The Marshall Mathers LP is the third studio album by American rapper, songwriter and record producer Eminem. It was released on May 23rd, 2000, by Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. Recorded over a two-month period in several studios around Detroit, the album features more introspective lyricism, including Eminem's thoughts on his rise from rags to riches, the criticism of his music, and his estrangement from his family and wife. A transgressive work, it incorporates horrorcore and hardcore hip hop, while also featuring satirical songs. Like its predecessor, The Marshall Mathers LP was surrounded by significant controversy upon its release, while also propelling Eminem to the forefront of American pop culture. Criticism centered on lyrics that were considered violent, homophobic, misogynistic, as well as the reference to the Columbine High School massacre. Lynne Cheney criticized the lyrics at a United States Senate hearing, while the Canadian government considered refusing Eminem's entry into the country. Despite the controversy of the album, it received acclaim from critics, who praised Eminem's lyrical ability and considered the album to have emotional depth.

Track listing

The Marshall Mathers LP – Standard edition
No. Title Length
1. "Public Service Announcement 2000" (performed by Jeff Bass and Eminem) 0:25
2. "Kill You"

3. "Stan" (featuring Dido) 6:44
4. "Paul" (skit) (performed by Paul "Bunyan" Rosenberg) 0:10
5. "Who Knew" 3:47
6. "Steve Berman" (skit) (performed by Eminem and Steve Berman) 0:53
7. "The Way I Am" 4:50
8. "The Real Slim Shady" 4:44
9. "Remember Me" (featuring RBX and Sticky Fingaz) 3:38
10. "I'm Back" 5:10
11. "Marshall Mathers" 5:20
12. "Ken Kaniff" (skit) 1:01
13. "Drug Ballad" (featuring Dina Rae) 5:00
14. "Amityville" (featuring Bizarre) 4:14
15. "Bitch Please II" (featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and Nate Dogg) 4:48
16. "Kim" 6:17
17. "Under The Influence" (featuring D12) 5:21
18. "Criminal" 5:18
Total length: 72:04
The Marshall Mathers LP – Special edition
No. Title Length
19. "The Kids" 5:06
Total length: 77:10
The Marshall Mathers LP – Limited edition (bonus disc)
No. Title Length
1. "The Real Slim Shady" (instrumental) 4:46
2. "The Way I Am" (instrumental) 4:52
3. "Stan" (instrumental) 6:45
4. "The Kids" (explicit version) 5:06
5. "The Way I Am" (Danny Lohner remix, featuring Marilyn Manson) 4:58
Total length: 98:31
The Marshall Mathers LP – Limited edition – enhanced portion
No. Title Length
6. "The Real Slim Shady" (music video) (director's cut) 4:27
7. "The Way I Am" (music video) (LP version) 5:01
8. "Stan" (music video) (director's version) 8:09
Total length: 116:08

Why This Album Rocks

  1. Most of the songs are really memorable like "The Way I Am", "Stan" and "The Real Slim Shady".
  2. The music videos for this album are just as memorable as the songs themselves.
  3. The production on this album is phenomenal
  4. Eminem's flow on this album is still spectacular.
  5. Eminem's delivery on this album is also spectacular.
  6. The lyrics on this album are really good.
  7. The album cover is great; it shows Eminem outside of his childhood home.
  8. The features are terrific.
  9. Large number of tracks combined (28).
  10. Good skits like "Paul".
  11. It, along with The Slim Shady LP and The Eminem Show, are some of Eminem's best projects.
  12. The bonus track adds the great instrumentals of "Stan" and "The Way I Am" and "The Real Slim Shady".
  13. In the song "Marshall Mathers", Em disses Vanilla Ice and Insane Clown Posse, and succeeds.
  14. Pretty good sequel, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, was released on November 5, 2013.
  15. Considered as one of the all-time greatest rap albums. Also the highest selling rap album of all time.
  16. The dark theme of this album is awesome.
  17. Great use of rhyming.
  18. Eminem expresses emotion very aggressively and amazingly.

Bad Qualities

  1. Just like the previous album, it got a lot of controversy, mainly due to Eminem using the homophobic slur "faggot" in some of his songs, most notably "Criminal" and "Marshall Mathers"
  2. The Ken Kaniff skit in this album more felt like a pornographic recording rather than a skit.
  3. Bizarre was terrible in Amityville although really funny and entertaining.


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