Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP

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The Marshall Mathers LP is the third studio album by American rapper Eminem. Released May 23, 2000, the album sold more than 1.79 million copies in its first week just in the US, earning a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest selling solo album ever. In 2001, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and was nominated for Album of the Year. It has gone on to be certified 9x platinum by the RIAA in the United States, The album has now sold over 10.2 million copies in the US and as of 2005 had sold over 19 million units worldwide. Often cited as Eminem's magnum opus, The Marshall Mathers LP has been ranked as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all-time by such magazines as Rolling Stone, Time, and XXL. Rolling Stone placed the album at number 7 on its list of the best albums of the 2000s. The album was ranked number 302 by Rolling Stone on their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2010, Rhapsody featured it on its list of "The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers". n the album's title, The Marshall Mathers LP is a more serious and personal album than his major-label debut, The Slim Shady LP, which predominantly featured his exaggerated Slim Shady persona. Much of the album is spent addressing his rise to fame and attacking those who criticized his first album. Other themes include his relationship with his family, most notably his mother and Kim Mathers, his former wife. The Marshall Mathers LP was released in both clean and explicit versions. However, some lyrics of the album are censored even on its explicit version, making it an extremely explicit album. Some songs are censored because of events surrounding the album's release. These include the lines "I take seven kids from Columbine, stand 'em all in line" from "I'm Back", "Which is it bitch, Mrs. Briggs or Ms. Mathers? It doesn't matter your attorney Fred Gibson's a faggot!" from "Marshall Mathers". Unlike Eminem's debut, The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP is more introspective in its lyrics and less of the Slim Shady persona. Eminem's lyrical topics range from the controversy surrounding his lyrics to the Columbine High School massacre. Most songs cover Eminem's childhood struggles and family issues, involving his mother ("Marshall Mathers"), the relationship struggles with his wife ("Kim"), his struggles with his superstardom and expectations ("Stan","I'm Back"), his return and effect on the music industry ("Remember Me?", "Bitch Please II"), his drug use ("Under the Influence", "Drug Ballad"), his effect on the American youth and society ("The Way I Am") ("Who Knew"), and reactionary barbs to critical response of his vulgarity and dark themes ("Criminal", "Kill You"). Throughout the entire album, the listener is presented with a mix of dark themes, controversy, and life stories. Despite the large amount of controversy regarding the lyrics, the lyrics on the album were overwhelmingly well-received among critics and the hip-hop community, many praising Eminem's verbal energy and dense rhyme patterns. Eminem went on to answer his critics more frequently in some of his later works. The album contains various lyric samples and references. It features a number of lines mimicking songs from Eric B. & Rakim's album Paid in Full. The chorus to "The Way I Am" resembles lines from the song "As the Rhyme Goes On", and the first two lines from the third verse of "I'm Back" are based on lines from "My Melody". In "Marshall Mathers", Eminem parodies the song "Summer Girls" by LFO when he says "New Kids on the Block sucked a lotta dick, boy-girl groups make me sick" singing the same melody of the "Summer Girls", when the original line is "New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits, Chinese food makes me sick". The clean version of the album is only slightly censored, as it leaves "ass", "shit", "bitch", "goddamn", "faggot" and "nigga" uncensored. The only censored profanities are "fuck" and a few other words which were deemed inappropriate which are normally either backmasked or blanked. However, the line from "The Real Slim Shady", "fuck him and fuck you too" was bleeped out as a reference/joke on television censorship. The only content significantly edited were offensive and violent parts that were aimed at police, prostitutes, women, gays, and schools such as Columbine, and even the names of guns were censored out, along with the sound effects of guns firing bullets is completely cut (in response to the recent Columbine massacre). Explicit drug content and alcohol references are also removed. On many copies, the 25-second "Public Service Announcement" is shortened to just two seconds of silence. On other copies though, the track is still left fully intact. On the clean version, the song "Kim" was completely removed because of the violent messages aimed at his wife and was replaced with the South Park themed song "The Kids", which was about doing drugs. The Marshall Mathers LP contains references to Eminem's feud with Insane Clown Posse: A skit entitled "Ken Kaniff" parodies the group members Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J performing fellatio on Eminem's recurring character Ken Kaniff, while in the song "Marshall Mathers" Eminem raps "I was put here to put fear in faggots who spray Faygo Root Beer and call themselves "clowns" cause they look queer/Faggy 2 Dope and Silent Gay/claimin' Detroit, when y'all live twenty miles away...", as well as "Slim Anus/You damn right, Slim Anus/I don't get fucked in mine like you two little flamin' faggots." Much of the first half of the album is produced by Dr. Dre and Mel-Man, who typically employ sparse, stripped-down beats, allowing