By Megan Smith | Staff Writer
Multiplatinum artist Eminem, 41, dropped his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, on Nov. 5. His eighth studio album, featuring artists such as Rihanna, Skylar Grey, Kendrick Lamar, and Nate Ruess of fun., stands to be a continuation of the original The Marshall Mathers LP, released in May of 2000.
All four singles from the album have been seen on top music charts since late August. However, the has already gone platinum.
The first track on the album, Bad Guy, is a follow-up to Stan, from the original MMLP. The song is told from the point of view of Stan’s little brother, seeking revenge on the rapper who caused his brother to drive his car over a bridge. The resolution of this 13-year-old storyline is the perfect way to start Mathers’ final single studio album.
Perhaps the most anxiously awaited song from the album was Love Game, which features fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar. Since Lamar started gaining popularity in 2010, he has developed a reputation for bashing on nearly every artist he performs with. Miraculously, Love Game was produced without Lamar saying anything bad about any artists, including Eminem.
Besides laying down tracks with other popular artists, most of Eminem’s past songs featured his family. On MMLP2, Eminemfinally apologizes to his mother after bashing on her in his music for over a decade.
Eminem has always been known for stirring up trouble with his controversial lyrics, which often include jabs at current pop stars, gays and women. On this album, however, the middle-aged rapper mostly pokes fun at celebrities who haven’t been in the headlines for years, including Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani,and Ray J. Several other details like this show Eminem’s true age through his music, though the rhymes and lyrics are still as lucid and youthful as ever.
Despite being a tad bit behind the times, Eminem still packs a punch with The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Whether the listener has been an avid Eminem fan for years or is just now hopping on the bandwagon, MMLP2 will not disappoint.