REVIEW: Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP2

Posted: November 15, 2013 by arkayem1 in Discussion, Review
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The Marshall Mathers LP2 was released November 5th, 2013 by Shady/Aftermath/Interscope

Guess who’s back? …Back again. Shady’s back, and you should probably warn all of your politically correct friends. Shock-rap’s poster boy has made his long awaited return to the rap game with the release of the Marshall Mathers LP 2 much to the chagrin of all those innocent and pure of heart (laugh along with me).  The 2013 release is a thematic continuation to 2000’s Marshall Mathers LP. This time the rapper looks to put yet another  (and maybe final?) exclamation point on his storied and infamous career.

Album opener ‘Bad Guy’ serves as a proper set up for the journey to come, with added Easter eggs of playing off of past songs. The album spends most of its time bouncing from wall to wall providing few moments of prolonged lyrical consistency. Who are we kidding, though? This is the name of Eminem’s game, and he is one of the few rappers who can pull it off and still make somewhat of a point…some how. Album single ‘Berzerk’ serves to prove that point with gusto, as well as the already controversial single ‘Rap God’.

Such randomness could be a double-edged sword, however. In tracks such as ‘Asshole” and the album’s deluxe edition bonus track ‘Wicked Ways’, Em can tend to let verses over-extend their stay. Fret not, such rare events fail to overshadow the albums strong suits, such as the superb lyricism. Case and point ‘Love Game’ featuring label mate Kendrick Lamar, who by the way easily matches Shady’s multi-syllabic rapid fire offering. Did I mention lyrical targets? There never seems to be a time Em misses a chance to diss Britney Spears, takes a shot at the Kardashians, and what liberal doesn’t love a dig at Sarah Palin? (None…. yes exactly.)

MMLP2 doesn’t slack off in the musical content and production department. The album boasts sonic selections from Dr. Dre, Eminem himself, Rick Rubin and more. Versatility was also a strong point on this album from a musical standpoint. Tracks feature samples and musical adaptations ranging from Lou Donaldson and The Zombies to the Beastie Boys and Naughty by Nature.

Essentially the album is a testament to Eminem’s growth as a rapper, and as a person. There is a sense that Mathers is more at ease with where is at in his life, and you need look no further than ‘Headlights” for evidence of this.  Standout radio ready cuts like ‘Monster’ (featuring Rihanna) will definitely lure in an unsuspecting few new fans and corrupt them. For those already privy to the ways of Em, you’ll hear more of the same over the top word bending mind melting that has been shocking parents the world over for more than a decade now.

Album Picks: Groundhog Day, Love Game, Evil Twin, Survival
Album Skips: So Much Better, Stronger Than I Was

Rating: 3.75/5

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