The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Common Sense Media says

Typical Eminem anger and violence, not much Slim Shady fun.





What parents need to know

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

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.

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. 

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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.   

Families can talk 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

Release date:November 5, 2013
Label:Shady Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 16 years old Written byHiphophead123 November 7, 2014


Well, Eminem has created one of the biggest names in hip-hop, and the mainstream in general, so we all know that there will be tremendous hype for his albums. Did he match the hype? Yes. He beat the hype. This album is excellent. It shows that Em has not lost his touch even though he is over 40 years old and has been in the game for about 15 years. The raw lyricism is still present, with some of the most clever lines he has spit. The hooks are very corny, but hooks have never been Eminem's strongest factor. Slim Shady is back for a few tracks, Marshall Mathers is present for some tracks and good old spitterific Eminem is present for some tracks. Now to the bad part of the album. The content. Eminem is notorious for spitting some of the most unapologetically offensive lines in his career. This isn't very toned down, even with him being 41 years old. He is still the immature kid he used to be, on some tracks at least. The violence is not near as graphic as some of his older stuff was, but violence is still present. Many tracks discuss topics such as shooting women, killing gays, battering females, and a fictional story of a fan who kills Eminem in the opening track (sequel to Stan off the original MMLP). Violence isn't a leading factor in Em's music, though. Sex is still present too, with many lines referring to fellatio. Profanity, of course, is still very present in Em's music. He uses every curse word in the book, including "f--k", "s--t", "b-tch", "c--ksucker", "f-ggot", "q-eer", "d--k", "pu--y", "a-s", "motherf--ker", and Kendrick Lamar's guest verse uses the "N" word. Drinking, drugs and alcohol aren't as present as they used to be. Only some references to his past drug addiction and some humorous lines such as "You act as mentally and physically addicted to me as Wiz Khalifa is to reefer". Consumerism is used a little bit. There are references to Hamburger Helper, Cangol's, McDonald's, and many other things, along with many disses/shoutouts to fellow celebrities such as Kendrick Lamar, Kid Rock, Rick Rubin, Yoda(?), Wiz Khalifa, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Jessica Alba, Frank Ocean, Insane Clown Posse, Tyler the Creator, Skylar Grey, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Dr. Dre, A Tribe Called Quest, Lebron James, Akon, Lil Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e, Andre 3000, Polow tha Don, Dante Ross, James Conway, NWA, Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, Tupac, Biggie, Ice Cube, Pharoahe Monch, Bill Clinton, etc. etc. etc.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old October 1, 2014


LP2 does have explicit language but if you know about his backstory its all for a reason he grew up in one of the biggest ghettos in the USA and he's been through things you couldn't even have nightmares about, and most rapper use swear words even if they grew up in a nice city because they think its cool but Marshall.... that's all he ever knew, even the kids used words like f--k and b---h. I'm not aloud to listen to all the songs but if your a kid like me the clean versions are just as good. Last Topic - Eminem is one of the biggest role models I have heard of he did drugs smoked and got drunk but now he is completely sober.
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byiwouldtrustme13 August 27, 2014


well the shady part of him is gone say good bye to 3am and we made you now we have beautiful pain and headlights yes there are still some songs like love game and so much better but it is still alot better then stay wide awake we have a new eminem so lets get ready for the new eminem album and yes there is alot of cursing but itunes now has clean versions all songs and albums so there goes that problem
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Too much swearing


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