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Marshall Mathers LP
     

The Marshall Mathers LP

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by Eminem
 

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Teetering on the line between sadistic and brilliant, Eminem (a.k.a. Marshall Mathers III, a.k.a Slim Shady) once again establishes himself as rap's baddest boy -- no mean feat in a world where Ol' Dirty Bastard, Kool Keith, and Luther Campbell freak on the mic. On this

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Teetering on the line between sadistic and brilliant, Eminem (a.k.a. Marshall Mathers III, a.k.a Slim Shady) once again establishes himself as rap's baddest boy -- no mean feat in a world where Ol' Dirty Bastard, Kool Keith, and Luther Campbell freak on the mic. On this supreme follow-up to his breakthrough THE SLIM SHADY LP, Eminem displays ever greater doses of creativity, ambition, and rhyme sensibility. When he's not taking venomous, hysterically funny pot-shots at his critics, squeaky-clean teen idols Christina Aguilera and 'N Sync, or his estranged mommy dearest, this mischevious MC is an ingenious storyteller, delivering cinematic masterpieces such as "Kim" (about his baby's much-maligned mother) and "Stan" (about a suicidal, obsessed fan). And while Slim Shady proves he can battle any MC rhyme for rhyme, as on the lyrical sparring session "B**** Please II," featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Xzibit, the album's real highlights occur when Em riffs on celebrity -- his own and others. On the abrasive "Who Knew" and the acoustic-guitar driven "Marshall Mathers" -- which give equal weight to his concerns about playing the twisted role model and his off-color cracks about paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve and slain fashion designer Gianni Versace -- Em comes across as the homo-phobic and chauvinist regular guy next door who merely wants to entertain his fans. Like Redd Foxx and Schoolly D before him, Eminem revels in pushing our politically correct buttons. With each insanely rude crack, you'll find yourself asking, Did he really say that? He did - and love him or hate him, that's exactly where his brilliance lies. Big Sexy

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's hard to know what to make of Eminem, even if you know that half of what he says is sincere and half is a put-on; the trick is realizing that there's truth in the joke, and vice versa. Many dismissed his considerable skills as a rapper and social satirist because the vulgarity and gross-out humor on The Slim Shady LP were too detailed for some to believe that it was anything but real. To Eminem's credit, he decided to exploit that confusion on his masterful second record, The Marshall Mathers LP. 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. It's both funnier and darker than his debut, and Eminem's writing is so sharp and clever that the jokes cut as deeply as the explorations of his ruptured psyche. The production is nearly as evocative as the raps, with liquid basslines, stuttering rhythms, slight sound effects, and spacious soundscapes. There may not be overpowering hooks on every track, but the album works as a whole, always drawing the listener in. But, once you're in, Eminem 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. 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Aftermath
UPC:
0606949062910
catalogNumber:
490629
Rank:
4231

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eminem   Primary Artist,Vocals
Snoop Dogg   Track Performer
Jeff Bass   Track Performer
Steve Berman   Track Performer
John Bigham   Guitar
Xzibit   Track Performer
Tom Coster   Keyboards
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Camara Kambon   Keyboards
Sticky Fingaz   Track Performer

Technical Credits

45 King & Louie   Producer
Dr. Dre   Composer,Producer
Jeff Bass   Composer,Producer
Richard Huredia   Engineer
Ben Joyner   Composer
Lance Pierre   Engineer
Michelle Lynn Forbes   Engineer
Melvin Bradford   Composer
Tom Coster   Composer
Mark Bass   Composer,Producer
Mike Elizondo   Composer
Andre Young   Composer
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Aaron Lepley   Engineer
Eminem   Producer
Rick Behrens   Engineer
Mel-Man   Producer
Jason Noto   Art Direction
Marshall Mathers   Composer
James McCrone   Engineer
Paul Herman   Composer
Mike Butler   Engineer
Rob Ebeling   Engineer
Akane Nakamura   Engineer
R. Arthur Johnson   Composer
Eric Collins   Composer
Kirk Jones   Composer
Chris Conway   Engineer
Steve King   Engineer

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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
This is da best cd & rapper ever!!!
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
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
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
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
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
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, well...talk. 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
I am just speechless about Eminem. He is one of the best rappers ever. He is just outstanding.
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 love Eminem he has the best music and is soooo hott! I love his new cd! He's definatley the real slim shady!
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.
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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..