Summer 2000- Both Eminem and Nelly explode onto the hip hop scene with two multiplatinum selling albums."The Marshall Mathers LP" is makes countless numbers of appearances of critic's top 10 albums of 2000 and puts Eminem on the map as one the best rappers out while Nelly's album "Country Grammar" spawns three huge radio hits "Country Grammar","E.I." and "Ride Wit Me" and helps break out the midwest rap scene.
Flip forward to 2001.Both Eminem and Nelly had rap groups that they started out with and promised to publicize once one them made it big.Coincidentally both of them made it big a year in 2000 and now both promise to make thier group big too.The only problem is is anyone buying thier album for any other reaosn then the fact they like Nelly or Eminem?
Either way you look at it Nelly fans or Eminem fans probably won't be disappointed with either CD as long as they weren't expecting any vast creativity or change."Devil's Night"'s main theme is the basic Eminem theme-"Offend everyone and everything and when possible take gross-out humor to the next level".While "Free City"'s theme is you basic Nelly theme-"Money,Marijuana and sex." Neither one of these albums will help either groups gain a large amount of new fans because of the plain simple fact that both CDs sound like Eminem and Nelly's music from thier last CDs.
"Free City" is a much brighter Cd that was obviously meant to be played loud while cruising down the road or at party. Songs like the hit "Midwest Swing" and "Summer In The City" use the basic Nelly style and basically center around Nelly.Also the rappers on this CD are much more present and have much more charisma than the members of D-12.The album, unlike "Country Grammar" hardly contains any guest artists besides Brian McKnight who does his usual style on the balladesque-type song "Groovin' Tonight".A big problem with this CD though is the skits that appear every few tracks on the CD, most of them are humorous but very obviously pure filler.
On the other the hand, "Devil's Night" is much darker,drearier that contains very few up beat songs with the exception of "Purple Pills" and "Ain't Nuttin But Music".Alot of promotion is given to the hefty, gross-out rapper Bizarre who can, no pun intended, hold his own weight on the album while the listeners are supposed to guess who the other members of the group are or which popular rapper they sound most like.The one thing the album lacks most of all is actual depth, which was the reason The Mashall Mathers LP was so good.People could relate to most his songs and his rhyme skills were at thier best. On this album Eminem seems to have put his excellent rhyming skills on hold (Example: the chorus to "Fight Music". How many times can you rhyme the word "s---")."Aint Nuttin' But Music" sound like a basic "Real Slim Shady" re-hash, with all the celebrity dissing included.And basically every track just seems like it was intended to gross everyone out.The one that never fails is the skits on the album, each one is very funny and has true wit in it such as "Steve Berman"'s pokes at glam-rap ("I wanna roll dubs, I wanna throw bows,I wanna rock Pradda") and even the gross out is hilarious (admit it you laughed when Bizarre farted on "Bizarre").
Both albums will no doubt be commercial successes due to the built in audience they already have.But for fans who will just buy the album due to Eminem or Nelly it'll just sounds like a Nelly or Eminem record with the same guest artists appearing on each track.