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The Slim Shady LP

Album by Eminem
1999, 20 tracks, 59 mins 41 sec

Narratives(2)

May 17, 2019

Going Over the Top: Verbal Mayhem from Eminem’s Slim Shady Persona

When Eminem exploded into the scene during the last few years before the turn of this century, I was intrigued by the guy on many levels. First, he was a white rapper, and the last white rapper I knew of was Vanilla Ice, and I have his To the Extreme CD, but the content is so lame, that playing it beside Eminem’s Slim Shady LP shows the difference between mediocre art and one that is reflective, bold, and daring. I admit when I listened to Eminem’s album, I was blown away! I felt a bit uncomfortable with many of the songs’ narratives and I couldn’t play the CD that loud because I was afraid my Mama would hear it and be shocked at all its cuss words and the negative imagery many of the songs projected. But I admit I had a lot of fun listening to it, it was so irreverent, so outrageous, and so crazy, no release from that year could compare to the audacity of this record. I knew it was not Eminem, the singer, who was the subject of the songs, it was his alter ego, Slim Shady, and by doing so, Eminem got away with a lot of themes that would’ve been deemed scandalous even by today’s standards. Eminem was really flirting with bad taste at that time, that it was important to put things in context before we made blanket criticisms on the guy. Anyhow, time has proven the incredible talent of Eminem and this debut is a strong reminder of the imagery and scenarios Eminem is capable of weaving.

Written by @tonyfabelous from Fabelousity

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Album Info

"The Slim Shady LP"

Artist

Released

  • Jan 01, 1999

Genres

  • Rap

Label

  • Aftermath
  • Interscope

Producer

  • Dr. Dre (also exec.)
  • Eminem
  • Mark & Jeff Bass
  • Mel-Man

Studio

  • Studio 8(Ferndale, Michigan)

About

The Slim Shady LP is the second studio album and the major-label debut by American rapper Eminem. It was released on February 23, 1999 by Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. Recorded in Ferndale, Michigan, following Eminem's recruitment by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the album features production from Dr. Dre, the Bass Brothers, and Eminem himself. The Slim Shady LP is his first album with a major label after his first album Infinite was released on an independent label in 1996. The majority of the album's lyrical content is written from the perspective of the rapper's alter ego Slim Shady, whom the rapper created on the Slim Shady EP (1997). The lyrics are noted for their depictions of violence and heavy use of profanity.
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