Eminem Complete Discography (Albums, Mixtapes, Singles, and Features)

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Eminem, born Marshall Mathers III, is considered one of the greatest rappers of all time as well has released some of the best albums in the 2000s.  He’s not only an incredible lyricist and songwriter but one of the genre’s most prolific and bestselling artists.  Here is the complete Eminem discography, including all albums, mixtapes, singles, and features, in chronological order.







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  • “Just Don’t Give a F**k”
  • “My Name Is”
  • “Role Model”
  • “Guilty Conscience” featuring Dr. Dre
  • “The Real Slim Shady”
  • “The Way I Am”
  • “Stan” featuring Dido
  • “I’m Back”
  • “Hellbound” featuring J-Black, and Masta Ace
  • “Without Me”
  • “Cleanin’ Out My Closet”
  • “Lose Yourself”
  • “Superman” featuring Dina Rae
  • “Sing for the Moment”
  • “Business”
  • “One day at a Time” (remix) featuring 2Pac and Outlawz
  • “Just Lose It”
  • “Encore” featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent
  • “Like Toy Soldiers”
  • “Mockingbird”
  • “Ass Like That”
  • “When I’m Gone”
  • “Shake That” featuring Nate Dogg
  • “You Don’t Know” featuring 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, and Cashis
  • “Jimmy Crack Corn” featuring 50 Cent
  • “Crack a Bottle” featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent
  • “We Made You”
  • “3 a.m.”
  • “Old Time’s Sake” featuring Dr. Dre
  • “Beautiful”
  • “Hell Breaks Loose” featuring Dr. Dre
  • “Not Afraid”
  • “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna
  • “No Love” featuring Lil Wayne
  • “Space Bound”
  • “Berzerk”
  • “Survival”
  • “Rap God”
  • “The Monster” featuring Rihanna
  • “Headlights” featuring Nate Ruess
  • “Guts Over Fear” featuring Sia
  • “Detroit vs. Everybody” featuring Royce Da 5’9, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf, and Trick Trick
  • “Phenomenal”
  • “Kings Never Die” featuring Gwen Stefani
  • “Walk on Water” featuring Beyonce
  • “River” featuring Ed Sheeran
  • “Nowhere Fast” featuring Kehlani
  • “Remind Me”
  • “Fall”
  • “Killshot”
  • “Venom”
  • “Lucky You” featuring Joyner Lucas
  • “Darkness”
  • “Godzilla” featuring Juice Wrld
  • “The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady” with Kid Cudi
  • “Love Game” featuring Kendrick Lamar



  • “3ree6ix5ive” by Old World Disorder
  • “No Favors” by Big Sean
  • “Calm Down” by Busta Rhymes
  • “Bang” by Conway the Machine
  • “Lord Above” by Fat Joe also featuring Mary J. Blige
  • “Caterpillar” by Royce Da 59 also featuring King Green
  • “Majesty” by Nicki Minaj also featuring Labrinth
  • “No Favors” by Big Sean
  • “Machine Gun Black” by Hall N Nash
  • “Revenge” by Pink
  • “Kill For You” by Skylar Grey
  • “Welcome To Planet X” by KXNG Crooked also featuring The Observer
  • “Best Friend” by Yelawolf
  • “Medicine Man” by Dr.Dre also featuring Candice Pillay & Anderson .Paak
  • “The Hills” (Remix) by The Weeknd
  • “Speedom (WWC2)” by Tech N9ne also featuring Krizz Kalik
  • “Twerk Dat Pop That” by Trick Trick also featuring Royce Da 5’9
  • “Calm Down” by Busta Rhymes
  • “Psychopath Killer” by Slaughterhouse also featuring Yelawolf
  • “Symphony In H” by Tony Touch
  • “C’mon Let Me Ride” by Skylar Grey
  • “Here Comes The Weekend” by Pink
  • “Numb” by Rihanna
  • “Asylum” by Slaughterhouse
  • “Richard” by Obie Trice
  • “Our House” by Slaughterhouse also featuring Skylar Grey
  • “Throw That” by Slaughterhouse
  • “My Life” by 50 Cent also featuring Adam Levine
  • “Talk To Me” by Young Jeezy also featuring Freddie Gibbs
  • “Writer’s Block” by Royce Da 59
  • “Security” by Royce Da 59
  • “Throw It Up” by Yelawolf also featuring Gangsta Boo
  • “Die Hard” by Dr. Dre
  • “Murder One” by 50 Cent
  • “Roman’s Revenge” by Nicki Minaj
  • “Hello, Good Morning” (Remix) by Diddy also featuring Dirty Money
  • “Airplanes, Part II” by B.o.B also featuring Hayley Williams
  • “Love The Way You Lie” (Part II) by Rihanna
  • “All She Wrote” by T.I.
  • “Celebrity” by Lloyd Banks also featuring Akon
  • “Where I’m At” by Lloyd Banks
  • I Need A Doctor by Dr. Dre also featuring Skylar Grey
  • “Psycho” by 50 Cent
  • “Forever” by Drake also featuring Kanye West, and Lil Wayne


