Well today Eminem dropped his first album since his highly successful “Recovery” album in 2010 and many are asking, is Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” worth all the hype.  Well, to put it simply, yes.  Yes it is.

“The Marshall Mathers LP 2” is a very different animal than “Recovery.”  Eminem takes the entire album back to his roots and has a sort of throw-back feel to the entire thing, which is why it’s titled “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” because it was created to be a sequel of sorts to his highly successful “The Marshall Mathers LP” from 2000.

The album features guest appearances by Skylar Grey, Rihanna, Fun. frontman Nate Ruess, Kendrick Lamar, Sia and Jamie N Commons.

The album had four singles that were released before its debut.  At the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, a preview of the lead single, “Berzerk,” was showcased and two days later was released.  “Berzerk” peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.  It was followed by two singles, “Survival,” which was released on October 8, and “Rap God,” which was released on October 15, 2013.  “Survival” peaked at 17 on the Hot 100 and “Rap God” at seven.  “The Monster,” featuring Rihanna, was released on October 29, 2013.

The idea of a sequel to “The Marshall Mathers LP” came after Eminem recorded a handful of songs in the early stages of the creation of the album that reminded him and his friends of his earlier recordings.  “The more I listened to it, the more it made sense to call it that” said Eminem.  Eminem also wanted to experiment with “retro, vintage” sounds such as beatbreaks and scratches.

So far, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” has received generally positive reviews from music critics.  At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 74 based on 16 reviews which indicates “Generally favorable reviews.”  This makes the album Eminem’s best rated album on the website since the original “Marshall Mathers LP” which was rated at a score of 78.

Rick Florino gave the album a perfect five star rating saying “Feelings aren’t safe from Mr. Mathers and no one else is either as he fires off the kind of witty, wild, and wonderful verses that made him an icon on “The Slim Shady LP,” “The Marshall Mathers LP,” and “The Eminem Show.”  John Farber of the New York Daily News gave the album four out of five stars saying “The album offers a resounding return to the gory comedy and free embrace psychosis that first mad Em the anti hero of our age.  It’s his funniest album in years, as well as his fastest, verbally.”  Jon Dolan of the Rolling Stone gave the album four out of five stars saying “Nostalgia is everywhere.  He’s playing his best character, the demon spawn of trailer Hell, America, hitting middle age with his middle finger up his nose while he cleans off the Kool-Aid his kids spilled on the couch.”

In general, I agree with the reviewers.  The album is just interesting to listen to.  Whether Em is rapping about the fight he has in his head with his other personality in the album’s first song “Bad Guy” or when he shows off just how talented and quick he can be with his rhymes in the six minute long “Rap God” or when he makes you bust out laughing to his cover of Joe Walsh in “So Far,” there is always something in every song that can keep you interested and want to listen to more.  Eminem may be reaching middle age but you sure wouldn’t know it by listening to this album.  He sounds almost like his younger self, which is exactly what he was attempting to do.

Below are some of the albums hit songs.  Give them a listen for yourself.