The Marshall Mathers LP

Music review by
David Brown, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Art at its most angry and offensive; NOT for kids.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 46 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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.

What 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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJUBALILOL June 6, 2011


kids need a role model. eminem is a great example.
Adult Written byUr toast January 27, 2020

Probably his best album yet

It's amazing, especially the real slim shady. Even the song Kim, a very intense song, is packed with the dark but legendary Marshal Mathers art.
Teen, 14 years old Written byRapperrapfan1 February 10, 2017

the BEST

eminems best album ever top 5 in best rap albums of all time
Teen, 13 years old Written byzoldyckassassin June 8, 2016

The greatest album I've ever heard

Lyrically fluent, honest, shocking, incredible album. Everyone can say what they want about Eminem, just because he is white. But this album is a near-masterpie... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • Artist: Eminem
  • Release date: May 23, 2000
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 29, 2015

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