May 23, 2000

May23On this day in 2000, Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP. It was recorded at The Mix House, Encore Studios, Larrabee Sound Studio, The Record Plant, and 54 Sound Studios between August 1999 and April 2000, with Dr. Dre and Eminem producing the bulk of the record.

In its first week, the record sold more than 1.76 million copies in the U.S. The album was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in the U.S., with shipments over 10 million. As of May 2012, the record had sold 10,598,000 copies in the U.S. alone.

In 2001, The Marshall Mathers LP was nominated for a Grammy Award, for Best Album of the Year; it won for Best Rap Album.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album at No. 244 on their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The album art work features Mathers on the cover, sitting in front of the where house he lived during his teens.

The 18-track album includes song such as ‘Kill You’, ‘Stan’ (feat. Dido), ‘The Way I Am’, ‘The Real Slim Shady’, ‘Amityville’, ‘Kim’, and ‘Criminal’. Each of the tracks caused some kind of controversy with the FCC, more often than not, over the violent lyrical content towards women, and instances of homophobia.

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