Today Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 celebrates two years anniversary and Southpaw decided to list best 5 songs off the album, including deluxe edition and bonus track with the help of Genius:
1. Bad Guy
About: This is a sequel to Eminem’s song, “Stan,” which was released as a single from The Marshall Mathers LP. “Stan” is about a crazed fan who kills himself, his girlfriend and their unborn child because of the “lack of attention” Eminem paid to him as a fan. “Bad Guy” is about Stan’s little brother, Matthew, who loved his brother more than anything. Matthew Mitchell is all grown-up now, and is seeking revenge for Stan’s death
Best Lines: Whole 4th verse.
2. Rap God
About: “I think everything switches back and forth from hour to hour, day by day with me. That whole “Rap God” record pretty much from top to bottom is tongue in cheek. So I mean, do I want to feel like that? Maybe sometimes. Again, it goes back to everybody who competitive raps and does this for just purely the sport of it wants to be the best. Again, that’s why Kendrick’s verse worked so well because he only said what every rapper’s already thinking, If you don’t want to be the best, then why are you rapping?” – Eminem
Best Lines: “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”
3. Evil Twin
About: This is one of Eminem’s most complex, subtle, and underrated songs. Slim Shady or Eminem? This song is dedicated to each and has a revealing ending. The song also has a similar purpose to Criminal, the closing song of MMLP1. On Criminal, Eminem states that he doesn’t mean what he says in his lyrics, then proceeds to be offensive. On this song, Eminem stops blaming those lyrics on “Slim Shady” and takes responsibility for those lyrics. That doesn’t mean he’s sorry though. Eminem also takes up the crusade that Kendrick Lamar started on Control by stating he plans to call out the rappers that are copying Kanye West,Jay Z, Lil Wayne, and Drake.
Best Line: “Fuck top five, bitch, I’m top four and that includes Biggie and Pac, whore. And I got an Evil Twin, So who the fuck do you think that third and that fourth spot’s for?”
4. Don’t Front Ft. Buckshot (Call of Duty: Ghosts – Bonus Track)
About: Bonus track from the Marshall Mathers LP 2 is available to anyone who ordered the “Call of Duty: Ghost.” It samples the beat from the 1993 song “I Got Cha Opin” by New York group Black Moon with the same hook by Buckshot. “Don’t Front” is used by Eminem to pay homage and remind people of the ‘real rappers.’ One might notice every first line of each verse is a homage to the original.
Best Line: “Rest in peace to Big Proof, you was a beast, you lyrically mirrored me, Molded my flow off of you, your spirit’s flowing through me, I love you, Doody, without you I feel so incomplete.”
About: Eminem’s first single off MMLP2. A snippet was released during the commercials for the VMA’s in order to build buzz for the album. The song gives off a golden-age vibe, as it is laced with Beastie Boys-esque production courtesy of Rick Rubin and allusions to 1990’s pop culture. There are a few subtle jabs at new school rappers in the song as well. Beat sample from “The Stroke”, by Billy Squier.
Best Line: “Bout to go ham, ya bish, shout out to Kendrick, 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.”