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The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2013 Ratings: #590 / 955
User Score
Based on 428 ratings
2013 Ratings: #343
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
BuffaloStaple
30
Corny Hooks: The Album
KIDWITHGUNs
75
Great

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
Z.Younk
30
Calling this Marshall Mathers LP 2 was a sad mistake. It shows how much he's fallen off since the best album he ever did (Pt. 1). His lyrics are boring and cliche; especially when your original MMLP was a rich satyrical and lyrically sharp classic. Eminem tries to be motivational and promote positive ideals in some parts and in others he raps like Yoda.
MalArken
83
This album isn't nearly as bad as it's rated. Sure it has some corny hooks and punchlines, but thats only on a few of the 20 tracks from the record.

Good Songs:

Rap God (∞)
Survival (89)
Headlights (88)
Bad Guy (86)
Brainless (86)
Evil Twin (85)
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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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