The Marshall Mathers LP2 [Deluxe Edition] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
After centering himself with the confessional 2010 release Recovery, Eminem entered his forties while watching his beloved city of Detroit literally go bankrupt. The cover here displays this descent with an updated picture of the rapper's teenage home, first featured on the MM LP of 2000 but now boarded up, and yet this 8 Mile child cares much more about the present than the past, as this vicious, infectious, hilarious triumph is no nostalgia trip, just the 2013 version of Marshall the experienced maverick on a tear, dealing with the current state of events and kicking up dust with his trademark maniac attack while effortlessly juggling his over-40 wisdom with stuff ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
After centering himself with the confessional 2010 release Recovery, Eminem entered his forties while watching his beloved city of Detroit literally go bankrupt. The cover here displays this descent with an updated picture of the rapper's teenage home, first featured on the MM LP of 2000 but now boarded up, and yet this 8 Mile child cares much more about the present than the past, as this vicious, infectious, hilarious triumph is no nostalgia trip, just the 2013 version of Marshall the experienced maverick on a tear, dealing with the current state of events and kicking up dust with his trademark maniac attack while effortlessly juggling his over-40 wisdom with stuff you'd slap a teenager for saying. Key cut "Rap God" is the quintessential track as it blasts out homophobic cut-downs and other inexcusable lyrics, because Marshall's the "Dale Earnhardt of the trailer park," but "I still rap like I'm on my Pharoahe Monch grind," and suddenly his Stan Lee-like origin story begins to take shape. Marshall is a super villain so familiar with hate and depression, he's powered by all shades of anger. Be it pissing off the neighbors (rocking the house with a some Beastie Boys and Billy Squier samples on the Rick Rubin-produced party starter "Bezerk") or being threatened by critics (and his biggest ever, too, as "Bad Guy" revisits the MM LP character "Stan" via his revenge-obsessed brother Matthew), it all feeds into his super nova, and it's a unique spectacle when it explodes. It does so gloriously on the stately arena rap anthem "Survival," which injects the listener with martial beats and a pre-game pep talk worth hearing. "Asshole" takes the decidedly low road to destruction, slapping girls "off the mechanical bull, at a tractor pull" while using controversy to make the front page, then offering the idea that he's "white America's mirror, so don't feel awkward or weird," because there's no sense in leaving the sewer if you don't crawl out enlightened. Love it or hate it, nourishing his same old murder fantasies is what drives Eminem to make the vital music found here, and yet there's room for polished and clever frivolity on the album. The grand "Love Game" with Kendrick Lamar whips a Wayne Fontana "Game of Love"-sample into a thrilling swagger cut, while "So Far…" re-edits Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" so the Madden and MP3 generation can also understand the sweet irony of mansions filled with Kool-Aid-stained couches. Silly, manipulated voices and all, "The Monster" with Rihanna offers insight with its "I get along with the voices inside my head" attitude, then "Headlights" ups the game and offers mom an apology, referencing his earlier hit "Cleaning Out My Closet" and explaining it as an angry and irresponsible moment. Funny thing is, most of the best moments on MM LP2 are just as angry, and just as irresponsible, but like "Closet," this is the tortured soul and self-reliance ninja known as Eminem at his very best. [The Deluxe Edition added a five-track bonus disc.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2013
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602537588121
  • Catalog Number: 001948902
  • Sales rank: 6,356

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad Guy (7:14)
  2. 2 Parking Lot (Skit) (0:55)
  3. 3 Rhyme or Reason (5:01)
  4. 4 So Much Better (4:21)
  5. 5 Survival (4:33)
  6. 6 Legacy (4:56)
  7. 7 ******* - Skylar Grey (4:27)
  8. 8 Berzerk (3:58)
  9. 9 Rap God (6:03)
  10. 10 Brainless (4:46)
  11. 11 Stronger Than I Was (5:36)
  12. 12 The Monster - Rihanna (4:10)
  13. 13 So Far... (5:17)
  14. 14 Love Game - Kendrick Lamar (4:56)
  15. 15 Headlights - Nate Ruess (5:43)
  16. 16 Evil Twin (5:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Baby (4:23)
  2. 2 Desperation - Jamie N Commons (3:56)
  3. 3 Groundhog Day (4:53)
  4. 4 Beautiful Pain - Sia (4:25)
  5. 5 Wicked Ways (6:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eminem Primary Artist
George Cook Percussion, Drums
Luis Resto Keyboards
Jason Lader Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Bebe Background Vocals
Polina Vocals
Pranam Injeti Guitar
Erik Alcock Guitar
I.L.O. Keyboards
Sarah Jaffe Choir, Chorus
Liz Rodrigues Choir, Chorus
Joe Strange Keyboards
Gus Collins Percussion, Piano, Choir, Chorus
Mike Strange Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
J Browz Guitar
Jamie N Commons Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
James Dee Bass, Choir, Chorus
Benjamin Markham Percussion, Choir, Chorus
Keira Marie Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Billy Squier Composer
Rod Argent Composer
Dr. Dre Executive Producer
S1 Producer
Adam Horovitz Composer
Anthony Criss Composer
Ziggy Modeliste Composer
Cyril Neville Composer
Luis Resto Composer, Additional Production
Gian Piero Reverberi Composer
Rick Rubin Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Ken Lewis Digital Editing
Kuk Harrell Vocal Producer
Vincent Brown Composer
Eminem Producer, Additional Production
Marshall Mathers Composer
Tony Campana Engineer
Adam Yauch Composer
Mike Saputo Art Direction
DJ Khalil Producer
Nate Ruess Composer
Jason Lader Engineer, Digital Editing
Keir Gist Composer
Khalil Abdul Rahman Composer, drum programming
Brent Kolatalo Digital Editing
Bigram Zayas Composer
Dennis Dennehy Publicity, Marketing
Jeff Bhasker Composer, Producer
Jeremy Deputat Cover Photo
RedOne Producer
Sid Roams Producer
Cardiak Producer
M-Phazes Producer
Jason Sangerman Marketing
Emile Haynie Composer, Producer
Pranam Injeti Composer
Erik Alcock Composer
C. McCormick Composer
Sarah Jaffe Composer
Liz Rodrigues Composer
Arthur Neville Composer
Nicholas Warwar Composer
Alex Da Kid Producer
Joe Strange Programming, Engineer
Streetrunner Producer
Laura Giordano Composer
Josh Mosser Composer, Engineer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
Frank Dukes Producer
Polina Goudieva Composer
Brian "DJ Frequency" Fryzel Composer
Mike Strange Composer, Engineer
Alexander Grant Composer
Maki Athanasiou Composer, Instrumentation
Frequency Producer
Aaron Kleinstub Composer
Kendrick Lamar Composer
Larry Griffin Jr. Composer
Filthy Producer
DVLP Producer, Instrumentation
Holly Brook Hafermann Composer
Jamie N Commons Composer
Stephen Hacker Composer
Robyn Fenty Composer
Michael Aiello Composer
Bebe Rexha Composer
Jon Bellion Composer
Vinny Venditto Composer, Producer
Aalias Producer
Mark Landon Composer
Maurice "Malex" Alexander Vocal Engineer
Alina Moffat Sample Clearance
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