Eminem impresses again

Kyle Deriemacker ‘14
Sports editor

 

Perhaps the biggest name in the hip-hop world is known as Eminem, aka Marshall Mathers. Eminem has been around since the late ‘90s and has made a massive mark in music. Not only has he broken the racial barrier in hip-hop, but also he has taken the level of talent to a new step of his own. On November 5, 2013, Mathers’ latest album, “Marshall Mathers LP 2,” debuted across the globe. The three-year wait was much anticipated, but it did not seem as long of a wait as his previous album “Recovery.” Nevertheless, the hip-hop world was anxious to hear what the real Slim Shady had been working on.
About a month or so before the “MMLP2” release, the track “Berzerk” was released as a single. The single received a mixed reaction. The problem was it was nothing like any of the tracks from the album “Recovery” and many people were used to songs like “Space Bound” and “Love the Way You Lie.” “Berzerk” brought a taste of old-school Eminem to listeners, which caught many by surprise.
A few weeks later, two more tracks were released: “Survival” and “Rap God.” At this point, it was announced that these three songs would be heard on Em’s upcoming album; however, the album name and release date were still unknown. “Rap God” features the fast-paced side of Eminem along with a very upbeat tone. “Survival” is another highly upbeat track and is very similar to the track “Cinderella Man” from “Recovery.” “Survival” was featured in the hit video game “Call of Duty: Ghosts.” “Till I Collapse” was in the soundtrack for “Modern Warfare 2,” so this is the second time one of his songs has made an appearance in a “Call of Duty” game.
Finally, just before “MMLP2” officially released, the track ”The Monster” made an appearance all over every hip-hop radio station. This track features Rihanna and is very well-liked, similar to the duo’s previous big hit “Love the Way You Lie.” With a taste of old school, new, and everything in between, the rest of the album was going to be a mystery.
Once the album finally released, everyone had the chance to experience what Eminem had been working on for three years. The album opens up with a phenomenal track, “Bad Guy,” which is the sequel to “Stan” from the “Marshall Mathers LP” from 1999.
Another popular track on the album is “Headlights” which features Nate Ruess from fun. This track is an apology to Eminem’s mom for the things he did when he was younger. It also explains why he hates his own song “Cleaning Out My Closet” from his 2002 album “The Eminem Show.”
Overall, the album is lyrically incredible and is yet another phenomenal piece of art made by Eminem. In the first week, the album reached 792,000 sales, according to Billboard. With first week sales like these numbers, there is no question as to why Eminem is the highest selling hip-hop artist of all-time and has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide since his debut, according hiphop.com.
Once again, Eminem has sparked more life in the hip-hop genre with the release of the “Marshall Mathers LP 2.” The album is extremely well done and has been number one on Billboard’s albums chart since its release. The album features a blend of the “old Eminem” and the “new Eminem,” so there is something for everyone’s taste. Hopefully this is not Eminem’s last album. “MMLP2” highly deserves five out of five stars.