Today, rap legend Eminem announces his second greatest hits collection, Curtain Call 2, set to be released in 2022 via Shady Records/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records. The news comes on the heels of the just released “From the D 2 the LBC,” an epic new single featuring fellow icon Snoop Dogg. The song – and it’s accompanying James Larese-directed video -- made its global premiere on June 2022 at Ape Fest, the Bored Ape NFT event at NFT.NYC.
The song is the lead single from Curtain Call 2, a hits collection comprised of the inimitable Detroit MC’s creative output since the 2005 release of Curtain Call: The Hits. Curtain Call 2 will include music from all Eminem projects from Relapse forward, including side-projects, guest appearances, film soundtrack songs, and of course selections from his solo albums.
Eminem's four studio albums shattered so many sales records that you might think just about every man, woman and gerbil on the planet already owns a bulk of the songs that make up this greatest hits collection. But Curtain Call presents the perfect opportunity to have another look at the life of Marshall Mathers. Starting out in the vein of the Beastie Boys and Slick Rick, he grafted filthy verses over bubbly nursery rhyme melodies and primitive Casio beats to come up with comical singles like 'My Name Is' and 'Real Slim Shady.' Then angst and reflection set in, resulting in rare moments of vulnerability ('Lose Yourself') and a richer musical experience ('Stan'). The three new tracks reflect the entire spectrum, with 'When I'm Gone,' a bittersweet goodbye letter, signaling the raw emotion and youthful enthusiasm of his early days have substantially faded, while 'Fack' counters that the Detroit rapper still has the dirtiest mouth in the business.
1. Intro 2. Fack 3. The Way I Am 4. My Name Is 5. Stan 6. Lose Yourself 7. Shake That 8. Sing For The Moment 9. Without Me 10. Like Toy Soldiers 11. The Real Slim Shady 12. Mockingbird 13. Guilty Conscience 14. Cleanin' Out My Closet 15. Just Lose It 16. When I'm Gone 17. Stan (Live)
Encore, released late in 2004, found Eminem reaching into more mature territory, notably on the anti-George W. Bush "Mosh," but for once most of the controversy generated by the album was for behind-the-scenes events: a bus crash followed by canceled dates and a stint in rehab. Featuring further fan favorites like "Mockingbird" and "Like Toy Soldiers" plus guest appearances by Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Nate Dogg, Obie Trice, Stat QuoandD12, the Grammy-nominated affair continued the Detroit rapper's No. 1 Billboard 200 streak and has been certified 5x Platinum. Recorded at the height of Eminem's drug addiction, Encore would be hislast album for half a decade.
Universal Music Enterprises(UMe) continues to salute many of hip-hop’s finest with theRespect The Classicscampaign which spotlights iconic, genre-defining albums from the Def Jam, Interscope, Priority, and Virgin Records vaults. Their newest installment is the vinyl reissue ofEminem'scareer making 1999 albumThe Slim Shady LPwhich has been out of print on the format since its original release and comes just in time for its 15th anniversary.
Serving as one of the greatest rappers of all time's major label debut,The Slim Shady LPwas recorded in Ferndale, Michigan followingEminem’srecruitment to Aftermath/Interscope by mentor Dr. Dre. Chock full of dazzling lyrical escapades that delve into the mind of a violently warped and vulgar yet extremely talented wordsmith, the 20-cut double album collection contains some of the most memorable and demented lyrics ever recorded.
"Everyone remembers the first time they heard Eminem's The Slim Shady LP. Likely introduced to it through the biggest possible cosign for a rapper via Dr. Dre, or through its Earth-shattering lead single "My Name Is," fans quickly became enthralled with a then 26-year-old Detroit native named Marshall Mathers. A self-described drug-and sex-fueled rapper obsessed with anti-political-correctness and violence, Mathers established himself quickly as a singular artist with a superhero's talent and a mind as dextrous as his verbal delivery.
"...From stark tales of being bullied in his hardened hometown ("Role Model," "Brain Damage") to drugged-up ballads gone wrong ("My Fault") to slightly hopeful anthems for the most blue collar of rap's listeners ("If I Had," "Bottom"), Em effectively introduced the everyman persona to hip-hop's lexicon, and through it made great strides for white and black artists alike...As progressive and revolting as it was catchy and memorable, The Slim Shady LP remains a pivotal album in rap's recent history, and one that sparked an illustrious and often-times troubled career for Eminem. " - Dan Buyanovsky, Revolt
2002'sThe Eminem Showis the fourth studio album from Detroit hip hop artistEminemand follow-up to his 2000 masterworkThe Marshall Mathers LP. Largely self-produced with assistance fromDr. Dre,The Eminem Showdebuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to become the biggest selling album of 2002.
The 20-track set earnedEminemhis second consecutive Grammy nomination for Album of the Year and was his third release in four years to take home the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Incorporating much more of a rap-rock feel than prior releases and with plenty of material inspired by the pitfalls of fame, his ex-wife, estranged mother and daughter,The Eminem Showproduced four top 15 singles including "Without Me," "Cleanin' Out My Closet," "Sing for the Moment" and "Superman."
"Eminem's last album, 2000's 'The Marshall Mathers LP', made him nothing less than the biggest and best pop star in the world. A true artist, no one since Kurt has raged so hard and articulately, no-one since David Bowie has played with their persona with more intelligence, and no-one since the Sex Pistols has pissed more people off...Part of the power of 'The Marshall Mathers LP' was that it seemed to come from nowhere - certainly it was a quantum leap from his 1999 debut.
"Fame and familiarity means that Eminem can never pull that trick off again, but he can improve his music, find new things to talk about, refine his amazing flow. 'The Eminem Show' sees Marshall Mathers doing all these things, backing away from the scorched-earth nihilism of his last album towards a more personal, vulnerable, even - gulp - mature artistic vision." - Alex Needham, NME
Triple vinyl LP pressing. Digitally remastered and expanded 20th Anniversary edition. The Slim Shady LP is the second studio album and the major-label debut by rapper Eminem. Recorded in Ferndale, Michigan, following Eminem's recruitment by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the album features production from Dr. Dre, the Bass Brothers, and Eminem himself. The Slim Shady LP is his first album with a major label after his first album Infinite was released on an independent label in 1996. The lyrics are noted for their depictions of violence and heavy use of profanity. The Slim Shady LP debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200. The 20th Anniversary of The Slim Shady LP on standard vinyl is an updated expanded edition that includes bonus tracks, rarities, a capellas, freestyles, and instrumentals. The set will feature a poster with an illustration from artist Skam2.
- Disc 1 -
1 Public Service Announcement
2 My Name Is
3 Guilty Conscience
4 Brain Damage
- Disc 2 -
1 If I Had
2 '97 Bonnie & Clyde
4 Role Model
6 My Fault
- Disc 3 -
1 Ken Kaniff
2 Cum on Everybody
3 Rock Bottom
4 Just Don't Give a
- Disc 4 -
2 As the World Turns
3 I'm Shady
4 Bad Meets Evil
5 Still Don't Give a
- Disc 5 -
1 Hazardous Youth (A Cappella Version)
2 Get You Mad
3 Greg (A Cappella Version)
4 Bad Guys Always Die (From the Wild Wild West Soundtrack)