Sunday, December 1, 2013

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (Album Review)

Before its release, Eminem stated that his new MMLP2 album wasn't a sequel to his classic second studio album, but more of a re-visitation. The Detroit MC was absolutely correct with his analysis of his incredible follow up to Recovery. It all starts with a story narrated by the little brother of Stan, and ends with Eminem being Eminem on the outro. The album is pretty much a no choice no skip, meaning that the listener is put in the position where there is no choice but to not skip a track while listening to the LP all the way through. Many tracks on Em's new album stand out, and many appeal to pretty much every demographic there is in the music industry.
Want a relaxed-feeling track? Listen to Marshall's "Rhyme Or Reason". Want a rock feel? Listen to Eminem's "Survival". Want some real rap? Listen to Em's "Brainless". Is a catchy Rihanna hook what one is jonesing for? Listen to Slim's "The Monster". The sky truly is the limit with this album, and Slim Shady has outdone himself for yet another go round. The album is near flawless, and the legendary story telling abilities of the amazing Eminem are still much in tact as is his flows and lyrics. Eminem hardly ever has had a bad lyric, and this album only shows his versatitlity, growth, and ability to just plain make a hit record, or in this case records. "Love Game" with Kendrick Lamar took over the internet when it released a few days before the album. "The Monster" with Rihanna is already a worldwide hit, as is his "Berzerk" single, and of course his flawless "Rap God" single. Four songs that in a short time have already accomplished so much. No one sells albums like Eminem, and this project only proves that point. With Rick Rubin giving Em a helping hand, to Dr.Dre lending his talents to his prodigy Marshall wherever he needed it, the album only shows how well versed and how bonafide of an artist Slim Shady really is. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 must be listened to by the masses, and the world will never have enough music from Eminem.

Overall Grade: 9/10 
Standout tracks:  "Rhyme Or Reason", "Brainless", "Love Game" (feat. Kendrick Lamar), "Rap God", & "The Monster" (feat Rihanna).

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