Release date: November 2013
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is the eighth studio album by American hip hop recording artist 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, Dr. Dre, No ID and S1. The album features guest appearances from Skylar Grey, Rihanna, Fun. frontman Nate Ruess and Eminem's Aftermath label-mate Kendrick Lamar.
"Calling it The Marshall Mathers LP 2, obviously I knew that there might be certain expectations. 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 there's not gonna be, like, continuations of every old song on there or anything like that. To me, it's more about the vibe, and it's more about the nostalgia." - Eminem, speaking in October 2013, with Rolling Stone about the album's title.
The album debuted at no. 1 on the US Billboard 200, selling more than 792,000 copies in its first week, becoming the second-biggest debut of 2013. The album also marks Eminem's seventh no. 1 album. The album also debuted at no. 1 on the UK Albums chart, selling over 143,000 copies, becoming Eminem's seventh consecutive no. 1 album in the UK. In Canada, the album debuted at number two on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 104,000 copies. In Australia, the album debuted at no. 1 on the ARIA Albums chart, with only three days of chart sales, becoming his seventh no. 1 album in the country.