There are many events in rap history that are either unknown or forgotten, from album releases to deaths to random ass events most of us can't even recall. As an attempt to remember those moments, Complex will share an event that helped shape hip-hop in a sometimes minor, sometimes major way. Join us as we look back on This Day in Rap History.

February 23, 1999

The Slim Shady LP was Eminem's second album, but his first big release and the first of his albums to drop under Interscope Records and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. With much of the lyrics written from the viewpoint of Em’s alter-ego Slim Shady, The Slim Shady LP catapulted the Detroit rapper from obscurity to notoriety, earning him the Grammy for Best Rap Album in 2000 and his own record label, Shady Records. Little did Em know, The Slim Shady LP was just the beginning of a long, prolific rap career.


Find out how the album ranks among the rest of Em's output here. And read Eminem's most recent Complex cover story here.

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