“The Real Slim Shady” has been in the rap game for along time now. I can remember listening to him for about ten years now and been hot and cold with his music. He is known as a highly controversial individual through his rap career and at the same time known as one of the greatest rappers of all time. A few years ago he made a musical comeback after falling off the face of the world for awhile while he was struggling with drug problems. When he dropped the album “Recovery” in 2012, he made a big comeback with features from Rihanna and Lil Wayne. His attitude towards life and his music also changed in a major way from the days of “The Eminem Show”. His new album “The Marshall Mathers LP2” has also made a splash in the mainstream world with a few singles, but it seems as if he is back to his vulgar and offensive self that most people seemed to love back in the early 2000’s.
1. Bad Guy – 6/10 – Honestly, after Recovery I had such high hopes for this album and couldn’t wait to hear it. When I downloaded it and played the first song, Bad Guy, I was a little disappointed. It isn’t a bad song whatsoever, but I did expect an amazing intro to his new album, over just a mediocre song. It also seemed to be a much longer song than it should’ve been, but altogether not bad, just didn’t give me the goosebumps that it could’ve.
2. Parking Lot (Skit) – No rating for a skit, but it takes us back to his old twisted skits back on “The Slim Shady LP” and “The Marshall Mathers LP”. Gun shots, running from the cops, and suicide. Definitely not needed and quite pointless.
3. Rhyme or Reason – 7/10 – This is a catchy song for the most part and he even does a Yoda voice, so I can’t complain to much. I enjoyed this song more than the intro, but still far from one of his best songs.
4. So Much Better – 5/10 – This sounds like the old Eminem from the 2000’s and is one of his usual songs that he sings about how he hates love and women. I have a hard time listening to songs like this that show he has no conscience and makes him sound like a psychotic killer. It’s a very catchy song, but the content gives it a lower rating than it would’ve had.
5. Survival – 8/10 – One of my favorite songs on the album. It sounds like his last album “Recovery” and Skylar Grey sounds like Pink in “Won’t Back Down”. I love the new Eminem from “Recovery” and Skylar Grey makes the chorus sound so good!
6. Legacy – 6/10 – Another so-so song on the album. I don’t know how I feel about this song, but after a few listens I’ve got to say I’m not terribly impressed with this song. It has a decently catchy chorus, but that is about all.
7. Asshole – 7.5/10 – Fast paced and many punchlines brought by the real Slim Shady himself. Again Skylar Grey shows up and makes the song sound even better. Eminem knows how to make himself sound like a a-hole and explains why he is that way, or at least makes an excuse for himself.
8. Berzerk – 7.5/10 – This was the first single that was dropped by Eminem off of this album and it has a very original sound to it. It seems that the song goes off in different directions every thirty seconds and throws something in the beat that you weren’t expecting. It takes some getting used to, but who doesn’t enjoy the background music which is “The Stroke” by Billy Squier.
9. Rap God – 8/10 – Another bright spot in the album, Rap God is such a legit song with a solid beat and Eminem killing the lyrics. He actually just sticks to the basic style of rap and doesn’t say anything extremely messed up (at least for Eminem). I love this song and it’s 6:03 of Eminem killing all other competition around him.
10. Brainless – 6/10 – A song that just gets lost in the album. It just seems like a song that was thrown on the album to create filler. This song is just insanely mediocre.
11. Stronger Than I Was – 6/10 – A very different sound for Eminem in this song. He slows it down and sings a bit, which is pretty unusual for Marshall Mathers. It’s a good song, but when he sings it sounds a little more whiney than I’d prefer.
12. The Monster – 9/10 – Judge me. Yes, this may be the big single, but this song is gold. I love the sound that Eminem and Rihanna create when they work together. The song will soon begin to get old with all of the radio plays, but as of right now, I love it.
13. So Far.. – 7.5/10 – Such an odd song, but very catchy.
14. Love Game – 8.5/10 – If “The Monster” wasn’t on this album, this would’ve been my favorite song. The first collab between Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. One of the greats with one of the upcoming greats. Couldn’t find a better feature than Kendrick these days.
15. Headlights – 7/10 – After a Kendrick collab Shady brings the lead singer of the band Fun. for the next song. I enjoy the song, and it speaks on all the issues that sparked his mom-hating songs back in the beginning.
16. Evil Twin – 5/10 – The last part of the album started to go downhill from here. He went from a mixture of his sounds back to the darker songs we are used to hearing from Shady.
17. Baby – 3/10 – An average song with a very annoying chorus, “Nobody puts baby in the corner….” Seriously?
18. Depression – 7/10 – Strange. Not always a bad thing. This is rap song mixed with a western chorus. Its a combination of Marshall Mathers and Sons Of Anarchy’s soundtrack.
19. Groundhog Day – 6/10 – Not bad, not good. I feel like I’ve said that too many times in this album review for a legend in the rap game.
20. Beautiful Pain – 7.5/10 – Its always weird hearing Eminem spill his heart in song, but those are some of the best songs from him. I love this song and everything about it!
21. Wicked Ways – 2/10 – Garbage. Good beat, terrible values. He should’ve ended the album with track 20.
Altogether I would give this album a 7/10. It’s got some songs that I can go back and listen to hundreds of times, but it isn’t an album I can listen to all the way through without getting bored. Eminem’s Recovery album was the best one I had heard yet, so I set very high expectations for this album. But as I knew he would he titled it “The Marshall Mathers LP2” in which he needed to stay true to his music and creat an album like “The Marshall Mathers LP1.” I would advise checking out this album if you love Eminem’s early rap style, and if not, just check out a few of the top rated songs!