Eminem - The Real Slim Shady (2000)

Initially, this song was not even planned for release ... But in the end it became one of Eminem's biggest hits!

The Real Slim Shady (Eminem) Song History

"The Real Slim Shady" is a song by American rapper Eminem from his third album, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000). The track was released as the lead single just a month before the album was released!

"The Real Slim Shady" became Eminem's first song to reach number one in the UK and number four on the Billboard Hot 100! Furthermore! In the UK, the song became a bestseller in 2000 ... In 2011, it was included in the list of "150 best tracks of the last 15 years" by NME magazine. "The Real Slim Shady" is also one of the top 500 songs of all time...


We invite you to remember the history of the creation of the hit!

Song history

At the time of writing "The Real Slim Shady" Eminem was experiencing a bit of a creative block... The plan was to release "The Way I Am" as the first single. However, the rapper's record company insisted otherwise... "The Real Slim Shady" was one of the last songs recorded for the album. Eminem did not want to include it in the release, which is why the label put a lot of pressure on him. According to the company, the track was supposed to help Eminem get into the top charts and on the radio!

The Real Slim Shady (Eminem) Song History
The Real Slim Shady (Eminem) Song History

On the track, the rapper lashes out at his critics, adding a bunch of pop culture and celebrity references along the way (a comedian named Tom Green was still popular at the time). The song was intended as a parody of stereotypical pop songs, although many listeners did not understand the irony.

The lyrics were so offensive that Wisconsin radio station WZEE was fined $7,000 for playing the unedited version! It wasn't until the rap industry said the ban was a violation of free speech that the fines were lifted.

Music video

The video for the song features a group of young people with blond hair dressed as Eminem. They are a nightmare for parents - a legion of fans who want to be just like their idol.

The video won an award at the Billboard Music Awards for "Best Rap/Hip Hop Video of the Year". The clip later also won Video of the Year and Best Male Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. A year later, the track won Outstanding National Single at the Detroit Music Awards and Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards.

Interesting Facts

Like his first hit "My Name Is", Eminem stopped performing "The Real Slim Shady" in concert within a few years of its release. In later years, he occasionally made a medley of these songs.

Eminem performed "The Real Slim Shady" at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards and it was one of the most memorable performances ever! Chased by a legion of look-alikes, Eminem performed the song on his way inside Radio City Music Hall. The guys playing the doppelgangers had to dye their hair blonde just for the performance!


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