Producer: Dr. Dre
Album: The Slim Shady LP
Label: Aftermath/Interscope
The most impressive thing about the Grammy-winning single that put Eminem in the mainstream consciousness was not what it did, but what it didn't do. All the MTV love was expected to a degree—a Dr. Dre protege with hype and a funny video to match made it a no-brainer that the up-and-coming rapper would get exposure. The thing is, however, the highly addictive tune (and it does stick in your mind like Krazy Glue) had all the makings of a one-hit wonder—that is, in the hands of lesser artists. One can easily see a hokey act luck out with the same track and forever be remembered just as another novelty. Eminem set out to make his name known, but made extra sure to push the envelope with edgy, disguised-as-goofy lyrics (not many clean-version Top 20 numbers can get away with talk about ripping Pam Anderson's lips off or impregnating Spice Girls.) The duo knew what they were doing: making a pop record that wouldn't alienate hardcore hip-hop fans.