Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP


5.0
classic

Review

by Drbebop USER (43 Reviews)
November 7th, 2018 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Will the real Marshall Mathers please stand up?

Sometimes, there comes along a record that destroys all boundaries and brings everyone together, regardless of their tastes. The Marshall Mathers LP is one of those albums. With the release of his second mainstream (third technically) album, Eminem had gone from underground favourite to world conquering star. His image and edge attracted a white audience to a prominently black genre, introducing millions to a genre they would usually have discarded. Even more gruesome, offensive and degenerate than The Slim Shady LP, it’s one of the only albums in recent memory to cause such a wide uproar and still go Diamond. It’s a horrific, ugly record. But a god damn masterpiece

From the minimalist transgressive opener ‘Kill You’, Eminem sets out to establish his feelings towards everyone and everything in his path. It’s a chilling, wretched start to one of the most notorious records of all time. Eminem is on top lyrical game, from the haunting murder ballad of ‘Stan’, a bass heavy trip hop song about the dangers of obsessive fans. The violently uncomfortable and personal ‘Kim’ layers a screeching rock track behind a non human sounding Eminem as he recounts an audio drama (more of an audio horror) of murdering his estranged ex wife. It’s disgusting, vile and completely inexcusable, but Em uses this track to present the deepest depths of his depraved mind. It’s a perfect example of emotional bloodletting, and he knows this. Its not meant to be glamorous and cool. It’s musical therapy of the darkest kind. Even on the “lighter” tracks like ‘The Real Slim Shady’ and ‘Drug Ballad’, Em still manages to provoke and outrage with eyebrow raising wordplay set to some of the finest production on any rap record.

The wide range of collaborators that grace the album deliver extremely mesmerising verses, but they never outshine the man himself. The throat shredding rage of ‘Remember Me"’ Has Sticky Fingaz nearly steal the show with a vicious freestyle and Bizarre’s completely vile verse on ‘Amityville’ is so mind warpingly obscene, it very nearly takes the cake. Even on the wild Posse cut ‘Bitch Please II’ which features producer Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg Xzbit and the late Nate Dogg which has the group lay down a set of filthy and boastful verses and still, with all the talent on the song, they never manage to overthrow Em. The man was the king of the world at the time, and even on the “***-you-middle-fingers-in-the-air” anthem ‘The Way I Am’ , he still nails out sheer rage and hatred for everything, even his fans. Hell, even on the retrospective and appropriately named ‘Marshall Mathers’, he still takes time to mock and heavily insult other horrorcore stars Insane Clown Posse and even his estranged mother’s lawyer (She also gets several brutal put downs through the LP) And when the smoke settles, the final track ‘Criminal’ provides the explanation and the punchline:

‘A lot of people ask me stupid ***in' questions/
A lot of people think that what I say on a record/
Or what I talk about on a record
/That I actually do in real life or that I believe in it
/Or if I say that I wanna kill somebody/
That I'm actually gonna do it or that I believe in it
/Well, ***, if you believe that, then I'll kill you
/You know why" ‘Cause I'm a criminal’

You fell for the bait. The terrified mothers and politicians of America, saying that he is corrupting the youth of America only helped fuel the fires. And that fire was burned out a disc and went Diamond. A violent, aggressive horrorcore masterpiece with some of the finest lyrical display in debatably all of music. And he still didn’t give a ***.

Standout tracks:

Kill You
Stan
The Real Slim Shady
Remember Me"
Marshall Mathers
Amityville
Kim
Criminal

5/5



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Dettlaff
November 7th 2018


193 Comments


I'm one of the minority in thinking Eminem blows chunks and is overrated to a crazy extent

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Drifter
November 7th 2018


14395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

People always never mention RBX on Remember Me smhhhh

treefingered2
November 7th 2018


221 Comments


im a CRIMINAL

sugarcubes
November 7th 2018


366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don’t think thinking Eminem sucks is a minority opinion. There’s a lot of people who hate him

AfterTheSensesEscape
November 7th 2018


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album was a masterpiece.

Source
November 7th 2018


4268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You're in the minority of you do like him these days

AfterTheSensesEscape
November 7th 2018


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Especially with his newer material. Has he softened up? Yeah, but Revival was over-hated. Most of the hate for that album came from a bunch of AmeriKKKan Trump supporters butthurt that he doesn't cave in to their mindless delusions.

starboystargirl
November 7th 2018


323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok retard

TheWonderSoFar
November 7th 2018


2227 Comments


Nah Revival is complete trash there no possible way to argue otherwise. Hate towards Kamikaze is overblown tho

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AgentDeathbat
November 7th 2018


1619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^ pretty much.

AfterTheSensesEscape
November 7th 2018


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hate towards everything post-Eminem Show is extremely overblown, especially Revival. Oh no, he criticized racists and AmeriKKKunts.

TheWonderSoFar
November 7th 2018


2227 Comments


Has literally nothing to do with who he criticized you dunce. It has to do with how whack his flow/delivery was, the beats were BEYOND trash, the features were just hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, some of the lyrics (talking about everyone eating his turds), etc. it’s just painful to listen to and that’s all there is to it.

Keyblade
November 7th 2018


26161 Comments


yea he's just wack now

RadioheadIsOverrated
November 7th 2018


444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Encore, Relapse and Revival are doodoo, but all of the other post-Emshow records range from decent to great

Rowhaus
November 7th 2018


1821 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think your senses escaped dude

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AgentDeathbat
November 7th 2018


1619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Revival was the first Em album I decided to forgo purchasing because it was so awful. Encore and Relapse are aight tho

AgentDeathbat
November 7th 2018


1619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Kamikaze I plan on picking up at some point, just don't know when.

Lucman
November 7th 2018


1274 Comments


I'm one of the dudes who can't stand this guy simply because outside of this album and maybe the SSLP his music is plain awful. This album is good musically but I'm a softy who can't stomach his lyrics. I'm happy if I can go about my life never hearing "Kim" again.

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AgentDeathbat
November 7th 2018


1619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Kim was pretty disturbing, so I don't blame ya.

AfterTheSensesEscape
November 7th 2018


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Eminem was a bit of an incel back then, but the music slapped so I don't care.



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