The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2013 Ratings: #649 / 1057
User Score
Based on 903 ratings
2013 Ratings: #282
Liked by 22 people
November 5, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Aftermath/Interscope / Label
Hip Hop / Genres / Website
Sign In to rate and review



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.

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.


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. 


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.


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. 

A.V. Club

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

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.

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. 

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.


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.


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.

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
Hahahaha I proved you all wrong. I am the greatest rapper of all time for I released the song "Rap God"
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:

Headlights (92)
Bad Guy (91)
Evil Twin (90)
Baby (90)
So Much Better (87)
Rap God (86)
Even though it’s nowhere near as good as the first MMLP and is kind of lackluster at some parts (mainly the hooks), MMLP 2 is still a very solid album and does a good job highlighting the fact that Eminem is older and not the highly controversial artist that he once was early on in his career

Best Tracks:
Groundhog Day (favorite)
Bad Guy (favorite)

The successor to what has often been regarded as Eminem's magnum opus here, serves as a celebration of everything that made him so likeable in the first place, with a lot of references to his old work and a lot of the record's attitude being driven from unapologetic rage, self-loathing and self-aware of every building block in his identity. It's a fantastic listen. The final few cuts are astounding. Honestly, this sudden jump in quality was unprecedented. And I hope every Eminem ... read more
Purchasing The Marshall Mathers LP 2 from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Become a Donor
Donor badge, no ads + more benefits.

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)
Sign in to comment

Added on: August 27, 2013