Two weeks ahead of the official release of "Marshall Mathers LP 2" a.k.a. "MMLP2", Eminem shared more details about his highly-anticipated new album. The Detroit MC recently sat down with Rolling Stone and revealed what to expect from the second installment of 2000's "The Marshall Mathers LP"
"['MMLP2'] is not necessarily a sequel, as much as it is a revisitation," Eminem told the magazine. "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 said he knew people would have high expectation of his new album. "Calling it 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2', obviously I knew that there might be certain expectations," he revealed.
"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**k, man! I feel like it needs this or that,' to paint the whole picture," he added.
Set to arrive on November 5, "MMLP 2" has so far spawned a single called "Berzerk". Eminem has also dropped a track called "Rap God", which recently prompted homophobic backlashes from many people including openly gay musicians.
Lyrics like, "Little gay-looking boy/ So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy," have become the problems. Solomon, a gay rapper from San Diego and founder of SolRay Records, said in a statement, "When he [Eminem] invited me on his radio station a few years ago [in 2008], I though he put all of this aside."
"Granted it's not directed towards the gay community, but subconsciously it is. He's using the word f****t to degrade another man. As if the worst thing a man can be is gay. What type of message does that embed into the minds of young kids, both gay and straight?"
LastO, Solomon's SolRay labelmate who is also a gay, added, "[Eminem's] a lil' too old to be using 'gay' and 'f*g' and s**t as an insult; playground s**t," he said.
British artist Boy George weighed in via Twitter, "I haven't heard the record, I just object to the term, 'f*g.' "
It's not the first time Eminem is criticized for making gay references in his songs. Back in 2000, his "Criminal" prompted similar backlashes from GLAAD and LGBT community. In 2001, he attempted to make proper amends with the community by performing his hit "Stan" at the Grammy Awards with openly gay musician Elton John.