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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
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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: 9 out of 222
  1. KatieP
    Dec 26, 2003
    10
    Luckily for me, I possess more intelligence than 90% of the reviews below me. Or so it seems. This is a great CD. Eminem is truly a great Luckily for me, I possess more intelligence than 90% of the reviews below me. Or so it seems. This is a great CD. Eminem is truly a great story teller of our times. Expand
  2. PaulC.
    Sep 17, 2002
    10
    The best album in years and for years to come! Even minor tracks like Marshall Mathers - are good. THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP is a master piece. The best album in years and for years to come! Even minor tracks like Marshall Mathers - are good. THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP is a master piece. That's why I copied track 11 for one of my songs! 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. chrisd
    Dec 21, 2004
    10
    its the best album ever
  5. Feb 11, 2016
    10
    ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Its eminem, case closed!!! Expand
  6. May 12, 2011
    10
    this was great i love this album. it was entertaining. its his best album and always will be. it had funny moments. scary moments. andthis was great i love this album. it was entertaining. its his best album and always will be. it had funny moments. scary moments. and sad moments. Stan is his best achievement!!!!!!!!! Expand
  7. Seanyer
    Jul 20, 2004
    0
    Garbage.

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