Music review

A rapper's life

What differentiates Eminem from other rappers is that there is no taboo on his subjects. His aggressive rhymes detail his dark upbringing, abusive mates, his battle with addiction and recovery, while his counterparts rap about guns and goons or wealth and glamour. He was bullied because of his skin colour or because he was small and timid. Eminem poured his venom into his rap songs. 

‘The Marshall Mathers LP2’ is his eighth studio album and a continuation of his most-acclaimed studio effort of the 2000s. Bad Guy, featuring Sarah Jaffe, is a sequel to Eminem’s song Stan on the first ‘Marshall Mathers LP’. Stan is about a crazed fan who kills himself, his girlfriend and their unborn child because of Eminem’s “lack of attention” paid to him as a fan. Bad Guy is about Stan’s little brother who loves him more than anything. Matthew Mitchell is all grown up now and wants revenge for Stan’s death.Eminem just goes off on a lyrical hate spew about everything, including his dad, in Rhyme or Reason. Berzerk reminds you of the classic rap of the Beastie Boys. In Rap God, Eminem claims to be a step above all other self-proclaimed kings of rap: I’m beginning to feel like a Rap God, Rap God / All my people from the front to the back nod, back nod / Now who thinks their arms are long enough to slapbox, slapbox / They said I rap like a robot, so call me rapbot.

In The Monster, Rihanna features with Eminem for the fourth time following the worldwide pop-crossover 2010 hit — Love the Way You Lie. In Headlights, Eminem raps about his family, particularly his mother, who he forgives for their troubled relationship. Now that he is older and wiser, it’s time for Eminem to widen his horizon and rap about injustice in the world.

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