"In other words, Eminem is, uh, keeping it real. So real, in fact, that he's beyond fake: I mean, what other rapper would prove his street cred by calling out boy-girl groups as "sissy" music? Would Jay-Z even bother griping about 'N Sync? Christina Aguilera? Carson friggin' Daly? But "The Marshall Mathers LP" is the first hip-hop album to assume universal attention -- not just from hip-hop fans, not just from under-20s, not just from media watchhounds, but from the American culture at large -- and it relishes the attention, even as it recoils from it."

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