The return of one of the Greatest of all time.
Why did this review take so long to be published? Well, we’re prolly not worthy enough to review this
Anyway, all Stans can drop their complaints in the comment section.
Bad Guy ft Sarah Jaffe
Well I never recovered but tonight I bet ya that what ya
’bout to go through’s tougher than anything I ever have suffered
Can’t think of a better way to define poetic justice
Can I hold grudges, mind is saying: “let it go, fuck this”
Heart is saying: “I will, once I bury this bitch alive
Hide the shovel and then drive off in the sunset”
This song has 4 verses and not a single line is unnecessary or wasted. Every single line goes to tell the continuation of the Stan story (the voice speaking on this song is the voice of Stan’s now grown up little brother). A great way to start the album by providing the end to a story from the first MMLP.
As much as I hate music videos, I’d love to see a video of this one.
Parking Lot Skit
Slim Shady gets killed in this skit
Rhyme or Reason
Michelangelo with a paint gun in a tantrum
Bout to explode all over the canvas
Back with the Yoda of rap in a spasm
Your music usually has them
But waned for the game your enthusiasm it hasn’t
Follow you must, Rick Rubin my little Padawan
A Jedi in training, colossal brain and, thoughts are entertainin’
But docile and impossible to explain and, I’m also vain and
Probably find a way to complain about a Picasso painting
Puke Skywalker, but sound like Chewbacca when I talk
The beat on this one sounds all “boy band snapping fingers and dancing”-like (but it actually samples a classic rock song) and Em plays that off so well with Pop culture references (Star Wars,Die Hard, Charles Manson) delivered in a way that just goes to show that he was having fun with this beat.
So Much Better
Bitch, where the fuck were you Tuesday
With who you say
I wasn’t at the studio bitch
What’cha do screw Dre
You went there looking for me
Boo, that excuse is too lame
Keep playing me you’re gonna end up with a huge goose egg
You fake, lying slut you never told me you knew Drake
And Lupe, you want to lose two legs
Verse one had me like: OH MY GAWD!!! Who is this girl? She has banged everybody who breathes. Don’t her legs ever close?
But then I jammed it again and realized that he was talking about the rap industry as a woman and how she treats him. 4 tracks in and no weak joint yet.
Only problem, I wish he’d stop saying “relapse” and “recovery”. I’m trying my best to forget that those albums were ever released.
Survival ft Liz Rodrigues
I can see the finish line with each line that I finish
I’m so close to my goals I can almost pole vault over the goal post
And if I don’t got enough in the tank, maybe I can just siphon enough
To fill up this last can, man will I survive in this climate or what
They said I was washed up, and got a blood bath
I’m not a rapper, I’m an adapter, I can adjust
Plus I can just walk up to a mic and just bust
The opening hook already had me like
And the rest of the song just made me want to fist pump and jump around but I didn’t want to get kicked off the bus so I just did cartwheels instead…in my head. This sounds like war music ( It was even used for the Call of Duty trailer) and has Em talking about how he has stuck with the game and always come out on top even with the odds stacked against him.
And I don’t need no goddamn psychologist
Tryna diagnose why I have all these underlying problems
Thinking he can try and solve ’em, I’m outside chalking up
Drawings on the sidewalk and in the front drive talking to myself
Either that or inside hiding off in
The corner somewhere quiet, tryin’ not to be noticed
Cause I’m crying and sobbing
I had a bad day at school so I ain’t talkin’
Some cocksucker shoved me into a fuckin’ locker
Cause he said that I eye-balled him
I’m not so sure about this one. Ahmean, I’d prolly like it if the mood was right and shii (this is prolly a good time to say “no homo”). It is not weak by any stretch but it just feels like going into cruise mode in the middle of an F1 race.
