The Marshall Mathers LP Eminen's debut album The Marshall Mathers LP (1997's long player, Infinite, notwithstanding - it's deleted anyhow) had the second biggest opening week for any album in US history and has already spent months at No 1 in the US and Britain. But 1.7 million consumers can be wrong. There are almost no memorable beats or melodies to mention, this despite being produced by Dr Dre, an originator of the smooth West Coast flavour. In fact, maybe, for once, MTV got it right because the one track getting air time features Dre, Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg, providing a lifesaving relief from Eminen's non-stop nasal intonations. Eminen, who won many freestyle MC competitions in his native Detroit, is rightly celebrated for his lyrical deftness, creative rhyme structuring, and storytelling abilities. All shine through on this release but are ultimately wasted on the subject matter - killing his mum, wife, 'faggots'. At least the album may leave a legacy of flouting censorship, but as for his moniker in the world of hip-hop, 'The Great White Hope', I'm left in despair.