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Features (cont’d.)

  • “Topless” by Dr. Dre also featuring Nas
  • “Drop The World” by Lil Wayne
  • “Chemical Warfare” by The Alchemist
  • “From The D” by Trick Trick also featuring Kid Rock
  • “Who Want It” by Trick Trick
  • “I Can Be” by Helleva
  • “Shady Baby” by Obie Trice
  • “Peep Show” by 50 Cent
  • “Touchdown” by T.I.
  • “Pistol Poppin” by Cashis
  • “There They Go” by Obie Trice also featuring Big Herk, and Trick Trick
  • “Smack That” by Akon
  • “It Has Been Said” by The Notorious B.I.G also featuring Diddy, and Obie Trice
  • “No More To Say” by Trick Trick also featuring Proof
  • “Welcome 2 Detroit” by Trick Trick
  • “Drama Setter” by Tony Yayo also featuring Obie Trice
  • “Testify” by Stat Quo
  • “The Next One” by Stat Quo
  • “We Ain’t” by The Game
  • “Hip Hop” by Bizarre
  • “Gatman” by 50 Cent also featuring Robin
  • “Lean Back” by Fat Joe also featuring Lil Jon, and Mase
  • “Pimplikeness” by Proof also featuring Kuniva, Swifty McVay, and Bizarre
  • “Oil Can Harry” by Proof
  • “Off To Tijuana” by Hush ft. Kuniva and Swifty
  • “I’ll Hurt You” by Busta Rhymes
  • “Pale Moonlight” by Strike also featuring Dina Rae
  • “Warrior Part 2” by Lloyd Banks also featuring 50 Cent and Nate Dogg
  • “We Just Came To Party” by Young Zee
  • “Welcome To D-Block” by Jadakiss also featuring Sheek, and Styles P.
  • “Black Cotton” by 2Pac also featuring Kastro and Young Noble
  • “Soldier Like Me” by 2Pac
  • “Hands On You” by Obie Trice
  • “Lady” by Obie Trice
  • “Shit Hits The Fan” by Obie Trice also featuring Dr. Dre
  • “We All Die One Day” by Obie Trice also featuring 50 Cent, and Lloyd Banks
  • “Don’t Push Me” by 50 Cent also featuring Lloyd Banks
  • “Patiently Waiting” by 50 Cent
  • “One Day At A Time” by 2Pac also featuring Outlawz


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Features (cont’d.)

