15 Years Ago Today, Eminem Released ‘The Slim Shady LP’

blame it on JES7 February 23, 2014

On this day, Feb. 23rd, 1999, exactly fifteen years ago, Eminem released his debut album, The Slim Shady LP to the World. The album was a follow up of sorts to his 1997 EP of the same name, employing his doppelganger who would become to be known as the infamous Slim Shady.

The album, which was released on Aftermath/Interscope would live on to become the most loved/hated LP in the “horrorcore” genre, pleasing rap nerds and infuriating conservatives around the world. At the same time, The Slim Shady LP would also go on to serve as the first official introduction of long time friend, associate and collaborator Royce Da 5′ 9″ to mainstream America and putting the city of Detroit formally on the map.

Let’s hear your thoughts/opinions on how the album impacted and influenced you down below, and what your favorite joint(s) off the LP are. I’ve included my personal favorite as well. Huge congrats to Em!

Eminem x Royce Da 5′ 9″ – Bad Meets Evil

  • L’Eau-Hic.

    It’s weird how I sense that Drake today has the same kind of flow as Royce in ’99

  • bestofalleras

    This album saved my life in a lot of ways

  • DBS

    Great album, I remember always looking at the trippy artwork when listening to it.

  • Donnie

    Wouldn’t call it a classic, there are some terrible songs on here (My Fault, My Name Is, and that Soap skit is just annoying). Some great ones too, don’t get me wrong! But his work on 2001, MMLP and Eminem Show is classic, not SSLP IMO.

    • lol nope!

      “My Name Is” is dope fuck you mean brah.

  • Dango

    No doubt a great album with some classic records, but not a classic. Too many bad songs.

    IMO: MMLP > Relapse > SSLP > MMLP2 > TES > Recovery > Encore

    • TrueGem17

      I agree with that ranking, except TES > MMLP2 imo.

    • wat

      It’s crazy for me to see Relapse so high on your ranking. Wow. For me it’s:

      MMLP > TES > SSLP > Infinite > Recovery > Encore > Relapse > MMLP2

      • peaceofpi

        It’s crazy for me to see Recovery anywhere but in the trash can.

        • wat

          True, but it is better than Relapse.

          • who cares

            Ehhh. That’s debatable. I think Recovery was more cohesive, but the content wasn’t very memorable, and Em had way too many corny rhymes. Relapse was a great concept album, and when you take out the two or three filler tracks the album is nearly flawless.

            For the hell of it I’ll give my list:

            TES > MMLP > SSLP > Relapse > Encore > Infinite* > Recovery > MMLP2

            *I enjoy Infinite for what it is, but it really didn’t age well.

          • wat

            lol, I love Infinite. His rhyme schemes were as crazy as ever on that album. “I never packed a tool or acted cool, it wasn’t practical.”

            And he showed he can do figurative language just as well with songs like 313 and Open Mic. “You can be Run D. You’ll never be the MC. I’ll stop the alphabet at S and got it down to a T.”

  • JamMaster James

    A the sense that it was a defining album in hiphop a white boy came in the door and fucked shit up with some of the illest rhymes id ever heard. Role Model and Still Dont Give A Fuck are straight crack. Amazing album for fans of true lyricists

  • precise1981

    Classic album..on the strength of the impact it made on the world and how it changed the game…Respect to young Marshall

  • AndOneill

    man i was 11 years old when this shit came out.!! i think this changed the game bringing a new audience to Hiphop

    • disqus_pyrGXaSTDx

      me 2 :)

  • Valente Harper

    Classic! Can’t believe it’s been that long.

  • Tekwon

    This was the only Eminem album I ever fucked with. He was a little too corny, commercial and mainstream for my taste at the time after this album. Pre 2001 Eminem was when he was his hungriest in my opinion.

    • wat

      MMLP was too corny?

      • Stevie Janowski

        Eminem Show?

        • wat

          That too.

      • Tekwon

        Did you see the video to The Real Slim Shady? All 4 singles from that album are terrible. And considering albums like Master Of The Universe, The Platform, Violent By Design, Warriors, Obelisk Movements, The Unseen, Mind Over Matter and a ton more of great albums that year I would have to say MMLP was corny and commercial and mainstream.

