I must admit that Eminem has been off my radar since the end of 2002. Encore (2004), Relapse (2009), and Recovery (2010) just weren’t enough to satisfy the expectations his early body of work had set. I understand that the greatest artists evolve over the span of their careers and they may even lose listeners along the way. No use in crying about it. Move on, right?
Not a chance. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 dragged me back into the violent world of Eminem with the lead track “Bad Guy.” In it, Eminem harkens back to the original LP by catching up with the character Stan through an encounter with his equally disturbed brother Matthew. This track instantly erases the doubt that MM LP 2 is going to be a neutered version of Eminem when he uses Matthew’s insanity to address audience’s expectations.
And hey, here’s a sequel to my Mathers LP
Just to try to get people to buy
How’s this for publicity stunt? This should be fun
Last album now ‘cause after this you’ll be officially done
Eminem killed by M&M
Matthew Mitchell, bitch, I even have your initials
While “Bad Guy” is great in itself, Eminem’s resurgence is made real in the track “Rap God”, in which he coherently spits 101 words in 16 seconds. Beyond his speed, Eminem’s brilliance comes from his ability to say something truly ugly and stick to his artistic guns. In “Rap God” he finally gets to deliver his most controversial lyrics uninhibited by the FCC. Try to make out the infamous lyrics and keep up with Eminem’s speed in the video below.
But you know what? My favorite track isn’t some full-fledged lyrical assault. In fact, it’s sort of heartwarming. “Headlights” is a powerful tribute to Mathers’ mother and offers a recant of his previous testimony against her on his classic track “Cleaning Out My Closest.”
But I’m sorry mama for Cleaning Out My Closet, at the time I was angry
Rightfully maybe so, never meant that far to take it though, ‘cause
Now I know it’s not your fault, and I’m not making jokes
That song I no longer play at shows and cringe every time it’s on the radio
It really is inspiring to see how far Eminem’s career has gone. And even though I may not support all of his efforts, it’s great to know that he can still give me chills after all these years.
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