  • “911” by Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E. also featuring B-Real
  • “My Name” by Xzibit also featuring Nate Dogg
  • “Rock City” by Royce Da 5’9
  • “Serious” by Promatic also featuring Swifty McVay, Proof
  • “What If I Was White” by Sticky Fingaz
  • “Renegade” by Jay-Z
  • “She’s The One” by Royce Da 5’9 also featuring Tre Little
  • “Stir Crazy” by The Madd Rapper
  • “Don’t Approach Me” by Xzibit
  • “Watch Deez” by DJ Spinna also featuring Thirstin Howl
  • “What The Beat” by DJ Clue also featuring Method Man and Royce Da 5’9
  • “The Last Hit” by The High & Mighty
  • “The Anthem” by Sway & Tech also featuring Xzibit, RZA, Tech N9ne, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Chino XL, Jayo Felony and KRS-One
  • “Dead Wrong” by The Notorious B.I.G
  • “What’s The Difference” by Dr. Dre also featuring Xzibit
  • “The Watcher” by Dr. Dre
  • “Forgot About Dre” by Dr. Dre
  • “Bad Guys Always Die” by Dr. Dre
  • “Rush Ya Clique” by Outsidaz
  • “Macosa” by Outsidaz
  • “You Must Be Crazy” by DJ Rectangle also featuring Dree and Hot Karl
  • “Turn Me Loose” by Limp Bizkit
  • “Busa Rhyme” by Missy Elliott
  • “Green And Gold” by The Anonymous
  • “We Shine” by Da Ruckus
  • “Trife Thieves” by Bizarre also featuring Fuzz
  • “No One’s Iller” (Demo) by Bizarre also featuring Swift, and Fuzz
  • “5 Star Generals” by Shabaam Sahdeeq also featuring Skam, A.L. and Kewst
  • “Hard Act To Follow” by Outsidaz
  • “You Hear Me” by DJ Jazzy Jeff also featuring Pauly Yams
  • “3hree6ix5ive” by Old World Disorder
  • “Fuck Off” by Kid Rock
  • “Flawless Victory” by Da Rabeez
  • “Take The Whole World With Me” by Outsidaz also featuring Bizarre
  • “Dumpin’ by Parts Unknown also featuring Proof, and Eye-Kyu


Albums by Eminem


Released November 12, 1996

Cover artwork for Infinite by Eminem, sky of stars with purple lens flare across center.

Facts about Infinite:

  • This album sold under a thousand copies, which made Eminem’s first studio album a commercial failure.
  • In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1999, Eminem said that “after that record, every rhyme I wrote got angrier and angrier.”

Popular Songs from Infinite

  • “Infinite”
  • “313”



The Slim Shady LP

Released: February 22, 1999

Cover artwork for Slim Shady LP.

Facts about The Slim Shady LP 

  • The song “My Name Is,” skyrocketed Eminem’s career on the national charts.
  • In the song “Guilty Conscience,” Eminem and Dr. Dre play off alter ego’s between the good and the bad decisions we process every day.
  • For the making of the song “Role Model,” Eminem clarifies in his book The Angry Blonde on how he uses complete sarcasm to discuss the fact he’s actually the polar opposite of a role model.


Popular Songs

  • “Role Model”
  • “My Name Is”
  • “Just Don’t Give A F**k”




The Marshall Mathers LP

Released: May 23, 2000

Cover artwork for Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP, featuring a black and white photo of the rapper on his house's porch.

Facts about The Marshall Mathers LP

  • In this album, Eminem calls out his enemies, including his wife, mother, and the negative publicity he faces from the public.
  • In “The Real Slim Shady,” Eminem calls out his fans for imitating his fashion sense, and his hip-hop counterparts for copying his rap flow.
  • The song “Stan” is a fictional story to show the obsessive fans that write Eminem letters.


Popular Songs

  • “Stan”
  • “The Way I Am”
  • “The Real Slim Shady”
  • “Kill You”





Devil’s Night

Released: June 19, 2001

Cover for D12 Devil's Night, featuring a matchbook reading D12 burning at its corners.

Facts about Devils Night

  • Devil’s Night is the debut studio album of D12, a rap group Eminem was involved with early on in his career. Members include: Bugz, Bizarre, Mr. Porter, Eye-Kyu, Fuzz Scoota, Proof, and Kuniva.
  • In the track “Purple Pills,” D12 raps about their experiences living in the ghetto while taking drugs off the street, medicine cabinets, or at fish-bowl parties.
  • In “Fight Music,” Eminem and other group members discuss points on savagery, fictional cruel subjects, and how adolescents take music into the reflection of their reality.


Popular Songs

  • “American Psycho”
  • “Purple Pills”
  • “Fight Music”
  • “Girls” (Limp Bizkit Diss)




The Eminem Show

Released: May 26, 2002

Album cover for The Eminem Show, red stage curtains with a microphone and the rapper seated behind them.

Facts about The Eminem Show 

  • “Without Me” is the lead single on this album. It explores what the rap game would be like without Eminem’s influence.
  • In the song “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” Eminem goes on about his experiences in his adolescence when his father abandoned him, the corrupt relationship with his mother, and the toxic on & off relationship with his ex-wife Kim.
  • “Superman” is about Eminem’s trust issues with relationships after his divorce.


