Eminem

It Ain't Over

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One of several unofficial mixtapes released without Eminem's consent, It Ain't Over is a 2011 collection of freestyle raps, demos, and tracks that failed to make the cut for his brace of comeback albums, Relapse and Recovery. Like Tuppy Entertainment's other hodgepodge compilations of Akon, Lil Wayne, and the Notorious B.I.G.'s unreleased back catalog, it's a poor-quality and largely inessential affair that only justifies the controversial MC's decision to withhold the material from wider public consumption in the first place. Some of the 12 tracks will already be familiar to his hardcore fan base, such as "Warning" (which also appears under the misleading title of "Get to It"), his bitter diatribe against Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey in response to the latter's 2009 single, "Obsessed"; "F*** Bitches," a rather misogynistic 80-second "megamix" of derogatory lyrics from previous songs including "Superman," "My Dad's Gone Crazy," and "Spend Some Time"; and "Let's Go" and "Just Do It," freestyle raps previously leaked under the titles of "Invasion, Pt. 3" and "Despicable," respectively. The presence of his late D12 bandmate Proof on several tracks may provide a sense of intrigue for those longing for a follow-up to 2004's D12 World, while Eminem's trademark caustic wit and authentic aggression are still very much in evidence, despite the unfinished feel of the album's production, but there's very little here that's worthy of taking a place on his recent Grammy Award-winning return to form. Without any input from the real Slim Shady himself, It Ain't Over feels like a cynical cash-in from a label determined to milk the wealth of urban stars' leftovers completely dry.