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Slim Shady EP
Slim Shady EP
EP by Eminem

Released

6 December 1997

Recorded

1996-1997

Genre

Hip hop, horrorcore

Length

36:39

Label

Web

Producer

Bass Brothers (also exec.), DJ Head, DJ Rec, Eminem, Kuniva, Mr. Porter

Eminem chronology

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Infinite (1996)

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The Slim Shady LP (1999)

Slim Shady EP is the debut extended play (EP) by American rapper Eminem, released on 6 December 1997 on Web Entertainment. Unlike his previous release Infinite, the Slim Shady EP helped Eminem garner significant underground attention and eventually caught the attention of Jimmy Iovine (co-founder of Interscope Records) and famous West Coast hip hop producer Dr. Dre, who subsequently signed Eminem to his Aftermath and Interscope labels respectively.

Eminem first introduced his Slim Shady persona on this EP, and his lyrics are a stark departure from those found on Infinite, featuring constant references to drug use, sexual acts, mental instability, and over-the-top violence. Another departure was his exploration of more serious themes of dealing with poverty, his direct and self-deprecating response to criticism, and of marital and family difficulties. His flow is also noticeably different from on his debut; whereas critics had stated that he sounded too much like Nas and AZ on Infinite, Eminem began utilising story telling. The production value of the music - from previous collaborators DJ Head, Bass Brothers and Mr. Porter, was also noticeably higher than on prior efforts. 

According to an interview with Eminem, there were only 500 copies of the album made initially, but only slightly higher than 250 were sold. It would not be until Eminem rose to global fame that the EP would chart. Reviews of the EP were generally mixed to positive. When Eminem was featured in the Unsigned Hype column of The Source magazine's March 1998 issue, "Just the Two of Us" and "Murder, Murder" were highlighted in the column.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro (Slim Shady)" - Eminem 1:05
2. "Low Down, Dirty" Eminem Da Brigade (Mr. Porter & Kuniva) 4:44
3. "If I Had..." Eminem DJ Rec 4:06
4. "Just Don't Give a Fuck" Eminem Bass Brothers, Eminem 4:00
5. "Mommy (Skit)" - - 0:39
6. "Just the Two of Us" Eminem Bass Brothers, Eminem 4:20
7. "No One's Iller" Eminem, Swifty, Bizarre, Fuzz DJ Head 4:58
8. "Murder, Murder" Eminem DJ Rec 4:40
9. "If I Had... (Radio Edit)" Eminem DJ Rec 4:01
10. "Just Don't Give a Fuck (Radio Edit)" Eminem Mr. Porter 4:03

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