American rap artist Eminem's albums continue to gain popularity, despite the artist's struggle as a white rapper within a predominantly African-American industry. Officially named “Marshall Bruce Mathers III” and sometimes known as “Slim Shady”, Eminem is also a record producer and actor.
“Infinite” and “The Slim Shady LP”
Eminen albums began in 1996 with a debut under Web Entertainment. Following that, after an introduction to Dr. Dre by Jimmy Iovine of Interscope Records, the next Eminem album, “The Slim Shady LP“ was produced in 1999 and quickly gained recognition and received the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
“The Marshall Mathers LP"
As the fastest-selling solo album in U.S. history, it was released in 2000. It beat records formerly set by Snoop Dogg, selling 1.76 million copies in the first week, becoming certified 10x platinum. This album was mired in controversy, as many Eminem albums are, due to “The Real Slim Shady" song’s insults and salacious claims about various celebrities.
“The Eminem Show”
Released in 2002 as Eminem's third major album, it reached number one on the charts and sold over 1 million copies during the first week, certified 10x platinum. Part of this album’s popularity is based upon the derogatory commentary about popular, but sanitized boy bands.
Produced in 2003 and released in 2004, this Eminem album was the most controversial yet, prompting a United States Secret Service investigation due to some of its lyrics about “dead presidents," which actually referred to money. As all of his other albums did, this album topped the charts, despite its disrespectful commentary about popular singer, songwriter, dancer and entertainer, Michael Jackson.
“Relapse” and “Recovery"
After several years on hiatus, the Eminem album "Relapse" was released in 2009. He famously told New York radio station Hot 97 that he was not sure when he would release another album.“Relapse” covered his personal trials and tribulations with drugs and alcohol, and their effect on him as an artist. “Recovery” was released in 2010 to even more praise than “Relapse”, his seventh album, selling 741,000 copies in the first week, landing at Billboard’s top 200.
Eminem continues to develop his art, much to the delight of his loyal fans. His unfailing frankness is the hallmark of his music, which only adds to his popularity. His collaborations with other artists such as Rihanna on the hit "Love the Way You Lie" undeniably cements his standing as one of the most relevant, current artists of all time.