EMINEM: THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP II – FEATURE RECORD REVIEW

MMLP2DELUXECOVERTHE MARSHALL MATHERS LP II

FEATURE RECORD REVIEW

Released: Nov. 5th 2013

Label: Aftermath / Shady / Interscope

Written By: Fridae Mattas

 Everyones favorite schizo rapper from Detroit has released his eighth studio album and people are telling me the other critics are praising the MMLP2. Have yet to read anyone else’s perception on the album, truth is I just don’t have the time and these days the only opinion that matters to me is my own ha ha. Totally forgot Mathers was even dropping his album this month. I was working on the Rob Zombie record review but decided to hold those thoughts and get these ones out as soon as possible. The instant I played the first track I noticed the pieces of the original MMLP being blended with this 2.0 version. I was surprised to see the reuse of the title but it is relevant to the theme of the record and why not? Lil Wayne has The Carter 1, 2, 3, 79, 357 and Jay-Z with his five hundred blueprints.MMLP2PPDid not think I would be reviewing another record by Eminem and his personalities, honestly thought he was going to take a permanap from the industry. The world is clearly happy he did not permanap, it hasn’t even been a full week since the release and it’s already making waves like a tsunami! Word on the industry tip is that the “MMLP2” will surpass Drake’s first week sales and debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 making it Eminem’s seventh number one when the chart is revealed Nov.13th. Everyone that hated on him in the past seems to have a closeted guilty pleasure affair with the music. Eminem’s haters remind me of the Canadian music industry who laughed at Drake until America started to love him…That’s when they instantly turned into yes people and his biggest fans. Personally don’t mind some of his songs but professionally speaking he is not the strongest “rapper”? Stylistically he is not at all comparable to the level of the Emcee’s I grew up listening to like N.W.A, Dr. Dre (Who served as executive producer for this record along with Rick Rubin.), Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Snoopy Dogg, Warren G, Naughty By Nature, KRS-One, 2Pac, Biggie, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, Queen Latifa, Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, Jay-Z, Nas, Missy Elliot, Mos Def, DMX, WuTang, Ludacris, Fugees and of course Eminem. I would like to see any Emcee in today’s game battle Eminem, it would be fun to watch and hear, actually that should be a rap reality show where they get different Emcee’s to freestyle battle each other.
MMLP2RThe Marshall Mathers LP 2 has various tones to it like his colourful personas, you have the old school throwback vibes and some candy tunes. In a few he spits like he’s the missing member of N.W.A. and then your classic “Asshole” Ft. Skylar Grey, produced by Alex Da Kid and fueled by the vibrance of that vengeful fire flow he had on the Marshall Mathers original record. Here is a true line: “But you can’t ignore the fact that I fought for the respect and battle for it.”. Tunes like “Bad Guy” have that laid back beat where it’s just chilling and then you hear Eminem emulating “Stan’s” little Brother Matthew plotting revenge on his idol. And you are sitting there wondering how that song was birthed in his brain and as always only Eminem, Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady knows this. He revisits the skeletons he had in his closet and a few new ones popped out. On the song “So Far” he throws in a few shit ticket old school lines revamped. In the hook he declares his love for the city that took him in. “Maybe that’s why I feel so strange. Got it all, but I still won’t change. Maybe that’s why I can’t leave Detroit, it’s the motivation that keeps me going. This is the inspiration I need, I can never turn my back on a city that made me.” It is astonishing to see how quickly Detroit is deteriorating, I’ve been there a few times this year visiting friends and meeting with so called “Producers”. Every time I’m there I notice there are more and more abandoned places to wander. Funniest part about a lot of people I met in Detroit is once you tell them you’re a singer and a Journalist everyone is either an industry expert or knows Eminem and Kid Rock personally…Ha Ha sure they do!