        • wat

          What’s different from the singles from SSLP?

          Also, what in MMLP was mainstream and commercial? That whole album was obscene and had nothing but shock value. And the times it didn’t, it was either funny or profound.

        • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

          I agree there were a shit ton of gems that year, while it was an okay album for me, it was something that me personally never was interested in.

    • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

      A wise person they still exist LOL.

  • wat

    This is one of the few albums that I can always play all the way through (excluding the skits). Classic.

  • peaceofpi

    SSLP is so raw. It’s hard not to like it. Bad Meets Evil was great. Em tore through it and Royce kept up with him, a feat not a lot could claim back in Em’s heyday. Hell, not a lot can claim it TODAY when he’s not bullshitting a verse.

    I wish they could’ve channeled that energy during their reunion and given us something better than the EP we got.

  • StudentOfTheGame

    One of my favorite albums of all time. i miss when Em did the little annoying funny ad libs inbetween rhymes. One of my favorite songs of his is As the world turns. one of the funniest stories ive ever heard.

    Class clown freshman
    dress like less nessman
    fuck the next lesson, i’ll pass the test guessin
    and all the other kids
    Eminem is a diss head, he’ll never pass
    the only class he’ll ever pass is Phys Ed

  • Frank Kennedy

    I like that song where he talks about that bitch talking to plants. Classic stuff

  • SJB

    It was July 4, 1999 and I was twelve years old on summer camp in Chicago with my older brother. He came to me shortly before our bus was leaving for Navy Pier to watch the fireworks and handed me The SSLP that he had borrowed from a camp-mate and said “you need to listen to this”. I remember lying on the grass as the fireworks exploded over the Chicago skyline as the album played from start to finish. Metaphorically and literally changed my life. Still my favourite hip hop album to this day. Remember, this was before The MMLP and we knew in which songs and how to differentiate Slim Shady and Eminem.

  • @JoseRIo29

    Zonin’ off of one joint, stoppin a limo
    Hopped in the window
    Shoppin a demo at gun point


  • Prince Akeem

    It aint college dropout though….

  • fonzo517

    its crazy that I was a kid when this came out and over the years growing up id be able to steady listen to it and pick up on more things over time or relate to the songs differently…def a classic

  • Ohms

    daaamn so much memories with this album! I “borrowed” it from this kid in class…never gave it back lol

    remember this one too:

    ‘Y’all want drama? Wanna make a scary movie?
    Rappers coming in with their team and carry toolies
    You can jump right out of the screen and barely move me
    We hard-hitting, directing and starring in it”

    that’s right #RapGenius app

  • SleepyTheGreat

    A lot of Artist’s Sound Like They Were Aiming For This Album’s Sound and Nature. Tyler The Creator, Hospin , Tech N9ne, Earl Sweatshirt ETC

    • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

      You named really one true Em stan and that is Hopsin. Earl was influenced by Doom in cadence and Flow. He sounds nothing like Em, neither does Tyler. Hop is the only one out of the four who sounds like him. Tech N9ne, came out before Em and influenced Em’s style not the other way around dude.

      • SleepyTheGreat

        I’ll give you Earl, but Tyler always sounds like his in the vien of Relaspe and Slim Shady LP. I seen interviews where Earl and Tech agreed Em influenced them to a degree.

        • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

          You seem to forget that Tech was an influence on Em, Em did not create his style he borrowed from dudes like Rakim, Kool G, Tech, ETC… I do not see how Tyler’s music is in the same vein as Relapse or SSLP. It sounds nothing alike.

          • emmanuel mckoy

            Me, I’m a product of Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, 2Pac NWA Cube, Hey Doc, Ren Yella, Eazy, thank you, they got Slim.

  • drewbie

    i remember hearing my name is first and then seeing the video like who the fuck is this guy? couldnt put his music down ever since. best song by far is role model and still to this day one of dre’s best beats.

  • disqus_xpmwx1oUV3

    This album was oka,y had many meh tracks with some songs that were amazing, but overall for me definitely overhyped.