The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2013 Ratings: #594 / 962
User Score
Based on 652 ratings
2013 Ratings: #410
November 5, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Spin

This, the "sequel" (or whatever) to his landmark 2000 LP, is little more than a rapsploitation vehicle where practically every line is gratuitous, beyond ridiculous, an effortless and almost empty display of showboating, a carnival trick.

80
Drowned in Sound

This is Eminem’s best record in a decade – and one of the most impressive, entertaining and addictive hip-hop albums of the year.

80
HipHopDX

Sure, it may be one of the better LPs you hear in 2013, but make no mistake: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 only serves to tarnish the original’s legacy, whereas titling it something else could’ve just meant another passable addition to Eminem’s night-and-day catalogue. 

80
PopMatters

In a year cluttered with high-profile hip-hop releases, The Marshall Mathers LP2 is undeniably the best of the best and it’s not close.

80
AllMusic

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. 

75
A.V. Club

After years of stagnancy and tedious anger, he shows real growth on The Marshall Mathers LP 2

70
Consequence of Sound

What makes MMLP2 a success is that it sounds like Em is having a ton of fun with his craft, with no particular chip or devil on his shoulder.

65
The Line of Best Fit

In other words, he sounds lost as an artist. Sadly, the production throughout doesn’t fare much better. MMLP2 is the most perplexing collection of beats of the year. 

58
Pretty Much Amazing

All of his pioneering antics are still present, but few of them showed up in tip-top form. As an artist revisiting a previous masterwork, he’s chosen to add maturity in all the wrong spots.

47
Pitchfork

The lesson here, if there’s one to be gleaned from this 80 minutes of cold, clinical lyrical acrobatics, is that rap sequels are a lot like trying on old prom clothes: chance one if you dare, but the only thing you’re liable to display is how much you’ve let yourself go since your glory days.

42
Paste

It’s impossible to take Em seriously on MMLP2, not because he’s a bitchy multi-millionaire but because he just doesn’t sound invested anymore.

BradTasteMusic
81
Coming back to this album, it made me realize a few things. The most important one is that this was the first moment we see Eminem losing his brain and trying to relive glory days.

This album feels like Eminem acting his age, believe it or not from the constant slurs. He is getting older, and this album holds a much different weight. It took 2 more bad albums to look back and realize just how solid of a release this album really was. It is not his most technical, and it is full of bad ... read more
KIDWITHGUNs
64
GOOD!

*EDIT: ACTUALLY ON SECOND THOUGHT, MAYBE THIS THING IS TOO RELIANT ON DEM POP ARTISTS. ALSO MANY MANY MANY HOOKS ARE CORNY AS FUCK, AND IT GETS QUITE ANNOYING

Wtf, why doesn't this oldhead keep making quality like this?

Best: Survival, Berzerk, Bad Guy, Rhyme or Reason, So Much Better, Love Game, Headlights

Weakest: Stronger Than I Was
MalArken
85
This album isn't nearly as bad as it's made out to be. Sure it has some corny hooks and punchlines, but its fun to just enjoy the immaturity and harsh subject matter.

This is one of Em's most thought-out records and he visits a variety of concepts and tones which make this a surprisingly enjoyable listen.

Good Songs:

Rap God (∞)
Headlights (92)
Bad Guy (91)
Evil Twin (90)
Baby (90)
Survival (89)
So Much Better (87)
BuffaloStaple
30
Corny Hooks: The Album
JustSomeGuy
58
Huh. This is actually surprisingly good. If Eminem consistently released records like this then maybe his fans wouldn't have gave up on him so soon.

While I don't like this anywhere near as much as some of his previous work - namely the first Marshall Mathers LP and The Slim Shady LP - I do definitely think that this is a breath of fresh air. After so much shit thrown at us with the previous three records, hearing Em actually return to how he was in his glory days is really refreshing. This is ... read more
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Track List

  1. Bad Guy
  2. Parking Lot (skit)
  3. Rhyme or Reason
  4. So Much Better
  5. Survival
  6. Legacy
  7. Asshole (feat. Skylar Grey)
  8. Berzerk
  9. Rap God
  10. Brainless
  11. Stronger Than I Was
  12. The Monster (feat. Rihanna)
  13. So Far…
  14. Love Game (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  15. Headlights (feat. Nate Rues)
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