Eminem Released His Colossal Slim Shady LP 25 Years Ago

Do you remember the first time you hears "Hi...my name is (what), my name is (who), Slim Shady" or "Guilty Conscience" or "97 Bonnie and Clyde"?

For me, I remember hearing about this "new" guy Eminem and how insane his songs were. I think that's what drew me in. He was rapping about way different topics and telling way different stories than I was use to hearing. I had to find out what these songs were all about! Once I got past the shock and aww of what he was saying and started listening to the way he was saying it all, I was hooked. 

I think it's safe to say that "The Slim Shady LP" changed the landscape of the rap game and to be honest, it really hasn't been the same since. Granted, that's just my opinion. Marshall's story telling on his 1st album was insane! My two favorite songs on that album were easily "Guilty Conscience" and "97 Bonnie and Clyde". 

Let's just talk about "97 Bonnie and Clyde" quick. The fact that he's "talking" to his daughter on the song and he does the whole thing in that "talking to a baby" voice was original, to say the least. Then there's the whole topic of the song and how Em delivered it. His talking about what he did to Kim and her new husband but keeping the whole thing kid friendly and making it sound like Kim is just playing.

C’mon Hai-Hai, we goin’ to the beach
Grab a couple of toys and let Dada strap you in the car seat
Oh, where’s Mama? She’s takin’ a little nap in the trunk
Oh, that smell? Dada must’ve runned over a skunk
Now, I know what you’re thinkin’, it’s kind of late to go swimmin’
But you know your Mama, she’s one of those type of women
That do crazy things, and if she don’t get her way, she’ll throw a fit.

Without that album and it's success, we may have never gotten to know who Eminem was or what a genius he is. 

Feature photo: Reuters

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