Love to Hate It, Hate to Love It, or Just Admit Itâ€¦
Eminemâ€šÃ„Ã´s newest release, Encore, implements the same formula for success that has elevated him to the top ranks of hip-hop. His life remains the foundation of his creativity and apparently the hatred from his critics has done nothing to change this. Instead he uses them as inspiration to tackle some new issues like violence in the rap industry and the war in Iraq.Leading off with the energetic â€šÃ„ÃºEvil Deedsâ€šÃ„Ã¹, Encore showcases Eminem’s talent as a lyrical virtuoso and his ability to emulate any style. Borrowing from the southern influences of hip-hop, he employs a classic tongue twisting flow, reintroducing himself as an unwanted child turned antihero. â€šÃ„ÃºMy First Singleâ€šÃ„Ã¹ comments on Eminem’s pop status, taking the term â€šÃ„Ãºcatchyâ€šÃ„Ã¹ to new heights through exaggerated rhythms and a flawless, incessant delivery. These tracks exhibit his perfection of the rap craft with utter disregard for those who criticize his choice of subject matter.
â€šÃ„ÃºYellow Brick Roadâ€šÃ„Ã¹ touches on racial issues, detailing experiences as a white fan/artist of a predominately black pastime. With less anger and more intelligence Eminem tells a realistic story of his hip-hop upbringing. This more mature approach is also noticeable in other tracks such as â€šÃ„ÃºToys Soldiersâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºMocking Birdâ€šÃ„Ã¹. Less serious tracks from the other end of the maturity spectrum like â€šÃ„ÃºRain Manâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºBig Weenieâ€šÃ„Ã¹ take on a taunting tone of childish mockery. Nonetheless these songs are cleverly constructed and entertaining.
Bi-polar best describes the personality of Encore. Eminem sits down to talk on a serious note and before you know it heâ€šÃ„Ã´s speaking gibberish. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s witty, unpredictable, and annoying at times, but the bottom line; itâ€šÃ„Ã´s too good to turn off.