Marshall Mathers LP 2 now has a release date, with Eminem giving out details of his eighth solo album in an announcement during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
During a brief commercial for Beats by Dre, Eminem announced that the new album titled Marshall Mathers LP 2 would be released on November 5. The album is a sequel to the 2000 effort Marshall Mathers LP.
The commercial also gave a bit of a sneak peek from the new album, with a track playing during the ad with the lyrics, “Let’s take it back to straight hip-hop and start it from scratch/ I’m about to bloody this track up, everybody get back/ That’s why my pen needs a pad because my rhymes’ on the rag.”
Eminem dropped a hint about the new album before the VMAs kicked off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Instagramming a picture of the show’s logo and a caption that read, “Guess who’s REALLY back? #VMAs.”
There’s already been one track released from Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song, called “Survival,” appeared in an advertisement for the upcoming game Call of Duty: Ghosts. The song featured vocals from singer Skylar Grey, who Eminem has collaborated with on the Dr. Dre song “I Need a Doctor.”
Paul Rosenberg, president of Shady Records, had talked about the album earlier this year but didn’t give a timetable for its release.
“He’s been working on it for some time. It’s safe to say that it will be post-Memorial Day at some point, but we’re not exactly sure when,” Rosenberg said. “We’ve got some dates locked in for him to perform live in Europe in August, so we’re trying to see what else lines up.”
Before Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem last released a full solo album in 2010.