Marshall Mathers LP

The Marshall Mathers LP

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by Eminem

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It's hard to know what to make of Eminem, even if you realize that half of what he says is sincere and half is a put-on. The trick isn't just figuring out which is what -- it's realizing that there's truth in the joke, and vice versa. That's why many listeners and critics were taken aback by his dark, carnival-esque debut The Slim Shady


It's hard to know what to make of Eminem, even if you realize that half of what he says is sincere and half is a put-on. The trick isn't just figuring out which is what -- it's realizing that there's truth in the joke, and vice versa. That's why many listeners and critics were taken aback by his dark, carnival-esque debut The Slim Shady LP, even dismissing his considerable skills as a rapper and social satirist because the vulgarities and gross-out humor were too detailed, even shocking, for some to believe that it was anything but real. As it turns out, that very blurring of boundaries is what gave the record depth, and to Eminem's credit, he decides to exploit that confusion on his masterful second record, The Marshall Mathers LP. Some may think that it's significant that he named the album after his birth name, that the recording will be more personal or introspective than a debut named after his stage persona's alter ego (how post-modern is that, anyway?), but that's just not the case. Eminem is all about blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, humor and horror, satire and documentary, so it makes perfect sense that The Marshall Mathers LP is no more or no less "real" than The Slim Shady LP. It is, however, a fairly brilliant expansion of his debut, turning his spare, menacing hip-hop into a hyper-surreal, wittily disturbing thrill ride. The Marshal Mathers LP is both funnier and darker than his debut, with jabs at pop star peers ("The Real Slim Shady") sitting virtually side-by-side with violent fantasies of retribution ("Kim," written about the mother of his child -- who he reconciled with and married after recording this track). Eminem's writing is so sharp and clever that the jokes cut as deeply as the explorations of his ruptured psyches. Thankfully, the production is nearly as evocative as the raps, matching the tone of the lyrics with liquid basslines, stuttering rhythms, slight sound effects, and spacious soundscapes. There may not be overpowering hooks on every track -- just enough to ensure radio play -- but the album works as a whole, always drawing a listener into the paranoid, violent, and very funny world of Eminem. But, once you're in, Eminem makes no compromises. He doesn't care if you understand exactly where he's at, and he doesn't offer any apologies if you can't sort the fact from the fiction -- that's your job as a listener. 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 intriguing as it is infuriating, but it is without question his own, which is far more than most of his peers -- in both hip-hop and rock -- are able to accomplish at the dawn of a new millennium. [The Marshall Mathers LP was also released in a "clean" version, containing no profanities or vulgarities. It might miss the point somewhat, since profanity is part of Eminem's genius -- or, it could be as simple as his claim "Will Smith doesn't have to cuss to sell records/Well, I **** him" -- but this will certainly be of use of to worried parents.]

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Interscope Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eminem   Primary Artist
Jeff Bass   Track Performer
John Bigham   Guitar
Tom Coster   Keyboards
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Guitar
Camara Kambon   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dr. Dre   Composer
Jeff Bass   Composer
Ben Joyner   Composer
Melvin Bradford   Composer
Tom Coster   Composer
Mark Bass   Composer
Mike Elizondo   Composer
Andre Young   Composer
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Eminem   Producer
Mel-Man   Producer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Paul Herman   Composer
R. Arthur Johnson   Composer
Eric Collins   Composer
Kirk Jones   Composer

