May I have your attention please? May I have your attention please? The Real Slim Shady is unleashing his seventh solo album next Tuesday and the hype is about to reach ear-blowing proportions. MMLP2 is the long-awaited follow-up to The Marshall Mathers LP released 13 years ago, and like the rapper himself, it’s riding a wave of silliness.
Case in point: Did you know Detroit’s “8 Mile” bad boy likes cupcakes? It’s true, according to the LOL promo for his guest performance this weekend (Nov. 2) on Saturday Night Live (Watch it below.).
Hopes are high for Em’s latest album, which includes more of his big beats and hilariously twisted rhymes, along with collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Nate Ruess and female fave Rihanna.
This time around, he and Rihanna team up for the bouncy “The Monster” in which Eminem yodels (!) while Rihanna sings, “I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed/ Get along with the voices inside of my head/ You’re trying to save me/ Stop holding your breath/ And you think I’m crazy/ Yeah, you think I’m crazy.”
Marshall also finds inspiration in some unusual places. On “Berzerk,” he borrows from Billy Squier‘s “The Stroke,” as well as the Beastie Boys‘ “The New Style” and “Fight for Your Right.” He even finds inspiration in the 1968 Zombies’ song “Time of the Season” and channels jedi master Yoda on “Rhyme or Reason.”
So if you’ve been missing the clown prince of rap, like we have, it’s time to break out those old Eminem CDs and play lists and get pumped for MMLP2. It’s about time rap got stoopid-fresh again.