Popular Songs

  • “Without Me”
  • “Superman”
  • “Sing for the Moment”
  • “Till I Collapse”




8 Mile: Soundtrack

Released: October 29, 2002

Cover for the 8 Mile soundtrack.

Facts about 8 Mile: Soundtrack

  • In the track “Rap Game,” Eminem and members of D12 express the hardship of trying to make it in the rap industry.
  • “Lose Yourself” was actually written on the set of the film “8 Mile” between takes. It’s considered one of Eminem’s top 10 most popular songs.


Popular Songs

  • “Lose Yourself”
  • “8 Mile”
  • “Rabbit Run”




D12 World

Released: April 27, 2004

Cover artwork for D12 World, a hand with a D12 ring gripping the earth like a ball.

Facts about D12 World 

  • In the track “My Band,” Eminem pokes fun at the fact he’s considered the leader of D12 despite being on equal footing with the other members.
  • The track “How Come” is about the rising tensions between the group members of D12. Eminem mainly talks about his best friend of the group, Proof.
  • This was the last album Proof was involved in with D12 before his death.
  • In “American Psycho,” D12 showcases how all the members of D12 are lyrically insane on and off-stage.


Popular Songs

  • “Git Up”
  • “My Band”
  • “U R The One”





Released: November 12, 2004

Cover for Encore featuring Eminem taking a bow on a stage with blue curtains.

Facts about Encore

  • The album was scheduled to be released on the 16th of that month, but was leaked over the internet.
  • Secret Service officials put an investigation on Eminem for a line he stated in the track “We As Americans.”  The line was: “Fuck money, I don’t rap for dead presidents, I’d rather see the president dead.”
  • In the song “Like Toy Soldiers,” Eminem discusses his emotional state with violence in the hip hop community.


Popular Songs

  • “Like Toy Soldiers”
  • “Mockingbird”
  • “Just Lose It”




Curtain Call: The Hits

Released: December 6, 2005

Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits album cover.

Facts about “Curtain Call: The Hits”

  • This is a compilation album of Eminem’s greatest hits between 1999-2004, as well as three additional songs.
  • “Renegade” by Jay-Z with Eminem is a self expressive statement with a message for critics to “F**k off.” During this time, media outlets had dubbed Eminem a bad influence on children,  and claimed Jay-Z had forgotten his roots.
  • In the track “Dead Wrong” by Notorious B.I.G, Eminem collabs in this song to go into the horrors of American society, including domestic violence, rape, murder, and molestation.


Popular Songs

  • “Stan”
  • “Like Toy Soldiers”
  • “When I’m Gone”
  • “Lose Yourself”
  • “Without Me”




Relapse: Refill

Released: December 21, 2009

Cover artwork for Relapse: Refill.

Facts about Relapse: Refill

  • The song “Beautiful” is considered to be the most influential song on the album.
  • In the track “We Made You,” Eminem opens up about how celebrities are no different from their fans, and don’t deserve the undue praise they get.
  • “My Darling” is about Slim Shady (Eminem’s alter ego) convincing Eminem how they are the same person. Slim Shady wants to be in control of their body again, while Eminem struggles to see what good could come out of it.


Popular Songs

  • “Beautiful”
  • “Forever”
  • “Crack A Bottle”
  • “My Darling”





Released: June 18, 2010

Cover artwork for Recovery by Eminem.

Facts about Recovery

  • In the song “Not Afraid,” Eminem bluntly speaks out about his struggles and accomplishments, and encourages his fans to reach their goals.
  • The track “Cinderella Man” explores his dark past, and his determination to move to a brighter future.


Popular Songs

  • “Cinderella Man”
  • “Not Afraid”
  • “No Love”
  • “Love The Way You Lie”




Hell: The Sequel

Released: June 13, 2011

Cover for Hell: The Sequel.

Facts about Hell: The Sequel

  • Bad Meets Evil is a rap duo composed of Eminem and Royce Da 5’9. The two met each other in 1999, through mutual friend Proof.
  • “Above the Law” is about being above authority, doing whatever the two rappers desire, regardless of judgement from fans, critics, or friends.
  • In the track “Fast Lane,” Eminem and Royce discuss life in the fast lane as eager rappers ready to claim stardom.


