Without Dre behind the boards, the album lacks the urban-oriented bass-n-beats that gained the white rapper immediate respect from hip-hop fans of all colors. In fact, some of the Dre-less tracks come off closer to "them little Limp Bizkit bastards" that Eminem takes a jab at than, say, the funkified offerings that top the rap charts. This isn't to say that Eminem isn't doing his part behind the mic. His writing and rhyming is on par with his two prior albums. But even when he's on top of his lyrical game, such as on the album's first single, "Without Me," the song's repetitive beat can only make one wonder what Dre could have done underneath such clever wordplay. Overall, the album succeeds in showcasing a variety of styles, both musically and vocally (the artist actually sings one song), but purely from a rap perspective, The Eminem Show ultimately feels empty.