Listen to the latest Eminem album before you buy it and find out for yourselves if he is a Rap God — The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is now streaming live, and you can listen to it by clicking on the source below that says iTunes(ListenHere)! Before you do, though, what can you expect from Eminem’s latest album? Read on, to find out!
Eminem, 41, is still the rhyming, spitting, venom-filled fast-as-lightning Rap God that he portrays himself as being in one of the songs off of The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Rap God. If that is what you’ve come to love about his music, you’re likely to also love his latest album. If you were hoping that he’d maybe changed in some of his attitudes, or that he would claim he has in his songs, then you will likely think that The Marshall Mathers LP 2 sucks; but, then, if that was the case, you probably wouldn’t be considering listening to the album and buying it, at all.
The rhymes Eminem spits out on these 80 minutes of songs are not wholesome nursery rhymes — they’re not for him; they are so yesterday, Mother Goose sorts of rhymes, great for the children, certainly, but not for Eminem and his legions of fans.
His lyrics are often homophobic, and misogynistic, expressing vitriol and violence — but, if that was not the case, this wouldn’t be like the Eminem that his fans have come to expect. Sure, people can change and grow — but, Eminem apparently hasn’t exhausted all of the angst he has boiling within himself, and he continues to use it as his inspiration on this album.
Eminem makes use of sampling the songs of others, in a very clever way, on in the 16 tracks of The Marshall Mathers LP 2. He utilizes hard, thumping beats, the kind that his fans — and most fans of rap music, in general — like to hear, the kind that shakes your car and house windows when you have it cranked. He is an expert at wordplay, and he once again demonstrates this in his latest effort.
Introspection is one quality which Eminem brings to this album. He explores the depths of his soul as he raps, and in Bad Guy, he wonders if he’s becoming the sort of bully who he once despised. He also questions the reason he has a double standard, when it comes to sex, where his own daughters are concerned, and he expresses his fears of becoming irrelevant to a new generation of rap fans.
Berzerk is filled with great rhymes, but its subject matter, in a part of it, is sort of odd — in a part of the song, he sings about his khakis.
At first, the track So Much Better is a song expressing heartbreak; but, Eminem turns it into one filled with misogynistic lyrics. He utters slurs against gays in Legacy.
Eminem does show a bit of growth in the song, Headlights. In it, he expresses forgiveness for his mother, and empathizes with her, which is quite unlike some of his songs about her in the past.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 album is already doing very well on the charts. The song The Monster, with Rihanna singing on it, has hit the Top Ten on the Billboard 200. Some of the other guest artists appearing on The Marshall Mathers LP 2 are Nate Ruess, Fun, Kendrick Lamar, and Skylar Grey.
On The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem still spits his rhymes with precision and virtuosity. There is much that is good about this album, but if you have never been a fan of the sort of gay-bashing and misogynistic lyrics of his past albums, then this is not for you. I don’t personally like lyrics that express these sentiments, but Eminem still has it down when it comes to the use of brilliant wordplay and rapid-fire spitting of rhymes. If you want to check out his latest album free, before you buy it, you can listen to it streaming live below by clicking on iTunes(ListenHere)!
Written by: Douglas Cobb