Popular Songs

  • “Fast Lane”
  • “Lighters”
  • “Above the Law”




The Marshall Mathers LP2

Released: November 5, 2013

Cover for The Marshall Mathers LP2, similar to first Marshall Mathers LP but with the house now foreclosed and boarded up.

Facts about The Marshall Mathers LP2

  • Eminem was accused of homophobia after the release of “Rap God,” which contains LGBTQ-related slurs.
  • In “Headlights,” Eminem makes an apology to his mother for their toxic relationship and his past tracks about her.
  • He also gives insight on marriage to his ex-wife Kim Ann Scott in “Stronger Than I Was,” and apologizes to her for his toxic behavior during their rocky relationship.


Popular Songs

  • “Berzerk”
  • “Rap God”
  • “Survival”




SouthPaw: Soundtrack

Released: July 24, 2015

Artwork for SouthPaw soundtrack.

Facts about SouthPaw: Soundtrack

  • In the track “Kings Never Die,” Eminem expresses his extreme anger at critics, mumble rappers, and ignorant fans.
  • Eminem goes into detail—with sex slurs—on what it means to be raw with women in “Raw” by Bad Meets Evil.
  • “Phenomenal” is a song meant to inspire fans to set goals and achieve them. Similar tracks include “Guts over Fear” and “Not Afraid.”


Popular Songs

  • “Kings Never Die”
  • “Wicked Games”
  • “Phenomenal”





Released: December 15, 2017

Cover for Revival featuring Eminem superimposed over an American flag.

Facts about Revival

  • The title of this album has a double meaning: a personal revival for Eminem, his music,and well-being, but also a revival for America as a nation.
  • In the track “River,” Eminem accounts a fictional story about a toxic relationship that culminates in an abortion.
  • Eminem makes a personal apology to Kim in the track “Bad Husband,” for the personal and public negativity she has received because of him.


Popular Songs

  • “Walk on Water”
  • “Believe”
  • “River”
  • “Offended”




Released: August 31, 2018

Cover for Kamikaze, back half of a fighter jet/kamikaze airplane.

Facts about Kamikaze

  • On this album, Eminem targets critics and negative fans who predicted his career was “over” after his previous album, Revival.
  • In the track “Lucky You,” Eminem discusses how he is at the top of the rap game, yet is overlooked for his fame.  Joyner Lucas collaborate on this track, and discusses how he has not received any awards for his work but is gaining recognition.
  • Eminem disses the latest trend of mumble rappers—who he calls out by name, including Lil pump and Lil Xan—in the track “The Ringer.”


Popular Songs

  • “Not Alike”
  • “Lucky You”
  • “Venom”
  • “Nice Guy”




Music To Be Murdered By

Released: January 17, 2020

Cover for Music to Be Murdered By.

Facts about Music To Be Murdered By

  • In the track “Unaccommodating,” Young M.A. collabs with Eminem to discuss their portrayals by the press and critics.
  • He goes over the rewards of resilience and confidence from a tough past in “You ‘Gon Learn.”
  • Eminem compares himself to being an alienated being, possibly a martian, to express how he is metaphorically out of this world in “Marsh.”


Popular Songs

  • “Godzilla”
  • “Unaccommodating”
  • “Premonition”
  • “Darkness”




Curtain Call 2

Released August 5, 2022

Eminem Curtain Call 2 album cover art

Facts about Curtain Call 2

  • Curtain Call 2 is framed as a sequel to his 2005 greatest hits album Curtain Call: The Hits which included songs from 1999’s The Slim Shady LP, 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP, 2002’s 8 Mile and The Eminem Show as well as 2004’s Encore.
  • Curtain Call 2 is a 2-disc, 34-track set featuring tracks from 2009’s Relapse, 2010’s Recovery, 2011’s Hell: The Sequel (released under Bad Meets Evil with rapper Royce da 5’9″), 2011’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2017’s Revival, 2018’s Kamikaze and 2020’s Music to Get Murdered By as well as soundtrack cuts from 2015’s Southpaw.

