Whenever anyone thinks of hip-hop music, one name immediately springs to mind – Eminem. Eminem is the best-selling hip-hop artist of our time, and some may say he rightly deserves it, while others may strongly disagree. Eminem’s latest album, Recovery, is just that: a recovery from the big mess he got himself into with his two previous albums before it, Relapse (2009) and Relapse: Refill (2009). Those two albums rightfully had similar names because, to put it nicely, they both sucked. Recovery, a year later, once again reminded us why Eminem is the biggest hip-hop artist in the world: the man is a musical genius.

Recovery seeps with qualities of Eminem that fans know and love. The songs on this album bring in the ‘diary’ aspects of Eminem that is present in his first three albums, The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, and The Eminem Show. By the end of Recovery, it’s as if the listener and the artist are once again personally connected; the listener is Eminem’s confidante. He is brutally honest, with lyrics such as, “The last two albums didn’t count. Encore I was on drugs; Relapse, I was flushing ‘em out” (Talkin’ to Myself). This feeling of knowing private details about Eminem’s life is a very important aspect of his music and is one of the reasons he is so successful. This aspect unfortunately lacked in both of the Relapse albums.

The “silliness” of songs such as Just Lose it and Without Me have returned with a vengeance in Recovery. The songs On Fire and W.T.P. reflect this. These serve as a break in the album from the more serious songs about topics like his drug addiction and the death of his friend and D-12 band mate, DeShaun Dupree Holton (otherwise known as Proof). A specialty of Eminem, that this album lacks, is the vulgar rapping about fellow celebrities, which is present in songs such as Ass Like That and We Made You. Although this tactic worked for him and pleased his fans in earlier albums, the absence of it shows a maturity in Eminem’s music that was not present in any of his previous albums. The fact that the album is still a success without this tactic is worth noting, because it proves that it’s not his only talent.

Eminem collaborates with Pink, Lil’ Wayne, and Rihanna in Recovery. Three of today’s biggest musicians collaborating with him indicates that he is still respected in the music world despite his embarrassing previous albums. Love the Way You Lie, the album’s debut single featuring Rihanna, reached number 1 in 2010, which was a great comeback for Eminem. The rest of the album definitely does not disappoint either.

Recovery could be classified as one of Eminem’s best albums. He deals with personal content such as the price of fame, mourning the death of his close friend and dealing with his drug addiction. The album still has usual crazy stunts but the real gem of the album comes from the harsh emotion and profundity of most of the songs. The album is filled with his usual punch lines and metaphors, and reminds us why Eminem is hailed as one of the best rappers around.