On this day, exactly 18 years ago (Feb. 23, 1999), Eminem released second solo studio album The Slim Shady LP under Interscope Records and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. The album’s production was handled primarily by the Bass Brothers, Dr. Dre, and Eminem.
The album was met with both critical and commercial success; critics praised Eminem for his unique lyrical style, and the record debuted at #2 on the US Billboard 200 chart with 283,000 copies sold in its opening week. The second official single, “My Name Is”, peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first entry on that chart.The Slim Shady LP went on to be certified quadruple-platinum in US by the RIAA. It went 3x Platinum in United Kingdom and 2x Platinum in Canada, Platinum in Australia and New Zealand, Gold in Netherlands, South Africa and Switzerland.
The album won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, and in 2012, the album was ranked #275 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and #33 on its list of the “100 Best Albums of the ’90s.” “Ken Kaniff” was listed as #15 on Complex’s “50 Greatest Hip-Hop Skits” list. It also won Outstanding National Album at the 2000 Detroit Music Awards. In 2015, it was ranked at #76 by About.com in their list of “100 best hip-hop albums of all time”