Eminem Details The Making Of "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"

Eminem talks about "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" and discusses past albums, "Relapse," "Recovery" and "The Eminem Show."

Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is set to be released November 5. The album was also made available for streaming through iTunes Radio yesterday (November 1). 

Eminem discusses the making of this album during an interview with Rolling Stone

"I feel like right now I'm probably working harder than I've ever worked in my life," Eminem says in the interview. "And I've probably worked harder on this record than any other record aside from maybe the time period during The Eminem Show, which is a little hazy 'cause just so much shit was going on at that time. Just being so busy with The Eminem Show and doing the 8 Mile movie, and the soundtrack and the score to the movie. This is probably the equivalent of that but all focused on the record mostly." 

Eminem also says that focus was particularly heightened by the title of this project. 

"Once I had the direction that I wanted to go, and you know calling it The Marshall Mathers LP 2, obviously I knew that there might be certain expectations," Eminem says. "Like, I wouldn't want to just call it that just for the sake of calling it that. So I wanted to make sure that I had the right songs to be able to call it that. So, a lot of recording. A lot of songs that people probably will never hear. We hit a couple of road blocks. There were songs where the beat leaked or a producer sold the beat to someone else or whatever. And just when you think you got it or you got the right amount of songs you go back and you listen and you're like, 'Fuck man! I feel like it needs this or this' to paint the whole picture." 

During the interview, Eminem is asked if he's proud of the album.

"That's a tough question," he says. "For the most part, yeah. But I don't know if I ever feel totally great about a record when I put it out. With every record that I put out, someone has literally got to come pry it from me because when I listen to my own music, I just hear flaws in it. Like I hear 'Oh fuck! I could have done this better or that better!' And I'll work it to death. Obviously if I wasn't comfortable with it, I wouldn't put it out. But from the beginning, ever since my career started, I don't know if I've ever been totally like, this is completely it." 

Eminem Discusses The Marshall Mathers LP, Relapse & Recovery 

Beyond his discussion about his upcoming release, Eminem also speaks about The Marshall Mathers LP, his diamond-certified album released in 2000.

"It's probably my favorite," Eminem says. "I think some of them are my favorites for different reasons. Hate to even say that about my own record, but I mean the first three records, I think they may have captured a time period. And then I think I pretty much probably have publicly said, you know, Encore and Relapse wasn't – it was just a different time." 

Eminem notes that Tyler, The Creator continues to say he is a big fan of Relapse

"Yeah, he tells me that every time I see him," Eminem says. "I don't hate the record. I want to rap and be able to always try to do my best lyrically, but at the same time find the right balance between that and making the right songs. And you know, I don't know if I necessarily found that balance yet, because I was just getting sober and just kind of finding my feet again and so there was a lot of songs that were just like, 'Ha ha, this is funny.' You know, walking around and joking around with your friends and shit and it ends up on the record and you're laughing about it. Because when I got sober it was like – I've said this before – but it just was like, 'Oh shit! I can think straight again.' So I don't know if that record was particularly my best work as far as songs, writing songs that felt like something, that brought some kind of emotion. I ran accents into the ground. I got stuck on that kind of serial killer, crazy vibe and just kind of went with it." 

During the Rolling Stone interview, Eminem also explains how he feels about his most recent release, Recovery.

"I feel like that record I finally got back to where I was at maybe during The Eminem Show," he says. "Like, creatively and songwriting, I guess. I mean obviously Recovery was the first time I had ever worked with that many producers outside of our camp. Aside from working with Dre, it was like I always wanted to produce my own records, because producing is fun to me too. One of the things that was cool for me about that record was getting beats that already had choruses on them. It's kind of like a challenge to myself to be able to hear somebody else's hook and kind of interpret the words. Because my own hooks, I already know what I mean when I write them. The way that I do music is, like, regardless of what the beat is and whatever kind of appeal it may or may not have, I always want to try to go as hard lyrically as I can. So regardless if the beat feels like, 'Wow maybe this could be played on the radio,' I'm not like, 'Maybe radio would play this so I'll just wing it.' Like, I always have looked at it like I want to approach every record from an emcee's aspect." 

Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 can be streamed now

RELATED: Eminem "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklisting



  • Owen

    I agree relapse was dope.. Recovery was ruined by the choruses like space bound especially could have been amazing but was ruined by the chorus. But seriously people sayin this album sucked.. you must be expecting him to always talk bout violent killing shit or I really don't know. Musically this album is so nice but I'm 30 so I like the old songs he used and sampled like RHYME OR REASON and HEADLIGHTS which was unexpected. It's a apology to his mother and was so well written it gave me chills. The amount of multis and fast rapping on this album is great. Also sometimes artist are ahead of fans musically and lyrically and you have to listen to a album a hand full of times at least before hating. Every Eminem album has had a new sound, style and overall feel. It's one of the things that makes him so great cause most artists in all music make album after album song after song that sounds basically all the same. He seems to try and reinvent his sound with every album. He did it again IMO this is a great album. I was 16 when SSLP came out been listening for a long time. Encore and Recovery are his worse. I don't listen to him much these days only when new stuff is out. Like I'm still listening to Deltron 3030 Event 2. This years really kinda sucked as far as releases I think. Where is the actual new Roots CD. I listen to Rakim Common The Roots Immortal Tech Brother Ali ya know people with talent and a message

  • Donna Gabriel

    before I saw the bank draft 4 $8857, I didnt believe that my brothers friend woz like they say really bringing in money part time at there computar.. there sisters roommate has done this 4 less than 19 months and recently cleared the mortgage on their home and got themselves a Renault 5. useful content>>> http://smal.ly/U5a97

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  • Anonymous

    I feel like relapse from a technical stand point was top notch with the way he could flow, and bend words more with an accent to it, recovery to me was good as in lyrically going hard, but those pop tune choruses watered it down, but mmlp2 is very different and it has a mix of both recovery and relapse from a technical stand point

  • Lord Jamal

    Yo Em you're a guest

  • FACT

    im starting to accept the bad songs and not skip them so yeah this is a classic.

  • FACT

    If berzerk was not made by eminem everyone would love it but they don't want club bangers out of eminem they want his slim shady demented songs so everyone hates it.

  • sxxx4



    In this album you can see pieces that would fit in each album over his career. You see some songs that sound like the original MMLP, some like recovery, some like the eminem show and so on. This album represents his complete body of work from the beginning to the end of his career.

  • Anonymous

    No "The Eminem Show 2"????

  • Anonymous

    All of you saying whining that this album is POP either haven't heard it yet or are talking about Recovery. Yes it has pop songs, but it is in no way a pop album. Bad Guy So Much Better Brainless Evil Twin Baby Groundhog Day Wicked Ways Rap God They are all straight Hiphop and do not include no fancy pop singer on the chorus. The only songs i would really say is popish is The Monster, Survival and Stronger Than I Was which was actually quite good and unexpected. Songs like Legacy and Beautiful pain do include pop singers but they are straight DOPE as fuck and they still have that Hiphop beat and feel to it besides the chorus. Quit whining you little bitches.

    • 99roca

      These idiots haven't even listened to it, or they have most likely only skimmed through the album. It's full of hip hop and old school style Slim Shady. Give it a chance you fucking douchebags! Or not, like Eminem really gives a fuck. Hip Hop can suck a big fat bag of dicks because you are all just haters who will find anything to complain about. When did Hip Hop become full of faggots and bitches?

  • David Bunz

    So that explains why "Recovery" was garbage, he had nothing to do with the hooks... and thought that was "cool"? Huh? And I'm with Tyler the Creator, "Relapse" was dope as fuck

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    its simple.. its not hard to figure out my inspiration you fags cant tell what inspired me to write this album let me tell you.. well first i listened to alot of rihanna and beyonce albums..eventually few prince and michael jackson albums toss in tim mcgraw and cheryl crow, a little maroon 5 ..then wrote a few verses in rap style and got what we got now.. a pop rap album. dont forget my albums bringing hiphop back though.

