Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2 is undoubtably a hit. The album is most likely on its way to being the highest selling hip-hop album of the year and it's currently sitting atop the charts. It's selling so much that old Eminem albums are getting a sales bump from it. So how's it holding up for everyone?

Having processed the album for a couple weeks, the XXL staff decided to sift through the record's hilarious punchlines and its starkest confessionals to find the best lyrics from it. Some songs got a little more love than others, but each track held at least one gem we felt was worth highlighting. Did we get your favorite one? Take a look and find out.


"Bad Guy"

"Wait, here comes my favorite lyric/I'm the bad guy who makes fun ofpeople that die/And hey, here's a sequel to my Mathers LP/Just to try to get people to buy / How's this for publicity stunt? This shouldbe fun/Last album now 'cause after this you'll be officially done"
"It's revenge that I seek/So I sneak vengefully and treat your bedroom window/Like I reach my full potential, I peeked"


"Rhyme Or Reason"

"Lamping in my K-Mart mansion, I’m in the style department/With a pilein my car, ripping the aisle apart/With great power comes absolutely no responsibility, for content"
“A Jedi in training, colossal brain and, thoughts of entertaining/But docile and impossible to explain and, I'm also vain and/Probably find a way to complain about a Picasso painting”
"So as long as I'm on the clock punching this time card/Hip hop ain't dying on my watch"
"Now they're ripping out their fucking hair again, it's hysterical/I chuckle, cause everybody bloodies their bare knuckles"


"So Much Better"

“You fake, lying slut you never told me you knew Drake/And Lupe? You want to lose two legs”
"And I’d be the third person who screwed you today/Oh, four? Dre, Drake, Lupe? Oh touche"
"I got 99 problems and the bitch ain't one/She's all 99 of them I need a machine gun"
“Then the cops pulled me over but they let me go/Cause I told ‘em I’m only driving drunk cause that bitch drove me to drink/I'm back on my fuck ho's”
“But I'll never say the L-word again/I la-la-la-la lesbian”


“Wasn't ready to be no millionaire, I was ill-prepared/I was prepared to be ill though, the skill was there"
“I'm not a rapper, I'm an adapter, I can adjust/Plus I can just walk up to a mic and just bust/So floor's open if you'd like to discuss”

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"I used to be the type of kid that would always think the sky is falling/Now I think the fact that I'm differently wired's awesome/'Cause if I wasn't I wouldn't be able to work/Words like this and connect lines like crosswords"
“Instead of tryina’ escape through my comics/Why don't I just blast a little something like Onyx/To put me in the mood to wanna fight and write songs that/Say what I wanna say to the kid that said that I eyeballed him"
"Who would've knew from the moment I turned the mic on/I could be iconic, in my conquest/That's word to Phife Dawg from a Tribe Called Quest"
"Me against the world so what, I'm Brian Dawkins/Versus the whole 0-16 Lions offense/So bring on the Giants, Falcons and Miami Dolphins/It's the body bag game bitch, I'm supplying coffins"



"I came to the world at a time when it was in need of a villain/An asshole, that role I think I succeed in fulfilling"
"I was countin' on you to count me out/Ask Asher Roth when he round-a-bout dissed me to shout me out"
"So what if the insults are revolting/Even Helen Keller knows life stinks"
"Shorty you're fine but you sort of remind me of a 49er/Cause you been a gold digger since you were a minor"


“I'm 'bout to bloody this track up, everybody get back/That's why my pen needs a pad cause my rhymes on the ra-aag”
"Just like I did with addiction I'm 'bout to kick it/Like a magician, critics I turn to crickets"

"Rap God"

"Only Hall of Fame I be inducted in is the alcohol of fame/On the wall of shame"
"I'm drunk so Satan take the fucking wheel, I'm asleep in the front seat/Bumpin' Heavy D and the Boys, still chunky but funky"
"I'm a doberman, pinch your self in the arm and pay homage, pupil/It's me, my honesty's brutal"
"Be a king, think not - why be a king when you can be a God"



“With these hedge trimming scissors with razor edges/Imagination's dangerous, it's the only way to escape this mess/And make the best of this situation, I guess”
"Who the fuck would've thought that one little lone MC/Would be able to take the whole culture and re-upholstery it/And boy they did flock; can't believe this little hick locked/This hip-hop shit in his hip pocket and still the shit got/That White Trash traffic and gridlock"

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"Stronger Than I Was"

"Would've been our anniversary, two years but you left on the 1st of May/I wrote it on the calender, was gonna call but couldn't think of the words/To say, but it came to me just now, so I put 'em in a verse to lay"

"The Monster"

"I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek/Oh well, guess beggars can't be choosey"
“Cause all I wanted to do is be the Bruce Lee of loose leaf/Abused ink, used it as a tool when I blew steam”
"Take it back to the days that I get on a Dre track/Give every kid who got played that/Pumped up feeling and shit to say back/To the kids who played 'em/I ain't here to save the fucking children/But if one kid out of a hundred million/Who are going through a struggle feels and then relates that's so great"


"So Far..."

"Fuck I gotta do to hear this new song from Luda?/Be an expert at computers?"
"They want me to follow up with another one after Recovery was so highly coveted/But what good is a fucking recovery if I fumble it?"


"Love Game"

“I'll say it, you can suck a softball through a straw, used to be my fiance/'Til you sucked on Wayne, Andre, and Kanye/Lebron, Akon, Jay, Lil Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e/Polow Tha Don, Drake, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame”
"Here goes that broken record, cliche, it's all my fault anyway/She's turnin' the tables, I'm a beat-break/Treats my face like Serato, she cuts and scratches like a DJ"
"I confess I'm a static addict, I guess that's why I'm so clingy/Every girl I've ever had either says I got to much baggage/Or I'm just too dramatic/Man what the fuck is the matter? I'm just a fucking romantic"
“You know I want you bad as a Benjamin, I'm delirious/I want you bad as the head shattered on George Zimmerman” - Kendrick Lamar



"But I'm sorry mama for 'Cleaning Out My Closet,' at the time I was angry/Rightfully maybe so, never meant that far to take it though, cause/Now I know it's not your fault, and I'm not making jokes/That song I no longer play at shows and I cringe every time it's on the radio"


"Evil Twin"

"I'm frustrated cause ain't no more N'Sync, now I'm all out of wack/I'm all out of Backstreet Boys to call out and attack”
"Sometimes I listen and revisit them old albums/Often as I can and skim through all them bitches/To make sure I keep up with my competition/Hogger of beats, hoarder of rhymes / Borderline genius who's bored of his lines/And that sort of defines where I'm at and the way I feel now/Feel like I might just strike first and ignore the replies"
“And next time I show up in court I'll be naked and square a lawsuit/Judge be like "that's sharp, how much that motherfucker cost you?/Smart ass, you lucky I don't tear it off you”
"Fuck top 5, bitch, I'm top 4/And that includes Biggie and Pac, whore/And I got an evil twin, so who do you think that's 3rd and that 4th spot's for?/And as crazy as I am I'm much tamer than him/And I'm nuts, then again who the fuck wants the plain Eminem?/But no one's insaner than Slim, look at that evil grin (evil twin)/Please come in, what was your name again?"
"But all bullshit aside I hit a stride/Still Shady inside, hair every bit is dyed/As it used to be when I first introduced y'all to my skiddish side/And blamed it on him when they tried to criticize/Cause we are the same, bitch"