Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Producer – Dr. Dre (exec.), Rick Rubin (exec.), Eminem, Aalias, Alex da Kid, Cardiak, DJ Khalil, DVLP, Emile, Filthy, Frank Dukes, Frequency, Jeff Bhasker, Luis Resto, M-Phazes, S1, Sid Roams, StreetRunner
The one thing that makes me love Eminem, and this album, so much is that his songs are always so incredibly interesting. They are not just a bunch of cool raps laid over slick beats. His songs are so much deeper. I find myself re-listening to a song over and over just to make sure I heard the whole story and every word.
This is all so ever present on the track “Headlights” featuring fun. singer Nate Ruess on the choruses. Eminem raps an apology letter to his mother that is so heart wrenching and emotionally deep it will leave you in tears.
On the other spectrum “So Far…” is an ode to Detroit that is absolutely hilarious. Imagining Eminem using a McDonalds bathroom while getting harassed to sign a autograph just makes me laugh.
This album also shines with a ton of great mashup tracks like the first single “Berzerk” a mashup of Billy Squier’s “The Stroke.” Other mashups include Joe Walsh’s “Life’s Been Good” (So Far…), The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” (Rhyme or Reason), and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders’ “Game of Love” (Love Game).
Like I always say anything producing great Rick Rubin touches turns platinum. This album is just another example of how good Rubin is.
Favorite Tracks: Survival, Headlights