Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP 2


2.5
average

Review

by SmartWentCody USER (3 Reviews)
November 7th, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 11/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you're a casual Eminem listener, you won't be disappointed; you'll probably be well-pleased, in fact. If you're a big Eminem fan like myself, you'll probably be disappointed, but it has sprinklings of the Eminem we all know and love, and you'll hear it

When I first heard 'Berzerk', and heard that Eminem was releasing a new record, AND it was called The MMLP2, I was very, very afraid. All I could think was, 'After his last couple albums, how could he have the gall to release a sequel to one of the most important Hip-Hop albums of all time?' As a big Eminem fan, I was obliged to at least listen to the entire album before I jumped to a bold conclusion.

It's okay. Not great, but okay. It was an honest effort. Not to say he didn't try his hardest, but with his age and used topics, comes less material, and that's what his last albums have felt like.

It has a some good tracks, and some bad ones. It seems like almost every song is about the same thing, which gets stale. The whole "I was nothing, now look at me" topic was great when he first touched on it, it was fresh, real, and he did it well. To say that he's drawing it thin nowadays is an immense understatement. An interesting turn-around is the track 'Headlights', where he apologizes, and displays his love for his mother. Like an anti-track to 'Cleaning Out My Closet', which he later states he doesn't play anymore, and essentially admits that he regrets writing it. There are songs on this album, i.e. 'Rap God', where the lyrics are well-written, but the instrumental is just bad. The amount of Pop in a lot of the hooks is unbearable for me, personally. For the sake of your attention, I'm not going to review every track individually.

Back to old songs making appearances in his newer ones, there are many allusions to his old tracks, such as lyrics and actual samples. There are two tracks that stand out to me as blatant, and poorly executed shots to reboot old classics; 'Survival' and 'Love Game'. Both feeling like an attempt to reboot ''Till I Collapse' and 'Drips', respectively. On an up-side to the allusions, there is a really neat extended version of the break from 'Criminal' called 'Parking Lot (Skit)' I wonder if this was his way of tying the two albums together.

There are flavors in his lyrics that touch on the style that got him where he is today. Even the inflection in his voice is reminiscent of the old records. The songs on this album are LONG; some of them passing the 6-minute mark, one passing the 7-minute mark, which isn't too common for Hip-Hop. The verses are long, and the execution of the lyrics is very stop-and-go. The track 'Baby', which is my favorite song on the record (I'm reviewing the Deluxe edition), is fantastic. It's Eminem. It was a nice piece of ear-candy in an otherwise shoddy record.

I apologize if this review seemed unorganized, this is kind of a spur of the moment thing. I listened to the album, and that's what I had to say about it. There are a couple tracks on it that will have me coming back to listen to on occasion, but as a whole, it was a one-time experience for me. Eminem just isn't what he used to be.


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  • trainofconsequence (3)
    A decent attempt at an older-style Eminem album that falls a little short....

    IsomerDuck (3)
    Slim Shady's long-awaited return can't quite grasp the excellence of his earlier material,...

    LambsBread (4.5)
    The second coming of the Rap God... crucified again, this time by Rick Rubin....

    H. (3)
    Em may not have been a rap god since 2002, but The Marshall Mathers LP 2 puts him on the r...

  • Kronzo (3.5)
    Is this the Eminem that everyone has been dying to hear for several years?...

    Alex Beebe (3)
    The definitive hodgepodge of the year....

    Guzzo CONTRIBUTOR (1.5)
    The tragedy of Eminem....

    Ayashi (4)
    Shady's back, back again, and perhaps for the last time ever....

  • VigorousDuck13 (4)
    After flops like Encore and Relapse, Em comes back with his best album since The Eminem Sh...


Comments:Add a Comment 
ethos
November 7th 2013


1856 Comments


weird review, definitely unorganized but i like how personal/honest it is

climactic
November 7th 2013


19977 Comments


kill that last paragraph and make an actual conclusion

this review aint bad but it suffers from too much first-person

agreed on the rating too

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MO
November 7th 2013


19077 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^^^

especially that last paragraph. never apologize for a review lol

30secondstocydonia
November 7th 2013


417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The last paragraph belongs in the comments section, if anywhere... definitely not as the conclusion to your review.

DrGonzo1937
November 7th 2013


6833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty much sums up my thoughts on this album.

Good review, pos.

Just proof read that shit, there's a couple of mistakes.

Digging: Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor

trainofconsequence
November 7th 2013


1442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was actually rather good

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2013


10382 Comments


ANOTHER NIGHT AT THE COPPER COIN

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trainofconsequence
November 7th 2013


1442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bad Guy kicked too much ass

FourthReich
November 7th 2013


18136 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i like how personal/honest it is



trainofconsequence
November 7th 2013


1442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Most Eminem is personal and honest FourthReich dude.

SmartWentCody
November 7th 2013


19 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thank you all for your feedback. I figured apologizing in the last bit would probably be a mistake, but there's no going back now. Live and learn haha. I'm just glad some of you feel the same way I do. Cheers!

DotNine
November 7th 2013


137 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album still blowssss.

mynameisSlimShady
November 7th 2013


117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Am I the only one who thinks Bad Guy should have been named Mathew instead? It makes sense since it is a sequel to Stan.
Anyways, My favourite tracks are Bad Guy, Rhyme Or Reason, Rap God (but the beat sucks a little too much), Legacy, Brainless, Headlights, Evil Twin, Baby, Groundhog Day, Beautiful Pain and Wicked Ways. A lot of good stuff here (though when it's bad, it's BAD).
Also, Parking lot is awesome lol.

someguest
November 7th 2013


21390 Comments


ANOTHER NIGHT AT THE COPPER COIN


lol you jackass

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amanwithahammer
November 8th 2013


575 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yeah really odd review...

amanwithahammer
November 8th 2013


575 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This album is really all over the place, but after getting rid of my three least favourite songs and rearranging the track order I've managed to create a Marshall Mathers LP 2 that I'd give a 4.0, even though at this point I wouldn't consider going higher than 3.5 for the actual album he released... even though most of the songs are great it just bugs me how poorly it's all put together. Also some songs are just not to my liking at all, e.g. Stronger Than I Was, Rap God...

LambsBread
November 16th 2013


3905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Whats ironic is the reviewer Is the quintessential example of a casual em fan. He admits he listened to this album one time? You really dont get eminems style at all if that isthe case. Probably stole all his albums and listened to them once and calls himself a big fan lol.

SmartWentCody
November 30th 2013


19 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Gotta love silly assumptions. ^

LambsBread
December 1st 2013


3905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah that was a cheap shot

but you really should play this more than once

LambsBread
December 4th 2013


3905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Do you fools listen to music, or do you just skim through it?



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