On this day, exactly 4 years ago (Nov. 5, 2013), Eminem released his eighth solo studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 under Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records. It features Skylar Grey, Rihanna, Nate Ruess and Kendrick Lamar. Producers including Rick Rubin, Luis Resto, Emile Haynie, and Alex da Kid and Dr. Dre as an executive. The album serves as a sequel to The Marshall Mathers LP (2000).
In the United States, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 792,000 copies in its first week, becoming the second-biggest debut of 2013 and the second-largest sales week of the year, only behind the debut of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which bowed at number one with 968,000 in March. As of 2017, the album sold 4 million copies in the US.
In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling over 143,000 copies, becoming Eminem’s seventh consecutive No. 1 album in the UK. By achieving such a feat, Eminem became the first American act to score seven consecutive UK Number 1 albums and is now on par with The Beatles in second place for the most chart-topping UK albums in a row.
MMLP2 is certified 4x Platinum in the United States and Canada. 2x Platinum in Australia, Austria, Poland and United Kingdom. Platinum in Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland. Gold in Gelgium, Italy and Mexico.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72, based on 33 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews.”
The album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 57th Grammy Awards. It also won Top Rap Album at Billboard Music Awards and was nominated for Album of the Year at BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Closing out the year, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was ranked in multiple “Albums of the Year” lists. XXL named it the second best album of the year. Complex ranked the album #6, on their list of the 50 best albums of 2013. Music critic Robert Christgau named it the seventh best album of 2013 in his year-end list for The Barnes & Noble Review. Digital Spy placed it at #14 on their list of the best albums of 2013. It was placed at #24 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 50 best albums of 2013. Spin also ranked it at # 28 on their list of the 50 best albums of 2013. It was also listed at #48 on the PopMatters list of the best albums of 2013. The album was positioned at #64 on musicOMH’s list of the top 100 of the year.
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