Review Roundup: Eminem – ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’

The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Thirteen years ago, Eminem changed the face of hip-hop and stirred lots of controversy with his 10-million-selling album The Marshall Mathers LP. Now 41 years old, the hip-hop icon revisits the past on his eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

On the nostalgic sequel, he encounters Stan’s brother (“Bad Guy”), apologizes to his mother (“Headlights”), and goes bar for bar with Kendrick Lamar (“Love Game”), while enlisting the help of Rick Rubin, Rihanna, Skylar Grey, and fun.’s Nate Ruess.

Was the sharp-tongued MC able to recapture his glory days? Find out what the critics are saying.

Rolling Stone: Nostalgia is everywhere. Em surrounds himself in allusions to classic hip-hop, like the Beastie Boys samples producer Rick Rubin laces together on “Berzerk.” It’s telling that the only guest MC is Kendrick Lamar on “Love Game,” probably because his slippery syllable-juggling owes a lot to Eminem. 4/5

USA Today: On The Marshall Mathers LP 2, he recaptures the original release’s wild, clever, emotional brilliance in a flurry of caustic, brazenly honest, rapid-fire rhymes and aggressive beats. 3.5/4

Los Angeles Times: Where Jay Z’s album felt chilly and glazed-over—the work of a king in search of a specific mandate—Eminem’s scorches, spewing emotion as hot (and as damaging) as lava. If anything, the record shares more with Yeezus by another of Jay Z’s recent touring partners, Kanye West, who like Eminem appears to view aging as a sharpening process. 3/4

Chicago Tribune: The sequel to one of Eminem’s most revered albums, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is the hip-hop version of a classic-rock album. It encapsulates all that was good, bad and just plain tasteless about hip-hop’s middle-age prankster 13 years ago, when he made The Marshall Mathers LP, volume one. 2/4

New York Daily News: The album offers a resounding return to the gory comedy and free embrace of psychosis that first made Em the antihero of our age. It’s his funniest album in years, as well as his fastest, verbally. The speed rap in “Rap God” alone could make every other emcee tie their tongue in shame. 4/5

AP: Everything he’s done best is here, from noirish murder fantasies with devilish twists to big-chorus pop songs with moments of great humor, anger, fear, self-reflection and verbal virtuosity impossible to untangle in just a few listens.

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Rap God,” “Rhyme or Reason,” “The Monster,” “Love Game”

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17 Comments

  1. KosiLatoR

    EM spat straight FIRE!! The AlbuM Good!!!! This would be the best rap album for a long time from now…

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    Trey Reply:

    @KosiLatoR, Holy Grail > MMLP2

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    t-bib Reply:

    @Trey, come on man, Jay is dope, but MMLP2 is above MCHG and it’s not close

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    Kosilator Reply:

    @t-bib, thanks tell him

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @Trey, I LOVE HOV, BUT DISAGREE. MMLP2 IS STRAIGHT TO THE POINT & RAW. HOLY GRAIL IS ANOTHER GRAND PRODUCTION WITH JUST GOOD RHYMES.

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  2. cassie

    LOVE IT!!!

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  3. Yehia

    Great love ” Bad guy, Rap God, Monster” most

    Bad guy last verse is history!

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  4. Biggerlo

    Hey shady fans lets try to get this Plat week one. Buy physical and digital copies not torretns

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  5. Red

    Favorite songs : Bad Guy, Headlights, Love Game, Baby, So Far and Brainless

    Weaker songs: survival, the monster

    Great album 8/10

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  6. chris

    the wordplay in survival is amazing I love that song

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  7. xlimit

    the best rap album of the year.

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  8. arno

    yeezus has better reviews just saying!!

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  9. Andy

    Even if I hate how highly overrated this guy is, I still have to give props. This album is an enjoyable hip hop album, and its actually pretty stick to hip hop. The Parking Lot skip feels weird, like a GKMC skit but he is… not “urban”? And I feel he should turn down a lil’ the volume of the beats and not being so repetitive with them (though that’s actually own taste from me). Something to point out: he doesn’t changed much his style, he should be a little different. Anyhell. Not a sequel, don’t know why he went for that name but whatever, as I say, its enjoyable. It may got three or four replays from me.

    BTW, Eminem is not my sh!t. I dislike him and his voice and his music but I always try to be objective.

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  10. Hugh

    Best rap album in a long time

    2013 top albums to date
    1. 20/20 2
    2. MMLP 2
    3. 20/20
    4. MC HG

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    MagnaCartaHolyFail Reply:

    @Hugh, go home you’re drunk

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  11. TRA

    Eminem will always be the greatest selling rap artist in hip hop history and music history. I believe Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 album is one of the best hip hop albums of 2013, and one of the best music albums of 2013. Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 got a 72 percent on Metacritic right now, got great critical reviews, and great commerical success, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 album is projected by Billboard Charts music industry insiders to sell over 700,000 copies in its first week out. Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 should be certified platinum by the end of the year, or early next year.

    As of right now, I believe Drake’s Nothing Was The Same album is the best mainstream hip hop album of 2013. I believe Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 album is the second best mainstream hip hop album of 2013. I believe J. Cole’s Born Sinner album is the third best mainstream hip hop album of 2013. I believe Kanye West’s Yeezus album is the best progessive rock/industrial rock/alternative rock-n-roll/alternative hip-hop/electronical music album of 2013. Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail album had the best production out of all the albums I have heard this year, but I felt the lyrics on that album were downright terrible. There were only a few songs off Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail album that deserves great replay value. As of right now, Eminem is the early frontrunner and early favorite to win Best Rap Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards in the near future right now.

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  12. bibi93

    Legacy

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