On my last Eminem review for “Recovery“, I added the only two photos I managed to save from the Anger Management tour in Toronto at the “Skydome” back in October 2000, one of the two is below. Earlier that same year Eminem dropped the original Marshall Mathers LP, I did not review that album because well I was not old enough to be a Music Journalist back then, laughs. In 2000, I was in high school (sometimes) and trying to be the new “Destiny’s Child” with my group “Girlz Ink”. Ah haha yes, true words and sadly it wasn’t the only group I was in…Don’t recall telling the world the full story behind those photos I took and that was a day I will never forget. Those shots and FridaeTV almost never happened…My “friend” and I managed to get to the front of the floor, stage right audience left near the middle of the barricade…Huge mistake, once Papa Roach hit the stage it was over, I was getting crushed into the barricade by everyone behind me, crowd surfers were flying couldn’t breath it was getting darker, all I could hear were echoes and felt myself drifting off.emprooffm1The bitch who called herself a friend was just watching, she didn’t help or try to get help. At this point I could see colours and doubles as people were fading everything was going black. I was praying to God I would survive yet another fucked up adventure as my short teenage life was flashing before my eyes again. Just before it went completely dark I faintly heard someone asking me if I was okay, I couldn’t even speak and didn’t need to. He immediately started yelling at the crowd to move back, pulling mostly dudes off of me and was joined by the other security guards who did the same. They gave me water and kept my purse on the barricades inside and handed me my camera when I needed it. As I was regaining consciousness a few security guards were always nearby or hovering to keep me safe for the rest of Papa Roach and all of Eminem’s set, until I asked them to pull me out when it ended. Those security guards saved my life and am so thankful to them. When I could finally talk again a few minutes before Mathers and the whole D12 crew hit the stage I turned to my “friend” to tell her I almost passed out and died. She said “I know, I don’t care I’m here to see Eminem, you’re not important.” Fuck I wanted to drop kick the bitch and just as she finished rolling her eyes at me she was kicked in the head a few times in a row by crowd surfers and security did nothing to help her. Karma! Haven’t spoken to that bitch since, who needs enemies when there are “friends” like her. I saw two completely different sides of humanity that day and will always be petrified of extreme crowds.
eminem-mmlp2Mathers continues to find a way to express himself with words, he knows what formulas to use if he wants radio hits but also proves on this record it’s not about that, it doesn’t sound like he’s trying to recreate MMLP more like recapitulate. In many songs on this record and past singles, Mathers states how unaware he was of how fame would be and still has a love hate relationship with it. All you can do is embrace situations as they come the best you can, use your talent to help all those fucked up kids and people who still need a rebel superhero, someone imperfect to be their perfect. It happens to too many entertainers #1: They either evolve into a better version of themselves like Eminem seems to be doing? #2: They end up like Amanda Bynes who cracked out like Lindsey Lohan with a little Courtney Love mucho crazy sprinkled in…Or #3: they end up getting killed or killing themselves by accident or on purpose.

