Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP is a perfect album. The Marshall Mathers LP isn’t just a perfect rap album, it is a perfect musical composition. This is what a masterpiece looks and sounds like. Listen to (Eminem- Marshall Mathers LP) on SPOTIFY
The world was a very different place back in 2000. Bill Clinton was still president and 911 hadn’t changed the way we lived yet. Music was innovative at this point because many artists were experimenting heavily with different sounds and blending genres. Nu Metal was a combination of hip hop and metal, which was taking the world by storm. Limp Bizkit was the hottest band in the world and Eminem was on his way to become the highest selling artist of the upcoming decade.
The Marshall Mathers LP
On May 23, 2000 music would never be the same after Eminem dropped The Marshall Mathers LP. Never before had there been such a raw and intense combination of hip hop, attitude, vulgarity, satire, and heartfelt storytelling. Eminem was a very unique songwriter. Never before had a hip hop artist crafted songs that were about violently murdering your wife, spreading STD’s, graphic depictions of homosexual sex, in your face satire, and digs at his pop star peers.
A Pop Star in Denial
*Nsync was a constant target throughout the Marshall Mathers LP because of their funky bubblegum style of pop music. Eminem wanted to set himself apart from his peers. When you’re as popular as Eminem was and still is then you are, no doubt, a pop star. Pop music just means popular music. At this time in history there was no one who was more popular than Eminem. Rap was slowly overtaking rock music as the predominant genre of music and Eminem helped to facilitate that take over. Although it was really nice to see rock music and hip hop coexist together at this period in time.
This album was incredibly vulgar. That was part of the appeal behind it. Not only was it vulgar, but it was clever. Anyone can make an album that excessively curses but Eminem used vulgarity to accentuate his witty punchlines. Whether he was targeting Brittney Spears or the Insane Clown Posse there are countless rhymes on this album that really hit hard. This whole album is a hit. There is not one bad track on this album which is why it is a classic album. This album will live on forever and that is why it is one of the most successful hip hop albums of all time. Long like Slim Shady.
Rating: 10 out of 10