Acoustic Avenues: Eminem side B deluxe edition review


Morgan Kong

Sophomore Ana Toro takes a dive into the world of music.

Ana Toro, Staff Reporter

The best parts about 2020 were definitely when Eminem dropped his album Music to Be Murdered By in January and then the 16 track deluxe edition in December. The rumors were circulating that he would drop a deluxe edition of this album but I didn’t believe it honestly. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when he did. 

This version is the Music to Be Murdered By Side B and it comes with 16 new tracks. While the theme in the first album, Side A if you will, was to listen to the album while you are being murdered, Side B is to listen while you are being buried. The whole thing is filled with Alfred Hitchock vibes and interludes. 

This deluxe version was fantastic because it brought Eminem and Dr. Dre back together on the album and brought some really cool features as well. From Skylar Grey to Ty Dolla $ign to White Gold and DJ Premier and some others. It was beautifully constructed and the production is incredible. 

It’s difficult to have a top 3 honestly so I will give you my top 5. “Black Magic” featuring Skylar Grey, “Book of Rhymes” featuring DJ Premier, “Gnat,” “Zeus” featuring White Gold, and last but not least “Killer.”

I won’t go into detail about all of these but I would like to point out my appreciation for “Gnat” because it is yet another example that Eminem will always speak his mind whenever he feels like it. I love how open he is about COVID-19 in this song and also the humor he adds to it. He took an awful situation for everyone and created a song that outlined the severity of the pandemic but also created an escape from the world through the comedy in his lyrics.

Side B is definitely a ten and I am so glad that the rumors were true about it. I recommend Side A and Side B to anyone who just wants a good laugh with some nice beats and deep lyrics to listen to and appreciate.