On 23rd May 2020
it will be exactly 20 years since the release of The Marshall Mather LP’. 20
years since Eminem convinced millions of nerdy white teenagers all over the
world that they could attempt to rap.
The huge global success of
Eminem’s third album is undeniable, but the rapper did come from humble
beginnings in both his life and his music career. His debut album, ‘Infinite’,
was a huge failure both critically and commercially and only sold around 1000
This failure led Eminem to
create his alter ego of Slim Shady whose humorous lyrics and dark and
disturbing content gained the rap artist more attention following the release
of his second album, ‘The Slim Shady LP’.
Eminem garnered criticism
from many critics for his homophobic and graphic lyrics about murder, but the
rapper doubled down on the controversy for his third album and went on to
create one of the most successful albums of all time.
‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ has
sold over 25 million copies worldwide, including 1.78 million copies sold in
the first week of its release. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the
last 20 years, you’re probably familiar with much of this album, but there
are some facts surrounding the album you may not be aware of.