No Eminem album is complete without a few fabulous features from repeats Rihanna on “The Monster” tune, Nate Reuss of Fun on “Headlights”, Skylar Grey on “Asshole” as mentioned above, Sarah Jaffe, Sia and a few more vocalists also make appearances. The only rapper to spit on this record other than Mathers is Kendrick Lamar on the eccentric tune titled “Love Game”. A very hickory blend of samples from “Game Of Love” By: Clint Ballard Jr. and “The Object Of My Affection”. This tune is a comical experience in typical Shady fashion and the style of Lamar’s verse was very fitting to the concept of the tune. I like Lamar’s flow overall, he just added a whole different dimension to his talent on this record, definitely stepping up his game. I can see why he is signed to Aftermath because he has that special quality to his flow.
MMLP2 TRACKLISTEminem is 41 in human years but only really a semi-adult who will never fully grow up because he didn’t have a normal childhood. I call that (MJS) Michael Jackson or (PPS) Peter Pan Syndrome… I feel so sorry for his girls and their future boyfriends, I know first hand how intimidating fathers can be with that area of stuff…You can’t be scary in those moments or they will shut you out. Just be what your parents were not. Be Dad, someone who they can talk to, trust and always rely on. If you show them everyday how much you love them, regardless of your shenanigans they will always love you. My Father raised my siblings and I, he wasn’t perfect but always had our backs until the day he died. Although track three “Rhyme or Reason” on this record is kind of funny with the way he starts on the beat, it’s pretty shitty that Mathers never had his Father in his life. Then again he wouldn’t be who he is today like all of us, if it weren’t for his past, the good and the bad. “(What’s your name?) Shady (Who’s your daddy?) I don’t give a fuck.The beat for this track samples the 1968 hit song “Time Of The Season” written by: Rod Argent and performed by the Zombies. The music is also sampled by the fantastical Melanie Fiona on her 2008 hit “Give It To Me Right”. Some of my favorite lines of the cut are “Had a fire in my heart, and a dire desire to aspire, to DIE HARD. So, as long as I’m on the clock punching this time card, Hip hop ain’t dying on my watch.” we’ll see…
marshallmatherslpNThe continuation record is not as vulgar as the first, all of the songs are well done and he still tears people new ones. “Your ass backwards like motherfucking Bob and Silent Jay.” He still has that maniacal mind frame of an almost serial killer, which he most likely would fully be if he didn’t make it as an Emcee. The only tune that I wasn’t feeling too much is “Berzerk”, the beat is too sick with all of those old school samples but something about how he sounds on the hook made my ears cringe. That single is the only song where I heard severe nasal to the point of skipping. On the track “So Much Better” he talks about what a Hobag Hip Hop is, like a groupie not about an actual female just an analogy. I really liked the tunes “Legacy” and Beautiful Pain off of the deluxe version featuring Sia, it has an interesting little vibe to it. Marshall Mathers and all his voices would be a cool homie to have, you know he’d be loyal and always have your back but not so fun if you somehow ended up on the chopping pad with his silver bullet words aimed at you. Ta da! Surprise, Eminem actually didn’t say boo about Mariah this time around! Another surprise was the follow up to “Cleaning Out My Closet”, I’m glad Mathers has an apology of sorts for his Mom on this album. In “Headlights” Mathers seems to understand now, that yes his childhood was fucked up but his Mother tried. “Did I take it too far? Cleaning out my closet and all them other songs. But regardless I don’t hate you cause ma! You’re still beautiful to me, cause you’re my mom.” seems as though he has finally put those demons to rest. A reason I could relate to his music when I was younger was his Mother and mine share the same name and are equally as crazy…Actually, mine I think wins the Manic Biopolar award because at least his mother kind of stuck around. Some people say this record is his last and others say SSLP2 should or will follow. Who knows what he has planned for the future??
EMCRAYZEEThe main reason I even gave Eminem’s music a chance as a lickle youth was because he was a slick wordsmith. I did not like a few of his singles and actually wanted to backhand pimp slap him a few times for being so disrespectful. But, I didn’t take any of the super fucked up shit to heart because like millions of people I understand expression through artistic outlets. “Who the fuck wants a plain Eminem?“. He’s just getting issues off his chest people, it’s like 2000 all over again with attention seekers crying about how misogynistic or homophobic this and that lyrics is. Don’t you see it’s a game to him he’s a character, of course he wants to push buttons he says this himself but is he really homophobic or a Woman hater? No, he’s just a guy and they say and do stupid shit all the time and you all just keep geMMLP2Etting played. Back then and today I somewhat understand where the psycho bottled blonde was coming from, as did millions of others. It doesn’t matter how old Marshall and his “Evil Twin” get, people will still be able to relate to the “Rap God” because he is the poster child for ” The Almost American Dream” which is more common and there is a little Slim Shady in all of us. www.EMINEM.com Buy your copy of MMLP2 USA here and Canada here. I give Eminem’s MMLPII Reboot 4 music notes ♪♪♪♪ out of 5!

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CITIZEN RELEASES NEW ALBUM “YOUNG STATES” NOW AVAILABLE!

 

Citizen’s “Young States” Now Available on iTunes 

Headlining Tour Kicks Off November 8    

Run For Cover Records has released Young States, the debut EP from Toledo, OH indie rockers Citizen on October 23.  Available on vinyl for the first time, the CD and digital versions will also feature the EP + bonus tracks. The band have been busy touring this fall with the likes of Aficionado and Mixtapes.

A trek with Such Gold, Mixtapes and Raindance is now underway and runs through November 3rd.  On November 8, Citizen kicks off their headline tour, featuring support from State Champs and Candy Hearts. The run marks the band’s first time touring Canada. See dates below.

With influences ranging from Brand New to Knapsack to Sunny Day Real Estate, Citizen started in 2009 as a side project and came to full fruition in 2010. In 2012, the band recorded 2 songs with Will Yip in Conshohocken, PA which made up their side of a split EP with Virginia Beach’s Turnover. Soon after, the band signed to Run For Cover Records, graduated high school, and went on a full US tour with Turnover and Light Years. Young States was recorded at The Getaway Studio in Boston, MA with Jay Maas (Title Fight, Defeater) and is now available on iTunes Here

Citizen Is:

Mat Kerekes – Vocals,

Nick Hamm – Guitar,

Ryland Oehlers – Guitar,

Eric Hamm – Bass,

Cray Wilson – Drums

Tour Dates

Wed Oct 24th Greensboro, NC @ Green Street Music Hall

Thur Oct 25th Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern

Fri Oct 26th Melbourne, FL @ Black Box Studio

Sat Oct 27th Gainesville, FL @ THE FEST 11 @ The Atlantic

Sun Oct 28th Nashville, TN @ Rocket Town (headline show small room)

