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Rapper Eminem (A.K.A. Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady) released his eighth studio album last tuesday titled The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Being my favorite rapper and one of my favorite music artists in general, I bought the album the day it was released and listened to it all the way through. The first time through I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but every time through I love it more and more, and I’ll tell you why.
To start with a little history lesson, Eminem became a celebrity with the release of his album “The Slim Shady LP” in 1999 and its hit single “My Name Is.” While this album brought Eminem to fame, his 2000 release “The Marshall Mathers LP” really stapled his fame and is still today considered his greatest album by many. Throughout his career he has dealt with many different issues and had many different styles of songs, and this album is a sort of declaration of going back to the Marshall Mathers LP (MMLP) days. While he isn’t as explicit or inappropriate in his lyrics as he once was, he more so revisits the past while keeping the style of music modern.
The opening track “Bad Guy” is a sequel to his smash hit “Stan” from MMLP. Stan was about an obsessed fan who killed himself over Eminem not responding to his letters or calls. Bad Guy takes a new twist on the song, but I won’t ruin the surprise. “Berzerk” was the lead single from the album and I believe it was the first song released to declare the revisit to the past. By sampling Billy Squire’s “The Stroke” and some Beastie Boys quotes, Eminem was preparing his listeners bring back their past memories of when he was coming up and blowing up in pop culture. Another song that stood out to me was “So Far…” Marshall raps an extremely humorous song comparing all aspects of his life from his fame to his age to life in a trailer park over a twangy guitar instrumental. “I’m hiding in Kroeger buying groceries [a fan] just had front row seats, told me to sign this poster. Then insults me “wow, up close didn’t know you had crow’s feet!” This line not only shows Eminem’s humor but also his rhyming ability which is present across the entire album. The third single “Rap God” proves Mather’s fast rapping ability while he attacks a lot of past aspects of his career.
While my opinion may be biased because I am such a big fan of Eminem, I do honestly believe it is a phenomenal album well worth the $13-$16 spent on it. Its been spinning in my car since I purchased it and playing on my iPod every day in the gym. I highly recommend buying this album, and not downloading it illegally. Support the artist!