Tuesday, November 5, 2013
10 things to know about Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP
Just in time for the release of The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
One year after The Slim Shady LP, Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP, which is considered one of the greatest rap albums of all time and ranked 244 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The game, some say, was changed forever when Eminem released singles like "Stan," "Who Knew," "Drug Ballad," and the infamous "Kim."
For an album that is 13 years old, most of the subject material is still relevant today. Some of the topics like violence and the media are even more so relevant today. Everyone has their favorite song from the album; mine's "Remember Me?" Here are 10 facts about The Marshall Mathers LP.
1. There are two songs that reference Eminem killing Dr. Dre. Those songs are "Criminal" and "The Real Slim Shady."
2. The album was recorded in a two-month long, 20 hour recording sessions. Also, many of the songs were written in the studio.
3. When Eminem heard the instrumental of what would become "Stan," he heard the sample used by producer The 45 King, which was Dido’s "Thank You," and thought the lyrics described an obsessed fan.
4. The record label thought the album was going to result in the first artist to sell 1 million copies in a week. This placed a great deal of anxiety on Eminem.
5. When the album was turned in, the label didn’t feel as though it had a lead single.
6. When he heard that there wasn’t a lead single, Eminem was inspired to write "The Way I Am" as a way of saying that he can’t top "My Name Is." However, he wasn’t finished. He then wrote a hook and asked Dr. Dre to whip up a beat. That song would eventually become "The Real Slim Shady."
7. Even though you may have bought the explicit version, some of the lyrics were censored. The reason was due to The Columbine Massacre. Most notably are the lyrics in "I’m Back." "I take seven [kids] from [Columbine], stand ‘em all in line/ Add an AK-47, a revolver, a nine/ A MAC-11 and it oughta solve the problem of mine/ And that’s a whole school of bullies shot up all at one time."
8. Even if you bought the clean version, some profanities are still left in untouched. However, drug and gun references were omitted.
9. It became the fastest selling rap album of all time, selling 1.76 million copies in its first week.
10. "The Way I Am" is very unique in its own right. It was the first song Eminem produced and was considered to be one of the greatest songs of the decade by Complex.
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