The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2013 Ratings: #672 / 1080
User Score
2013 Ratings: #312
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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

TheRealEminem
100

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

GeMann
80

Giving this a definite score is a real hassle, because on one hand, there's no BAD tracks, and the best ones here are phenomenal. On the second hand, it's a very long album, and it causes even the best tracks to feel watered down by the end. On the third hand, which I stole off of my neighbor's son's arm, I'm biased. So really, it's a battle of contradictions. I go into this project without any expectations or bars to be met or surpassed. I've never expected Eminem to pull through with an album ... read more

Eatin_Bizkits
83

Eminem delivers a fairly solid album, a tiny bit better than his last two albums 'Relapse' (2009) and 'Recovery' (2010). The I think I enjoyed this album more when I was younger, but now a couple of the songs I find a tiny bit cringey. Despite this, I do admire how Em has experimented with various genres and themes on this album. It is certainly a good album that proves Eminem has just as much potential than he did in his prime.
1. Bad Guy - 9/10
2. Parking Lot (Skit) - N/A
3. Rhyme Or Reason ... read more

NR

Amazing album. The first rap album I ever got into. Bad Guy’s final verse is Em’s best. Asshole is my favorite track off of it. The samples go crazy.

70

Wasted potential.
1st track is good, 3rd, 14th, 15th, 16th are what I expected this album to sound like; but instead, we got just a few tracks with the "MMLP's sequel" theme.

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Track List

1Bad Guy
7:14
91
2Parking Lot (skit)
0:55
62
3Rhyme Or Reason
5:01
79
4So Much Better
4:21
73
5Survival
4:32
77
6Legacy
4:56
78
7Asshole
4:48
64
8Berzerk
3:58
71
9Rap God
6:03
82
10Brainless
4:46
75
11Stronger Than I Was
5:36
51
12The Monster
4:10
feat. Rihanna
75
13So Far...
5:17
70
14Love Game
4:56
83
15Headlights
5:43
83
16Evil Twin
7:33
84
Total Length: 1 hour, 19 minutes
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Added on: August 27, 2013