Many people call Marshall Mathers “The Greatest of All Time” but I believe Hip-Hop doesn’t really have one single G.O.A.T. However, most Rap fans can probably agree that Eminem’s one of them.
I was really excited about hearing Revival, and much like the new Star Wars movie, I have mixed feelings.
“I’ve been working on it for over a year. You know how it is — you make songs, and as you make the new ones, the old ones get old and you throw them out,” Eminem said. “The album is called Revival. It’s a reflection of where I’m at right now, but also I feel like what I tried to do was diversify. I’ve tried to make a little something for everyone.”
Mathers knew what he was doing by giving fans a mixed bag of 19 tracks. Ranging from classic Em to something that sounds like Migos penned it (“Chloraseptic”). On the whole, I was left feeling unsatisfied. The album has some pretty good tracks but I don’t see any of these records becoming “classics”. Every time Eminem drops a project at least a couple of the songs end up being timeless jams. I don’t see that in Revival.
The majority of the album had a punk rock tone. I’m not a fan of when Yelawolf does that and I’m definitely not a fan of when Eminem tries. By being so talented, Marshall’s permanently set the bar high for fans’ expectations. After a 4-year break since his last project, Hip-Hop heads were hoping for something better than what they got. There’s nothing really wrong with Revival, but I feel like Em could’ve done better.
Standout tracks include “River”, “Like Home”, “Nowhere Fast”, “Offended”, “Castle”, and “Arose”.
Listen to Revival below and let me know what you think.
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