Renowned hip-hop artist Eminem
is getting ready to release his new album on November 5th, but fans can already get an early listen over on iTunes, where the record is streaming in full
According to a Rolling Stone
preview, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"
opens with a fit of bloodlust and revenge - and not even the rapper's own. The first track, "Bad Guy,"
serves a second chapter to his acclaimed song "Stan,"
in which the obsessed fan's little brother rises up to kidnap Eminem and complete his own gory joyride around Detroit. The virulent rapper also gets twitchy and boastful about his khakis, of all things, on "Berzerk"
- a nod to classic hip-hop clearly influenced by album co-producer Rick Rubin
- and flashes a fine Yoda
impression on "Rhyme or Reason."
"The Marshall Mathers LP 2" is already faring well on the charts: "The Monster"
features a guest spot from Rihanna
and has already peaked at the top of the Billboard 200. Other artist cameos include Kendrick Lamar
singer Nate Ruess
and Skylar Grey
. Last night, Grey and Rubin joined Eminem during his performances of "Berzerk" and "Survivor"
on Saturday Night Live, both of which you can check below.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 isn't necessarily a sequel to the first Mathers disc, as Eminem explained to Rolling Stone
recently. "As much as it is a revisitation – like this is a different time period in my life. So there's not gonna be like, continuations of every song or anything like that,"
he said. "To me, it's more about the vibe and the nostalgia. One of my favorite new things to do is experiment with new, older breakbeats and sounds and sh-t like that. You know, retro sh-t, and try to make it current, like bring it up to date."