The Eminem Show
Eminem cited that the inspiration for the album was taken from the Peter Weir-directed 1998 science fiction comedy-drama film The Truman Show. Jim Carrey starred in the film as the lead character Truman Burbank, a man who unwittingly lives inside a TV show, where his life is broadcast to viewers around the world. Eminem spoke on the film's influence, saying, "My life felt like it was becoming a circus around that time, and I felt like I was always being watched [...] Basically, Jim Carrey wrote my album."
the eminem show
Lyrically, the album displays a dramatic shift from the misogynistic and homophobic lyrics presented on The Marshall Mathers LP. Eminem told Spin, "One of the frustrating things was people saying, 'He's got to cuss to sell records,' [...] That's why with this album, I toned it down a bit as far as shock value. I wanted to show that I'm a solid artist, and I'm here to stay." Due to its less satirical and shock factor lyrical approach, The Eminem Show was regarded as a departure from Eminem's previous albums with it being more personal and reflective and a step back of the Slim Shady alter ego. Eminem said during an interview with MTV that he felt that The Eminem Show was his "best record so far". In 2006, Q said that Eminem's first two albums "aired dirty laundry, then the world's most celebrated rapper [Eminem] examined life in the hall of mirrors he'd built for himself."
With the release of The Eminem Show, Eminem was considered to be more socially acceptable: there were no protests over his lyrics, boycotts, and talk shows discussing his impact on America's youth. A columnist of The New York Observer wrote that Eminem had become a "guilty pleasure" for baby boomers, describing him as "the most compelling figure to have emerged from popular music since the holy trinity of [Bob] Dylan, [John] Lennon, and [Mick] Jagger."
The Eminem Show was originally scheduled for release on June 4, 2002; however, pirated and bootlegged copies appeared online via peer-to-peer networks and began surfacing on the streets. It was provided by Rabid Neurosis (RNS), an MP3 warez release organisation who pirated the album twenty-five days prior to release. Radio show Opie and Anthony broadcast the entire album on May 17, 2002. Interscope decided to release the album earlier than planned, on May 28 to prevent bootlegging. However, many stores in the United States began selling it even earlier than the new release date on Sunday, May 26, and some put the album out as early as Friday. Promotional posters in stores read, "America Couldn't Wait". Due to the premature release by many retailers on a Sunday, the album had only one day of official sales for the chart week and was unavailable in Walmart stores during that period. The Eminem Show was Eminem's first album to include lyrics to all its songs inside the CD booklet. Additionally, the first 2,000,000 copies of the album shipped in the United States included a bonus DVD with an exclusive interview and live footage. A week before the album's release, it was the second-most played CD on computers, the highest ranking ever for an unreleased title. It was considered the most anticipated album of 2002.
As Eminem's longtime manager Paul Rosenberg revealed on Instagram, Em actually went back to the song to re-record his verses and chorus. "A couple months ago for this EXPANDED EDITION release Em went back to the lab, recalled the sessions, finished the chorus and put the touches on it so that it could be included in the Bonus Tracks added to the album," said Rosenberg. "Please sit back and enjoy the show."
This new album saw an introspective tour of Em's world of fame, and many of the tracks served as showcases of his maturity, with sadder and more sincere lyrics concerning personal topics like his daughter and his parents. He even gave the album its name since he felt like his life was amounting to nothing but a show for the public to constantly ogle at.
Fourth studio album by Eminem, released on May 26, 2002 by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records. Features guest appearances from Obie Trice, D12, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Dina Rae and Eminem's daughter Hailie Jade Scott-Mathers. This expanded edition comes in a 4LP, 180g Deluxe Gatefold Jacket and includes audio from the 1999 Tramps show in New York, Live From Fuji Rock in Japan as well as, a previously unreleased track, 'Jimmy, Brian, and Mike, and selected instrumentals.
Whatever calculation may be involved -- basically, it's the old sad-clown trick -- these are still among the album's most penetrating moments. They test him and his audience, who may not want to hear sincerity and psychological probing. But they also succeed in fleshing out Eminem's complexities and contradictions; by trying to understand himself, he shows more self-awareness than we might have thought (not to mention ambition, since he clearly wants to be taken more seriously).
The overall graphic and visual theme of this album cover is Eminem sitting on a stage by himself with the curtains partially open and lighting on the microphone and on Eminem. This looks like Eminem would be sitting there before or after a show. The target audience could see this as if Eminem brought out a very serious album as he looks very confident or as if he would be praying, maybe that this album will be a hit again.
The font and the colour of the album colour is very typical as the name of the artist is written in the classic Eminem font which lets the target audience immediately know that this is an classic Eminem album as it uses the same font as the privies albums. The font is very bold which shows that Eminem is confident about this album and that the people are going to like it. The colour of the fonts is white as this shows pureness and cleanness to the target audience and maybe that this album is going to be a classic.
The album name has reflected the band branding and ethos as Eminem is all about being rude and saying what he is thinking and does not care what anybody else might think of that. This could be why he called his album the Eminem show as many people want to forbid him and therefore he might be sitting on the stage alone as this might be what many people want.
The main graphic on this CD cover is Eminem shitting on a stage behind a partially open red curtain where you can see him sitting on the floor with his hands in front of his mouth which looks like he is thinking about something. This is very unusual for a rap CD cover as these artists often look very powerful and in charge. The other graphics are the fonts of the album and the artists name which are written in fat bold letters which shows self-confidence.
There is one photography of Eminem sitting on a stage in a long shot as you can see his whole body and a lot of the stage. This has the effect on the target audience that Eminem is maybe thinking about something before or after a performance on this stage. When the album was new this could have shown that Eminem is so confident about himself that he not even has to pose in front of the camera as he knows he is the best rapper alive.
He'd performed his hit "Stan" at the 2001 Grammy Awards alongside pop/rock icon Elton John as an "answer" to critics who'd blasted the rapper for homophobic lyrics on The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP. Despite a protest organized by GLAAD that was held at Staple Center prior to the big show, John defended performing with Em.
But when The Eminem Show was released in May 2002, it was clear that Em's uber-hot streak was showing no signs of cooling. The rollercoaster ride he'd been on since 1999 was still cresting, as his fourth album debuted at No. 1 and stayed there for six weeks, en route to becoming the best-selling album in the U.S. for 2002. 041b061a72