Relapse Like You Never Expected


Eminem Launches Comeback

One day he was king of the rap scene, the next day he seemed to vanish almost into thin air. When Eminem left the rap game he was faced with the biggest decision of his life; trading his family for the stage. It was then he decided to fall back from the spotlight and remarry his childhood sweetheart Kim Scott. Both were short lived.

Dealing with drug dependency, the loss of his best friend, the break up of his second marriage, Eminem was literally drowning and adding to his dependency and addictions.

As Eminem launches his big comeback, he’s finally opening up for the first time since he left the spotlight and shunned the dark rumors of drug abuse and depression. The saddest part is many of those rumors just happened to be true, but now he’s back after surviving the demons of his own personal hell that almost cost him his life.

Yes! I said he’s back and he’s sober. Marshall Mathers is sober, after spending years of being high. I have to admit, he wears sobriety well. He’s lost a lot of weight and his appearance is quite youthful. His face tells a new story.

After a recent appearance on MTV, it was quite apparent he’s nervous and filled with fear facing his fans sober for the first time in years, but more importantly his blue eyes sparkle appearing eager and hungry, as the young rapper who emerged in 1999.

He makes his return with an album of dark, aggressive tales full of drug addiction, abuse and his own dark mortality.

“Relapse” is his darkest work, with visions of violence and mental disturbance. The second single, “3 a.m.,” finds him struggling and fighting for his life on a drug fueled killing spree.

Meet a drug crazed Eminem, face to face, alone, deep in the forest on a dark night, in a bad spirits presence that echoes overshadowing his mind and overpowering his every thought. He can’t think, he stumbles falling to the dirt covered ground. You are trapped in his world, unable to break free from his psychopathic mind for five full minutes of living hell.

Eminem sings, “It’s 3 a.m. in the morning, put my key in the door, bodies laying all over the floor and I don’t know how they got there, but I guess I must have killed them.”

Walk through Popsomp Hills rehab center with a psychopathic, drug addicted serial killer, as he’s in search and need of hardcore drugs. You will witness visions of horror, missing body parts, blood splattered walls and the kiss of death.

As your mind races, your heart paces, your palms begin to sweat and your body fills with fear, you have to determine if he is responsible for the murderous blackouts or just nightmarish visions of a blurred drug addict’s imagination.

Regardless of the reports, his ailing mother Debbie wants to squash their beef; Eminem shows no mercy in “My Mom.” Another Mariah Carey tale is the basics of “Bagpipes From Baghdad.” Lyrically and instrumentally “Crack A Bottle” is weak. “Old Times Sake” does not enlighten his abilities as an artist.

Proving himself once again was the track “Beautiful.” He invites the listener to walk in his shoes and live the daily pressures and pain that surround his life. I felt he was emptying his soul. I felt this was one song he did for himself, not caring what the rest of the world thinks. The song reveals the spirit of a true lyricist.

“Stay Wide Awake” is a valuable track for multiple reasons: the combination of instrumentals and his choice of powerful words combined make the flow remarkable. “Deja Vu” is powerful. He goes in depth of a father struggling with addiction, embracing death and failing to see it. During his journey he finds the courage to face and fight his demons that allow him come out of his darken depressed state stronger than ever.

On the album, his aggression and level of violence speaks for itself. He’s as numb as the effects of the prescription medications he consistently raps about. He’s cold, alone and distant, but using his music as his own personal therapy to complete the healing process.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars