The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is the eighth studio album by American rapper Eminem, released on November 5, 2013, by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records. A continuation of Eminem’s most acclaimed studio effort, 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP, production for the album took place from 2012 to 2013 and was handled by Eminem and other record producers, including Rick Rubin, Luis Resto, Emile Haynie, and Alex da Kid. The album features guest appearances from singers Skylar Grey, Rihanna, and Fun frontman Nate Ruess, with the only other rapper appearing on the album being Eminem’s Aftermath label-mate Kendrick Lamar.
The album title was revealed during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on August 25 with a preview of the lead single “Berzerk”, released two days later in the U.S., peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It was followed by two singles: “Survival”, released on October 8, and “Rap God”, released on October 15, 2013. The former debuted at number 17 on the Hot 100, and the latter at number seven. “The Monster”, featuring Rihanna, was released as the album’s fourth single on October 29, 2013.
The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, with praise going to Eminem’s technical rapping skill and production choices. It marked an improvement in reception over some of his more recent albums, and was named on multiple “Albums of the Year” year-end lists. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and had the second highest album sales of 2013.
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