The Marshall Mathers LP (Reissued [2 Vinyl LP] Original recording reissued, Double LP
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Explicit Version. 2008 Vinyl pressing of the Marshall Mathers LP is the second commercial and third overall studio album released by US Rapper Eminem, released in 2000. Widely seen as his magnum opus, the album sold over 1.76 million copies in its first week, earning a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest selling Rap album ever. It went on to sell over 21 million copies worldwide, earning critical acclaim, as well as considerable controversy and protest from groups such as GLAAD for its homophobic and violent lyrics.18 tracks.
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? On Eminem's sophomore album, he can't decide who he wants to be: the deranged pseudo-psycho of the Slim Shady LP, or a nice guy who just likes to rhyme about slicing and dicing his girlfriend ("Kim"). Of course, according to Eminem, he's just kidding. He refuses to take responsibility for the misogynistic, homophobic bile he spews, whining that he's the victim of people who don't get his unique sense of humor. It's good old America's fault if the kids aren't alright (Eminem blames bad parenting), and he's just capitalizing on Uncle Sam's dark side. On the Marshall Mathers LP, he's ambivalent about his fame, angry at his life, pissed off that people take him seriously, and fightin' mad at boy bands--and a lot of other white people. But the blue-eyed brat is acutely aware of his status as rap's resident alien: he has the most offensive mouth running, but never uses the "N" word. He gives lyrical love to tragic (black) legends like Tupac and Biggie while dissing white rappers hard. Even sitting duck Puffy gets the kid-gloves treatment. Of course, Eminem is an interesting, witty rapper, and there's some nice production on this CD, courtesy of Dr. Dre and others. But the hatred in Eminem's rhymes makes the album rotten at its core. And his protests that Slim Shady is just a persona become less convincing with each arrest. Then again, Eminem's got it hard: he's rich, famous, white, and male. --Lizz Mendez Berry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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That being said, this album is definitely different than the original MMLP. These CDs have the rhymes of a more mature, sober man who, despite a strong (and occasionally construed as controversial) image maintained on this album, is finally settling some scores and apologizing for people he hurt on his rise to the top.
I didn't hear a single song on the first disc that I didn't like or that I couldn't get into. For me, that makes this album the equivalent of the original MMLP, which was the last Eminem album I listened to from start to finish and loved every track equally. This one never gets old no matter how many times I listen to it.
Since there are too many tracks for me to sort out a track-by-track, I'll share some of my favorite tracks on the first disc: Bad Guy (A "sequel" to Stan from the original MMLP, a whopping 7-minute track opening the record), So Much Better (a poppy but fun "hate" song), Survival, Berzerk, Rap God, Stronger Than I Was, The Monster & Headlights. Of course, that's the majority of the disc because it's just so amazing and I love it so much.
If I have any problems at all with this record, it's with the bonus disc in the deluxe edition. This is the kind of throwaway material that has plagued Eminem's releases since 2004's Encore. These tracks aren't particularly memorable and none of the tracks stand out in my mind except for the record's closer, Wicked Ways, which has a cameo appearance from Ken Kaniff in the bathroom. I think from an Eminem release, it's almost expected that Ken is going to make an appearance, and this one was certainly welcome.
So, should you buy the record? In my opinion, it's a nice mix of hip-hop and pop, with some upbeat rapping skills but also some slower and deeply reflective songs. If I gave one record to someone who is new to Em's music, this would be the ideal one because it has such a diverse mix of tracks and styles. Many people like to complain that there's too much of a pop-influenced sound to Eminem now, but I think that the contrast of those tracks with the harder rock tracks and the tried-and-true hip hop tracks is a perfect mix and it makes the record fun to listen to.
It's lines like " I used to get punked and bullied on my block, till I cut a kittens head off and stuck it in this kid's mailbox " that make this album great. The thing that I admire most about Eminem is his attitude of, " I don't give a **** what you think about me. " And this is clearly expressed in this album, especially in the song " The Way I Am ", which by the way, is probably his best song ever. It's really too bad that he went down in his latest album, " Encore ". This was Eminem in his prime, and anyone who isn't easily affended should definately pick up this album.
Public Service Announcement: Very funny opening to an album.
Kill You: Awsome song. It is revolutionary and it's what made parents hate this album. 5/5
Stan: A deep song about a fan's obesession and what he might do to go to far. 5/5
Who Knew: A very cool song. It delivers some good messages ( listen to the song before you think about what I just said ) 5/5
The Way I Am: The best " STFU " song out there. 5/5
The Real Slim Shady: Funny song with a catchy beat. But I found that it's a bit overrated. But, stil... 5/5
Remember Me?: Cool song, but not the best on the album 4/5
I'm Back: Very good song with some awsome lyrics. I listen to it every day on my iPod. 5/5
Marshall Mathers: We get to discover some things about Eminem in this song. Dark, but one of the best on the album. 5/5
Drug Ballad: Talks about his problems with drugs. I think he sent a message to kids in this song, a good one. The effects of drugs are bad. 4/5
Amityville: Unfortunately, this song on my CD was corrupted, so I can't review it.
Bitch Please 2: Excellent guest stars, very cool beat, and Eminem does some pretty good work in his part of the spng. 5/5
Kim: Very violent and dark song. Not for the easily affended/disturbed. 4/5
Under The Influence: Cool guest stars. Catchy beat, Eminem delivers one of his many messages in this song. Especially in the chorus. 5/5
Criminal: Talks about the life of a criminal, and what would happen if he robbed, murdered, etc. 5/5
Well, incase you noticed, I said that thee were possitive messages. I know, you're probably thinking, " How can there be possitive messages on one of the most offensive CD's made? " Well, the answer to this is, that despite the violent and crude way of delivering them, some can make you think aside from the killing and swearing, you have to focus on what he's trying to say. Enjoy, there's my review. Hope this inspired you to go buy this album.
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I was pleasantly surprised by the packaging though! Much more was put into it vs. the original MMLP