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  • Devil's Night [Shady/Interscope, 2001] C
  • D12 World [Shady/Interscope, 2004] Choice Cuts

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Devil's Night [Shady/Interscope, 2001]
The worst thing I know about Eminem is the African Americans he chooses to hang with. And at least Dr. Dre serves a commercial function--these ill jockeys are just a two-inch ruler for Marshall Mathers to measure his dick against. In the worst minstrel tradition of ignorant fantasies projected onto a dark-skinned Other, D-12's bum-fuck brutality and dumber-than-Durst humor provide a baseline Eminem can rise above in his sleep, as he promptly does. If you have to hear the backward rapping and "Fight Music," put money back into the community--buy a bootleg. C

D12 World [Shady/Interscope, 2004]
"How Come," "6 in the Morning," "My Band" Choice Cuts