On this day in music history: February 23, 1999 - “The Slim Shady LP”, the second album by Eminem is released. Produced by Dr. Dre, Mark & Jeff Bass, Mel-Man and Eminem, it is recorded at The Bassmint in Detroit, MI, Studio 8 in Ferndale, MI, The Mix Room and Dre’s House in Burbank, CA from Mid 1996 - January 1999. The major label debut from the Detroit based rapper consists of tracks recorded over a period of three years that sees Eminem suffering numerous setbacks and personal crises which influences the content. In spite of the controversy generated by the lyrics, it is a huge commercial success, spinning off three singles including “My Name Is” and “Guilty Conscience”. The album also wins two Grammy Awards including Best Rap Solo Performance for “My Name Is” and Best Rap Album in 2000. “The Slim Shady LP” debuts at its peak position of number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
When this life makes you mad enough to kill
When you want something bad enough to steal
When you feel like you have had it up to here
Cuz you’re mad enough to scream, but you’re sad enough to tear
That’s rock bottom.