Eminem wants that old thing back. While his well-received album The Marshall Mathers LP, released in 2000, is deemed his black belt, the Detroit rapper is armed to make a killing for his forthcoming Marshall Mathers 2 LP.
"Calling it The Marshall Mathers LP 2, obviously I knew that there might be certain expectations," he tells Rolling Stone magazine for their Nov. 7 issue. "I wouldn't want to call it that just for the sake of calling it that. I had to make sure that I had the right songs – and just when you think you got it, you listen and you're like, 'Fuck, man! I feel like it needs this or that,' to paint the whole picture."
So far, that picture has produced the likes of "Berzerk" and "Rap God," lyrical Godzillas to some of the current singles sitting comfortably on the charts. While MMLP2 also boasts features from Kendrick Lamar and reunions with Skylar Grey and Rihanna, the Detroit lyricist isn't aiming for a sequel, but rather "a visitation."
"So there's not gonna be, like, continuations of every old song on there or anything like that," he says. "To me, it's more about the vibe, and it's more about the nostalgia."
MMLP2 shakes up stores Nov. 5.