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.
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
Today’s matchup is a funny one, but then any pairing with Eminem was bound to be a little odd. Eminem is the only rapper represented in the contest, a fact that reflects both my general ambivalence to the genre and my admiration for the work of Marshall Mathers.
Eminem – ‘Headlights’
Okay, here’s an instance where I probably would have put your selection, ‘Bad Guy’ on my list, but since you already featured that great track from the new Eminem album, I’m going to go with another one of my favorites, ‘Headlights.’
I apologize for the scheduling quirk that landed Eminem on Christmas Day. Not exactly the most festive choice, I know. Merry Christmas, everyone!
I had high hopes but medium expectations for The Marshall Mathers LP 2 after hearing the first few singles. But Eminem erased all doubts seven minutes into the record with this extraordinary opening track.
Yes, Eminem has returned with his first studio album since 2010’s Recovery and he is revisiting the record that exploded him into the cultural and political conversation at the turn of the millennium.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has a lot in common with its predecessor — so much so that it sometimes seems like it too was released in the year 2000. How else can you explain another Backstreet Boys reference?