The Marshall Mathers LP [Explicit Lyrics]

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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" ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949062927
  • Catalog Number: 490629
  • Sales rank: 7,617

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Public Service Announcement 2000 - Jeff Bass (0:25)
  2. 2 Kill You (4:24)
  3. 3 Stan (6:43)
  4. 4 Paul (Skit) - Paul "Bunyan" Rosenberg (0:10)
  5. 5 Who Knew (3:47)
  6. 6 Steve Berman (0:53)
  7. 7 The Way I Am (4:44)
  8. 8 The Real Slim Shady (4:50)
  9. 9 Remember Me? - Sticky Fingaz (3:38)
  10. 10 I'm Back (5:10)
  11. 11 Marshall Mathers (5:20)
  12. 12 Ken Kaniff (Skit) (1:01)
  13. 13 Drug Ballad (5:00)
  14. 14 Amityville - Bizarre (4:14)
  15. 15 B**** Please II (4:48)
  16. 16 Kim (6:17)
  17. 17 Under the Influence - D12 (5:22)
  18. 18 Criminal (5:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eminem Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Snoop Dogg Track Performer
Jeff Bass Track Performer
Steve Berman Track Performer
John Bigham Guitar
Xzibit Track Performer
Tom Coster Jr. Keyboards
Mike Elizondo Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Camara Kambon Keyboards
Sticky Fingaz Track Performer
Technical Credits
The 45 King & Louie Producer
Dr. Dre Composer, Producer
Jeff Bass Composer, Producer
Richard Huredia Engineer
K. Jones Composer
Ben Joyner Composer
Lance Pierre Engineer
Michelle Lynn Forbes Engineer
Melvin Bradford Composer
Tom Coster Jr. Composer
Mark Bass Composer, Producer
Mike Elizondo Composer
Andre Young Composer
Dido Armstrong Composer
Calvin Broadus Composer
Aaron Lepley Engineer
Eminem Composer, 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
Chris Conway Engineer
Steve King Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    this is not real music its fith and trash

    this album stinks from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    the most gross disgusting piece of garbage ever made in music history

    this whole entire album is pure garbage this cd should be taken off store shelves all across the entire world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rapper as Poet

    Eminem stirs all of our minds, for better or for worse. He is the only intelligible rapper since Tupac's death. His riffs on Christopher Reeve and Sonny Bono were repugnantly funny. The song "Stan" was breathtaking in its lyricism, a true poet was truly at work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Open minds make way for rap recording

    The Marshall Mathers LP is a mix of clever rap beats and unique, shocking lyrics. It takes a very open minded person to enjoy and understand this particular record. Many of the songs talk about drugs, rape, homophobia and most common, violence. This is a very controversial album, which is why it has become so interesting to many people whom to it would not normally pique their interest. The beats on the tracks are amazingly rhythmic and in sync with the raps. Collaborations on many of the tracks are what separates them from the others. Eminem includes a shocking collaboration with light rock newcomer, Dido. A couple of the tracks include D12, Eminem’s rap posse, as guest rappers. Songs such as Kill You and The Way I Am are angrier but unique songs. Although there may be anger as the motivation behind a song does not mean the song is not of just as much artistic value as a classical song. I would recommend this CD to open minded adults who can have an appreciation for an artist who works hard to express himself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    em's best

    i loved this album when it came out. i still listen to it every now and then. i personally think this is the best. i bought every eminem album after this one and i personally just dont think they compare to this one. i can understand how some people dont like it. sure, some of the subjects are distasteful. i enjoyed it and i hope em gets it together and make another good album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very nicely done.

    i have a high I.Q. and i used to teach grammar at a private highschool. if you buy this album, you have to have an open mind to all art forms. this is not a very pretty album. it includes thoughts of murder, rape, drugs, alchohol, and very violent and adult situations. another thing that you must keep an open mind of when buying this album is that eminem did not have a very happy life. you must understand the pain that he's been put through by his alchoholic, abusive mother and his cheating wife .eminem may not use the best of words on this album but like i said you must try to respect his own personal art form. the marshal mathers lp is a very different and darkly amusing album. and not everyone will understand his very strange humor. this may not be any calm poetry but it is packed with emotion. hip-hop is one of the most underestimated types of art and music in the world but like i said, not everyone will like this album, but i must say that i sure did. ta.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums EVER

    Every song on here is well-put together. This is what truly inspired me to write my own stuff. Eminem came from some tough stuff and puts it down for everyone that did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminem is less than talented

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I L@VE EMINEM

    This is da best cd & rapper ever!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Martial Mathers L.p kicked Butt

    I love all the songs espesially the real Slim shady that song kicks butt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminem: I love you!

    This is a tight c.d. I love it! I think Slim is sooooo hot too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brian Bultema should ...

    Brian Bultema should keep his views to himself. I respect him for what he is...a religious bible beater with one sided views. If you do not like this music, DO NOT LISTEN TO IT!!! Keep your views to yourself, and let us angry humans rage on. Oh, DC talk, Newsboys and all those other bands are old and also , as you so put it, repetitive. Their music is one sided and those bands have not explored their musical creativity to any great levels. It is music, but nothing special.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm not ashamed to admit it...

    OK. I'm 30 years old, female, professional and have a high IQ. By all accounts I should be too square to "dig" Eminmem. Or at least I should be grossly offended. I'm not. The Marshall Mathers LP is genius. Eminem is a great storyteller and very clever with a lyric...I honestly never appreciated the artistry of rap before (with the exception of KRS-ONE. Not that it's a comparison). Sure, some tracks did leave me thinking "Hmmm," but all in all a great CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminem controls your ears.

    After his humorous and dark debut I thought that things couldn't get more sadistic. I was wrong. On tracks like "Criminal" he shows why he's known for his punchline filled humor, while a song like "Stan" is brutally real and a good story. The only downside is the album often loses focus trying to be more badder than everyone else, but all in all its a good buy for Slim Shady fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Marshall Mathers Matters!

    Eminem might be bizarre or vulgar for some ignorant people, but this guy expresses the Reality of Life, therefore he uses the strong and explicit language to make the message be clear. Forget about the fantasy world, these are tragicomedic vibes...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Master peice

    This was the first taste I had of Eminem, and i have to say, since this album, i have only listened to rap. This album is a pure masterpeice. In the beginning, his first two albums werent the best (Infinite & Slim Shady EP), but after time, he has only got better. This album was recenlty followede up by Devils Night (D12) and the Eminem Show.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST EVER

    I think Eminem is a very talented artist. The Marshall Mathers LP us just one of the many works he has put together. His music is compelling, tragic, funny and enthusiastic in some cases. Buy it if you don't have it already. and p.s. hes not a wigger!!!! hes ghetto!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EMIN3M

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Masterpiece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is what rap music is all about. The real slim shady's got the tight beat and amazing lyrics, as well as the way I am. Stan, is the best song in this album.(at least that's what I think)I just think the lyrics are great. Marshall, KEEP GOING!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty Good

    I like this cd. Enimen is also cute.

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