Eminem’s latest solo album is chock full of nods, throw backs and all sorts of nostalgia from earlier works in his career. I am here to compile a list of them, picking out and listing everyone I notice. I highly doubt I will recognize all of them, so please help out on any I’ve missed that you may have picked up on!
Well to start things off, the title “Marshal Mathers LP 2” is a sequel to his second major release, the “Marshal Mathers LP” 13 years earlier. A fitting name, as I am rather certain Eminem was going for a retro feel with plenty of nostalgia for this album. The album cover is even him sitting on the same steps in front of his old home, the exact picture of the first album, except now the house is boarded up and worse for wear. Cool!
Now let’s dive into the actual cd.
Track 01: Bad Guy
The song in it’s entirety is a sequel to Stan from the “Marshal Mathers LP,” told in the eyes of the late Stan’s little brother, who is indeed mentioned briefly in the first song.
A specific nod is at 4:05 when Matthew gives Em back an autographed hat that the rapper sends to him in the first song.
Right after that at 4:14, he recites lyrics from Criminal from the “Marshal Mathers LP.”
Matthew repeats the actions of his brother by driving high speed on a bridge with a live victim locked in the trunk. 5:01 he says to Eminem the same words Stan says on his suicide tape…”well, gotta go, almost at the bridge.” There is even an under toned “haha” after the lyric.
Track 02: Parking Lot (Skit)
This is the continuation to the skit that plays during the song Criminal. Listeners get to see what happens after he shoots the clerk and shouts “Thank you!” That is exactly where this new skit picks up in fact.
Track 03: Rhyme or Reason
At 0:57, he uses a clip of him yelling “die hard” from Bad Meets Evil’s Welcome 2 Hell, from their album “Hell: The Sequel.”
4:44, he says “Criminal” in the exact way he does in the chorus of the song Criminal.
Track 04: So Much Better
I did not pick up on anything in this song
Track 05: Survival
None here either
Track 06: Legacy
I got nothing…
Track 07: Asshole
Right after the first chorus at 1:18, Em says “thanks for the support asshole” and then repeats it. The way it is presented and repeated makes it seem like a big intentional nod to his lyric, “Dear Dave, thanks for the support, asshole” from the song My Name Is, off of the “Slim Shady LP.”
Exactly one minute later (2:18) he parodies a line from Lose Yourself from “8 Mile.” The original line is “The soul’s escaping through this hole that is gaping,” which he changes to “My soul’s escaping through this asshole that is gaping.”
There is another throwback to one of his older lines at 3:53. The lyric is “it’s apparent I shouldn’t have been a parent,” no doubt calling back to the “Marshal Mathers LP” song Who Knew‘s line “apparently you ain’t parents.”
The last throwback for this one is the last few lines of the song…”White America’s mirror, so don’t feel awkward or weird, if you stare at me and see yourself, because you’re one too.” This is more subtle, but these lines are basically what the whole song White America from “The Eminem Show” is all about.
Track 08: Berserk
Though this song is filled with mentions, references and samples from many other celebrities, nothing so much about his own songs.
Track 09: Rap God
Right at the beginning, he repeats over and over again, “six minutes Slim Shady, you’re on.” This is not the first time this has been said, originally on the song Remember Me off of the “Marshal Mathers LP.”
The next is rather obvious, as he himself points out a line from the “Marshal Mathers LP,” at 3:43, referring that it was once censored, but no longer isn’t as he repeats the entire line, originally recorded on the song I’m Back.
Tracok 10: Brainless
I didn’t notice any here.
I will complete the rest of the album next week. See you then!