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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic
As an artist, he's supposed to create his own world, and with this terrific second effort, he certainly has. It may be a world that is as infuriating as it is intriguing, but it is without question his own, which is far more than most of his peers are able to accomplish at the dawn of a new millennium.
100
Sputnikmusic
Even if you ignore the album's importance, it remains a truly special album, unique in rap's canon, owing its spirit to rock and its heritage to rap, in a way I've rarely heard.
94
Pitchfork
By virtue of his whiteness and talent in almost equal measure, Eminem would come to rule pop culture in America by becoming this century’s prototypical troll.
91
Entertainment Weekly

The Marshall Mathers LP is indefensible and critic-proof, hypocritical and heartbreaking, unlistenable and undeniable; it’s a disposable shock-rap session, and the first great pop record of the 21st century.

90
NME
‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ may be the whitenoise of America’s Most Unwanted, but it is also the product of a talent supremely Untouchable.
80
Rolling Stone

The Marshall Mathers LP is a car-crash record: loud, wild, dangerous, out of control, grotesque, unsettling. It's also impossible to pull your ears away from.

80
Drowned in Sound

Mathers can certainly rhyme and spin a good yarn. He is also possibly the most post-modern star we’ve got.

30
Slant Magazine

I've heard people call Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP a work of musical genius, yet socially inept. These comments seem to completely disregard the fact that the craft of music, in general, rests largely on its intended purpose. The question shouldn’t be whether the musical merits of the album outweigh its content, but rather, how someone so talented could be so repugnant.

Chode
80

After being disappointed by the deluxe of his Music To Be Murdered By album, I was suddenly hit with the urge to revisit The Marshall Mathers LP in all its glory. Eminem is a very important artist to me. Eminem was the artist who got me into music. Back in late 2018, I heard an Eminem song being played that I thought was pretty good. One thing led to another, and I was hooked on Eminem. Without him, I probably wouldn’t be into music as much as I currently am nor would I be on this ... read more

BradTasteMusic
88

Am I the only one who has something to say about how god awful "Under the Influence" is? That track is dog shit. Also Kim is horrifying and I skip every time but still it's a REALLY good song. I just never want to hear it again. Besides those 2, this album is an experience. that is incredible front to back

Fav: Kill You... actually everything besides Kim and Under the Influence

Least Fav: Under the Influence

reaIreaIweaseI
70

The Marshall Mathers LP.

Nem Nem used to make good music? I was shocked too. Modern Eminem is hated by everyone except Basic_Garci, and for good reason, with releases such as Revival and Music to be Murdered By completely overloaded with some of the worst double entendres I've ever heard, along with some occasionally bad production, annoying flows, and head-scratching choices for features. But, AOTY wouldn't be as down bad as they are today if Em's early material wasn't as legendary as it is, ... read more

Ryansheehy27
87

Even though I am no where close to an Eminem stan, this is easily his best project and a fun listen. The skits can be incredibly cringe however

Favorite Tracks- Stan, Who Knew, The Way I Am, The Real Slim Shady, Remember Me, Marshall Mathers, Ken Kaniff (skit), Drug Balled, Kim, Under the Influence, Criminal

Least Favorite Tracks- I’m Back (also most of the skits)

SpaceWorld
80

Too bad Eminem has considered to be on a decline since this album, because this is great. Its funny, scary, so entertaining, and songs like I'm Back, Marshall Mathers, Bitch Please II, and especially the God tier songs The Way I Am and Stan, are incredible.

Theshramp001
92

Bro this album is so incredibly hard that I cannot even begin to describe it. From the flows to the rhymes this is em's hardest album. Every time I hear Stan or The real slim shady or The way I am I just get out of my chair and start vibing. I really do love this album and its one of the first hip-hop albums I ever listened to so it will always hold a special place in my heart.

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Track List

1Public Service Announcement 2000
0:27
73
2Kill You
4:24
90
3Stan
6:44
feat. Dido
98
4Paul (Skit)
0:10
69
5Who Knew
3:47
86
6Steve Berman (Skit)
0:53
70
7The Way I Am
4:50
95
8The Real Slim Shady
4:44
94
9Remember Me?
3:38
81
10I'm Back
5:09
90
11Marshall Mathers
5:21
90
12Ken Kaniff (Skit)
1:01
44
13Drug Ballad
5:00
86
14Amityville
4:14
feat. Bizarre
77
15Bitch Please 2
4:48
89
16Kim
6:17
82
17Under the Influence
5:21
feat. D12
72
18Criminal
5:19
92
Total Length: 1 hour, 12 minutes

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