The Marshall Mathers LP

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  • Summary: The second full-length from Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers) garnered two Grammys for the rapper and became the fastest-selling rap album in history.

Top Track

Stan
My tea's gone cold I'm wondering why I Got out of bed at all The morning rain clouds up my window And I can't see at all And even if I could it'll... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Disable your prejudgment button and you'll hear a work of art whose immense entertainment value in no way compromises its intimations of a pathology that's both personal and political, created by one of those charming rogues you encounter so much more often on the page...
  2. 100
    A fairly brilliant expansion of his debut, turning his spare, menacing hip-hop into a hyper-surreal, wittily disturbing thrill ride.
  3. The ever increasing variety in Eminem's voice (drawled Southern-bounce cadences, impatiently curt throaty staccatos, flat Beck-like deadpans, crying and screaming) somehow feels completely conversational, and the musical backdrop (calypso/Caribbean, Gothic etherea, jiggy disco evolving into P.M. Dawn) is frequently, of all things, beautiful.
  4. 80
    What's most pure is Eminem's liberating fearlessness in taking hip-hop left turns and acting the fool. The best hip-hop stand-up comic since Biz Markie; all that and a bag o' chronic.
  5. Aside from the horrifyingly detailed stalker narrative of "Stan" and the homicidal fantasy of "Kim," nothing on Marshall Mathers rises above the level of locker-room insults -- nearly every song seems to feature Eminem's giving someone the finger.
  6. It just isn't as much fun this time around, no matter how fresh Dre's beats are or how many worthy targets get shot down along with the innocent.
  7. Feb 13, 2012
    30
    The collaborative efforts of tracks like "Bitch Please II" and "Under the Influence" make Eminem seem like an ornamental prop in Dr. Dre's ever-growing hip-hop dynasty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 207
  1. sinhab
    Oct 6, 2003
    10
    this is the 2nd best album, afta eminem show, the songs like ***** plz II and way i am are classics...this album is the 2nd best album ne1 can own
  2. BrianS.
    Aug 23, 2002
    10
    This album is one of the best albums ever made.They should stop fighting this album ,and listen to the words of the album.And no matter what This album is one of the best albums ever made.They should stop fighting this album ,and listen to the words of the album.And no matter what they do they cannot stop the best. Expand
  3. Oct 13, 2010
    10
    Practically Eminem at his best. While shock rap isnt really something difficult to do, Eminem mixes it with his lyrical cleverness. He throwsPractically Eminem at his best. While shock rap isnt really something difficult to do, Eminem mixes it with his lyrical cleverness. He throws out memorable punchlines bound to stick and he does it in a style which is clearly not simple and just thrown out with little effort. This album is quite a treasure, being that its one of the few pieces of work that are connected to the mainstream success of the heavilly underground infested horrorcore community. Expand
  4. yana
    Nov 26, 2004
    10
    This is the best album i've ever seen in my life !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank u very much !
  5. May 20, 2014
    10
    this album came out when i turned 7 i first heard it when i was 11 and i was really into rap back then im now 20 and as time has passed i havethis album came out when i turned 7 i first heard it when i was 11 and i was really into rap back then im now 20 and as time has passed i have stoped listening to the 50 cents ice cubes and so on but every now and then i chuck on my mmlp and just admire the lyrical genius that is eminem this was a great album back when i was 11 and it still hold up today Expand
  6. Mar 23, 2011
    10
    Great LP. It is obvious that he is the best rapper today. He has unbelievable talent, creativeness that is unmatched and a way with his wordsGreat LP. It is obvious that he is the best rapper today. He has unbelievable talent, creativeness that is unmatched and a way with his words that is pure art. Expand
  7. Seanyer
    Jul 20, 2004
    0
    Garbage.

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