Sound of an era – 00’s

Eminem was a hugely polarising artist back in the early 2000s. Nobody had ever seen anyone like him before. Coming off the back of The Slim Shady LP and its mainstream popularity, he was at the top of the world in more than just rap. His film debut in 8 Mile became a critical hit in box offices, even winning him an Oscar!

Eminem released ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’, which was his seminal album at the height of his fame, in 2000 using a grainy black and white image of the house where he grew up in Detroit as the cover art. The album was almost entirely produced by Eminem and Dr Dre, selling 1.76 million copies in its first week, helping him go on to win a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2001. Eminem was so committed to his craft that he would have 20-hour long recording sessions to get the album sounding right. Well known for his heavy autobiographical lyrics, he often references his rise to fame and touches on personal issues such as relationships with his mum and on/off relationship with Kim.

 

Written by Callum.