How quickly they forget. Amidst the release of his ninth studio album, Revival, and all the uproar and commotion of its supposed lack of quality, it appears fans of Slim Shady have forgotten one thing: he’s earned the right to do whatever the hell he damn well pleases in the studio.
Don’t believe me? Just go back to his old projects and listen to the passion and hunger in his voice. Or better yet, read up on his rather unorthodox upbringing dealing with racism, suicide and a neglectful father at an early age. It’s almost like because he’s been so successful for so long, fans today can’t fathom that at one point in time, Eminem was never supposed to make it in life, let alone in the hip-hop world. But he did, and now his legacy is infinite.
Which is apropos considering that’s the title of his debut album. Like some fortune teller, he saw success coming because he wouldn’t be content with anything less. That debut album may not have been his best work to date, but it’s still a solid project. To commemorate the album’s 20th anniversary, a documentary was dropped entitled Partners In Rhyme: The True Story of Infinite which is laced with never before seen or heard interviews, photos and stories from Em himself as well as the producers who discovered him and helped him form the project. It also reveals some details about the infamous 8 Mile region, where Em would record the project and allows the man himself to speak on how he got into the rap game.
Even though the video was released last November, now is as good a time as ever to share it considering everyone wants the ‘old Eminem’ back. Perhaps some people don’t even know who the ‘old Eminem’ was. This should help. The entire ~9 minute documentary can be viewed below.