Eminem's rapping to take center stage. Bass Brothers and Eminem produced most of the second half, which ranges from the laid-back guitars of "Marshall Mathers" to the gritty atmosphere of "Amityville." The only outside producer on the album is The 45 King, who sample the chorus of Dido's song "Thank You" for "Stan", while adding a slow bass line. During the first week of sales, the album sold 1.76 million copies, becoming the fastest-selling rap album in history, more than doubling the previous record held by Snoop Dogg's 1993 debut Doggystyle, and topping Britney Spears' record for highest one-week sales by any solo artist. The Marshall Mathers LP is still Eminem's best-selling album. The album sold 800,000 in its second week, 598,000 in its third week, and 519,000 in its fourth week for a four week total of 3.65 million, and became one of few albums to sell over half a million copies for four consecutive weeks. It finished out the year 2000 as the second highest selling album of the year with over 7.9 million sold. In 2010, the Nielsen Company reported that up until November 2009, the album had sold 10,216,000 units in the US, making it the fourth-best selling album of the decade. The album's US shipments have earned it a 9x Platinum certification from the RIAA. On October 26, 2000, Eminem was to perform at a concert in Toronto's Skydome. However, Ontario Attorney General Jim Flaherty argued that Canada should stop Eminem at the border. "I personally don't want anyone coming to Canada who will come here and advocate violence against women," he said. Flaherty claims to have been "disgusted" when reading transcriptions of Eminem's song "Kill You", which includes lines like "Slut, you think I won't choke no whore/till the vocal cords don't work in her throat no more?" The opinion of the general public to the requests made by the province was negative. Eugenia Lopes, an 18-year old who held concert tickets, said "If you're going to blame music, you also have to blame movies. You can't just blame one source." Others said the issue was one of free speech. Liberal MPP Michael Bryant suggested that the government lay hate crime charges against Eminem for advocating violence against women in his lyrics. In a Globe and Mail editorial, author Robert Everett-Green wrote, "Being offensive is Eminem's job description." Eminem's Toronto concert went on as planned that night. Protests against the album's content reached a climax when it was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 2001 including Album of the Year, marking the first time a hardcore rap album was ever nominated in this category. At the ceremony, Eminem performed "Stan" in a duet with openly gay artist Elton John playing piano and singing the chorus, as a response to claims by GLAAD and others who claimed his lyrics were homophobic. GLAAD did not change its position, however, and spoke out against Elton John's decision. Despite significant protests and debate, The Marshall Mathers LP went on to win Best Rap Album. Despite the controversy surrounding the album and its commercial success, the album received general favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 79, based on 20 reviews. Critic and writer Robert Christgau from Village Voice applauded the album and declared it "a work of art whose immense entertainment value in no way compromises its intimations of a pathology that's both personal and political." Christgau also acknowledged Eminem as exceptionally witty, musical, discernibly thoughtful, and good-hearted. Allmusic called the album fairly brilliant and noted its production for its liquid basslines, slight sound effects, and spacious soundscapes. NME gave the album a 9 out of 10 rating and described it as a "gruelling assault course of lyrical genius". Entertainment Weekly commended the album for its diversity, calling it "indefensible and critic-proof, hypocritical and heartbreaking, unlistenable and undeniable" and "the first great pop record of the 21st century". Online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed The Marshall Mathers LP at number 119 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s. In 2010, Rhapsody (online music service) featured it on its list of "The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers". In 2002, French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier filed a $10 million lawsuit against Eminem, claiming the beat for "Kill You" was stolen from his song. # In 2003, the album was ranked number 302 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In its book format, the album was moved up to #298. # In 2006, the album was chosen by Time as one of the 100 greatest albums of all time. # IGN placed the album at number twenty-four on their 2004 list of the greatest rap albums in history. # Digital Dream Door listed the album as the nineteenth greatest rap album of all time. # In 2005, Pitchfork Media and Stylus Magazine named the album #93 and #24, respectively, in their list of the best albums released between 2000 and 2004. # It was the highest ranked rap album on the National Association of Recording Merchandisers & the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the 200 greatest albums of all time at number 28. # In 2006, Q ranked the album #85 on a list of the greatest albums of all time, the highest position held by any rap album on the list. # In 2007, Q named it one of the three best and most essential hip hop/rap CDs of all time. The other two were Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). # It is one of the few albums ever to receive the top ranking of "XXL" from XXL. It was Eminem's first album to be rated by the magazine. # It was named the fourth greatest Music Album of 2000's by Complex Magazine. # Rolling Stone placed the album at #7 on its list of the best albums of the 2000s.

