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  • Summary: The Detroit rapper returns with an album of new songs from artists on the Shady label including Bad Meets Evil, D12, Obie Trice, Slaughterhouse, and YelaWolf.
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Vegas
Got a shit-eatin' grin Bitch, show me them itty-bitty titties again We're in Sin City Since when did we begin to get 'dicted to dope Diggity, bitch,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Only a few tracks, like “Guts Over Fear” (with guest vocals from Sia) bore inside the rapper to show his vulnerable side. But the snarl of the rest finds him at a peak of writerly dexterity and rhyming velocity.
  2. Nov 25, 2014
    80
    Some songs border on perfection. A few more are just solidly average. Yet, it all balances out, and the rhymes on full display make Shady XV a great compilation release.
  3. Dec 8, 2014
    80
    The wonderfully weird "Vegas" from Bad Meets Evil (Eminem and Royce Da 5'9) makes one wish the Shady label boss would find more time for the project, but he's already quite stretched behind the scenes, producing or co-producing eight of the cuts on disc one, including Skylar Grey's "Twisted," which isn't hip-hop, but glittery and goth giganto-pop. Great, grand, risky, and clever moments like this make Shady XV the worthy celebratory object that it is, but don't expect a deep roster or a cohesive game plan, because the label has always been more about close friends and family.
  4. Nov 25, 2014
    70
    For the Shady diehard fans, Shady XV is enough. But for those searching for that nostalgic surge of adrenaline-inducing passion and innovative content reminiscent of the Shady reign, it's better to skip the new material and head straight to the classics.
  5. Jan 20, 2015
    60
    The “Greatest Hits” CD is made up more of deep cuts than big hits, but with a few well known tracks included. There is substantially less Eminem than on the first side.
  6. 50
    As a reminder of Eminem’s vocal showboating, ShadyXV is impressive. The problem--and it’s a persistent one--is that where once his anger was energetic, now it simply betrays lethargy.
  7. Nov 26, 2014
    20
    The greatest-hits disc is a misnomer: It's mostly a grab-bag of Shady throwaways and deep cuts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 45
  2. Negative: 14 out of 45
  1. Dec 16, 2017
    10
    "shadyxv" é uma das melhores musicas do eminem, "fine line" é um hino amo , eminem eu tw amooo aaaaa preciso preencher 150 caracters entao"shadyxv" é uma das melhores musicas do eminem, "fine line" é um hino amo , eminem eu tw amooo aaaaa preciso preencher 150 caracters entao eminem reizinho do rap Expand
  2. Jan 28, 2020
    10
    Overall songs like Psychopath Killer, Fine Line, and Right For Me are freakin incredible.
  3. Nov 25, 2014
    10
    I've been waiting for this Eminem for a long time. MMLP2 was a great start, but he's honing on a production style, this rock/hip hop infusedI've been waiting for this Eminem for a long time. MMLP2 was a great start, but he's honing on a production style, this rock/hip hop infused stuff, that really works. His rhymes as as sinister as ever, throwback to 2001 with this Iggy Azalea stuff. Eminem fans should be happy with this one. Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2015
    7
    Eminem sounds hungry, fresh, and interesting. The songs have potency and evoke emotions. I thought the production was solid, and I like theEminem sounds hungry, fresh, and interesting. The songs have potency and evoke emotions. I thought the production was solid, and I like the way the album introduced Shady label in digestible bits, while Eminem was the glue of the project. As a persistent Eminem fan, this was a very satisfying collabo project Expand
  5. Nov 29, 2014
    6
    As a whole, Shady XV is both disappointing and what I should have expected. These record label collaboration albums are always a mixed bag andAs a whole, Shady XV is both disappointing and what I should have expected. These record label collaboration albums are always a mixed bag and this one is no exception. Thus, I will focus on individual artists. Royce da 5'9" and everyone else in Slaughterhouse were great. Lyrically on point with great flow and delivery. Their track “Y'all Ready Know” is the best on the album. “Psychopath Killer” is also great, while Royce has the best verse on “Detroit vs. Everybody”. Yelawolf is also a winner here as his hook on “Psychopath Killer” is perfect, while his solo track “Down” is my second favorite here. He is also very strong on “Twisted”. In terms of losers, Eminem lost here. “Guts Over Fear” is good and “Shady XV” is pretty good. However, “Die Alone”, “Vegas”, “Fine Line”, and “Right for Me”, are all incredibly weak and scream of him trying to recreate old Eminem and falling flat on his face. As an Eminem stan, it kills me to say that, but is is entirely true. He is the weak link on all of those tracks thanks to terrible flow and delivery, in spite of his lyrics being strong throughout (except on “Vegas”, where they are incredibly juvenile for a 40+ year old man with a daughter almost in college). D12 also lost here as “Bane” is absolutely putrid. As a collective, “Y'all Ready Know”, “Down”, “Psychopath Killer”, “Guts Over Fear”, and “Twisted”, are the best tracks here. Meanwhile, “Vegas” and “Bane” stand out as the worst, though none of the Eminem solo tracks (other than “Guts Over Fear”) and “Detroit vs. Everybody” are good and certainly hold this album back from being better. Expand
  6. Oct 18, 2015
    2
    so i loved marshal matters lp 2 and when i found he was making a new album i was so pumped. but it's a compilation album which i would be fineso i loved marshal matters lp 2 and when i found he was making a new album i was so pumped. but it's a compilation album which i would be fine with if it was promoted as such and i felt cheated. but that's not why i hate this album it's that eminem's actual song he made for this album are complaning about his life in an album called SHADY XV he should be singing about murder and being a maniac instead of how much he hates his life. their are some cool stuff for fan but besides that i felt ripped off. Expand
  7. Dec 15, 2014
    0
    Shady XV is undoubtedly my least favorite release of the year, somehow topping disappointments like Iggy Azalea's debut album (which, despiteShady XV is undoubtedly my least favorite release of the year, somehow topping disappointments like Iggy Azalea's debut album (which, despite being a long time fan, I couldn't even bring myself to want to listen to). Eminem has approximately three good verses that are interesting and relatively in their messages. Despite many claims that his flow has changed, I would argue the opposite--his flow is mostly the same, but somehow even more annoying, especially on Vegas.

    Unfortunately, the utter travesty that is the chorus and the production completely overpowers whatever semblance of decency there is. The vocal effects are annoyingly distracting, the beats don't at all compliment Eminem's aggressive verses, and the weird synth effects nearly made me cry. The intros to most of the songs are interchangeable and really kill the whole "psychopath" sound--the sound way too generically produced to be particularly unhinged sounding. The choruses are ridiculously repetitive and stretch on for an unnecessarily long time and the transitions to these choruses are pretty bad.

    At least on "Detroit Vs. Everybody," the most hyped upon song, the beats somehow managed to compliment Danny Brown's killer verse. Unfortunately for everyone else (especially Big Sean), their verses just aren't done the same honor by the production.
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