The Slim Shady lp

On Feb 23, 1999, Eminem crash landed onto the rap scene with the release of his major label album debut, The Slim Shady LP.

The album which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 was certified platinum within two months and created a superstar who would become rap’s most infamous bogeyman.


The Detroit Free Press calls The Slim Shady LP, a raw, colorful, parental-advisory-plastered shock wave of a major-label debut.

With lyrics like “I’ll strangle you to death, then I’ll choke you again/And break your fucking legs ’til your bones poke through your skinNME says the album hit you in the face like a sledgehammer.

Eminem and Dr. Dre

Eminem was still living part-time in a trailer when the album was released. He was discovered by Dr. Dre who executive produced the album which was released on Interscope Records.

The album was buoyed by the MTV-born smash single “My Name Is.” which introduced the world to the rappers alter ego Slim Shady.

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