Producer: Bass Brothers, Eminem
Album: The Marshall Mathers LP
Label: Aftermath/Interscope
"Criminal" is the case for and against Slim Shady. On one side of the spectrum are the nasty gay-bashing and other shameless displays of explicit content that include but are not limited to gun violence, alcohol abuse, and rape and that cause critics to froth at the mouth. On the opposite end are the instances of stinging social criticism (his imitation of your typical televangelist is spot on: "Please Lord, this boy needs Jesus/Heal this child, help us destroy these demons/Oh, and please send me a brand new car/And a prostitute while my wife's sick in the hospital") and other moments of obvious merit (the cinematic interlude in which Slim holds up a bank and shoots an employee is straight out of a no-English-accent Jason Statham flick). Hate him or love him, the only real thing Slim Shady is guilty of is being dope as fuck.