On this day, exactly 20 years ago (December 6, 1997), Eminem released his debut extended play, Slim Shady EP. Unlike Infinite, Slim Shady EP helped Eminem gain the interest of CEO Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, who subsequently signed Eminem to his Aftermath Entertainment record label, and served as executive producer on his major-label debut album The Slim Shady LP (1999).
According to an interview with Zane Lowe, Eminem made 500 copies of the EP, but sold only slightly higher than 250. It would not be until Eminem rose to global fame that the EP would chart, eventually charting at #27 on the UK Albums Chart in 2001, nearly four years after the EP was first released.
Though rare, reviews of the EP were generally mixed to positive. AllMusic gave the EP two and a half out of five stars without a written review. XXL, despite originally giving the EP three out of five stars “L” rating, listed it on their “100 Most Essential Rap EPs of All Time – The Best of the Short & Sweet” list.
Listen to the EP below: