The Marshall Mathers LP is the third studio album by American rapper Eminem. The album was produced mostly by Dr. Dre and Eminem, along with The 45 King, the Bass Brothers, and Mel-Man. The album sold more than 1.78 million copies in the US in its first week alone, in 2001, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and was nominated for Album of the Year. Eminem lost the latter to jazz-rock duo Steely Dan and their album Two Against Nature, the album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in March 2011 for shipping 10 million copies in the United States. By December 2016, the album had sold over 11 million copies in the United States, a sequel to the album, The Marshall Mathers LP2, was released on November 5,2013. Inspired by the disappointment of his album, Infinite, Eminem created the alter ego Slim Shady. After placing second in the annual Rap Olympics, Eminem was noticed by the staff at Interscope Records and eventually CEO Jimmy Iovine, Eminem and Dr. Dre then recorded The Slim Shady LP, which was noted for its over-the-top lyrical depictions of drugs and violence. The Slim Shady LP was a critical and commercial success, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and selling 283,000 copies in its first week. At the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000, the record won Best Rap Album, the Slim Shady LP turned Eminem from an underground rapper into a high-profile celebrity. The rapper, who had struggled to provide for his daughter Hailie. In June 1999, he married his girlfriend Kimberly Ann Kim Scott, Eminem also became a highly controversial figure due to his lyrical content. The Marshall Mathers LP was recorded in a two-month-long creative binge, Eminem hoped to keep publicity down during the recording in order to stay focused on working and figuring out how to map out each song. He described himself as a rat who benefited creatively from the isolated environment of the studio. Much of the album was written spontaneously in the studio, Dr. Dre noted and we gotta get to the studio. We just wait and see what happens when we get there, Kill You was written when Eminem heard the track playing in the background while talking to Dr. Dre on the phone and developed an interest in using it for a song. He then wrote the lyrics at home and met up with Dr. Dre, Kim was the first song the rapper recorded for the album, shortly after finishing work on The Slim Shady LP in late 1998. Eminem wrote Kim at a time in which he and his wife were separated, originally intending to write a love song for her while using ecstasy, the rapper hoped to avoid overt sentimentality and thus began writing a song of hate. With the track, the rapper aimed to create a horror story in the form of a song
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Eminem (pictured in 1999) wrote the majority of The Marshall Mathers LP while in the studio.
Dr. Dre (pictured in 2008) produced most of the first half of the album, together with Mel-Man