Today in Hip Hop History: June 18, 2010
Seven years ago Marshall Mathers, aka Slim Shady, aka Eminem came back to the hip hop world with his seventh studio album Recovery. This was the follow up to the well received Relapse as Eminem dove more into his personal life and his new outlook on overcoming dark times. When looking at hip hop, and even just music in general, it’s kind of hard to ignore the imprint this album left on the industry.
Let’s look at some numbers:
The four singles of the album were “Not Afraid,” “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, “No Love” featuring Lil Wayne, and “Space Bound.” All of these singles were huge in 2010, taking over the radio and people’s playlists. “Not Afraid” debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and “Love the Way You Lie” debuted at number two before making it’s way to number one as well. The album itself also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
Recovery earned quite a bit of nominations at various award shows, and even did well at the Grammys. “Not Afraid” won Best Rap Solo performance, and the album earned a nomination for Album of the Year (which Arcade Fire would go on to win) and pulled away with a win for Best Rap Album to beat the likes of Drake’s Thank Me Later and Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3, which helped Em pull off back to back wins in this category as Relapse also won the year prior. It’s also important to note that Eminem now has a total of six wins in this category, the most by any rap artist, followed by four for Kanye West.
Recovery is a perfect example of Eminem knowing how to combine the success of pop music and rap. He’s always been one of the smartest people in the industry when it comes to this, and this album proves that to a T. It still features his classic rhymes and overstepped boundaries (especially on “Cold Wind Blows”) combined with the appeal of a good chorus. It showed Eminem in a new light for a lot of people, and only helped further cement his place in hip hop’s history books.