The Marshall Mathers LP [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 do...so **** him" -- but this will certainly be of use of to worried parents.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949063221
  • Catalog Number: 490632
  • Sales rank: 15,784

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Public Service Announcement 2000 (0:02)
  2. 2 Kill You (4:24)
  3. 3 Stan (6:43)
  4. 4 Paul (0:10)
  5. 5 Who Knew (3:47)
  6. 6 Steve Berman (0:54)
  7. 7 The Way I Am (4:50)
  8. 8 The Real Slim Shady (4:44)
  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 Ballad (5:02)
  14. 14 Amityville - Bizarre (4:01)
  15. 15 B**** Please II (4:50)
  16. 16 The Kids (5:03)
  17. 17 Under the Influence - D12 (5:22)
  18. 18 Criminal (5:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eminem Primary Artist
Jeff Bass Track Performer
John Bigham Guitar
Tom Coster Jr. Keyboards
Mike Elizondo Bass, Guitar
Camara Kambon Keyboards
Technical Credits
Dr. Dre Composer
Jeff Bass Composer
K. Jones Composer
Ben Joyner Composer
Melvin Bradford Composer
Tom Coster Jr. Composer
Mark Bass Composer
Mike Elizondo Composer
Andre Young Composer
Dido Armstrong Composer
Calvin Broadus Composer
Eminem Composer, Producer
Mel-Man Producer
Marshall Mathers Composer
Paul Herman Composer
R. Arthur Johnson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    My CD turned out to be clean, i wanted the explicit version.

    My CD turned out to be clean, i wanted the explicit version.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The best hip-hop album ever created!

    After the deaths of Biggie and Tupac, the rap industry needed another superstar to lead the way, that true talent was Eminem. Debuting in 1999, his sequel in the spring of 2000 followed with a bang. Going platinum in just under a week (1 million sold) and eventually selling diamond (10x platinum), Eminem became an international icon. The Marshall Mathers LP brought a distinct and new flavor to the music world. His passion for rap let loose on tracks like the emotional Stan, about an obsessed fan and his downfall. On tracks like Kill You, Criminal and Amityville, the angry drug induced side of of Em comes pouring out displaying his lyrical abilities and perfect breath control over beats made by mentor and long-time producer Dr. Dre. On the commercial track The Real Slim Shady, he takes shots at the then popular culture, which was different at that time because rappers didn't approach songs that way, therefore making him stand out even more. However, on the most disturbing track, Kim, a fantasy about murdering his then wife, defintely captivated audiences due to its rage and uniquely dark tone. Eminem's capabilities to engulf the listener into the concept of the song and give vivid descriptions of his personal life sets him apart from other rappers. The Marshall Mathers LP gave him legendary staus overnight, and rightfully so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Devil Came Back

    Eminem came back after the slim shady LP more devious and more angry. He rips his mother in "Kill You" and rips his wife in "Kim" he rips fans in "The Way I am" and "Who Knew". He made parents gasp with "Who Knew" and "Criminal". And he shows plain explicitness in "B*** Please", "The Real Slim Shady" and "Drug Ballad". The Devil Came Back, and hes goin to kill u.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Marshall Mathers LP

    It is awesome I loved it. Just because some snobby stuck up parents dont like it that doesnt make it bad bye bye elvis bye beetles eminem is the image of the new age!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EMINEM RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I luv Eminem and all of his CDs, so no mater wat he deserves a 5!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminemc is H.O.T HOT in this CD!!!..If u like eminem,you'll want this CD!!!

    I am the biggest eminem fan! And this is his best cd!...you should buy it because it has a lot of great songs on it!!!!..EMINEM RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is A Great Album!!!!

    This cd is one of the greatest cd's EVER made!! Eminem really proves his sense of humor in this one! I love it and wouldn't return it if you paid me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the best Dawg

    This c.d. is the best. The best songs on it are Stan f.t. Diddio. The way I am, Kim, Amtiyville, real Slim Shady. This c.d is really good. If you buy the clean version don't be disappointed. There are still not that much editing except for #8 real slim shady is because thats what all the kid's want'a hear.I would say the only bad song (if there was one) on this c.d. is #2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love Eminem

    I love everythiny that eminem does i love all his work I think he is a great and talented artist. I would love to meet him!!!!I am his true only and only number one fan i love him and everything he does!!!! He's a great father too which is hard to find! keep up the great work shady and good luck!!! love you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "it was stan before the eminem song came out "

    all i got to say is word

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminem Da Man

    Eminem, most people class him as rude, repulsive and sick, but i class him as a babe gorgus and one hell of a singer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT'S DA BOMB, BABY!

    This song kicks *ss! It's not as hard as his first one but is just as good-if not beter!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eminem's tha sh*t!

    Eminem does a kick*ss job addressing touchy subjects that other people are too scared to talk about. He also makes it a point that what he raps about is strictly entertainment. I agree that people should not allow music lyrics influence them to engage in illegal activities. Music is entertainment not a cop-out! His lyrics are straight foward and he is not afraid to stand firm on his beliefs. Eminem doesn't care about what other people say or think about his opinion. Eminem's work is so good because he simply does not care if people dislike him for what he has to say. He isn't caght up in what is politically correct and what's not. His foundation for a lot of his lyrics are responses to actual events that occur and the things that should be said about them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EMINEM

    I think that the EMINEM cd was really good, although some of the songs really grossed me out... for the most part I couldn't stop laughing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Slim Anus is back and sucking more d*ck

    I think that Eminem has got some problems and funny thing about it is that all of the things he says on his albums are just talk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ITS THE BEST CD!

    THIS IS THE BEST CD I HAVE EVER HEARD!!!!!I RECOMEND IT!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST CD

    I love this cd. the kids is the best song on the cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SLIM SHADY RULES!

    HIS CD IS THE BEST! IT IS SWEET!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EM proves he is the real slim shady so you go buy this CD NOW!!!!

    Every song on the CD rocks!!!!!!! It is the best CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This KKKKIIIICCCKKKKSSSS!!!!!!!!! Buy it now!!!

    Slim is awesome in this cd. buy it now!!!

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