Popular Songs

  • “The Monster (Ft. Rihanna)”
  • “Venom”
  • “River (Ft. Ed Sheeran)”
  • “Fall”


Mixtapes by Eminem


Steppin Onto The Scene

Released: March 3, 1990

Steppin Onto the Scene artwork, handwritten tracklist.
Source: Datpiff

Facts about Steppin Onto The Scene

  • Eminem was just 18 years old when he spit bars on this mixtape with neighborhood friends. They called themselves “Bassmint Productions,” which in 1992 became “Soul Intent.”
  • In the track “Fattest Skinny Kid Alive,” Eminem is having fun, trying to find his own sound. HIs tone is reminiscent of his rap idols: LL Cool J, Ice T, and Big Daddy Kane.
  • The group often recorded their music in the basement, hence their original name.


Popular Songs

  • “Steppin ‘On To The Scene”
  • “Fattest Skinny Kid Alive”




Still in The Bassmint

Released: October 14, 1992

Still in the Bassmint artwork, graffiti-style typography against plain white background.
Source: Datpiff

Facts about Still in the Bassmint

  • “Unrealistically Graphic,” written by Eminem and his homeboy Chaos Kid, gets into the nitty gritty about Eminem’s sexual fiascos, and how ruthless he can be in the bedroom.
  • In “Conceptual Corrections,” Eminem and Chaos Kid discuss their roots, and call out those who oppose them.
  • In the track “One-Handed Juggler,” Eminem talks about his persistence to be played on the radio, his rejections from label companies, and his hunger for attention. Eminem didn’t get signed until 1997, when he was in his mid-twenties.


Popular Songs

  • “Unrealistically Graphic”





Soul Intent EP

Released: February 25, 1995

Facts about Soul Intent EP

  • Eminem calls out fellow rapper Champtown for having an affair with Eminem’s longtime girlfriend (and later, his wife) Kimberly Ann Scott in the track “Fuckin’ Backstabber.”
  • In “Biterphobia,” Eminem expresses his ability to rap fast. When he worked in fast food, he would practice his rap flow while explaining items off the menu to customers. He also studied the dictionary in his down time.


Popular Songs

  • “Biterphobia”




The Underground EP

Released: 1996

Facts about Underground EP

  • This EP was an unreleased project by Hip-Hop group D12. Eminem remained an active member with the group from 1996-2006, and again from 2008-2018.
  • Eminem finds his signature sound in the track “Take The Whole World.”  This track was recorded between Eminem’s albums Infinite and The Slim Shady EP.
  • In the track “Art Of War,” D12 raps about the skills they bring to the rap game.


Popular Songs

  • “Take The Whole World With Me”




The Slim Shady EP

Released: December 16, 1997

Facts about The Slim Shady EP

  • This was the record that caught Dr. Dre’s attention and got Eminem signed to Dre’s label, Aftermath Entertainment.
  • Later, this EP was developed into a LP, which became a major breakthrough for Eminem’s career.
  • In the song “Just Don’t Give A F**k,” Eminem talks about his hardships including living with his wife at his mom’s house, not being able to provide for his daughter, and the abuse of drugs and alcohol.


Popular Songs

  • “Just the Two of Us”
  • “Just Don’t Give A F**k”
  • “If I Had…”



Fuckin Yzarc

Released: 2000

Facts about Fucking Yzarc

  • This is a bootleg compilation mixtape by Eminem and various artists.
  • “Any Man Fucking Crazy” is one of the last tracks associated with Eminem as an underground rapper.


Popular Songs

  • “Any Man / Fucking Crazy”
  • “Get You Mad”
  • “My Name Is” (Remix)




The Freestyle Show

Released: 2002

Facts about The Freestyle Show

  • This is another bootleg mixtape compilation of songs by Eminem.
  • During this time, Eminem was facing harsh realities. He witnessed his wife kissing another man outside a club in Detroit, earning himself a felony charge after he clocked the guy in the jaw with a pistol.
  • Eminem faced an additional felony charge after waving an illegal handgun outside a cassette store, following an altercation with hip hop group Insane Clown Posse.




Straight From The Lab

Released: October, 2003

Eminem Straight from the Lab album cover.