Tues Oct 30th Ft Wright, KY @ Shimmers Ballroom

Wed Oct 31st Louisville, KY @ Spinellis Pizza

Thur Nov 1st Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome

Friday Nov 2nd Toledo, OH @ Micky Finn’s

Sat Nov 3rd Lansing, MI @ The Loft Citizen w State Champs, Candy Hearts (headline)

Fri Nov 9th Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s

Sat Nov 10th Ottawa, ON @ Pressed

Mon Nov 12th Montreal, QB @ L’ESCO

Tues Nov 13th Portland, ME @ Studio 250

Wed Nov 14th Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (upstairs)

Thur Nov 15th Hoboken, NJ @ The Stevenson Institute

Friday Nov 16th Allentown, PA @ Fearless Fire Company

Sat Nov 17th Stanhope, NJ @ The Stanhope House

Sun Nov 18th Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose (upstairs)

Mon Nov 19th Columbus, OH @ TBA

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http://citizenmi.bandcamp.com
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STREET PHARMACY’S ALIMONY EP AVAILABLE NOW!

Street Pharmacy Returns to Reggae Rock Roots With New EP “Alimony”

New release caps the band’s Founding Fan direct-to-fan experience

Welland, Ont. – (Sept. 25, 2012) – Street Pharmacy today released a new EP, “Alimony,” marking a fan-driven return to the band’s reggae rock roots. Alimony is available immediately for download on the band’s Founding Fan site (http://buy.streetpharmacymusic.com) and iTunes.  The new recording, Street Pharmacy’s fifth release, was inspired by overwhelming fan requests to return to its popular reggae-rock sound. The EP follows the band’s Nov. 2011 alt rock-inspired release “Divorce.” Alimony also marks a return to Street Pharmacy’s original four-member lineup. After a few jams in their hometown of Welland, Ontario, it was obvious that the spark that initially ignited the band, and the friendships within it, are still there. They decided to craft some new songs that would deliver a fresh take on the band’s signature hip hop, reggae rock-infused sound.

The release of Alimony caps Street Pharmacy’s Founding Fan experience – a new and unique way for fans to connect directly with the band online and in person. For just $10, fans can download a high quality digital copy of Alimony plus the band’s entire back catalogue, exclusive videos and other content. About the New EPSix new songs were recorded for Alimony over six days at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Ontario. Highlights include the title track “Alimony”, which tackles the crumbling institution of marriage in today’s society.

The first track, “Step Outside,” has fan pleasing, anthem-like qualities similar to the band’s 2007 release “Free Delivery,” with a country-inspired bridge that is new to Street Pharmacy. The second track is a unique reggae version of Blind Melon’s “Change” that fuses intrinsically folk instrumentals with reggae grooves and tight vocal melodies. Lead singer Ryan Guay demonstrates his strong but youthful pipes throughout the challenging vocals, staying true to both the original song and Street Pharmacy’s distinctive reggae sound. Songs like “Twenty One” and “Shepherd’s Pride” add more experimental song structures and arrangements to the band’s distinctive sound.  The final song, “It Ain’t That Crazy,” is a reggae-infused hip hop track that features verses from Welland-based rapper Sosa and A Plus from Hieroglyphics/Souls of Mischief, one of the band’s main musical influences.

A Plus anchors the final verse with his signature hieroglyphics West coast flow, taking the EP to an unexpected, energized level. The track was produced and engineered by Adam Tune of live hip hop remix act “KEYS N KRATES.” Tune has worked with Street Pharmacy since its inception in 2006. All of the other tracks were recorded and mixed by moon:and:6 and Marcone at Catherine North Studios, and produced by moon:and:6 and Ryan Guay. Alimony will appeal to fans of original Sublime, Pepper, illScarlet and Bedouin Soundclash.Founding Fan: the Best Way to Get Alimony and Much More.

Alimony is available for download on Street Pharmacy’s Founding Fan website. For just $10, fans get the new EP plus high quality, DRM-free copies of the band’s entire back catalogue, access to exclusive video content, and a Soundcheck Pass to a private show where they can meet Street Pharmacy before upcoming concerts. Founding Fan picks up the direct-to-fan approach of comedian Louis CK’s “Live at the Beacon Theater” special and takes it to the next level by offering fan a rich, multimedia experience built around the band’s music. During the recording of Alimony, fans joined Street Pharmacy via live streaming video, helping to shape the music in real-time by sending their suggestions on Twitter. 

