On this day, exactly 18 years ago (January 21, 1999) Eminem’s “My Name Is” music video premiered on MTV TRL. It was directed by Phillip Atwell, who would later direct music videos for several other Eminem songs, including “Stan”, “Lose Yourself”, “The Real Slim Shady”, and “Just Lose It”.
The video starts out with a stereotypical redneck family watching television, who then come across a show starring “Marshall Mathers” (Eminem’s real name). As the video goes on, Eminem parodies several TV shows and movies. He also imitates then President Bill Clinton, a porn star, and others.
The video was ranked #97 in NME’s “100 Greatest Music Videos.” It also received VEVO Certification Award for passing 100 million views on YouTube. American journalist, author and critic David Browne wrote that this single and its accompany video were both “attention-grabbing”.