The Eminem you hear on The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is not the same rapper you heard on the original back on May 23, 2000 when the album first dropped. Though the sequel examines many of the same themes and issues as the original, Em is coming at them as an older, often wiser artists, looking at the events of his life with different eyes. He knows this. Many of the tracks on MMLP2 find the Detroit rap god reflecting on the passage of time and taking stock of how much has changed.

And he's right: A lot has changed since 2000. Eminem isn't the only one that's changed—politics, pop culture, sports—all these areas of life have undergone drastic changes in the last few years, so with the release of MMLP2, we've decided to look back at how the world around Eminem has changed—and in some cases, how much it's stayed the same.

President Of The United States:
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2Pac “It Ain’t Easy” Me Against The World (1995)
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President Barack Obama
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The Number 1 Movie In America

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Dinosaur
This animated kids flick from Disney racked up $38,854,851 on its opening weekend.

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Ender's Game
This live-action science-fiction film based on the novel by Orson Scott Card racked up $27,017,351 on its opening weekend.

The Number 1 Show On TV

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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
The Regis Philbin hosted game show averaged 18.6 million viewers in the year 2000.

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NCIS
The Mark Harmon crime procedural now sits at the top of the charts, averaging 12.3 million viewers.

The Number 1 Single

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"Maria Maria" - Santana
The guitar-god enjoyed a career resurgence with his Supernatural album.

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"Royals" - Lorde
The 17 year old New Zealand singer is currently the ruler of the singles chart.

 

Host Of Saturday Night Live

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Jackie Chan
Chan hosted the May 20, 2000 finale with musical guest Kid Rock.

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Kerry Washington
The Scandal star hosted with musical guest... Eminem!

Host Of Family Feud

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Louie Anderson
The stand-up comedian hosted the long-running game show.

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Steve Harvey
The stand-up comedian hosted the long running game show.

SuperBowl Winner:

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St. Louis Rams
Kurt Warner lead the Rams to the Super Bowl.

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Baltimore Ravens
Ray Lewis lead the Ravens to the Super Bowl.

NBA MVP:

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Shaquille O'Neal
Shaqu won his only MVP award while playing with the Lakers in the 1999-2000 season.

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Kanye West “Gotta Have It”
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LeBron James
LeBron won his 4th MVP award while playing with the Miami heat in the 2012-2013 season.