Asshole ft Skylar Grey
Quit actin’ salty
I was countin’ on you to count me out
Ask Asher Roth when he round-a-bout dissed me to shout me out
Thought I was history
But goddamn honkey, that compliment’s like backhanding a donkey
Good way to get your ass socked in the mouth
Lay ’em off it, but what the fuck is all this thrash talking about
Woooooooo! This is some Ric Flair body slam shii. Em collaborates with Skylar again to create another sure banger. While this one prolly won’t get played on Radios, it is really awesome music with war drums and even more furious lyrics from Slim about how he has always been,is and will always be an asshole.
Let’s bring it back to that vintage Slim, bitch
The art of MCing mixed with da Vinci and MC Ren
And I don’t mean Stimpy’s friend, bitch
Been Public Enemy since you thought PE was gym, bitch
The Beastie boys tribute sounds like exactly that with Rick Rubin working the production on this. This song just sounds like an Eminem joke reel despite the fact that he was shouting thru out. Okay track, I guess.
MC’s get taken to school with this music
Cause I use it as a vehicle to ‘bus the rhyme’
Now I lead a new school full of students
Me, I’m a product of Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, 2Pac N-
-W.A, Cube, Hey Doc, Ren Yella, Eazy, thank you, they got Slim
Inspired enough to one day grow up, blow up and be in a position
To meet Run DMC, induct them into the motherfuckin’ Rock n’
Roll Hall of Fame
Even though I’ll walk in the church and burst in a ball of flames
Only Hall of Fame I’ll be inducted in is the alcohol of fame
On the wall of shame
“6 minute Slim Shady, you’re on”
This is a 6 minute song. I repeat, this is a 6 minute song that has Em destroying a DVLP beat with dated references(Monica Lewinsky,Kneel before Zod,Columbine) and some surprisingly weak lines. This song just goes to show why Em is one of the greats.
Jammed this again and Fxck!!! Length aside, this is one of the best Em tracks in a while
I look like a freakin’ wuss, a pussy
This kid just took my stick of licorice
And threw my sticker books in a pricker bush
I wanna kick his tush, but I was six and shook
This fucker was twelve and was six foot, with a vicious hook
He hit me, I fell; I got back up, all I did was book
Now there’s using your head, Momma always said
This one has Em spitting about how dangerous he’d be if he actually tried to put his brains to use (he’d prolly be a Mad scientist or some shii) over a dark beat that he made himself.
Stronger than I was
Felt like I was in for a long bus ride
I’d rather die than you not be by my side
Can’t count how many times I vomited, cried
Go to my room, turn the radio on and hide
Uh, we were Bonnie and Clyde
No, on the inside you were Jekyll and Hyde
I, felt like my whole relationship with you was a lie
It was you and I, why did I think it was ride or die
If you’ve heard Kim from the first MMLP then you’ll notice how this song is a couple of worlds far away from the gritty and violent nature of that track. This song is a reply by Kim to Em’s accusations against her. Even though it is mostly singing I actually like this one.
The Monster ft Rihanna
Now, I ain’t much of a poet but I know somebody
Once told me to seize the moment and don’t squander it
Cause you never know when it all could be over tomorrow
So I keep conjuring, sometimes I wonder
Where these thoughts spawn from
(Yeah, pondering’ll do you wonders
No wonder you’re losing your mind, the way it wanders)
I don’t even have to tell you that this is a sure jam! This is their fourth collab and you can almost feel the emotion reaching out thru the speakers as Em spits about trying to save himself from himself. This is the Em vs Slim Shady battle all over again.
If you’re some sort of music snob, at least download this one and jam it to the end when the instrumentals take over.
In a public stall droppin’ a football
So every time someone walks in the john I get maddened
“Shady, what up?” What? Come on, man, I’m crapping
And you’re asking me for my goddamn autograph on a napkin
Oh that’s odd, I just happened to run out of tissue
Yeah, hand me that, on second thought I’d be glad then
“Thanks dawg, name’s Todd, a big fan”
I wiped my ass with it, crumbled it up in a wad and threw it back and
Told him “Todd, you’re the shit”; when does all of this crap end?
I swear I thought this was Asher Roth at first cos of the intro singing.
This is one of the things that made me an Eminem fan in the first place. Tracks like this where he talks about his troubles (here, he is talking about fame) in a way that makes it sound so so funny. Another good one.
