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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.
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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. 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: 9 out of 234
  1. nicoled
    Sep 17, 2003
    10
    its da bomb marshall is the hottest
  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. jarettc
    Nov 11, 2004
    10
    U jus dddont know EM is comen on TOP he gonnna smoek yall an yall gireleyz cant rezist U know he iz so graet wusssup CLEVLAND wid DAT in da U jus dddont know EM is comen on TOP he gonnna smoek yall an yall gireleyz cant rezist U know he iz so graet wusssup CLEVLAND wid DAT in da AIRRR wavin wid yalllll!!!!!!!!! yeaaaah East DETEROIT 8 MILeZ repraZentt Expand
  5. Aug 2, 2012
    10
    Quite obviously The Real Slim Shady at his peak, he showed he can ruthlessly diss little boy and girl bands, Grammy Winners, the Grammys, andQuite obviously The Real Slim Shady at his peak, he showed he can ruthlessly diss little boy and girl bands, Grammy Winners, the Grammys, and many more thing. He showed imagination however dark in Stan. Thus qualities that made Eminem an original rapper, not like the others already rapping, but there will always be Eminem imitators. Thus when at the hands of The Real Slim Shady, will be ****** up. 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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