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  • Summary: Executive produced by Dr. Dre & Rick Rubin, the eight studio release for the rapper features guest appearances from Skylar Grey, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, and Nate Ruess of fun.
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Rap God
Look, I was gonna go easy on you not to hurt your feelings But I'm only going to get this one chance Something's wrong, I can feel it (For six... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Nov 8, 2013
    100
    The jokes, in places offensive, are relentless and ribald. There is no apology, though, no concession; just a considered, virtuoso application of talent.
  2. Nov 5, 2013
    80
    Em's new songs give a facelift to old themes — but thanks to his still-astounding wordplay and creative beat choices (Rick Rubin's work on "So Far..." and "Love Game" is a hoot), you can still get lost in the wrinkles.
  3. 80
    His flow only truly ignites through anger and reproach, and there are moments when his verbal dexterity amazes.
  4. Nov 5, 2013
    75
    After years of stagnancy and tedious anger, he shows real growth on The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
  5. 65
    There are at least a half-dozen verses in this album alone that stand amongst his best ever. ... Problem is, saying a whole lotta nothing for 70-plus minutes doesn’t exactly make for a compelling rap record.
  6. Nov 4, 2013
    60
    The album's production offers little that's new. Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin have crafted, or at least enabled, a few too many of the power-ballad slow jams that Eminem has grown increasingly fond of, alongside several guitar-driven anthems that come on as subtle as Jock Jams. Eminem is no one's hack, though, and the album has tantalizing moments of vintage performance.
  7. MMLP2 makes it more plain than ever that Eminem is among a growing number of rap superstars who are little more than vestigial pieces shoehorned onto radio by inertia alone. The main takeaway of MMLP2 is that Eminem fails to realize that the formulas that worked so well for him in 1999 are at best tired and tame today, and can't be saved by his lyrical dexterity.

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  1. Negative: 3 out of 207
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    10
    Eminem is back! I was a massive fan of MMLP, SSLP and TES. I was disappointed with Encore, Relapse and Recovery but when this album came out,Eminem is back! I was a massive fan of MMLP, SSLP and TES. I was disappointed with Encore, Relapse and Recovery but when this album came out, I was so relieved! There was so much nostalgia listening to this album! I would have liked to hear production by Dr Dre but the album is still amazing tracks like "so far" and "bad guy" are my favourites. I would recommend the deluxe edition as the bonus tracks are amazing! Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2013
    10
    In my words. mmlp2 is as good as the original mmlp. Still inferior to "the eminem show". coz eminem show was a real dope masterpiece. i knowIn my words. mmlp2 is as good as the original mmlp. Still inferior to "the eminem show". coz eminem show was a real dope masterpiece. i know many of you will disagree, mmlp2 is so calssy. if we left the "monster" track and COD one,,, then mmlp 2 is easily one of eminem's all time greatest work. so energetic nd filled with pride.
    Faourite tracks Rap god, headlights, Bad guy.
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  3. May 17, 2014
    10
    truly the best album after The Eminem show. truly the best album after The Eminem showtruly the best album after The Eminem showtruly the besttruly the best album after The Eminem show. truly the best album after The Eminem showtruly the best album after The Eminem showtruly the best album after The Eminem showtruly the best album after The Eminem showtruly the best album after The Eminem showtruly the best album after The Eminem showtruly the best album after The Eminem showtruly the best album after The Eminem showtruly the best album after The Eminem show Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2013
    10
    Wow, great album! every song is amazing and unique in its own way, I definitely would recommend the deluxe edition because there are someWow, great album! every song is amazing and unique in its own way, I definitely would recommend the deluxe edition because there are some great tracks on that as well! Expand
  5. Jan 20, 2020
    9
    Best album in years. Lots of bangers and fun tunes. Fave tracks ; Bad Guy, Berzerk, So Far, Love Game
  6. Nov 5, 2013
    8
    If Recovery was Slim Shady's record to the general masses of pop culture then MM LP 2 is a rediscovery of his groove. Em crept in AmericanIf Recovery was Slim Shady's record to the general masses of pop culture then MM LP 2 is a rediscovery of his groove. Em crept in American living rooms at the near perfect time in the mid 90s by releasing The Slim Shady LP which played out like a young man from Detroit so annoyed and yet in a sophistical way pissed off with the world that he made us listen to his words, and words they were. What Eminem continued to do over the next decade was prove to be a bonafide headliner and popular culture icon, but to sway to the general masses got away from what made Slim well Slim. Encore, Relapse, and Recovery were no means bad albums but were not what we had come to know and expect from the one and only Slim Shady. MM LP 2 reclaims what is right with Slim and even echoes the anger that drips from his many verses. This album will have chart topping hits and that is perfectly fine and acceptable, Eminem fans would rather have it that way. Instead this album is about letting Eminem, 41, find what was he was missing and comfortably crave out his spot moving forward. Berzerk is a throwback to the days of the Beastie Boys and Headlights is a well crafted soliloquy as if to say sorry I fell short but have no fear it will not happen again. In a year which we were given Yeezus and Magna Carta Holy Grail in which two mega artists struggled to find their place in the current flavor of music culture Eminem throws his hat in the ring and finds that his spot has waiting for him to reclaim it the entire time he had stepped away, and the longtime Eminem fans who have been clamoring for the, dare I say it, vintage Eminem to come back is in fact back with what exactly made him brilliant and successful in the very first place. The only hope is that it does not take another twelve years for Eminem to leave and find himself again. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2013
    0
    this album is very misleading. Berzerk does not fit in this album whatsoever. This album is painful to listen through. Was hoping for a lotthis album is very misleading. Berzerk does not fit in this album whatsoever. This album is painful to listen through. Was hoping for a lot better. All i got was disappointment. Dont waste your money Expand

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