Eminem has been regarded as one of the best rappers in history. He has sold over a hundred million albums worldwide and that number will only increase with Eminem’s next album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Marshall Mathers hasn’t released a solo album since 2010. He has released an album with Royce Da 5’9 in 2011 which received great reviews. After that, he hasn’t released any projects. The news of Eminem dropping a new album was big and why wouldn’t it be? Em is easily of one the more entertaining rappers in hip hop.
The lead single “Berzerk” has done well but the fans want a real hip hop song instead of a song that will get radio play. The song is good because you get the Eminem that makes fun of people yet is also catchy. The problem with the song isn’t the song itself but the hype surrounding the return of Em.
Being one of the best rappers in history has its downs. Eminem is expected to drop a classic because of being considered one of the best. If he doesn’t drop a track like “Stan” or “The Real Slim Shady,” then he hasn’t made a good album in many people’s eyes. To make it worse, Eminem has named the album The Marshal Mathers LP, which is considered to be a classic by the general public.
The amount of classic albums that are dropped in a year is usually very little and sometimes even none. Last year, Kendrick Lamar dropped an album which was considered a classic by many. Besides his album, there really hasn’t been another album that has gotten that status in the last few years.
Most artists make albums that are meant to be played for the radio and that takes away the essence of making a classic. Songs are meant to be played in a club and radios always have a demand for that. Kendrick Lamar is getting the best of both world’s but many artists don’t have that luck.
The album Eminem makes may be good but it will be deemed a failure if there aren’t songs that the hip hop culture appreciates. The hip hop world and the mainstream world have to different preferences and that divide will leave many displeased with how Em’s album is structured.