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    Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:58:30

    Eminem "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - MMLP2 Review By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    "Fuck your feelings," Eminem spits on "Evil Twin" the devilishly divine final gasp of his new classic, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

    Feelings aren't safe from Mr. Mathers and no one else is either as he fires off the kind of witty, wild, and wonderful verses that made him an icon on The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, and The Eminem Show. He reverses the word "motherfucker" on "Evil Twin" in hilarious fashion, and he announces, "My suicide note's barely legible. Read the bottom. It's signed by The Joker". His knack for imagery remains unparalleled, twisting writhing rhymes from hellish to heavenly. "Evil Twin" will go down as one of his most corrosive confessions ever, especially as it skewers everybody around him. He assures, "Still Shady inside", and you can hear an entire nation fans gasp.

    That's just the conclusion though. The seven-minute plus "Bad Guy" starts this ride. The production could've been ripped right from a slasher flick, and it fits the razor sharp rapping strewn throughout the sprawling epic. He nods to some past hits, while forging right into the future at full speed ahead, knives out, guns drawn, and fists clenched—punctuated by an eerie little hook.

    For "Rhyme or Reason", he chops up The Zombies' "Time of the Season" and even does a spot-on Yoda impersonation, making for one of his most memorable—and genius—cuts yet. "So Much Better" creeps out with horror movie tension as piano bounces and the MC once again shows why he's in top form. Then, there's "Survival" and "Berzerk", both of which have done a fitting job of introducing the world to The Marshall Mathers LP 2. However, more often than not the rest of the album reflects the violent, vicious vibrancy of "Rap God", a pastiche of his sense of humor, anger, and passion all rolled into one.

    Rihanna adds a soulful shine to "The Monster", proving a worthy successor to "Love The Way You Lie", while Kendrick Lamar adds L.A. swag to "Love Game".

    After this trip, it's clear that Eminem's still king. Marshall Mathers has returned and (thankfully) he doesn't give a fuck how anyone feels.



    Rick Florino
    10.30.13


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