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Entering the mainstream

Album cover of The Marshall Mathers LP (2000).Once he joined
Interscope, Eminem released The Slim Shady LP, which went on to be one
of the most popular records of 1999, going triple platinum by the end
of the year. With the album's enormous popularity came controversy
surrounding many of the album's lyrics. In "'97 Bonnie and Clyde",
Eminem describes a trip with his infant daughter, disposing of the
body of his wife. Another song, "Guilty Conscience," ends with Eminem
encouraging a man to murder his wife and her lover.

The Marshall Mathers LP was released in May 2000, quickly selling 2
million copies. The first single released from the album, The Real
Slim Shady, was a huge hit— thanks in part to the catchy rhythm and
chorus line, "So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up, please
stand up, please stand up?" (adapted from the catch phrase of the TV
quiz show To Tell the Truth). It also created some buzz by
trash-talking celebrities and making dubious claims about them. In the
song, Eminem implies, among other things, that Christina Aguilera gave
"head" (oral sex) to Fred Durst (of Limp Bizkit) and Carson Daly (of
MTV's Total Request Live). In his second single, "The Way I Am," he
reveals to his fans the pressures from his record company to top "My
Name Is" and sell more records, and dismisses the alleged
controversial link between music such as that of Marilyn Manson and
shootings such as at Columbine High School as absurd, instead blaming
the parents. In the third single, "Stan" (which samples Dido's "Thank
You"), Eminem attempts to deal with his new-found fame, telling the
story of a fan so obsessed with Eminem that the fan winds up killing
himself and his pregnant girlfriend, mirroring one of the songs on The
Slim Shady LP. It is now considered to be one of the classics of the
genre.

Eminem has achieved 6 Uk Number one singles beating any other rapper
ever and has also had the most number one singles in the Uk in the
21st...


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