Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

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The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is the eighth studio album by American rapper Eminem, released in November 2013 by Aftermath Records.

After centring himself with the confessional 2010 release Recovery, Eminem entered his forties while watching his beloved city of Detroit literally go bankrupt. The cover here displays this descent with an updated picture of the rapper's teenage home, first featured on the The Marshall Mathers LP of 2000 but now boarded up.

Yet this 8 Mile child cares much more about the present than the past, as this vicious, infectious, hilarious triumph is no nostalgia trip, just the 2013 version of Marshall the experienced maverick, dealing with the current state of events and kicking up dust with his trademark maniac attack while effortlessly juggling his over-40 wisdom with stuff you'd slap a teenager for saying.

Key cut "Rap God" is the quintessential track as it blasts out homophobic cut-downs and other inexcusable lyrics, because Marshall's the "Dale Earnhardt of the trailer park," but "I still rap like I'm on my Pharoahe Monch grind," and suddenly his Stan Lee-like origin story begins to take shape.

Marshall is a super villain so familiar with hate and depression, he's powered by all shades of anger. Be it pissing off the neighbours ("Bezerk") or being threatened by critics (as "Bad Guy" revisits the character "Stan" via his revenge-obsessed brother Matthew), it all feeds into his super nova, and it’s a unique spectacle when it explodes.

It does so gloriously on the stately arena rap anthem "Survival", which injects the listener with martial beats and a pre-game pep talk worth hearing. "Asshole" takes the decidedly low road to destruction, slapping girls "off the mechanical bull, at a tractor pull" while using controversy to make the front page, then offering the idea that he's "white America's mirror, so don't feel awkward or weird," because there's no sense in leaving the sewer if you don't crawl out enlightened.

Love it or hate it, nourishing his same old murder fantasies is what drives Eminem to make the vital music found here, and yet there's room for polished and clever frivolity on the album. The grand "Love Game" with Kendrick Lamar whips a Wayne Fontana "Game Of Love" sample into a thrilling swagger cut, while "So Far…" re-edits Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" so the MP3 generation can also understand the sweet irony of mansions filled with Kool-Aid-stained couches.

Silly, manipulated voices and all, "The Monster" with Rihanna offers insight with its "I get along with the voices inside my head" attitude, then "Headlights" ups the game and offers mum an apology, referencing his earlier hit "Cleaning Out My Closet" and explaining it as an angry and irresponsible moment.

Funny thing is, most of the best moments on The Marshall Mathers LP 2 are just as angry, and just as irresponsible, but like "Cleaning Out My Closet", this is the tortured soul and self-reliance ninja known as Eminem at his very best.

Check out the tracks: “Berzerk”; “Survival”; “Rap God”; “The Monster” and “Headlights”.

This double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve, is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Bad Guy

7:14

A2

Parking Lot (Skit)

0:55

A3

Rhyme Or Reason

5:01

A4

So Much Better

4:21

B1

Survival

4:32

B2

Legacy

4:56

B3

Asshole (Feat. Skylar Grey)

4:48

B4

Berzerk

3:58

C1

Rap God

6:03

C2

Brainless

4:46

C3

Stronger Than I Was

5:36

C4

The Monster (Feat. Rihanna)

4:10

D1

So Far…

5:17

D2

Love Game (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

4:56

D3

Headlights (Feat. Nate Ruess)

5:43

D4

Evil Twin

5:56

SKU 602537645879
Record Label Aftermath Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 602537645879
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 07 February 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 05 February 2014
Barcode # 602537645879
Shipping Weight 0.5600kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Hip Hop
Genre Gangsta Rap
Genre Rap
Format VINYL LP

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