When Eminem described himself as the “It’s the return of the ‘Oh wait, no way, your kidding/He didn’t just say what I think he did, did he?'” on “The Real Slim Shady,” the lead single from his sophomore album, The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000, he accurately summed up his career legacy as being Hip-Hop’s undisputed king of shock value.
He was like a head trip to listen and his classic second studio effort holds the rare distinction in the culture of the follow-up topping a debut that made serious impact. The rhyme schemes, production, album sequencing–were all incredible but it was those lyrics that had 1.76 million rushing to buy it in record-breaking fashion once it was released on May 23, 2000.
Today marks The Marshall Mathers LP fifteenth birthday and commemorate, we’ve tallied up the fifteen most controversial lyrics. We as a population have since been desensitized to most things but back then, these rhymes were a pretty big deal.