On February 23rd, 1999, Detroit rapper – Eminem debuted his first studio album, under the Aftermath imprint; The Slim Shady LP. The LP, led by single- “My Name Is,” peaked at No.2 on the Billboard 200, propelling Mathers from a white rapper that nobody wanted to listen to, to a pop icon.
Selling 283k copies in its opening sales week, SSLP has since gone on to sell more than 5 Million CDs in the United States while also rewarding Eminem with his first Grammy Awards. Despite massive success, The Slim Shady LP was one of Em’s most controversial albums due to it’s explicit language and lyrical content. Debbie Mathers, the rappers mother, filed a $10 million lawsuit for slander based on the “My Name Is” lyrics: “I just found out my mom does more dope than I do,” among others. DeAngelo Bailey also sued Mathers for debasing him in the song “Brain Damage” in which he was portrayed as a childhood bully. “Guilty Conscience,” the album’s 3rd single was also a center for controversy due to it’s graphic song plot and sample clearing issues.
However, despite being pinpointed for all the wrong reasons, the LP helped Eminem grow a colossal loyal fan base, and was termed as a “classic” by both fans, critics, and music peers alike. 15 years later, in 2014, Eminem has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide – becoming the best selling artist in the world, won 13 Grammy Awards, became the first rapper to win an Oscar, named Artist of the Decade, and received countless praise, accolades, and acclaim from all music entities and fans.
According to manager and friend Paul Rosenberg, Eminem hasn’t changed one bit over the years, when it comes to the studio. “He’s always been a studio rat. He goes hours at a clip without leaving the booth. When he’s determined and on a creative spark, there’s nothing else he’s focused on. That’s been the same since day one.”
15 years have passed since we first heard Shady, but one thing has remained constant. He still doesn’t give a fuck.
By JafarR for Defsounds.com