Eminem’s MMLP2

September 2, 2013


I think it is safe to say that 2013 is the year of the comebacks. Destiny’s Child reunited at the Super Bowl, Miley Cyrus ended her hiatus and has a new album coming out next month, *NSYNC came together for a killer performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, and now Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, is releasing a follow-up album to The Marshall Mathers LP titled MMLP2.

The announcement of his new album was casually sprung on the viewers of the 2013 VMAs. During a Beats by Dre commercial, Eminem’s name, album name, executive producers, and the album’s release date were all premiered while his new single “Berzerk” was playing in the background. The unexpectedness of the news made it all the more exciting.

Eminem has not released any solo projects since his last album in 2010, Recovery. It received an incredible amount of success, including Billboard reporting that Recovery was the best selling album of 2010. The first single off of it was “Not Afraid,” which became an instant hit among listeners. “Love The Way You Lie” was the second single off of Recovery, another instant smash to hit the radio waves. The single featured Rihanna and became the top selling single in the United Kingdom. If you watched the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, you’ll remember seeing Eminem opening up the show performing both of these songs with Rihanna joining him.

Perhaps the most defining songs of Eminem’s career came off of The Marshall Mathers LP. “My Name Is”, “Stan”, “The Way I Am”, and “The Real Slim Shady” are amongst the top records of the rapper’s career. Each song has its own uniqueness behind it. In “The Way I Am”, Eminem is lashing out overbearing fans and at record labels that wanted him to out-do “My Name Is.” “The Real Slim Shady” took jabs at different pop songs and artists out at the time, like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Although the contrast in the meanings of each song is highly apparent, each still depicts a creativity that Eminem delivered so well.

“Berzerk” is the first single off of The Marshall Mathers LP 2, produced by Rick Rubin and released August 27th via Twitter. Billboard reports that the single is “selling like crazy” and may sell from around 350,000 to 375,000 by the end of its tracking week. In the song, he raps a slam out at one of the Kardashians. You hear, “Woke up in that Monte Carlo with the ugly Kardashian” and think possibly it could be either three, right? Thing is, Eminem made sure to pinpoint the exact one rapping, “Lamar, oh sorry yo, we done both set the bar low.” Yikes.

Marshall Mathers LP 2 is set to release November 5th, with executive producers Rick Rubin and Dr. Dre. Who could be making a feature? Someone who isn’t (well at least at the moment) is Kendrick Lamar. The two were in fact photographed together, but it was just that, a photograph. Kendrick killed the rumors in an interview with Power 106, stating, “We haven’t really gotten a chance to build in the studio like that. I basically just met him for a second. But if I get that call, I’m definitely running.” Um, an Eminem and Kendrick Lamar collaboration? Yes, please!

-Aisha R.


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