News: Eminem Puts In Grind Time: "I'm Probably Working Harder Than I've Ever Worked In My Life"

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 4:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem is letting fans know he's not banking on the upcoming Marshall Mathers LP 2 to add a few extra bucks into his checking account in the new issue of Rolling Stone.

Based on an excerpt from his feature article, Slim Shady details how determined he is with his latest solo offering.

"Right now, I'm probably working harder than I've ever worked in my life," says a sleep-deprived Eminem, gulping diet Red Bull in his suburban Detroit studio. He's well past deadline ("They keep telling me a different day," he says) on his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - out November 5th - and the final mixes still aren't quite done. "Aside from around the time of The Eminem Show, when I was also doing the 8 Mile movie and soundtrack and score and sh*t like that. This is probably the equivalent of that, but all focused on the record." (Rolling Stone)

Marshall also explains why he deemed it necessary for the thematic follow-up to 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP meet expectations set by its predecessor.

A lot of fans - including Eminem himself, most days - consider 2000's original The Marshall Mathers LP his best. So making an album worthy of the name meant recording, and then discarding, dozens of extra songs. "Calling it The Marshall Mathers LP 2, obviously I knew that there might be certain expectations," he says. "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, 'F*ck, man! I feel like it needs this or that,' to paint the whole picture." (Rolling Stone)

Just a couple weeks away from hitting store shelves, the LP's tracklisting made its way online earlier this month.

As we get approach the release date to Eminem's highly anticipated eighth studio album 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2', the veteran Detroit MC gives us a look at the official tracklisting. The 16-track project will be executive-produced by Dr. Dre and Rubin Rubin and will feature artists Skylar Grey, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and Nate Ruess. Arriving on November 5th, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' is led by Em's hit Billboard single 'Berzerk'. If you haven't already, be sure to watch Eminem's newly released video for his 'Call Of Duty'-themed track 'Survival'. Take a look at the tracklist below and give us your thoughts in the comment section. 1. Bad Guy 2. Parking Lot (Skit) 3. Rhyme Or Reason 4. So Much Better 5. Survival 6. Legacy 7. Asshole Ft. Skylar Grey 8. Berzerk 9. Rap God 10. Brainless 11. Stronger Than I Was 12. The Monster Ft. Rihanna 13. So Far... 14. Love Game Ft. Kendrick Lamar 15. Headlights Ft. Nate Ruess 16. Evil Twin (Direct Lyrics)

The highly anticipated project's cover art also surfaced across the Internet a few weeks back.

Eminem took to Twitter today to give one lucky fan a first look at the official artwork for his heavily anticipated album 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2'. The fan (as probably most would have done) then decided to share the cover with the rest of world. Reminiscent of the cover for the first 'Marshall Mathers LP', Em takes us back to his childhood home in Detroit, which is now up for auction and boarded up. (Direct Lyrics)

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