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SBox Recommends: The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem (Album Review)

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Music is an art that serves many different purposes. It can be a means of entertainment, unity, escape or catharsis. Though with music being an ever-changing entity, it can also be a means of controversy; such is the fate of most hip hop albums of the late 80’s, early 90’s and beyond. Few were as consistently on the receiving end of that than Eminem.

It’s funny for us to think about now, but as respected of an artist as Eminem is now, that wasn’t always the case. Think back 16 years ago from now when his third studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP, first released on store shelves. Some of us aren’t much older than that and don’t remember the shit show that the record produced. The CD didn’t even spend 10 seconds in the radio before activists, parents and critics were taking to the streets with pitchforks demanding Slim Shady’s head.¬†An album like that could probably never be released today. The same people who claim Jerry Seinfeld’s one gay joke was the worst thing in the world or thought James Rolffe was sexist for not wanting to watch the new Ghostbusters wouldn’t last two seconds in the same room as this album, let alone listen to it.

The funny thing is, for all the outrage it caused, it sure as hell sold a ton. And even funnier than that, the album has since been considered a classic- one that only appreciates with time. And in an age of outrage culture where everyone walks on eggshells before saying anything, the album has never been more relevant. In honor of the album’s recent anniversary, let’s take a look back at one of hip hop’s finest albums. Continue reading SBox Recommends: The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem (Album Review)

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My 2015 Movies: Straight Outta Compton (#1)

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Last, but most certainly not least, it’s finally time to discuss my favorite film of 2015. This was a movie which had no business being as good as it was…I mean, it was supposed to be good, but not this good. Compton came to play during the summer. Much like when NWA came to light in 1988, this film caught everyone by surprise. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Straight Outta Compton (#1)

SBox Soapbox: My Views on Music

Hard to believe this is my first SBox Soapbox of 2015. Ah well, better late than ever.

Lately I’ve had music on the mind. Not too sure what caused this subject to suddenly hit me in recent months, but I believe it all started with my discovery of the band Journey back in November. I heard the song “Separate Ways” on the radio, used Shazam to find the song title, and downloaded it later that day. Maybe it actually started in late December when I was finding songs to download before my long train ride home from New York. I was in a rush at the time and just downloaded any song that sounded remotely good. In the process, I solidified Journey as one of my favorite bands and Jay-Z as one of my favorite rappers.

All I know is that lately I’ve been listening to music a lot more than I used to.

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