20 Year Ago Today, Slim Shady Was Born

Holy shit I almost missed blogging about this! Once again, my real job is getting in the way of my dream job. Gotta do something about that.

Anyway, 20 years ago today the rap industry was changed. Up until this time, Marshall Mathers aka Eminem, had only put out a hand full of freestyles, the Infinite EP which did not meet expectations and a few songs here and there. But The Slim Shady LP changed his life forever.

Being the first album that Dr. Dre cosigned for Em, the expectations were HUGE for both. If this album failed Dre’s career would’ve taken even more of a downturn since releasing Dr Dre Presents…The Aftermath and Eminem would have been dead in the water had this album flopped. Spoiler Alert: it did not.

I don’t need to dive into all the success Eminem has had since this album. That deserves an entire blog that I promise you will be coming soon. This blog is solely a reminder to everyone that it has been 20 FUCKING YEARS since this album came out. That still just seems crazy to me. I was 7. I didn’t even know what rap was. Little did I know that the single artist that would change my life more than anyone had just released his first album. Launching his career to heights that few have ever seen.

Now to actually talk about the album itself. Eminem wasn’t trying to rap like anyone else. He wasn’t trying to put on this front. He was being real. He was being funny, creative, abrasive, all the things we have come to know and love. This CD is full of classic tracks, I mean look at this tracklist!

  1. Public Service Announcement (skit)
  2. My Name Is
  3. Guilty Conscience
  4. Brain Damage
  5. Paul (skit)
  6. If I had
  7. ’97 Bonnie and Clyde
  8. Bitch (skit)
  9. Role Model
  10. Lounge (skit)
  11. My Fault
  12. Ken Kaniff (skit)
  13. Cum On Everybody
  14. Rock Bottom
  15. Just Don’t Give A Fuck
  16. Soap (skit)
  17. As The World Turns
  18. I’m Shady
  19. Bad Meets Evil
  20. Still Don’t Give A Fuck

I mean come on! The skits were all on point and served a purpose. The beats were all paired perfectly with Em’s flow and delivery.

The first song on the CD became one of the best introductory songs any artist has ever put out. “Hi kids, do you like violence?” That one question perfectly summed up everything that was coming on this album. Taking shots at almost everybody in the industry, Eminem made sure that he left his mark with this LP.

What also came from this album was Bad Meets Evil. Not just the song, but the rap duo which included Em and Royce Da 5’9. If you don’t really know who Royce is I suggest you do a quick Youtube search. The guy is a lyrical master and has been on a ridiculous hot streak ever since his album Book Of Ryan.

If I had to choose my top 5 from this, I’d have to say Role Model, Rock Bottom, Just Don’t Give A Fuck, Bad Meets Evil and Still Don’t Give A Fuck take the cake for me. But honestly, pick a track and you can’t really go wrong. Guilty Conscience was a great one too. Seeing the chemistry between Em and Dre on a track was awesome and it was a type of song that wasn’t really common back then. My god this album is great.

Looking at this album and listening to some of it tonight makes me feel so bad for where rap is now by the way. No one popular today is putting ANYTHING like this out and its sad. Not going to get into that either, that’s a topic that deserves a blog in itself. Oh well, give these a listen if you want to reminisce on when rap what rap!

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