  • detroit niggroe

    Album fuckin sucks. Slim is always great at whatever he spits but musically speaking, beat-wise its garbage. I couldn't delete that shit quick enough. Ill take 'relapse" anyday over recovery and this album.

  • Helen Michael

    just before I looked at the receipt which said $4201, I be certain that my father in law could realey earning money in there spare time online.. there sisters neighbour started doing this 4 less than fourteen months and at present took care of the dept on their place and got themselves a McLaren F1. More hints... http://smal.ly/9wYp5

  • Shanobi

    I listened to the album last night. It was actually a lot better than I expected it to be. Sounds like he's having fun again. Too bad everybody wants to be a hater though. Gotta love the internet.

  • LMAO

    And I've probably worked harder on this record than any other record aside from maybe the time period during The Eminem Show, ______ and somehwo still thought love game was acceptable. asshole was acceptable.. so far would of been wack..someone didnt realize there is an album full of poppy song hooks. not that theirs anyting wrong w that..but if ur 'bringing rap back' why add all these pop singers? doesnt make sense.

  • BruthaDee

    Huh? Yeah it was me Im doing three things at once, of I forget to put a name on a post just write my name underneath to let me know you read it. Peace.

    • Anonymous

      all on a saturday night LOL i bet you took an instagram video off all the take out food you ate while watching sports

    • Anonymous

      The 3 things are: 1: Reading how gays appraise your build 2: Making fags react to my words they read 3: Making fags react to my racist rants about Emenim I'm the puppet master

    • Anonymous

      the 3 things are 1) eating takeout(we know you a fat fuck) 2) reading about how the white man is holding you down 3) posting the same old racist rants about eminem

  • Anonymous

    Is that you BruthaDee?

  • Anonymous

    Eminem presents: "The White Album" With awesome production from your favorite white producers! Frequency Street runner Rick Rubin Emile Haynie DVLP Jeff Bhasker Sid Roames With some of your favorite white Pop stars! Skylar Grey Nate Ruess This unprecedented and groundbreaking formula is not a trend! This is the new HipHop music of the future, support it and love it!

    • Anonymous

      white people invented singing, cant we have anything for ourselves? you black people ruin everything we created! singing wasnt meant for people of color!

    • Anonymous

      Awesome dude! I forgot that singers like Neyo, Keisha Cole, Akon, Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, Keri Hilson, Elle Varner, Ginuwine, Lyfe Jennings, and The Dream were white.

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    • Anonymous

      most singers are white bruh and he only used one rapper, which was black so just chill the fuck out.

  • Anonymous

    Fimenem is a guest and he always will be, he made racist rap songs, dressed up as Brittney Spears and let Borat tea-bag him on national TV so he's a homosexual legend and a disgrace to the culture. ....however I do give him credit for bringing homosexuality, pedophilia, beastiality, incest and matricide into the culture. No other rapper has dyed their hair blonde shaved off all their facial hair and wore a bra and panty hose to imitate their mother in a rap video so he's a hero to his people.

  • HHDX

    Eminem Details The Food Eaten During The Making of "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" by Andres Tardio posted November 02, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT | 0 comments Eminem talks about "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" and discusses why he doesn't prefer cheese on his ham & garlic bread sandwich.

    • HHDX

      Sure. I'll compose articles on what kind of toilet paper Kendrick Lamar prefers or Tech 9's favorite kind of toothpaste.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. DX is run by unimaginative faggots.

    • Anonymous

      no they wont. you're probably the same dude that got butthurt when kendrick had all the stories about control. why dont you go make your own weebsite??

    • HHDX

      I'm not hating, just speaking the truth. I realize that MMLP2 is coming out soon, but all these Eminem articles are so predictable that it's laughable. You know they'll post some random article like, "Eminem prefers his toast with no crust" or "Eminem tells the story of how his toilet was clogged for 3 hours". It's like that with all artists in regards to promoting their albums.

    • haha

      haha that would be an awesome news piece. no but really, how you hating on a news piece about the making of the most talked about album of this month and one of the most talked about albums of this year?

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