general ambivalence to the genre and my admiration for the work of Marshall Mathers.

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Song of the Day #2,966: ‘Spend Some Time’ – Eminem

eminem_encoreEminem’s fifth studio album, 2004’s Encore, is easily the worst record he’s ever recorded.

As a follow-up to the excellent The Eminem Show, release just two years earlier, this record couldn’t have been more disappointing.

And ‘Spend Some Time,’ today’s Random Weekend SOTD, might be the worst song on the album. Along with Obie Trice, Stat Quo and 50 Cent, Eminem spews tired, misogynist garbage about the women (make that “bitches”) who’ve let them down.

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Song of the Day #2,686: ‘Square Dance’ – Eminem

eminem_showMy #4 album of 2002 is The Eminem Show — the third studio album by Eminem.

The Detroit rapper had the difficult task of following up on his smash success from 2000, The Marshall Mathers LP. That record stirred up a heap of controversy and sparked debates about free speech and artistic expression. It also received tremendous critical acclaim and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

How do you follow that? With arguably an even better album.

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Song of the Day #2,217: ‘Just Don’t Give a Fuck’ – Eminem

slim_shady_lpMy first introduction to Eminem was through the Marshall Mathers LP, the record that launched him to superstar status. That album generated critical raves and public outrage in equal measure and forced pretty much everybody to have an opinion about the rapper.

I was a huge fan of the album, despite its often disturbing content, but I wasn’t sure if it was a one-off or if I could truly call myself an Eminem fan.

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Song of the Day #2,182: ‘Same Song & Dance’ – Eminem

relapseEminem couldn’t have picked a more appropriate title for this lazy effort from his 2009 album Relapse.

This track is a sloppy retread of a dozen other, and better, songs about Slim Shady working out his issues through violence against women. What was edgy and disturbing — and a catalyst for discussions of how far art can go — nearly a decade earlier is yawn-inducing here.

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Song of the Day #2,020: ‘Headlights’ – Eminem

marshall_mathers_lp_2Guest blogger Dana continues…

Dana’s Best Songs of 2013
Eminem – ‘Headlights’

 
Okay, here’s an instance where I probably would have put your selection, ‘Bad Guy’ on my list, but since you already featured that great track from the new Eminem album, I’m going to go with another one of my favorites, ‘Headlights.’

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