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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... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  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: 13 out of 337
  1. shanes
    Feb 14, 2005
    10
    the cd was the best one yet
  2. carak
    Apr 14, 2003
    10
    omg! how can i explain!!! he is so damn hott! and his music is awesome! i love the way he can express himself and not give a care in the omg! how can i explain!!! he is so damn hott! and his music is awesome! i love the way he can express himself and not give a care in the world what ppl might think of what he's saying! u admire that and him! my friend met him this weekend and the mall and i was so jealous! i wish it was me! i'm not his biggest fan ever but i think i'm getting their! i dont even know how much more i can like him, but i cant get enough of him! i love you marshall mathers! trade kim for me! j/k! ur awesome! 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. Mar 19, 2015
    10
    A production, lyrical, and story-telling masterpiece. It delves into his mindless anger as he shapes this LP into a sophisticated acts ofA production, lyrical, and story-telling masterpiece. It delves into his mindless anger as he shapes this LP into a sophisticated acts of terror against specific celebrities. The overwhelming lyrics of drug use along with vivid details of killing his psychotic wife and many other people sets forth an unquestionably perfect alter ego that brings out the evil in him. Expand
  5. Jan 27, 2020
    10
    Incredible album, one of the best if not the best from the GOAT. The bars, lyrical skills and word play is out of this world
  6. Sep 5, 2011
    10
    As it's one of my favourite albums, there is going to be limited critique here. But, anyway, the lyrical psychopath is back for his secondAs it's one of my favourite albums, there is going to be limited critique here. But, anyway, the lyrical psychopath is back for his second studio album - or technically third - and it's his best to date. The beats are sparse and unimaginative, but the tracks still keep you entertained with Eminem's especially dark and vicious lyrics, often amusing. This album boasts a more serious approach than his first album, which focused on his comical alter ego Slim Shady. However, the content is more offensive than serious, with Eminem just increasing the shock factor. May not be for everyone, but this is an almighty record. Expand
  7. Seanyer
    Jul 20, 2004
    0
    Garbage.

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