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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: 9 out of 227
  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. 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. Auzzie
    Dec 27, 2004
    10
    this cd truly reflects on eminems talent and abilities.
  5. Aug 19, 2016
    10
    Aggressive, hard hitting, this album is great. From the Dr Dre produced beats to the hilarious or angry lyrics, this album delivers on everyAggressive, hard hitting, this album is great. From the Dr Dre produced beats to the hilarious or angry lyrics, this album delivers on every level. Some impressive features and even more impressive songs this album remains a classic and one of my favorites ever. CLASSIC!!! Expand
  6. Jun 23, 2011
    10
    Eminem's BEST ALBUM EVER, HANDS DOWN. Will go down in history as one of the best rap albums of all time...next to Illmatic, All Eyez on Me,Eminem's BEST ALBUM EVER, HANDS DOWN. Will go down in history as one of the best rap albums of all time...next to Illmatic, All Eyez on Me, Ready to Die, Amerikkka's Most Wanted, Doggystyle and The Chronic. Expand
  7. Seanyer
    Jul 20, 2004
    0
    Garbage.

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