On May 30, Tuesday, “Rap God” rapper Marshall “Eminem” Mathers took to Instagram to share some details about “The Eminem Show.” Released by Shady Records, Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment, his fourth studio album had its 15th anniversary on May 26, Friday.
“The concept 4 ‘The Eminem Show’ was inspired by ‘The Truman Show’ because my life felt like it was becoming a circus around that time,” Eminem wrote. “I felt like I was always being watched. Basically, Jim Carrey wrote my album.”
Eminem was referring to the 1998 film “The Truman Show.” Written by Andrew Niccol and Peter Weir, the satirical comedy drama sci-fi film starred Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor and Ed Harris.
In “The Truman Show,” Carrey played Truman Burbank, the unsuspecting star of a reality TV show broadcast live around the world around the clock. In 2008, Bellevue Hospital Center psychiatrist Joel Gold coined the term The Truman Show delusion, which is experienced by people who believe their lives were reality TV shows.
In 2009, Carrey and Eminem were seen hanging out together in the VIP green room at the MTV Movie Awards. It was Taraji P. Henson, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha who introduced Eminem before his performance of “We Made You” and “Crack a Bottle” at the awards ceremony.
“The Eminem Show: Anniversary Capsule,” an anniversary edition of Eminem’s fourth studio album will be released. Fans who want to have early access to the project should sign up on Shady Records.
With 7.6 million copies sold, “The Eminem Show” was the best-selling 2002 album in the United States. It also has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide since its release.
In 2003, the album won the Best Rap Album award at the Grammy Awards. It was his third studio album to win the award after “The Slim Shady LP” and “The Marshall Mathers LP,” his respective first and second studio albums.
The album has 20 tracks, six of which are collaboration songs. These are “My Dad’s Gone Crazy” featuring Eminem’s daughter Hailie Jade, “Drips” featuring Obie Trice, “Superman” featuring Dina Rae, “When the Music Stops” featuring D12, “Till I Collapse” featuring Nate Dogg and “Say What You Say” featuring Dr. Dre.
Also included in the album are the songs “Hailie’s Song,” “Without Me,” “Sing for the Moment” and “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.” There are skits titled “Paul Rosenberg” and “Curtains Close,” as well.
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