On this day, exactly 17 years ago, (February 23, 1999) Eminem released his second solo studio album, The Slim Shady LP.
The album was met with both critical and commercial success; critics praised Eminem for his unique lyrical style, and the record debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart with 283,000 copies sold in its opening week.
The Slim Shady LP went on to be certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). By November, 2015, the album sold almost 6,000,000 copies in the United States.
Rolling Stone ranked The Slim Shady LP number 273 on the magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” and 33 on its list of the “100 Best Albums of the ’90s”. At the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000, the album won Best Rap Album, while “My Name Is” won Best Rap Solo Performance. “Ken Kaniff” was listed as number 15 on Complex’s “50 Greatest Hip-Hop Skits” list, while the “Public Service Announcement” introduction to the album, along with the “Public Service Announcement 2000” introduction from The Marshall Mathers LP, was listed as number 50 on the list. It also won Outstanding National Album at the 2000 Detroit Music Awards.