Moments ago, the Hip-Hop titan sprung a surprise on the music industry, announcing his new album ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2′ – the sequel to the 2000 original, which to-date has sold over 10-million copies in the US (Diamond-certified) and 20 million units worldwide.
By no means a detail-lite announcement, the 40-year old also revealed the project’s release date, as well as the title and radio premiere of its lead single.
Details after the jump…
According to Slim Shady’s official website, ‘MMLP2′ will hit stores on November 5th and will be preceded lead single ‘Berzerk’ – which impacts radio this Tuesday (August 27th).
The LP, which joins other blockbuster Fall releases from the likes of Lady GaGa and Katy Perry, follows 2010′s ‘Recovery’ – which spawned mega smash ‘Love The Way You Lie (ft. Rihanna)’ and has sold over 4 million copies in the US alone.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known by his stage name Eminem and by his alter ego Slim Shady, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, Eminem is a member of his group D12, as well as one half of the hip hop duo Bad Meets Evil, alongside Royce da 5’9″. Eminem is one of the world’s best-selling music artists and is the best-selling artist of the 2000s. He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone magazine which ranked him 82nd on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The same magazine declared him The King of Hip Hop. Including his work with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, Eminem has achieved ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200. His worldwide albums sales stand at more than 115 million, singles 120 million, and the estimated sale of over 220 million records worldwide. In the United States, he has sold 49.1 million albums and 42 million tracks. After releasing his independent debut album Infinite in August 1996, Eminem rose to mainstream popularity with the release of his February 1999 album The Slim Shady LP. The LP also earned Eminem his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. His next two records The Marshall Mathers LP, and The Eminem Show, also won Best Rap Album Grammy Awards, making Eminem the first artist to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive LPs. This was followed by another studio release in November 2004 titled Encore. Eminem then went on hiatus after touring in 2005. He released his fifth album Relapse in May 2009. In June 2010, Eminem released his seventh studio album Recovery. Recovery was an international success and was named the best selling album of 2010 worldwide, joining The Eminem Show, which was the best seller of 2002. Eminem won Grammy Awards for both Relapse and Recovery, giving him a total of 13 Grammys in his career, making him the best-selling rap album artist of all-time. His eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was released in November 2013. Eminem has opened other ventures, including his own record label Shady Records with his manager Paul Rosenberg. He also has his own radio channel, Shade 45 on Sirius XM Radio. In 2002, Eminem starred in the hip hop drama film 8 Mile. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, becoming the first rap artist ever to win the award. He has also made cameo appearances in The Wash (2001), Funny People (2009), and the television series Entourage.
What are the most famous rap songs that you know? This is our list of 20 famous rap songs in history of rap music:
1. The Message – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
2. Fight The Power – Public Enemy
3. Nuthin But A “G” Thang – Dr. Dre
4. It’s Like That – Run-D.M.C.
5. Rappers Delight- Sugarhill Gang
6. Juicy – Notorious B.I.G.
7. Children’s Story – Slick Rick
8. I Used To Love H.E.R. – Common
9. Planet Rock – Afrika Bambaataa
10. Paid in Full – Eric B. & Rakim
11. Rock the Bells – LL Cool J
12. Jesus Walks – Kanye West
13. Walk This Way – Run-D.M.C. & Aerosmith
14. The Breaks – Kurtis Blow
15. Fuck Tha Police – N.W.A
16. Rosa Parks – Outkast
17. Check the Rhime – A Tribe Called Quest
18. Keep Ya Head Up – 2 Pac
19. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) – C.L. Smooth & Pete Rock
20.Stan – Eminem
What are the most famous rap artists that you know? This is our list of 20 famous rap artists in history of rap music:
2. Public Enemy
4. Eric B. & Rakim
8. Notorious B.I.G.
9. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
10. A Tribe Called Quest
12. Ice Cube
13. LL Cool J
14. De La Soul
15. Kanye West
17. Big Daddy Kane
18. Dr. Dre
19. Wu-Tang Clan
More than a century before rap exploded o¬nto the American music scene, West African musicians were telling stories rhythmically, with just the beat of a drum for accompaniment. Meanwhile, folk artists from the Caribbean Islands were also telling stories in rhyme. Indeed, these singing poets from Africa and the Caribbean lay the foundation for modern-day American rap music.
Rapping first gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1970s as a kind of street art, especially among African American teenagers. But it wasn’t until 1979, when the Sugarhill Gang released their breakaway hit, ‘Rapper’s Delight, that record producers took notice of this emerging musical genre. O¬nce they did, numerous rap acts, including Run-DMC and N.W.A., surfaced, and rap’s audience began to swell. It wasn’t just African American male rappers getting in o¬n the act, either: By the 1980s, white rap bands such as the Beastie Boys and female rap bands such as Salt-n-Pepa were reaching the top of the charts.
By the 1990s, rap matured from an old-school-style – which was based o¬n relatively simple lyrics – to a new-school-style, which was louder and included more complex lyrics. Artists such as The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg and Tupac ruled the charts during this time, as did Eminem one of the most popular white rappers of all time.
Rap has stood the test of time and its popularity rages o¬n with today’s artists such as 50 Cent, Ludacris and Jay-Z churning out hit after thought-provoking hit.
Rap like every other musis style has many different types. Every type talks about somenhing else, politics, hard life or something completely different.
As rap had developed on the poor, crime-ridden streets of the inner city, it only made sense that its creators would reference this reality in their lyrics. Emerging out of hardcore rap in the 1980s, gangsta rap reflected the crime and violence in the inner city. It became the most successful form of hip hop in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The release of the first sociopolitical rap song, “The Message,” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1982 inspired other rap artists to address social issues. Public Enemy, lead by Chuck D and Flava Flav, became the first overtly political rap group, spouting political and strong black nationalist statements in albums like the popular and critically acclaimed “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back.” The non-conformist nature of these artists was eventually eclipsed by the rise of gangsta rap.
The non-constrictive nature of rap has lead some artists to break free of the confines of what has been considered in vogue. Spearheaded by groups like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and Jurassic Five, alternative rap artists introduced innovative wordplay and lyrics, as well unusual samples of other genres like rock, into their music. Artists like Outkast and Kanye West have blurred musical genres and taken the innovation of alternative rap to a mainstream audience.
The earliest rap was party music for people to dance to. After decades of progression in lyrics and beats, crunk stripped rap of pretense and brought the party back. An amalgamation of “crazy” and “drunk,” crunk developed in the southern United States in the 1990s under the wider Dirty South umbrella. Crunk is characterized by heavy looped drum machine, shouted call-and-response vocals and simple party lyrics. Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz popularized crunk in the early 2000s with releases like “Put Yo Hood Up.”