The Marshall Mathers LP

Common Sense Media says

Art at its most angry and offensive; NOT for kids.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Rampant homophobia and hate.


Like the first album, filled with murder, torture, and suicide.


Disrespectful and explicit.


He doesn?t use the N-word, but everything else is fair game.


He disses rappers who are hung up on champagne and jewelry.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Much worse than beer and pot. Beware.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that if your kids listen to popular radio or watch MTV, they are going to get a dose of Eminem, so prepare yourself. Know that there is a lot of offensive language as well as sexual and violent images.

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What's the story?

Eminem's second album, THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP, is darker than his first. Many of his songs reflect on the consequences that come with fame. Eminem claims to be surprised at the notion of being accountable for his music and its effects on kids, and he clearly rejects that responsibility while waving his favorite finger at the rest of the world. As he did on his first album, Eminem uses the shock value of his lyrics to get attention, and he does it with a dark sense of humor that requires a strong stomach. Unfortunately, he also says some very hateful things that escape all sarcasm. The homophobia is abhorrent, and needs to be addressed with kids who are listening to this music.

Is it any good?


Offensive content aside, there is some great music on this album. The singles "Stan" and "The Way I Am" are excellent, with catchy hooks and dark lyrics. "Stan" features a haunting chorus by Dido, and "The Way I Am" has a driving beat and an impressive rhyme scheme. Eminem brings out the complex problems of pop culture. He's talented but offensive, intelligent but negative, and although his albums are only appropriate for the most mature teenagers, every elementary school playground in America has heard this music.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about celebrity accountability. How do celebrities affect their fans? What responsibilities come with fame? Does Eminem think his success is worth it? Note: The edited version still contains explicit content.

Music details

Release date:May 23, 2000
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 12 years old August 7, 2009

noooooooooooo :'-{

it was afending and skary dont let ppl listen to this booo!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byBrenny May 30, 2009

Extremely Violent

An excellent album, but it is super profane and violent. If you do not like offensive content, you do not have to listen to it. Period.
Teen, 14 years old Written byjweezy April 24, 2009

Not that bad

rap music is really not that bad. It is all i listen too. My partents listen to it too. Eminem is by far the best white rapper ever and i think we should appreciate his music


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