Insane. Innovative. GOAT. Explicit. All of the following phrases, and many more, have been said about the greatest white rapper to have ever existed, Eminem. Today marks the 17th anniversary of his major label debut, The Slim Shady LP, which sling-shotted Eminem into entertainment stardom. The album largely featured overtly explicit lyrics stemming from Eminem’s alter ego, Slim Shady, that shocked the world about what one could get away with on record.
Songs like “Just Don’t Give a Fuck,” “Guilty Conscience,” “My Name Is’ in addition to several skits portray just how crazy Slim Shady can, and will, get. After previously entering the rap game through a conservative attempt with Infinite, Eminem elected to switch things up and unleash his inner psyche.
The album featured production from Eminem’s mentor Dr. Dre, Bass Brothers and Mel-Man. Outside vocals included Dre, Dina Rae and fellow Detroit rapper Royce da 5’9″.
The Slim Shady LP debuted at #2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for 100 weeks. It received generally favorable reviews from critics and hip hop heads alike. Since thus going over 4X RIAA Certified Platinum, the album represents the emergence of one of the greatest rappers of all time. Here’s to you Slim.