Eminem’s breakthrough into the mainstream. It was pretty much all or nothing for him at this point, and the huge success of the album, lead by the single “My Name Is”, catapulted his career forward.
The album is noted for its cartoonish and overly violent lyrics as well as its sharp lyricism. It did very well critically and commercially and is considered a classic by most.
It is an expanded and more polished update to 1997’s The Slim Shady EP.
On February 22, 2019, 1 day before the 20th anniversary of the album, Eminem released an expanded edition of the album to streaming services.