Detroit’s own Marshal Mathers III — aka Eminem, aka Slim Shady — released his latest CD, Eminem Presents: the Re-Up, early this morning. This album was initially conceived as a street mix-tape featuring new artists on the Shady Records label, but

. . . the material was so good and the tracks were getting produced like a regular album. Instead of putting it out there rough and unfinished, I thought we should add some other new tracks, make it a real album, and put it in the record stores to give these new artists a real boost.

Early reviews are positive; while the album is said to lack the revelatory punch of earlier Shady offerings, it is nonetheless a solid, head-nodding guts-and-glory hiphop mix.

Six tracks feature Eminem’s vocal stylings, which are said to have matured significantly since his last major label release, 2004’s Encore. Just over half the tracks show his hand as a producer, and although Eminem is not known for composing tracks, he offers some haunting beats and bass-lines on the Re-Up. Production work is also provided by The Alchemist (of Dilated Peoples fame), the indefatigable Dr. Dre, and Mike Elizondo (a multi-instrumentalist, composer and long-time workmate of Eminem’s — Elizando helped write Mathers’ international hit single “The Real Slim Shady.”)

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for the angry young man in your life this holiday season, The Re-Up is a pretty safe bet.

iTunes users can give listen to 30-second samples of each track by clicking this link.

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