The Marshall Mathers LP2

The Marshall Mathers LP2

by EminemEminem


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After centering himself with the confessional 2010 release Recovery, Eminem entered his forties while watching his beloved city of Detroit literally go bankrupt. The cover here displays this descent with an updated picture of the rapper's teenage home, first featured on the MM LP of 2000 but now boarded up, and yet this 8 Mile child cares much more about the present than the past, as this vicious, infectious, hilarious triumph is no nostalgia trip, just the 2013 version of Marshall the experienced maverick on a tear, dealing with the current state of events and kicking up dust with his trademark maniac attack while effortlessly juggling his over-40 wisdom with stuff you'd slap a teenager for saying. Key cut "Rap God" is the quintessential track as it blasts out homophobic cut-downs and other inexcusable lyrics, because Marshall's the "Dale Earnhardt of the trailer park," but "I still rap like I'm on my Pharoahe Monch grind," and suddenly his Stan Lee-like origin story begins to take shape. Marshall is a super villain so familiar with hate and depression, he's powered by all shades of anger. Be it pissing off the neighbors (rocking the house with a some Beastie Boys and Billy Squier samples on the Rick Rubin-produced party starter "Bezerk") or being threatened by critics (and his biggest ever, too, as "Bad Guy" revisits the MM LP character "Stan" via his revenge-obsessed brother Matthew), it all feeds into his super nova, and it's a unique spectacle when it explodes. It does so gloriously on the stately arena rap anthem "Survival," which injects the listener with martial beats and a pre-game pep talk worth hearing. "Asshole" takes the decidedly low road to destruction, slapping girls "off the mechanical bull, at a tractor pull" while using controversy to make the front page, then offering the idea that he's "white America's mirror, so don't feel awkward or weird," because there's no sense in leaving the sewer if you don't crawl out enlightened. Love it or hate it, nourishing his same old murder fantasies is what drives Eminem to make the vital music found here, and yet there's room for polished and clever frivolity on the album. The grand "Love Game" with Kendrick Lamar whips a Wayne Fontana "Game of Love"-sample into a thrilling swagger cut, while "So Far…" re-edits Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" so the Madden and MP3 generation can also understand the sweet irony of mansions filled with Kool-Aid-stained couches. Silly, manipulated voices and all, "The Monster" with Rihanna offers insight with its "I get along with the voices inside my head" attitude, then "Headlights" ups the game and offers mom an apology, referencing his earlier hit "Cleaning Out My Closet" and explaining it as an angry and irresponsible moment. Funny thing is, most of the best moments on MM LP2 are just as angry, and just as irresponsible, but like "Closet," this is the tortured soul and self-reliance ninja known as Eminem at his very best. [LP2 was also released in a clean version.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2013
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537588107
catalogNumber: 001948602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eminem   Primary Artist
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Jason Lader   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Bebe   Background Vocals
Polina   Vocals
Pranam Injeti   Guitar
Erik Alcock   Guitar
I.L.O.   Keyboards
Sarah Jaffe   Choir, Chorus
Liz Rodrigues   Choir, Chorus
Joe Strange   Keyboards
Mike Strange   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Keira Marie   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Billy Squier   Composer
Rod Argent   Composer
Dr. Dre   Executive Producer
S1   Producer
Adam Horovitz   Composer
Anthony Criss   Composer
Ziggy Modeliste   Composer
Cyril Neville   Composer
Luis Resto   Composer,Additional Production
Gian Piero Reverberi   Composer
Rick Rubin   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Kuk Harrell   Vocal Producer
Vincent Brown   Composer
Eminem   Producer,Additional Production
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Tony Campana   Engineer
Adam Yauch   Composer
Mike Saputo   Art Direction
DJ Khalil   Producer
Nate Ruess   Composer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Keir Gist   Composer
Bigram Zayas   Composer
Dennis Dennehy   Publicity,Marketing
Jeff Bhasker   Composer,Producer
Jeremy Deputat   Cover Photo
RedOne   Producer
Sid Roams   Producer
M-Phazes   Producer
Jason Sangerman   Marketing
Emile Haynie   Composer,Producer
Pranam Injeti   Composer
Erik Alcock   Composer
Sarah Jaffe   Composer
Liz Rodrigues   Composer
Arthur Neville   Composer
Nicholas Warwar   Composer
Alex Da Kid   Producer
Joe Strange   Programming,Engineer
Streetrunner   Producer
Laura Giordano   Composer
Josh Mosser   Engineer
Polina Goudieva   Composer
Brian "DJ Frequency" Fryzel   Composer
Mike Strange   Composer,Engineer
Alexander Grant   Composer
Maki Athanasiou   Composer,Instrumentation
Frequency   Producer
Aaron Kleinstub   Composer
Kendrick Lamar   Composer
Larry Griffin   Composer
Filthy   Producer
DVLP   Producer,Instrumentation
Stephen Hacker   Composer
Robyn Fenty   Composer
Michael Aiello   Composer
Bebe Rexha   Composer
Jon Bellion   Composer
Holly Hafermann   Composer
Vinny Venditto   Composer,Producer
Aalias   Producer
Mark Landon   Composer
Maurice "Malex" Alexander   Vocal Engineer
Alina Moffat   Sample Clearance
Khalil Abdul-Rahman   Composer,drum programming

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