The Slim Shady EP is a 1997 EP release by rapper Eminem on the Detroit-based record label Web Entertainment. The Slim Shady EP was released on cassette and CD. Eminem sold roughly 5,000 copies of this EP independently.
Eminem first introduced his "Slim Shady" persona on this EP, and his lyrics are a marked 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 than on Infinite; whereas critics claimed he sounded too much like Nas and AZ on that album. Eminem also began utilizing a more complex rhyme structure and clever story telling on this EP. The production value of the music on the tracks — from previous collaborators DJ Head, The Bass Brothers, and Mr. Porter — was also noticeably higher than on prior album efforts.
Unlike Infinite, The Slim Shady EP gained Eminem significant underground attention and eventually garnered the interest of famous West Coast hip-hop producer Dr. Dre, who subsequently signed Eminem to his fledgling Aftermath label, and executive-produced his breakthrough major-label debut The Slim Shady LP.
The album cover depicts the opening skit as well as the first track, in which Slim Shady (a character which Eminem apparently "killed" in the past) awakens Eminem and orders him to look in the mirror to see that he is "nothing without him". Eminem resists and screams in the background while Slim Shady yells back and laughs at Eminem's horror. By the second track, Eminem and Slim Shady become the same person. Em is also ordered by "Slim Shady" to look into a mirror, and the sound of glass breaking is heard, alluding once again to the cover. In the When I'm Gone video, Eminem breaks a mirror which him in it, probably to "kill" Slim Shady (Interestingly, he says "Die Shady" in the lyrcs before the mirror breaks).
|1||Intro (Slim Shady)||1:05||Eminem||Eminem|
|2||Low Down, Dirty||4:47||Da-Brigade, Denaun Porter||Eminem|
|3||If I Had...||4:07||DJ Rec||Eminem, Kristie Abete|
|4||Just Don't Give a Fuck||4:02||Denaun Porter||Eminem, Frogg|
|6||Just the Two of Us||4:19||DJ Head||Eminem|
|7||No One's Iller||4:58||DJ Head||Eminem, Swift, Bizarre Kid, Fuzz Scoota|
|8||Murder, Murder||4:40||DJ Rec||Eminem|
|9||If I Had... (Radio Edit)||4:03||DJ Rec||Eminem, Kristie Abete|
|10||Just Don't Give a Fuck (Radio Edit)||4:04||Denaun Porter||Eminem, Frogg|
'''Just The Two Of Us
No One's Iller
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