Music to Be Murdered By - Side B (Deluxe Edition) Image
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  • Summary: The second surprise release in 2020 from the rapper features guest appearances from Anderson .Paak, DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, Miller Glasgow, Skylar Grey, Juice WRLD, KXNG Crooked, MAJ, Brendan Malloy, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9", Ed Sheeran, Sly Pyper, Don Toliver, Ty Dolla $ign, White Gold, andThe second surprise release in 2020 from the rapper features guest appearances from Anderson .Paak, DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, Miller Glasgow, Skylar Grey, Juice WRLD, KXNG Crooked, MAJ, Brendan Malloy, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9", Ed Sheeran, Sly Pyper, Don Toliver, Ty Dolla $ign, White Gold, and Young M.A. Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 18, 2020
    80
    When it comes to lyrical audacity and dramatic delivery, rap’s most maniacal motormouth still wipes the floor with all-comers, albeit this time he might pause to wipe the microphone first.
  2. Dec 21, 2020
    70
    Over the three-song run of "Alfred's Theme" (which jacks Charles Gounod's "Funeral March of a Marionette," best known as the theme music to Alfred Hitchcock Presents, to delirious effect), "Tone Deaf," and "Book of Rhymes" (which climaxes with a flurry of DJ Premier scratches), Slim Shady stuffs more rewind-worthy punchlines and flow variations than most rappers will deliver in a whole career. ... Other attempts feel more forced. ... More compelling are the two tracks produced by D.A. Got That Dope.
  3. Dec 31, 2020
    70
    Side B is a 16-track expansion that delivers familiar territory with some pops of Em at his sharpest.
  4. Dec 28, 2020
    67
    Side B is not a total miss though, nor even a miss at all. Once Mathers stumbles through this opening salvo and the awkward bits of “Tone Deaf”, the album settles into a comfortable space, and even becomes enjoyable.
  5. Dec 18, 2020
    65
    The album gets off to an inauspicious start with “Black Magic,” a dreary murder ballad with the requisite Skylar Grey hook and the same tired splatter-movie shock lines. Things perk up with “Alfred’s Theme,” which nods to the album’s Hitchcockian premise by sampling “Funeral March of a Marionette” and making a painfully predictable play on the name “Hitchcock,” and from there on out, the record seesaws between rapid-fire dirty puns and show-offy rhyme displays.
  6. Dec 18, 2020
    60
    Age has not withered the rapper’s astonishing level of technical skill. If you’ve heard most of what he says before, it’s still possible to be awestruck by the way he says it. ... The music is less interesting than on its predecessor.
  7. Dec 21, 2020
    50
    With Side B, it’s more of the same.
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  1. Dec 20, 2020
    10
    Great step up from MTBMB - Side A.
    side b is pretty great and much much more enjoyable than Side A, which was released in January and it was
    Great step up from MTBMB - Side A.
    side b is pretty great and much much more enjoyable than Side A, which was released in January and it was alright for the time being and the highest point of Side A topped the lowest. Biggest problem on side was Em sticking to a theme! nonetheless it was the best we’ve heard from him in year. Especially after the Revival/ Kamikaze fiasco. So this deluxe is honestly a breath of fresh air and Eminem seemingly having fun and testing out new and more modern sound with songs like “Book of Rhymes” “Killer” “Zeus” & “Favorite B*tch” hit the highlight of Side B is honestly his goofy lyrics and clever but dad-like jokes rhymes which honestly ARE funny but can come across “corny” to fans coming onto this album expecting top tier lyricism :( and hard punching bars upon bars..
    The last song in the deluxe is the most interesting as we gets throwback Eminem or as he yells at the beginning of “Discombobulated” , ACCENTSSSSSS” which was so nostalgic to hear and the song doesn’t disappoint as we hear a song that could’ve EASILY been on Relapse, with Dr Dre handling the production in this it’s a certified banger and a win for Relapse stans (like me!)
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  2. Dec 19, 2020
    10
    Wayyy better than anything he dropped the last 6 years, imo on the same level as mmlp 2 or relapse
  3. Dec 18, 2020
    10
    The Rap God is back!
    We expected this album not gonna lie and I wasn't hyped so much but when he dropped I said to myself "You fckin idiot
    The Rap God is back!
    We expected this album not gonna lie and I wasn't hyped so much but when he dropped I said to myself "You fckin idiot he's Eminem and he never disappoints his fans." So he did it again. Another surprise album and another chance to us to brake the replay button!
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  4. Dec 22, 2020
    10
    Well, He's improving by album at this point again man's out here dropping heat.. Songs such as Gnat, Tone Deaf, Book of Rhymes, Killer & ZeusWell, He's improving by album at this point again man's out here dropping heat.. Songs such as Gnat, Tone Deaf, Book of Rhymes, Killer & Zeus are straight fire and then you got **** discombobulated could've straight been of Relapse man on his accents as well **** hard, I've been playing this since release and at this point their is no skip at all. Expand
  5. Jan 24, 2021
    10
    Probably more consistently great than the original, not to mention funnier. Even though it never hits the high points of the original, itProbably more consistently great than the original, not to mention funnier. Even though it never hits the high points of the original, it doesn't hit the low points. Even if it isn't as Lyrically ridiculous, the music itself is even more enjoyable, Alfreds Theme, Favourite **** Gnat and Discombobulated are incredible, and are great examples of the fact that Em is still the GOAT. Also the Key skit made me laugh my ass off, which is practically impossible, so extra points. Expand
  6. Dec 21, 2020
    10
    I really love the side B. Discombobulated gives some real old slim shady vibes
  7. Jan 18, 2021
    4
    This album has some good parts, like a handful of great beats, and some good lyrics from Eminem, but Side B is probably worse than MTBMB. MostThis album has some good parts, like a handful of great beats, and some good lyrics from Eminem, but Side B is probably worse than MTBMB. Most of the songs on Side B don't have any uniqueness as themselves which makes this album repetitive to an impressive extent. And don't get me started on the lyrics. Most of the "jokes" on Side B are either dick jokes or Eminem's attempt to stand out. And he goes to wild extents to do this. Don't get me wrong, there are some parts of this album that are a lot more animated than others, but a lot of the tracks don't feel like they should have seen the light of day. Checkmate, Eminem stans. Expand

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