Serving as the direct follow-up to 2010's Recovery and the sequel to the 2000 landmark release The Marshall Mathers LP, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is the latest offering from Detroit hip-hop legend Eminem. Executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin and featuring guest appearances by Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Skylar Grey and Fun's Nate Ruess, the new 2LP-set is preceded by the hit singles Berzerk, Survival, Rap God and The Monster. Reflecting the times, the album's cover art depicts the artist's same childhood Detroit home found on The Marshall Mathers LP, but now boarded up.
Eminem on the album to Rolling Stone, As much as it is a revisitation – like this is a different time period in my life. So there's not gonna be like, continuations of every song or anything like that. To me, it's more about the vibe and the nostalgia. One of my favorite new things to do is experiment with new, older breakbeats and sounds and shit like that. You know, retro shit, and try to make it current, like bring it up to date.
Eminem’s demons are as present on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” as they were on its 2000 predecessor - except 13 years later, they have mutated from being his prey to now being his muse. Familiar affairs -revenge, resentment and heartbreak - re-emerge as heavy-breathing voices which adhere to Em, fueling impassioned, and at times crudely comical, lyricism which he spits at a rapid speed and through alternating tonality. The title of his eighth solo studio album hints at a continuation of the 2000 full-length opus; “MMLP2” finds Eminem revisiting adolescent trauma, nearly scraping years-old wounds that have yet to heal, and fighting himself for how much he hasn’t changed because of the perils of fame. - Erika Ramirez, Billboard
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Track Listing:
1. Bad Guy feat. Sarah Jaffe
2. Parking Lot (skit)
3. Rhyme Or Reason
4. So Much Better
5. Survival feat. Liz Rodrigues
6. Legacy feat. Polina
7. Asshole feat. Skylar Grey
9. Rap God
11. Stronger Than I Was
1. The Monster feat. Rihanna
2. So Far...
3. Love Game feat. Kendrick Lamar
4. Headlights feat. Nate Ruess
5 Evil Twin
7. Desperation feat. Jamie Commons
8. Groundhog Day
9. Beautiful Pain feat. Sia
10. Wicked Ways/Ken feat. X Ambassadors