Eminem‘s long time manager, Paul Rosenberg, recently sat down with XXL and revealed what the Detroit rapper was like before, and after, the release of The Slim Shady LP. He also spoke on the first studio session Em had with Dr.Dre.
“In that session [Eminem] recorded ‘My Name Is’ and a couple other records,” Rosenberg says in the interview. “It set the tone for the album.”
“Em knows his lyrics get reactions,” Rosenberg says. “It’s part of his art. But when there was talk about some chains not carrying the albums…We were like, ‘Woah.’ “
“He’s always been a studio rat,” Rosenberg says. “He goes hours at a clip without leaving the booth. When he’s determined and on a creative spark, there’s nothing else he’s focused on. That’s been the same since day one.”
Rosenberg also went on to speak on the unexpected success of the LP.
“We had no idea how commercially successful the album would be,” Rosenberg says. “Nobody did.”
“I loved the album,” Rosenberg says. “I thought that Em was bringing a fresh perspective on the album and the character Slim Shady was like something most people had never heard before.”
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