During the MTV VMAs, there was a Beats By Dre commercial which gave a release date and title for the new Eminem album. The date is 11/5/13 and the album is supposed to be called “MMLP2” or “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”, a sequel of sorts to the album that blew him up as a mega superstar.
Right after the commercial aired, our own Big Money said this to me, “When the sequel albums come out, it’s time to get worried.”
I thought the same. However, I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet on Eminem. It’s not a matter of skill. It’s a matter of inspiration.
In 2009, he released Relapse, which I personally thought was just as immature as the other parts of his catalog that I didn’t enjoy (even though many Eminem heads will stick up for that album). But the following year, Recovery was definitely an upgrade. It was as if he started to grow up with his own music.
That brings is to 2013 where a 40-year old Eminem (hard to believe right?) tries to get back on the charts and in the good graces of a genre he was the face of for many years.
Is Berzerk the right lane? The Rick Rubin track sounds like a throwback to the Beastie Boys. It starts out frenetically, but then slows down and loses its momentum and then lyrically becomes silly. It’s not a bad sound for him though and gives me intrigue as to what “MMLP2” will sound like. But like Big Money said, it might be time to get worried.
You can listen below.