The Slim Shady LP is the second studio album 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, Bass Brothers, and Eminem himself.
Featuring West Coast hip hop, G-funk and horrorcore musical styles, the majority of The Slim Shady LP's lyrical content is written from the perspective of Eminem's alter ego, named Slim Shady, whom he created on the Slim Shady EP (1997). The Slim Shady LP contains cartoonish depictions of violence and heavy use of profanity, which Eminem referred to as "made-up tales of trailer-park stuff", describing it as horror film-esque, in that it is solely for entertainment value. Although many of the lyrics on the album are considered to be satirical, Eminem also depicts his frustrations of living in poverty.
The Slim Shady LP debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, just below TLC's FanMail, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It received commercial and critical success, with critics praising Eminem for his unique lyrical style, dark humor lyrics, and eccentric personality. The first single, "My Name Is", became Eminem's first entry on the Billboard Hot 100. The album won Best Rap Album at the 2000 Grammy Awards, while "My Name Is" won Best Rap Solo Performance. In 2000, The Slim Shady LP was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
While The Slim Shady LP's success turned Eminem from an underground rapper into a high-profile celebrity, he became a highly controversial figure due to his lyrical content, which some perceived to be misogynistic and a negative influence on U.S. youth. Despite this, the album's success was vital in breaking the stereotype that "white people cannot rap", and has since been included in several publications' lists of the greatest albums of all time. Spin later included it in their list of "The 300 Best Albums of 1985–2014".
|associated singles/EPs:||Guilty Conscience by Eminem featuring Dr. Dre|
Just Don’t Give a Fuck
My Name Is
Role Model / Cum on Everybody / ’97 Bonnie & Clyde
|part of:||Grammy Award: Best Rap Album nominees (number: 2000 winner) (order: 5)|
Justin Stranzl: Best of 1999 (number: 23) (order: 23)
Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 77) (order: 77)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 273) (order: 273)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 275) (order: 275)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 352) (order: 352)
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