The Real Slim Shady
Slim Shady has stood up, and has been standing up on top of the rap world for years. Hailed as the God of Rap, Eminem is revered as one of the most controversial and most influential rappers to date.
Eminem’s career began to skyrocket in 1998-1999, following the release of the Slim Shady EP. His album caught the attention of Dr. Dre, a fellow famed rap artist. Without hesitation, Dre signed Eminem to his record label, Aftermath Records. It was also during this time that the rapper married Kim Mathers, about four years after having a daughter together.
With Dre, Eminem rebranded his album, and rereleased it as the Slim Shady LP. The album was extremely successful, selling more than 2 million copies in the first two weeks, and earning multi-platinum status, two Grammys, and four MTV VMAs. His album was told from the perspective of Slim Shady, a perverse and violent character, who is Eminem’s alter ego. For that reason, Eminem was established as an extremely unique rapper.
E minem followed up the release of Slim Shady LP with the Marshall Mathers LP. This album had set the record of being the fastest selling album in rap history. The LP sold about 1.7 million copies during the first week, and later, 19 million copies worldwide.
With that success, however, came controversy. Eminem and his album came under fire by LGBT, religious, and women’s groups. Marshall Mathers LP was an album recurrent with homophobia, where in his song “Criminal,” he used derogatory terms regarding the LGBT community.
In 2002, Eminem released The Eminem Show, which sold over a million copies during the first week. It went on to sell over 10 million copies, which made him the first and only artist in history with two diamond albums.
He returned in 2004 with another album, titled Encore. Encore showcases Slim Shady as a more mellow character, suppressing his antagonistic ways.
Photo Credit: Aaron Liu
The year after that, Eminem released a ‘greatest hits’ album called Curtain Call: The Hits. Later in 2005, he was admitted into rehab for dependence on sleeping pills.
It wasn’t until 2009 that he came back from a long hiatus, with the release of Relapse. Over the course of five years without recording music, he disputed with his ex-wife Kim for custody of their daughter Hailie, and began abusing drugs and alcohol.
In 2010, with the release of Recovery, it showed a gentler side of Eminem. He wanted to help people who went through the same problems that he did.
Marshall Mathers LP 2, the sequel to his third album, Marshall Mathers LP, was released in 2013. It came out 13 years after the first one.
And now, Eminem is back. After taking a three year break from making music, he is ready to spark some controversy. With the release of “Campaign Speech,” he speaks of Trump supporters, Trayvon Martin, and other topics that stir up controversy.
Lately, Eminem has been making headlines. Eminem confirmed on Twitter that he’s working on an album, which is rumored to be titled Roots and have a release date in early 2017. Recently, his album Curtain Call: The Hits surpassed the 7 million mark in sales, despite being a decade old. There is no doubt that Eminem’s legacy is infinite.