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The Marshall Mathers LP (Eminem) Album Songs

NoSong TitleTime
1.Public Service Announcement 2000 0:27
2.Kill You 4:24
3.Stan (feat. Dido) 6:44
4.Paul (Skit) 0:10
5.Who Knew 3:47
6.Steve Berman (Skit) 0:53
7.The Way I Am 4:50
8.The Real Slim Shady 4:44
9.Remember Me? (feat. RBX & Sticky Fi... 3:38
10.I'm Back 5:09
11.Marshall Mathers 5:21
12.Ken Kaniff (Skit) 1:01
13.Drug Ballad 5:00
14.Amityville (feat. Bizarre) 4:14
15.Bitch Please 2 (feat. Dr. Dre, Snoo... 4:48
16.Kim 6:17
17.Under The Influence (feat. D12) 5:21
18.Criminal 5:19

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The Marshall Mathers LP [Eminem] Album Reviews

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- Masterpiece

This album captured a moment in time in such a way that it will never be re created. Undebatable classic album in hip hop and through all genres

- The greatest hip hop album of all time

A man of true greatness.

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Instant classic! bring me back to when i was a kid!

- One of the best albums of all time

Every song and skit is a masterpiece

- Slim shady is da goat

Best album ever and 1 million times better than his new trash

- Eminem is the goat ๐Ÿ

Best rapper of all time was, and always will be! This is my favorite album by him but all the others are very close behind and amazing also!!! Buy them all donโ€™t even think twice about buying any of them!

- A classic!

This was the first Eminem album that I listened to and is my favorite hip hop album to this day!!!

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- Eminem is Still Awesome and Relevent Today

Eminem rocks

- It always .... wins

Wow amazing ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜Ž

- Among the best

This is easily one of the best music albums ever recorded

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One of the best rap albums!!!

- Classic Album

There is a reason why itโ€™s blue

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Like it but already have it

- 20 years...

There is no doubt the impact this album had on the world of music. It massively exploded the popularity of this talented, controversial rapper. Tracks that pushed the boundaries of what could be said with music such as โ€œKimโ€, but also great emotional and storytelling tracks like โ€œStanโ€. The album never wastes a second and I think Em described it best on โ€œBad Guyโ€ he describes the First Mathers LP as โ€œLighting captured in a bottleโ€. Truly one of the greatest rap albums of all time.

- Best Album of The All Time


- Not real rap music

This whole album is garbage ๐Ÿ—‘ it's funny how people say this is rap music. M&M is no rapper in my book period ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘๐Ÿ—‘โœŒ๐Ÿพ

- Such a great album


- The real slim shady

Eminem is a genius.

- The Greatest Eminem Album!!๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ

This Classic Album is the best Album Iโ€™ve ever heard! Literally every song in this album is amazing. 10/10 Overall

- This Classic Em album just recently went Diamond

Eminem becomes the 1st and only Rapper to have TWO Diamond Albums 1. For The Eminem Show 2. For The Marshall Mathers LP just got Certified for a Diamond TODAY!!! Em is still the GOAT in 2020!

- Eminem is a god

The Marshall Mathers Lp is a great album and is probably one of the best rap albums ever to be created. Clean or edited, itโ€™s cool.

- Greatest rap album of all time

This is the greatest rap album ever made, production wise, lyrically and influentially itโ€™s all downright phenomenal, this album handles everything so well, Eminemโ€™s goofy and edgy and disturbing character makes this album a classic and a huge mark in the hip hop or should I say music industry

- Eh, not Emโ€™s best

Overrated, The Eminem Show or The Slim Shady LP is better

- Rare Legendary Album

Eminem's best hits

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Great Album.

- The best

Eminem is the Greatest Artist

- Marshal Mathers LP

My favorite songs on the album is criminal ( so under rated) the way I am, the real slim shady, Stan........ ok I love the whole album

- Slim Shady fr the goat

This album is literally so creative and different from everything out. Itโ€™s obviously a true classic. Whether it is the rhyme schemes or story telling or purely just the crazy hooks, it is one of a kind. Nothing can replicate this.


