I don’t know if it’s on me or Eminem, but this is the last album of his I really responded to. He followed it with Revival in 2017, an album I listened to twice and immediately forgot. Then came the surprise 2018 drop of Kamikaze, which I gave just one listen before tuning out.
This was Eminem’s second full-length album and his first with Interscope records. While his debut album, 1996’s Infinite, sold only 1,000 copies, this record was a massive success, going quadruple platinum and kicking off a period where he was the most talked about and listened to rapper in the industry.
My #4 album of 2000 is a record I still consider Eminem’s best: The Marshall Mathers LP. The celebrated rapper has put out a number of great albums since this one (including The Eminem Show and the Marshall Mathers sequel) but this record’s culture-shattering impact gives it the edge.
Through today’s lens this album seems almost tame but at the time it ignited a firestorm of controversy over free speech and satire. Second Lady Lynne Cheney lambasted the album and called on the music industry to adopt age restrictions. The controversy just helped propel the album to a then-record 1.76 millions sales in its first week alone.
I immediately thought of this in the context of physical activity because that’s the way I typically see motivational music presented in commercials. But I’m sure we all listen to music to motivate ourselves for other reasons — a big presentation, a test, you name it. Let’s see what my dear readers come up with.
Here’s an interesting Montauk Madness Round Two matchup, a battle between two provacateurs from very different generations. Eminem isn’t exactly the Bob Dylan of his day, but he certainly stirred up as much controversy and conversation. Can he stir up enough votes to topple a giant?
Dylan got here by defeating my beloved Miranda Lambert in Round One. Lambert managed to pick up 22% of the vote (and she didn’t get mine), hinting at a potential crack in Dylan’s armor. Eminem had an even tougher battle, besting Dave Matthews Band 60% to 40% after some last-minute votes broke a late tie. Continue reading