The Slim Shady EP is a demo album released by the rapper Eminem in 1997 on Web
Entertainment. It was released on cassette and about 150 CDs were pressed as
well. The demo is very highly sought after and an original cassette will reach
over US$500 on eBay - however, it was pirated extensively since Eminem became
famous, and legitimate copies are extremely rare. Modified versions of the tracks "Just
Don't Give A F*ck", "Mommy"/"Just the Two of Us" (as "97
Bonnie & Clyde"), and "If I Had" appeared on 1999's The Slim
Eminem first introduced his "Slim Shady" persona on this EP, and his lyrics are a marked departure from those found on Infinite, featuring constant references to drug use, perverted sexual acts, and over-the-top violence. His flow is also noticeably different, as on Infinite he was accused of sounding too much like Nas and AZ. The Slim Shady EP gained significant underground popularity and eventually garnered the attention of Dr. Dre, who subsequently signed Eminem to his Aftermath label and executive-produced The Slim Shady LP.
Upon the release of this album, underground New York rapper Cage accused Eminem of copying his style; the two exchanged disses early in Eminem's career. For more information, see Eminem's enemies.
Eminem - The Slim Shady EP (Demo Release) 1997
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