Eminem, still the only white rapper that matters (and still going strong for decades now), is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his classic 2002 release, The Eminem Show, and he is doing it throwback style.
It doesn't matter that most don't have cassette players anymore—a cassette reissue of the album is now out, which comes with either a shirt or an autographed poster that feature annotated liner notes.
The bundles don't come cheap. The cassette and poster comes with a $30 price tag, while the cassette, t-shirt and autographed poster bundle amounts to a cool $250.
Well, at least he's not selling us bricks (he did so last year for the 16th anniversary of his 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP alongside dog tags made of wood from the Detroit house he grew up in).
In any case, here are some things you should know about The Eminem Show:
1) The album title was originally going to be simply The Eminem LP, to close off a trilogy starting with the The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP, but the rapper felt the theme had gotten old.
2) The album was inspired by the Jim Carrey film, The Truman Show. Eminem explained in an Instagram post, "Because my life felt like it was becoming a circus at that time and I felt like I was always being watched."
3) The Eminem Show reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, won a Grammy Award for best rap album, and is now diamond certified, for sales of 10 million units in the U.S.
4) Eminem's Grammy win for Best Rap Album in 2004 for The Eminem Show made him the only rap artist to win three times (he won previously in 2000 for The Slim Shady LP and in 2001 for The Marshall Mathers LP).
5) Just like in his first two releases, The Eminem Show features Ken Kaniff, a gay character created by Eminem, who parodies his song "Without Me" via the "Curtains Close" skit.
6) A censored version of the album had the track "Drips" replaced with four seconds of silence. Later versions feature a heavily edited version of the song.
7) Another version of the album had the words "goddamn," "prick," "bastard," "piss," "bitch," "ass," "shit," and "fuck" bleeped.
8) The Eminem Show was the rapper's first album to be mainly self-produced.
9) The album parodied two music executives in the skits "Steve Berman" and "Paul Rosenberg." Steve is Vice Chairman at Interscope, Eminem's label, while Paul is his manager.
10) Not only does the album contain Eminem's ode to his daughter in "Hailie's Song," the young girl herself performed in the album (singing the chorus of "My Dad's Gone Crazy").
11) Eminem sampled Aerosmith's "Dream On," in "Sing for the Moment." Joe Perry plays lead guitar near the end of the tune.
12) The opening lyric to "Without Me," "Two trailer park girls go round the outside" is based on the single "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren, former manager of the Sex Pistols.
13) In "Till I Collapse," Eminem names some of the rappers who he thinks are the best in the industry including Reggie (Redman), Jay-Z, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., André 3000, Jadakiss, Kurupt, Nas, and then himself.
14) In his 2008 autobiography The Way I Am, Eminem revealed "Superman" is partly about his alleged relationship with singer Mariah Carey.
15) Eminem attacks his mother on "Cleanin' Out My Closet," who allegedly mistreated him when he was a child. On his 2013 track "Headlights" off The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem apologizes to his mother, rapping, "I'm sorry mama for 'Cleanin' Out My Closet.'"
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