Facts about Straight From The Lab

  • Straight From The Lab is an unofficial compilation mixtape that was released in the United States in 2003. Its recognition then spread into Europe, which eventually caused an unlicensed version to appear.
  • In “Kids,” Eminem encourages kids to not take drugs, even utilizing impressions of South Park characters Mr.Mackey, Wendy Testaburger, and Eric Cartman.
  • “Explosion” is actually the song “Rabbit Run.”  The song was renamed for the 8 Mile soundtrack. It’s about Eminem’s life events before fame, and how he wanted to give up time and time again, but didn’t.


Popular Songs

  • “Explosion”
  • “Doe Rae Me” (Hailie’s Revenge)
  • “The Kids”




The Singles

Released: December 23, 2003

Facts about The Singles

  • The Singles is a limited-edition box set of a majority of Eminem’s hit singles, released between 1999 and 2002. The collection has a CD for every single. It also includes instrumentals, remixes, and some other non-single tracks.
  • In the track “Stimulate,” Eminem is being genuine on the influence he provides his fans. He then explains how he’s no one’s guardian, just a man making a living off his music and stomping back every time his work is condemned.
  • During an interview with Rolling Stone in 2004, Eminem was doing better: he’d cut down on his drinking, focused on raising his daughter, niece, and half-brother in the same household.


Popular Songs

  • “Sing For The Moment”
  • “Business”
  • “Without Me”




Don’t Call Me Marshall

Released: 2003

Facts about Don’t Call Me Marshall

  • This is an unofficial CD compilation release, fan-made in Russia.
  • In the track “Back Down Royce,” Eminem and D12 rap about the issues they have with rapper Royce Da 5’9.


Popular Songs

  • “Don’t Push Me”
  • “Back Down Royce”
  • “Lose Yourself” (Remix)




D12 Limited Edition Mixtape

Released: 2003

Facts about D12 Limited Edition Mixtape

  • This album was handed out at the promotion party for rapper 50 Cent, when he dropped his debut album Get Rich or Die Trying.
  • During the production of Eminem’s film 8 Mile, he met with then-underground rapper 50 Cent. He later signed him to both his label and Dr. Dre’s.  50 Cent became the first solo artist signed to Shady Records and Aftermath Entertainment.  Shortly after that, Eminem said he wanted to quit rap after seeing 50 Cent’s talent.


Popular Songs

  • “I Ain’t Trippin”
  • “Kick In The Door (Murder Inc. Diss)”




The Freestyle Manual

Released: 2006

Freestyle Manual album artwork with Eminem holding a "Freestyle Manual" and library of tapes.

Facts about The Freestyle Manual

  • The Freestyle Manual is another unofficial compilation freestyle mixtape.
  • In 2006, Eminem remarried his wife and was so happy about it, he broadcasted his wedding all over Hello! magazine.
  • His best friend from childhood, rapper Proof (aka Deshaun Holton) passed away due to a bar fight that same year. As a result, Eminem gained significant weight due to his grief and withdrawal from sleep medication.


Popular Songs

  • “Freestyle 01”
  • “Freestyle 19”




Shady Classics: The Mixtape

Released: November 22, 2014

Facts about Shady Classics: The Mixtape

  • In the track “Go To Sleep,” Eminem disses rapper Ja Rule over a beef they had when Eminem signed 50 Cent to Shady Records and Aftermath Entertainment, after 50 Cent was a rumored suspect to robbing Ja Rule’s jewelry store.
  • On “Invasion (The Realest),” Eminem gives out a fair warning flexing his rap abilities, in case anyone dare tries to diss him in the future.
  • Later that year, Eminem had a cameo in the 2014 film, The Interview.  Eminem discussed how difficult it was for him to remain in character with James Franco because he was just too funny.


Popular Songs

  • “Fight Music”
  • “Don’t Push Me”
  • “American Psycho”



Eminem’s portfolio of work is no-doubt impressive. But what may be more important is the overall impact he’s had on other rappers. Rappers from today such as NF, Logic, Kendrick Lamar to older rappers from back in the day such as Kanye and Lil’ Wayne; Eminem has impacted and influenced rappers in one way or another. So, the next time you’re feeling nostalgic vibes, be sure to add Eminem alongside the playlist for your top albums in 2020.



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