This May marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP, a commercial and critical smash hit. It sold nearly 2 million copies its first week and was nominated for Album of the Year, and also won Rap Album of the Year. It went on to sell 9 million copies in the U.S. alone. It sparked tons of controversy, with its lyrics, with many charging that they were very profane, violent, anti-women, and anti-gay. From tackling serious issues such as youth violence and crazed fans to poking fun at contemporary pop stars and rivals to battling his own problems including his wife, mom, fame, drugs, and so forth, the lyrics are very introspective, well written, clever, and really make you think. But his rhymes and beats were pure brilliance and I think Eminem should be lauded for speaking his mind and not caring what others think. He assembled a masterpiece. And while it may not be for the easily-offended, I think it is a great album. Truly one of the greatest rap records ever made and a symbol of our generation. It would certainly rank in my Top 10 list of Best Albums of the 2000s.
Can't believe its been 10 years already. It seems like only yesterday when I was finishing up 7th grade and this album was all the buzz. My older brother and I listened to this record like non-stop that year.