Eminem’s first release Infinite is an oft forgotten album that some believe may be his best lyrical effort. This poses an interesting case study since Eminem is widely considered to be one of the best, most innovative rhymers of all-time. Would his best lyrical effort produce numbers high Rhyme Density scores (the statistic used to measure rhyming efficiency)? Quantitatively assessing the raw rhyming abilities in this album is the purpose of this article. Below are the rhyming statistics for each song.
His writing throughout is unbelievable. Even his sub-par efforts (313, Jealousy Woes II) produce values most rappers would consider an apex. As a listener of this album, the sub-par production and lack of overall direction in his music is disheartening but the potential is evident. It was only a matter of molding the young artist from Detroit.
Eminem eventually did land with a great producer (Dr. Dre), learned the subtleties in creating music that had mass appeal and coupled with the personality and charisma necessary in this industry, he would go on to become one of the greatest rappers of all time. The potential was always there. It was only a matter of landing in the right situation with the right people behind him.