Founding Fan is powered by Waterloo’s ArtBarn Media (http://artbarnmedia.com), a collective of media and technology industry professionals. ArtBarn Media leverages social media channels to innovatively engage consumers. Founding Fan can be accessed at http://buy.streetpharmacymusic.com

About the BandStreet Pharmacy (www.streetpharmacymusic.com) is a four-piece reggae rock band hailing from Welland, Ontario. Led by Ryan Guay, the band has written and recorded four full length albums since its start in 2006 and has gained a cult following in much of Southern Ontario. Street Pharmacy offers a fresh sound that combines 90s alternative rock with reggae grooves and lyrical flow reminiscent of Golden Age Hip Hop. The band has a solid and growing fan base, with about 7,000 likes on Facebook, an album that achieved sales of 10,000 copies, and a Walk Off the Earth/Street Pharmacy YouTube video with 1 million views.

Street Pharmacy was a recent co-winner of the popular MuchMusic series DisBAND. The band released its 4th album, Divorce, on the Handsome Boy/Fontana North label in late 2011 and plans to release a new album, Alimony, in June 2012. Lead singer and songwriter Ryan Guay started Street Pharmacy right after he was released from a Hamilton mood disorder clinic. This came after the discovery that he had been misdiagnosed with schizophrenia following a physical illness that had caused brain swelling. Ryan began writing songs about these experiences, which also inspired the band’s name. As a teacher in his native Welland, Ont., Ryan Guay goes the extra mile to share his knowledge and passion for music with students. A “School of Rock”-style music club he started released a single on iTunes to raise money for music education and was recently featured across Canada in National Youth Arts Week. 

Upcoming concert dates:

Sept. 30 – Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, St. Catharines, Ont. (with Walk Off the Earth)

Oct. 7 – Busholme Inn, Erin, Ont. (with KO)

Alimony Credits

Ryan Guay – Vocals/ acoustic, electric and lead guitars/ mandolin

Dan Fretz – Drums

Brandon Ventresca – Bass

Nate Triano – Rhythm guitar

Additional instrumentalists:

Leon Furs – Mandolin, pedal steel and banjo

Marcone – Organs and synthesizers.

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http://www.youtube.com/streetpharmacymusic

http://twitter.com/StreetPharmacy

FOZZY’S NEW RECORD SIN AND BONES AVAILABLE TOMORROW AUGUST 14TH!

FOZZY TO RELEASE NEW RECORD AUGUST 14TH 2012

FOZZY’s new album, SIN AND BONES, will be out on August 14.  The hard rock and metal outfit is the brain child of WWE superstar CHRIS JERICHO and ex-Stuck Mojo guitar extraordinaire RICH WARD who combined, have sold over 1.2 million records.

–The single “Sandpaper” (which also features guest vocals by Avenged Sevenfold’s M Shadows) will be the theme song for the WWE Summerslam Pay Per View event in August.
 

FOZZY will also be touring the US this August on the “Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival” with SHINEDOWN, GODSMACK, STAIND and PAPA ROACH.  A full list of dates can be seen here: http://www.facebook.com/FozzyRock/app_123966167614127
 

Tour Dates:
Friday, 8/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone 
Saturday, 8/18 – Little Rock, AR @ Arkansas State Fairgrounds (KDJE Radio Show) 
Tuesday, 8/21 – St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s (FOZZY HEADLINING SHOW)
Wednesday, 8/22 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 
Friday, 8/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Saturday, 8/25 – Syracuse, NY @ New York State Fairgrounds
Sunday, 8/26 – Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center 
Tuesday, 8/28 – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain 
Thursday, 8/30 – New York City, NY @ Gramercy Theater (FOZZY HEADLINING SHOW)
Friday, 8/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion 
Saturday, 9/1 – Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sunday, 9/2 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live 
Wednesday, 9/5 – Simpsonville, SC @ Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park 
Thursday, 9/6 – Louisville, KY @ The Vernon Club (FOZZY HEADLINING SHOW)
Friday, 9/7 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre 
Saturday, 9/8 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center 
Sunday, 9/9 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Tuesday, 9/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek 
Wednesday, 9/12 –  Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood 
Thursday, 9/13 – Tampa, FL @ 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre 
Saturday, 9/15 – Houston, TX @ Woodlands Pavilion 
Sunday, 9/16 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion 
Wednesday, 9/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre 
Friday, 9/21 – Spokane, WA @ Greyhound Park and Events Center
Saturday, 9/22 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre 
Sunday, 9/23 – Portland, OR @ Sleep Country Amphitheater 
Tuesday, 9/25 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater 
Thursday, 9/27 – West Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theatre (FOZZY HEADLINING SHOW)
Saturday, 9/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion 
Sunday, 9/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion

www.FOZZYROCK.com