The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Typical Eminem anger and violence, not much Slim Shady fun.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

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Based on 29 reviews

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Positive Messages

Em is as vindictive and vengeful as ever, describing violent fantasies and reeling off lists of people he hates. There are a few attempts at warmth and honesty, but it feels insincere in the context of such overwhelming negativity.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although it's tempting to presume that a sober Marshall Mathers makes a better role model, Em makes it very clear that he's still the same immature and troubled soul he always has been.


Vivid descriptions of gruesome murders and vicious assaults pollute the album, but that should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Eminem's catalog and, particularly, this album's predecessor, The Marshall Mathers LP.


Although some of the tracks avoid explicit sexual references, Em is frequently unable to resist his urges to return to tried-and-true depictions of graphic sex acts and forced fellatio. 


Eminem's foul mouth is on full display, including incalculable uses of the words "f--k," "b---h," and "s--t," and unfortunately several lines which include the homophobic slur "f----t." 


In the course of his intricate wordplay, Em drops several passing references to brand names, including everything from Tylenol to Hamburger Helper to Lincoln Town Car.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are very few references to drugs or drinking, indicating that Em is still sober, at least publicly. However, he does make a joke about drunk driving.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Marshall Mathers LP 2 continues Eminem's tradition of extremely explicit lyrical content, including violent revenge fantasies, anti-celebrity tirades, and an endless supply of boastful rhymes. Although there are several radio-ready singles on the record, the majority of the album is full of typical Eminem vitriol, with admittedly less shock than he provoked a decade ago. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMrMakoYT August 10, 2020


A great album
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byBen12804 July 14, 2019
Teen, 14 years old Written byRapperrapfan1 February 22, 2017


He is BACK many eminem fans say they wanted to hear the "old Eminem" refrencing his rap style on his first 2 mainstream studio albums MMLP and SSLP be... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCFP2016 April 14, 2014

Great Album

Fine... Nothing we don't hear at school.

What's the story?

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is the latest full-length album from iconic Detroit rapper Eminem, also known as Slim Shady. It's the sequel to 2003's controversial classic The Marshall Mathers LP and includes references to some of the characters and situations first introduced on the original album. Much of the production was done by Mathers himself as well as hip-hop wizard and Beastie Boys mastermind Rick Rubin.

Is it any good?

Eminem is undeniably one of the greatest rappers of all time, and he is still a master of wordplay and creative rhyming. However, his ability to craft good songs is really a matter of taste. Much of the album is drenched in rock samples and screeching electric guitars, and, combining that with too many cheesy sing-song choruses, the result is an album that uncomfortably straddles the line between raw energy and premeditated commercialism. There are a lot of impressive lyrics and even some catchy tunes, but the album is so dark and creepy that it's hard to feel much love for the protagonist.   

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the evolution of rap music and Eminem's impact on the genre's ascent to mainstream dominance. What role do you think Slim Shady played?  

  • What do you think of the high-profile and pop-sensible collaborations, such as tracks with Rihanna and Skylar Grey, that proliferate on Em's recent albums? Why would a legendary underground rapper want to work with contemporary mainstream superstars?

  • A decade after the release of the first Marshall Mathers LP does Eminem's story and perspective still seem fresh and relevant? How has he tried to reinvent himself to extend his career?

Music details

  • Artist: Eminem
  • Release date: November 5, 2013
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Shady Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: April 22, 2021

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