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Marshall Mathers LP 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a 15 year old teen that is one of the few who hates this music. This music is very repetitive and gets old after about three seconds. Eminem may be a good rapper but his CDs need to be cleaned up. Only buy this CD if you are looking for cuss word music which can ruin lives and turn you into a more angery person. This disc is just what the world does not need.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Respect is much do for my boy em. he's fine as hell and he can rap like no one. when him and KIM are through we WILL 'be together, his biggest fan this is.......'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fact Being: I LOVED the new ''Marshal Mathers LP'' album. I bought the CD so that I could listen to ''Real Slim Shady'' yet I later found out.. the whole album in general was truly divine. I heard how the gay community was preturbed with this album, though it ROCKED! I enjoyed how Eminem [aka..Marshal Mathers] used real life situations in his songs, and expressed them in a way like no other! I'll deffinatly be looking out for the 3rd LP! [and hopefully it'll sell over 8 million, so he can buy his own Taco Bell!!].
Guest More than 1 year ago
eminem is the best raper out of all the others,i like him because he speaks truth and he is not afraid to say whats on his mind mostlt because(HE JUST DONT GIVE A FU*K) EMIN3M IS ONE OF A KIND!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am just speechless about Eminem. He is one of the best rappers ever. He is just outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem who is talented in silm shady lp is wasted in this stupid follow-up to silm shady lp, sure eminem writes music, but the cd has no plot, and thin characters, for silm shady fans only.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem showed everybody what was up in his latest album ''Marshall Mathers LP''. I love his music because he says exactly what he is thinking and doesn't care about what anybody thinks. The album has a variety of songs. Some songs are humorous, serious, heartbreaking, and scary. The album gives listeners a peek into his life, thoughts, and feelings. Because many artists don't write their own music, fans have difficulty understanding and relating to the artists. But with Eminem it's all out in the open and I love that. The only thing that bothers me is there is a lot of cussing, but I got over it because cussing and Eminem are one package- take it or leave it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
after a long hard road , a person need's some R&R and i can relate 2 this album , i'm no artist or movie star but track 7 is my all time favorite , i have lot's of friend's and sometime's i don't like 2 b bothered either and theyunderstand my point of veiw ... every artist need's his (or her) space ... there is a time and place 4 everything ... and Slim if u read this keep your special style going
Guest More than 1 year ago
Upon listening to this CD, I caught myself wondering why this guy makes so much money. Any Joe that grew up in a bad environment could get in front of a mic and, There is no singing involved, not on his part anyways. If I claimed not singing meant you weren't talented, then I would be a hypocrite because I love rap. However, I only like that kind of rap that doesn't involve suicide, killing your mother and wife/girlfriend (whatever she is). These lyrics are simply distasteful. I'll admit, some songs have a good beat; however, a good beat can't make up for its lack of entertaining lyrics. The CD would be better if Eminem wasn't on it. Whether he likes it or not, Eminem is a role model to all those little boys out there which are products of wrecked marriages, drugs, and trailer parks. He is a role model to them because he has become successful, but his success is from selling albums that portray death and rage. Take the song “Stan” for example, in which the plot goes something like this: Stan is a fan of Eminem, and writes him a letter when Eminem blows off Stan and a kid after a concert. When Eminem doesn’t respond to these letters, Stan send more filled with even more rage. This goes on until Stan sends an audio tape to Eminem in which he diaries how Stan just locked his pregnant girlfriend in the trunk of his car and drove off a bridge. After listening to that, I just felt all warm and tingly inside…not really. What kind of twisted guy thinks of lyrics like this? Eminem belongs in a mental institution instead of CD players across the country. The only hope there is for Eminem is that perhaps there is a genius manager/publicist behind this controversial rapper that tells Eminem to stir up controversy to sell records.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is da best cd & rapper ever!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly with all sincerity understand where Eminem is coming from with this album.Eminem speaks his mind and tells the truth about how he feels and I love his sense of humor.Eminem is a creative, talented artist and alot of the emotions that he displays on this album we have all felt at one time or another. This man is bold and strong enough as a artist and a man to tell his feelings and for that I admire him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the first single of The marshall mathers Lp was great, but the rest of the cd is not all that good as the first one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
because he does not care what people think and this album proves that. He proves he could rhyme with the best of them and hold his own. Strand out tracks are: Stan, I'm Back (and if jennifer was my step mother I would do the same thing), Criminal, and B&*ch Please II.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Eminem he has the best music and is soooo hott! I love his new cd! He's definatley the real slim shady!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem has made a kickin' album here and I totally commend him for it. I got to hear a sneak preview and I totally love it. I've gotta tell you, if you thought the other Slim Shady album was raw, wait till you hear this! On this album he gets everyone back with his own unique revenge, Musical put-downs. Everyone that ticked him off on the past just got the backlash. His songs are smooth and yet sooo hardcore. You've gotta request them all on MTV or your local radio station! Let everyone see Eminem is not a 1 hit wonder. He has a style that can't be stopped!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If yo were left craving for more Eminem after the first album, well here it is..and more. This thing is off the meter..