August 27, 2013 was an important day in the music world as Eminem released his much anticipated single “Berzerk.” The throwback track features samples from the Beastie Boys and Billy Squier with Eminem rapping fiercely throughout, giving “Berzerk” an old school feel mixed with modern intensity. The song will be featured on Eminem’s forthcoming album, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” due out in November of 2013.
In honor of Eminem’s triumphant return, we wanted to take a look back at the hip-hop superstar through the years. Check it out and let us know which Eminem album is your favorite.
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1999: ‘The Slim Shady LP’ is released
Eminem first introduced himself to the world with the uber popular and appropriately titled “My Name Is.” The single blasted up the charts, helping to make his major label debut “The Slim Shady LP” a critical and commercial success. Eminem’s lyrical style was unlike anything that audiences had ever heard before and the album, expertly produced by Dr. Dre and the Bass Brothers, became an instant classic.
2001: ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ dominates
In 2001, Eminem released his second album “The Marshall Mathers LP,” which quickly became the fastest-selling hip hop album of all time, topping Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle.” The album featured hits like “The Real Slim Shady,” “The Way I Am” and “Stan,” in which Eminem reads letters from a suicidal fan, who becomes increasingly angry at him for not responding to the letters. Eminem, who had been criticized for his homophobic lyrics, shared the Grammy stage with openly gay superstar Elton John. The unlikely duo performed “Stan” and ended the song with a hug that was heard around the world.
2002: ‘The Eminem Show’ and ‘8 Mile’
In 2002, “The Eminem Show” was released, marking the continuation of Eminem’s domination of hip hop, as well as popular culture. The album was deeply personal with Eminem not only dedicating a song to his daughter (“Hallie’s Song”), but also featuring Hallie’s vocals on the album’s closer “My Dad ‘s Gone Crazy.” Later that year, Eminem starred in 8 Mile and went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his single “Lose Yourself.”
2004: ‘Encore’ is met with criticism
Eminem released his forth major album “Encore” in 2004, which featured the single “Just Lose It.” Lyrically, “Just Lose It” joked about Michael Jackson’s legal troubles and the accompanying video featured Eminem, dressed like Michael Jackson, moonwalking and mocking the king of pop. The song and accompanying video were met with much criticism, leading the BET to stop airing it.
2009: Eminem is back with ‘Relapse’
Eminem ended a five year hiatus from music in 2009 by releasing “Relapse.” The album wasn’t as successful, critically or commercially, as his previous efforts, but it did ease him back into the music scene leading to a headlining performance at the Voodoo Experience later that year.
2010: ‘Recovery’ and major festival headlining spots
Eminem abandoned skits and released his most serious album to date, “Recovery” in 2010. The album was dedicated to “anyone who’s in a dark place tryin’ 2 get out. Keep your head up… It does get better!” “Recovery” debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and featured guest spots from Pink and Rihanna. In 2011, Eminem went on to headline both Lollapalooza and the Bonnaroo Music Festival.