By now you should know how dedicated to the musical craft Eminem is. He recorded much of The Marshall Mathers LP in 20 hour recording sessions, and though he recorded The Slim Shady LP while high on ecstasy, the album is considered one of the greatest of all-time.
We’re up to The Eminem Show, his third major release under Interscope Records, which is arguably his most mature during the time of it’s release in 2002.
Everyone by now has listened to the album already (if you haven’t correct that) and while some people have heard The Marshall Mathers LP 2, going through Ems older work is a great way to hold yourself over until the official MMLP2 release on November 5th.
• Like his other albums, The Eminem Show is listed as number 317 on Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums of all time.
• In addition, it also landed at number 84 on the decades best albums voted by Rolling Stone
• The majority of the album was produced by Eminem himself.
• On Hailie’s Song, both on the censored and explicit version, the line God, I’m a Daddy, So Glad that her mom didn’t want her, was scratched out because the line sounded too similar to abort her.
• Many clean versions cut the song Drips for obvious reasons as censoring the song would be pointless as the entire song is sexually charged. However, on some clean versions, Drips makes an appearance though some profanities are still present.
• Unlike the Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show didn’t spark major controvesy over misogynist and homophobic lyrics.
• The Eminem Show began production around the same time Eminem was shooting 8 Mile.
• The influence of the album was 1970 rock and roll. He is stated as saying, “Trying to get the best of both worlds.”
• Superman, the third single of the album was influenced by his relationship with singer Mariah Carey. This was the last we heard about Mariah in Eminem’s music.
• The album was scheduled to release on June 4, 2002. However, the album leaked online and people were seeing the pirated versions on the streets. To combat against piracy, Interscope Records pushed the schedule forward to May 28. However, some stores began selling days before the intended release date resulting in one day of official sales for the chart week.
• In addition, the album was unavailable in Wal*Mart at the time. Despite the mess, the album debuted to number 1 on the Billboard 200 with over 284,000 copies sold.