Love Game ft Kendrick Lamar
I’ll say it, you can suck a softball through a straw, used to be my fiance
‘Til you sucked on Wayne, Andre, and Kanye
Lebron, Akon, Jay, Lil Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e
Polow Tha Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame
Guess I’m gettin’ my g-god dang Jigga on eh
Cause your name, I’m beyond sayin’
But fuck it, I’m movin’ on, you women are all cray
And Kendrick don’t forget to buy two pair of those
Expensive heels, you little fuckin’ ferris wheel
Fuckin’ spinnin’ on me, fuck you think we gon’ get married still
Fuckin’ Mary had a little lamb, this ain’t no fairy tale
Fairy godmomma better tell you how I fuckin’ feel
Like you should fuckin’ beat it or fuckin’ eat it while I’m on my period
Now have a blessed day”
– Kendrick Lamar
Before I actually jam this let me just say that I’m not expecting this to be any good. Ahmean, Zeus and Buddha shouldn’t be in the same skies.
Ok, this isn’t actually that bad. It sounds funny like a 1960 commercial but it is not a hardcore rap track tho. This is probably the strangest track on this.
Headlights ft Nate Reuss
But I’m sorry Mama for Cleaning Out My Closet, at the time I was angry
Rightfully maybe so, never meant that far to take it though, cause
Now I know it’s not your fault, and I’m not making jokes
That song I no longer play at shows and I cringe every time it’s on the radio
Wait. No. WTF?! Wow.
Is Em actually apologizing to his mom here? Fxck how strange the previous track sounded, this one is weirder. Ahmean, this is an awesome track that has Em going extremely personal and apologizing to his mom for all he has said about her. Even the Nate Ruess chorus didn’t suck as much as I thought it would but hearing Eminem apologize to the same woman he destroyed on “Kill You” is as weird as hearing Marilyn Manson sing gospel or seeing Ice Cube dance.
You can almost feel the emotion coming thru the speakers as he gets really personal on this.
I believe people can change, but only for the worse
I could’ve changed the world if it wasn’t for this verse
So Satanic, K-Mart chains panic, cause they can’t even spin back
The curse words, cause they’re worse when they’re reversed, motherfucker
[Shit, motherfucker] (rape your mother, kill your parents)
And these kids are like parrots, they run around the house just like terrorists
Screamin’, “fuck, shit, fuck”
Adult with a childish-like arrogance
Wild ever since the day I came out I was like “merits, fuck that”
I’d rather be loud and I like swearing
From the first album even the gals were like “tight lyrics, dreamy eyes”
But my fuckin’ mouth was nightmare-ish
This is prolly the hardest jam on here and it has Em trying to draw lines between Eminem and Slim Shady. This shit is hard as liquid swords. He even talks about not having any boy bands to diss anymore.
Dope way to end the album. You need to pay close attention to this to get it.
To say the truth, I was expecting this album to be kinda crappy like his last 2 comeback albums. Infact, just naming the album as a sequel to one of his greatest ever was a ballsy move in itself [though it’s not an actual sequel]. I can’t imagine Guns n’ Roses releasing Appetite for Destruction 2 and we can all remember how badly Hov’s Blueprint sequels paled in comparison to the original. That said, this album is a success. A big success infact judging by album sales (which actually don’t mean shit. Nelly went Plat and it took Illmatic years to go Plat. So numbers don’t mean shit.
This album has Em finally realizing that he is older now. His subject matter no more comes from the perspective of a teenager stuck in a 30-something year old’s body. He even apologizes to old foes and makes peace without stooping too low. This album is not as emotional or personal as his previous efforts. This album doesn’t just have him evolving as an artiste, it also shows how much he has evolved as a person.
There are no complete fails on the album. Ahmean, the production falls a bit short at times but Em’s lyrical powers save most of the tracks on the album. Also, it takes a particular mood to enjoy most of the songs on here and this album prolly won’t win him a lot of new fans but it also won’t alienate old fans too.
I’m going to have to rate this an A-