Throwback Thursday ‘The Real Slim Shady’ by Eminem (2000)
"The Real Slim Shady" was the first single off of Eminem's third studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP. The song was eventually on Eminem's greatest hits album, Curtain Call:The Hits in 2005.
The song was meant as a critique on pop culture at the time, but was also a way for Eminem to throw shade at a lot of celebrities. Britney Spears, NSync, Will Smith, Christina Aguilera, Fred Durst, Carson Daly, Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee were just a few of the people mentioned in the song. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg.
The song as well as the music video were controversial due to his lyrics and imagery about gay marriage, S&M, and the aforementioned celebrities.
But, the controversy only helped propel the song to new heights. "The Real Slim Shady" won the Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance in 2001. Which is kind of ironic since in the song he blasts the Grammys!
The music video won a couple MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year and Best Male Video.
According to Wikipedia, "'The Real Slim Shady' was Eminem's first song to reach number one in the United Kingdom and it also peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, giving him his biggest hit up to that point."
The song was also #51 on Billboard's Year-End chart for 2000.
Also, I totally forgot Kathy Griffin was in the music video!