I tend to be nostalgic when it comes to my music. I find myself longing for the days of musical yesteryear, especially when it comes to Hip Hop. Things are always at their before labels and life change its perspectives. Eminem is no exception. Back in 1997, he was a hungry, aggressive battle MC outta Detroit trying to get on mostly as a way to take care of himself and his infant daughter… and to be recognized as a real hip hop lyricist. People saw the talent. Destroying MCs in most his battle contests with wild punch lines, incredible flows and impeccable delivery (defeating Rah Digga along the way), he couldn’t help but get the attention of people like Sway and Tech, Dr. Dre and the Rawkus Family. From there, it wasnt long until you started to see the Eminem you know today.
But the Eminem I know and miss is the angry, truly not giving a fu*k lyricist that gave me some of the greatest, hilarious lines I’ve ever heard til this day. Pre Slim Shady LP work. Just… pure anger and hunger to succeed. An artist who would take on any person topic and obliterate it. Someone who would say some outlandish stuff you knew you shouldnt laugh at, but you did anyways. Below are songs I’m pretty sure you don’t have, and the random songs and lines that I love.
Any Man – Soundbombing 2: (And the Intro) With Em making one of his early, pre-Slim Shady LP appearances, you have him at his angriest and wildest, getting lines like “Original bad boy on the case/cover your face/came to the club blowed and sprayed Puffy with Ma$e.” And the classic “I strike a steel pose and hit you with some ill flows/that don’t even make sense/like dykes using dildos.”
3 6 5 – The Restaurant Soundtrack: Although he’s technically guesting on this track by Old World Disorder, he somehow manages to come in and steal the show (as usual) with lines like “So when I grab a pencil and squeeze it between fingers/I’m not a rapper. I’m a demon who speaks english,” the evil line “Motherfuckers tell me to stop the violence?/I’ll start a fire and block the hydrants,” the perfectly delivered “So when Slim gets this M-16 burstin/you’re gettin spun backwards/like every word of obscene cursin/on the B side of my first single/with the CLEAN version. (in the background: MAN),” and the hilarious “Ill further back than that/Back to lovers lane/to the night you got started up/and Cock-Block your fathers game.” You can tell he was going as hard as he could.
Get You Mad – Sway and Tech Show: This song came from Em’s early appearance on this show back in 1998. He ended up spitting a freestyle so ill that they just ended up keeping it and building it into the song you hear. Ridiculous from the START with the funniest chorus he’s done, you get that OLD school Em droppin lines like “You see me outside your building/screaming ‘Puffy is good, but Slim Shady is FOR THE CHILDREN!” “You probably hear me rap half-hearted/cuz I aint tryinta rap anyways/I’m just tryinta get my porno career started.” And my favorite “It’s not a gimick, bitch/It’s an image. I LIVE it./Give a Fuck? I don’t know what a Fuck is to give it.” All of this while going in on all of your favorite notable celebrities of the time… dead or alive. Wild.
The Kids – Marshall Mathers LP Australian Import: This song was never officially released for one hilarious reason; Em basically imitates every major character in South Park… from Mr. Garrison telling you not to do drugs and why (hilarious chorus), to The Kids themselves (hence the title…), with Em’s version of Cartman yelling “South Park is gonna SUE ME!” at the end.
Without clearance on the voices, lines used and general imitation of the show, Em chose to leave this off the Slim Shady LP as to avoid any legal issues with the South Park people. However, once it was (secretly) leaked and he learned that the people at South Park LOVED the song, he secretly dropped it as a bonus track on an Australian Import to the Marshall Mathers LP. I waited 3 weeks to get, along with a bunch of other Slim Shady B-Sides. It was worth it tho. Please listen to it.
Welp, these are all wins that I’m sure you don’t have. So please. Enjoy.