Welcome to part 2 of my comb through the “Marshal Mathers LP 2,” looking for any specific call outs or throwbacks to his older albums and songs. This is a continuation that starts from the eleventh track to the end of the album. You can read about tracks 1-10 here.
Track 11: Stronger Than I Was
Nothing here, as it’s a more slow, serious song.
Track 12: The Monster
Other than the fact that he does this song with Rihanna, like he did one with her on “Recovery,” there is nothing here.
Track 13: So Far…
At 2:58 the beat abruptly changes to a toned down version of I’m Back from the “Marshal Mathers LP.” While this happens, he raps “the other day someone got all elaborate and stuck a head from a fucking dead cat in my mailbox.” This coincides with the beat of I’m Back because one of the lyrics in that song is “I cut a kitten’s head off and stuck it in this kid’s mailbox.”
Immediately after the last one, the beat switches to The Real Slim Shady from the “Marshal Mathers LP” as he says “went to Burger King, they spit on my onion rings,” a throw back to the line “he cold be working at Burger King, spitting on your onion rings.”
Track 14: Love Game
Great song, but no throwbacks.
Track 15: Headlights
There are no specific throw backs, but the entire song is basically an apology to his mother for all the songs and lyrics he wrote about her. He especially regrets Cleaning Out My Closet from “The Eminem Show.”
Track 16: Evil Twin
Through the chorus and one more spot in the song, sound clips of Royce da 5’9s” lyrics “I see my evil twin who gives me an evil grin,” or certain words from this lyric can be heard. The line is from Bad Meets Evil’s The Reunion off of their album “Hell: The Sequel.”
At 4:31, Eminem sort of introduces “Slim Shady” into the song, whose first word is “Hi,” spoken in the same way as he does on the song that introduced him, My Name Is from “The Slim Shady LP.”
That’s that for disc 1. The five songs on disc 2 contain no throwbacks.
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