Eminem Returned To His Inventive Peak on ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’
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Eminem Returned To His Inventive Peak on ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’

Eminem Returned To His Inventive Peak on ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’

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The Marshall Mathers LP, launched in 2000, represents 27 year-old Eminem coming to phrases together with his newfound fame, following the pop culture-disrupting debut, The Slim Shady LP the 12 months earlier. To say the album was a hit could be an understatement. It’s considered top-of-the-line hip-hop albums in historical past. It’s immortalized as one of many best-selling hip-hop albums of all-time with over 11 million copies bought. However even by his personal profession highs, Marshall Mathers the person nonetheless couldn’t grapple with the accelerated tempo of his fame. These private points, which had been exacerbated by drug use and the lack of his finest buddy Proof, had been explored on subsequent albums – 2004’s Encore and 2009’s Relapse. It wasn’t till 2010’s Restoration, nevertheless, that he discovered a clearer perspective each personally and musically. The stage was set for a significant comeback. Enter The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

Take heed to The Marshall Mathers LP 2 now.

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 revisits what made Eminem a phenomenon within the first place. The album opens with “Dangerous Man,” a observe with an ominous-yet-familiar sound and options the almost-poetic supply of the unique title. The music leans again in to the ‘Stan Cinematic Universe’ to current the follow-up to arguably essentially the most sensible observe of his profession, “Stan.” Inside minutes, it feels as if he’s returned to his artistic peak. He weaves effortlessly by story-driven rhymes, whereas concurrently addressing the present mortality surrounding his personal profession.

There are a bevy of sounds explored on The Marshall Mathers LP 2. In just a few situations, Eminem recaptures the vibe of the unique LP, dipping again into his crude outlook on love on “So A lot Higher” whereas in different moments including the adrenaline-heavy, rock-tinged, post-MMLP anthems with “Survival” and “Asshole” that includes Skylar Gray. He rekindles a musical affair with Rihanna on “The Monster,” a radio-ready confession of the pitfalls of fame, for his fifth No. 1 single on the Billboard Scorching 100. However maybe his most noteworthy collaboration was alongside legendary producer Rick Rubin. After lending his genius to Kanye West’s radical Yeezus earlier within the 12 months, Rubin produced the lead single “Berzerk,” harking back to Rubin’s early rock-rap sound of Run DMC, LL Cool J, and Beastie Boys (all hip-hop influences for Eminem). Rubin additionally performs maestro to the album’s most anticipated collaboration with then-wunderkind, now-hip-hop heavyweight Kendrick Lamar on the perky, folk-tinged rap “Love Recreation.”

Nonetheless, whereas Eminem experiments with totally different sounds, it’s his lyricism and storytelling that present the album’s finest moments. He’s again to peak kind on the album’s single “Rap God,” proving he could the very best rapper alive as he scrambles phrases, verses, puns, metaphors, and aggressive jabs at a breakneck tempo. “Evil Twin” revives his manic alter-ego Slim Shady for extra hassle (“Then purpose for all these faux Kanye’s, Jay’s, Wayne’s and the Drake’s / I am annoyed ‘trigger ain’t no extra *NSYNC, now I am all out of whack / I am all out of Backstreet Boys to name out and assault”).

Whereas he calls again to the previous in a number of situations on this album, these moments could have been eclipsed by the expansion. Points together with his spouse and his mom that plagued Eminem private life throughout 2000 appear to have been resolved in full circle moments. “Stronger Than I Was” displays on his relationship together with his ex-wife Kim from a way more mature perspective, a stark curiosity from the extremely graphic, scorned “Kim” from the unique title. “Headlights” got here as a real shock to everybody, in fairly probably essentially the most human second of Eminem’s profession. After years of points, he apologizes to his mom for years of animosity and grief. “It was a kind of issues that is bothered me for a bit bit. It was a kind of issues that I wanted to get off my chest,” Eminem advised Zane Lowe in an interview on BBC Radio 1.

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 marked his seventh No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and continued Eminem’s streak as hip-hop’s most phenomenal act. Since its launch, the album has been licensed 4 instances Platinum.

The 12 months 2013 represented a robust shift in hip-hop. Instantly, a brand new era of MCs sprung on the flip of the last decade (Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole) turned the brand new gatekeepers, and the veterans of the earlier period applied new techniques to recapture the ears of followers (JAY-Z, Kanye West). Some techniques have been profitable, some haven’t, however for Eminem, the underside line has all the time been concerning the music. He doesn’t have a social media presence to maintain him afloat, nor high-priced ventures to maintain him within the information cycle. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 places the music solely on the forefront and seems like a real return to kind for the self-proclaimed “Rap God.”

Take heed to The Marshall Mathers LP 2 now.

Editor’s notice: This text was initially printed in 2018.

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