Today in Hip-Hop: Eminem Drops ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2′ Album
On this day, Nov. 5, in hip-hop history...
Back in 2000, Em's The Marshall Mathers LP displayed the cyntical chip on his shoulder thanks to his troubled family life and surmounting fame from his stellar debut The Slim Shady LP. The Marshall Mathers LP earned a coveted "XXL" rating from the XXL staff and won the Grammy for “Best Rap Album” in 2001.
13 years after the sophomore masterpiece, Em attempted to make lightning strike twice. With production courtesy of Rick Rubin, Luis Resto, Emile Haynie, and Alex da Kid, Em worked on the 16-track project for more than a year and after rumors started to swirl that the rapid rhymer was coming out with an eighth album, he made the announcement of a new album during the MTV Video Music Awards in August. Em tapped singers like Skylar Grey and Rihanna for vocal features, but rap's newest golden child, Kendrick Lamar, was the only other rapper featured on the album. No one will forget the preaching proclaim of "Rap God" or the powerhouse radio single "The Monster" with Rihanna.
XXL rated the album as one of the best rap projects of the year, ranking it only second to Drake's Nothing Was The Same. Just like his first named album, MMLP2 once again earned Shady the “Best Rap Album” Grammy in 2015. MMLP2 is certified 3 times platinum, having sold 3.3 million copies to date.
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