I don't think I've heard an album peak so early and then roll downhill so quickly. When I heard it opened up with a sequel to Stan it only further fueled my skepticism, but it's probably my favorite track on the whole thing. The beat sucks at first but at the end when it switches up it's easily the highlight of the entire project.
But the rest of the album ranges from horrible to really forgettable. Em can still write and rap his ass off but his ability to put a great song together has pretty much vanished, not that it's really been around much in the last eight years. Also the album is probably the least cohesive thing he's ever done. None of the songs flow into one another and the production on all of them pretty much blows. He even sampled fucking Steely Dan. I fucking hate Steely Dan.
I can't tell if I like Rhyme or Reason because it's actually a good song or because I like the Zombies song it samples. I think it's the latter. Either way this was the disappointment I knew it would be. Not gonna lie though, I'll continue to check out everything with his name on it and will sell my right nut for a front row ticket if he ever decides to tour North America ever again.