The Marshall Mathers LP 2

 
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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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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. 

Language

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." 

Consumerism

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. 

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?

QUALITY
 

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

Artist:Eminem
Release date:November 5, 2013
Type:Album
Label:Shady Records
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 13 years old Written byCFP2016 April 14, 2014
 

Great Album

Fine... Nothing we don't hear at school.
Teen, 13 years old Written byMayo72 March 1, 2014
 
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Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byoceanicRhyme28 February 23, 2014
 

Perfect for older teens and very mature tweens

This album has got to be one of my favourite albums of all time. it's so unique and every song has it's own sort of style to it. eminem expresses his rap talent so well. this album is also full of 'f' bombs. but i personally think its fine as he is very angry. sex is not really mentioned but there are 3 mentions of oral sex. 'you can all suck a d--k', 'you a sucker for d--k' and 'some c--k sucker pushed me into a f-----g locker'. the main songs with the most swearing are 'survival', 'love game' and 'evil twin'. eminem also produces great messages and is a perfect role model for people going through a tough time.
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