The Marshal Mathers LP 2
Guess who’s back? Back again. This time Marshall Mathers is back. Tell a friend (only if they’re an Eminem fan). For those readers not familiar with the man named Marshall Mathers, i’ve not a lil ‘splanin to do. Over the last 15 years Eminem/Slim Shady/Marshall Mathers has been one of the most controversial and successful hip hop artists in the industry. He reached his peak in the early 2000’s, when I was in high school and I’ve been a fan since. Eminem, as he’s most commonly known, has the two aliases listed above and with each name comes a different persona. Eminem, who is a skilled rapper, Marshall Mathers (his real name) who talks about his real life and experiences and Slim Shady, who is somewhat of a pop icon and can have nonsensical lyrics.
This November Marshal Mathers released his first studio album in 3 years, and it does not disappoint. One thing Eminem has always been known for is song variety, and the Marshal Mathers LP2 (MMLP2) has plenty; from pop tracks featuring Rihanna and the Beastie Boys to darker, more personal songs with a simple beat like the opening track titled “Bad Guy”. One thing that Eminem has always been known for is his “flow”, or the style of his lyrics and how they are presented. Eminem’s flow is most impressive at its fastest, when he emphasizes different syllables of words to create nontraditional rhyme schemes, and shoehorns words into a limited space to show how quickly and clearly he can rhyme. Nowhere is this on display more than on the song “Rap God” which features a middle of the road beat and an average at best chorus, but the verses start slowly, and build to a frantic lyrical pace. While not everyone loves rap, if you look at it as poetry there is no one on Eminem’s level. For those looking for catchy beats check out Berzerk, produced by Rick Rubin. This track is Eminem’s signature “pop track” that boosts his record sales, and features Beastie Boys lyrical samples mixed with intrumentals from “The Stroke” by Billy Squier.
Aim for: Bad Guy, The Monster, Headlights
Avoid: So Much Better, Survival