Rap heavyweight, Eminem recently released his eighth studio album, “Marshall Mathers LP 2” which subtly serves as a follow-up to his critically acclaimed, “Marshall Mathers, LP”. Eminem proved once again that he reigns supreme in the hip-hop realm, with first-week sales of 792,000, according to Nielsen Scoundscan. The album’s sales right rightfully give it the second-best album debut sales of the year. Regardless of the fact that it failed to hit the highest sales of the year–a crown still held by the Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience, which opened in March of this year to an impressive 968,000, it still makes a relatively impressive debut for Eminem. On top of the fact that the MMLP2 has the second-best debut of 2013, it is Eminem’s second-best opening week since his 2000 Mathers LP.
In a recent article with Complex magazine, the now 41 year-old rapper stated,
“When I started recording this album, a lot of the songs that I would play for people, they were saying it reminded them of that era. Which was kinda what I was going for in the first place, but the fact that other people started taking notice made sense. It’s revisiting some themes on The Marshall Mathers LP, but it’s obviously a different time period in my life. So that’s why I wouldn’t call it a sequel. A sequel would just be a continuation of everything that was on there.”
Fans, critics and other hip-hop artists praised Eminem for his “focus, wit, and unprecedented growth” throughout the album. The founder of KWL Enterprises and former president of Def Jam Records, Kevin Liles, went on to say, “Eminem is Elvis. Eminem is one of the greatest rappers of all time. He continues to do Eminem and not chase a particular sound–and not only be an artist, but create art.”
As fans of Eminem, we here at Modern Fashionisto definitely feel as though this was one of his BEST albums ever and arguably one of the best rap albums of the last 10 years. We wish you continued success in the industry Eminem!