This album is a masterpiece. Em fought censorship in hip hop with superior lyricism and comedic wit. A true work of art and a top ten album in all of hip hop history

- Goat

Best Eminem album

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Greatest album of all time

- 10


- One of the best albums ever made!


- Best rap album of all time

Best rap album of all time the songs flow together and every song is great. Eminemโ€™s finest work

- Eminem is the GOAT and this album proves why

A classic in my eyes

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Greatest Of All Time

- Great album

I highly recommend Eminem

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Greatest album of all time

- ๐Ÿคฉ

why are there no reviews now?

- GOAT from GOAT

So strange. I own this album on iTunes and it says purchase. Also there were thousands of reviews and now none?

- Amazingly Awesome

Hell Yeah


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- My all time favourite album.

Almost every song in this is amazing!

- Remarkable

This is incredibly legendary. I love every song in this album.

- Fire!

MGK is a Stan!

- Marshall is an amazing artist

I wish heโ€™d make more music like โ€œcriminalโ€

- Pure Masterpiece

Perhaps one of my easiest 5 out of 5 ratings for any album. This is the closest thing rap fans have to Nasโ€™ Illmatic. The album focuses on controversy, and how far Eminem can push that controversy. Thereโ€™s a reason why albums today have a parental advisory sticker and itโ€™s because of this album. His flow and use of vocabulary on all songs are very advanced. Dreโ€™s beats are phenomenal and fresh. Ems lyrics are untouchable. Songs Iโ€™d recommend: The Way I am, Stan, Kill You, Criminal, Real Slim Shady, Marshall Mathers. Honestly every song is worth the listen. I should warn listeners that these songs are very offensive and there is plenty of cursing. Especially on the song Kim. Nevertheless, itโ€™s definitely worth a listen as it changed the rap game forever.

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- Good but

Thereโ€™s some weird skits and other stuff who wood bye this album?

- G.O.A.T

Definitely the best hip hop album ever made. Some people disagree with this, mainly because of his skin colour but it truly is the greatest hip hop album of all time

- Sick


- 4 mics

I donโ€™t like skits

- A work of art

One of the best.

- Classic

Quality Eminem album

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When people question @Eminem talent, I question them. Heโ€™s GOAT. Dissect his lyrics even from the Marshall mathers lp. Dissect his lyrics now. Ok, still real..

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The Marshall Mathers LP Wiki

The Marshall Mathers LP (stylized in all caps) is the third studio album by American rapper Eminem, released on May 23, 2000, by Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album was produced mostly by Dr. Dre and Eminem, along with The 45 King, the Bass Brothers, and Mel-Man. Recorded over a two-month period in several studios around Detroit, the album features more introspective lyricism, including Eminem's thoughts on his rise from rags to riches, the criticism of his music, and his estrangement from his family and wife. A transgressive work, it incorporates horrorcore and hardcore hip hop, while also featuring satirical songs. Featured appearances include Dido, RBX, Sticky Fingaz, Bizarre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, and D12. Like its predecessor, The Marshall Mathers LP was surrounded by significant controversy upon its release, while also propelling Eminem to the forefront of American pop culture. Criticism centered on lyrics that were considered violent, homophobic, misogynistic, as well as the reference to the Columbine High School massacre. Lynne Cheney criticized the lyrics at a United States Senate hearing, while the Canadian government considered refusing Eminem's entry into the country. Despite the controversy of the album, it received acclaim from critics, who praised Eminem's lyrical ability and considered the album to have emotional depth. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, staying atop for eight consecutive weeks. A significant commercial success compared to the release of The Slim Shady LP just the previous year, the album sold 1.78 million copies in its first week, which made it among the fastest-selling studio albums in the United States. The album produced the singles "The Real Slim Shady", "The Way I Am", "Stan", "I'm Back" and "Bitch Please II". Among other publications, Rolling Stone named it the best album of 2000. The Marshall Mathers LP has been included in several lists of the greatest albums of all time and is widely regarded as Eminem's best album. It has sold 21 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time and certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album at the 2001 Grammy Awards, while "The Real Slim Shady" won Best Rap Solo Performance. The Marshall Mathers LP 2, the album's sequel, was released in 2013.

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