After pulling marathon days to complete The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem is ready to release his new album into the wild. Now, ahead of its official release on November 5th, fans can get an early listen over on iTunes, where the record is streaming in full.
Eminem's eighth record is a continuation of the first Marshall Mathers release in 2000, and it opens with a fit of bloodlust and revenge – and not even the rapper's own. The first track, "Bad Guy," serves a second chapter to his acclaimed song "Stan," in which the obsessed fan's little brother rises up to kidnap Eminem and complete his own gory joyride around Detroit. The virulent rapper also gets twitchy and boastful about his khakis, of all things, on "Berzerk" – a nod to classic hip-hop clearly influenced by album co-producer Rick Rubin – and flashes a fine Yoda impression on "Rhyme or Reason."
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is already faring well on the charts: "The Monster" features a guest spot from Rihanna and has already peaked at the top of the Billboard 200. Other artist cameos include Kendrick Lamar, fun. singer Nate Ruess and Skylar Grey. Last night, Grey and Rubin joined Eminem during his performances of "Berzerk" and "Survivor" on Saturday Night Live.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 isn't necessarily a sequel to the first Mathers disc, as Eminem explained to Rolling Stone recently. "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," he said. "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."