Don't ever call him Marshall again…

There is a hidden story behind the birth of Eminem’s alter ego- Slim Shady. If many of you believe that Slim Shady was actually born in Detroit, then you are wrong.
Many of you have probably heard Eminem’s quote about Slim Shady’s name popping into his head while he was sitting on the toilets:

« I was takin’ a shit. I swear to God. And the fuckin’ name just popped into my head. Then I started thinkin’ of twenty million things that rhymed with it.” – On how he came up with the name Slim Shady »

Ok, that’s for the common story most of you have heard about. But there is a less known and hidden story behind the existence of Eminem’s evil alter ego.

Eminem’s former friends were very conscious that Marshall wouldn’t succeed with his Infinite style. Not that it was bad (Infinite is lyrically rich and well written), but the public wanted to hear something else, something more incisive, scarier, full of beautiful wordplays and dark humor:

“Em wasn’t like this angry kid back in the day. But then Infinite didn’t hit, and he wanted to quit. He got discouraged; nobody wanted to take a chance with him.
“I was telling him he needed to get more current. Like Proof; Proof sounded more up-to-date than Em. He was still on that tongue-twister style, real fast — super-fast, so fast you couldn’t understand what he was sayin’. Me and the roommates were telling him, like, ‘You need to get a gimmick. Get more metaphors and not just syllables.’ In Detroit, it’s different. You can’t be too serious; I told him to throw some dick into the party, you know, be humorous.”

(DJ Rec)

Eminem decided to travel to New Jersey with his fellow D12 member Bizarre who wanted to record with the Outsidaz. The Outsidaz were not that enthusiastic when they got to listen to the Infinite LP.

After listening to Infinite, the Outsidaz members said:« This ain’t shit!’ »

« I think they thought it was cool, but not really what he should be doing. He looked up to them …
“They put Em in the studio and I’m sure they were blew the fuck out, because he came out with some shit like they’d fed him an acid tab, just a complete 180 from what he was talking about before. When he came back, he got the tattoo and he was Slim Shady from that point on. Nobody knows that shit, though — you never hear him mention the Outsidaz.” (MC Hush)

Then Marshall got Slim Shady tattooed on his left arm and was definitely ready for his change of persona.

Bizarre told Hush:

« Bizarre came over to my house on Bentler and he was like, ‘We created a monster.’ » (MC Hush)

As DJ Rec will kindly remind you of it, please avoid calling him « Marshall »:

” He used to get really pissed when we’d call him Marshall.”

Now you know the whole truth about how Slim Shady took possession of Marshall and became the evil monster we know from his records.

13 thoughts on “Don't ever call him Marshall again…”

  1. ? yea i sorta dont get what that was really about but….hey anything about eminem is good enough for me…unless its bad.

  2. what?!?!
    I don’t think that this is true…
    from what I know, Em loves to be called Marshall and he always says to call him this way!

  3. That’s a crock of poo poo’s. He’s known at Haley’s school as Mr Mathers. Slim is just a stage persona. Like Alice Cooper.

  4. Hey peeps,, I am truly and Eminem fan!!! Ok yea that was kinda odd, the typing was a little wack, BUT whos to say it aint legit??? ANYWAYS MARSHALL if you see this I LOVE YOU AND YOU NEED TO COME TO KANSAS… Now so you all know He is 5’7″ Yes he is kinda short AWSOME for me im 5′! The name Laney that he mentioned in the song mocking bird, here is the hype: He’s been raising Kim’s niece since she was a baby (Alaina aka:Laney). Laney is really Em’s niece, Hailies Cousin. I’m assuming, since he’s raised her since she was a baby, that makes it more like Hailies sister & he has FULL custody of Laney & Joint of Hailie. So in a way it is his child. It’s the same thing as adopting a child, The title of Father & Mother are more deep then just shooting your seeds into some girls *beeeep* lol. It’s an unconditional love. So for any of you who want to talk about Em or his songs, pics, or anything else ID love to chat on yahoo… look up slim_shady_bitch_69 aight……

    Peace Slim Love Ya FO Life EVEN IF YOU DONT RAP AGAIN!!!!! DAMN THAT KIM!

  5. ONE more thing How can you not call him Marshall Mathers??? Its his Born name and he still uses it!! You heard the song When Im Gone RIGHT???? the part where hailie says “Now go out there and show ’em that you love ’em more than us”
    That’s what they want, they want you Marshall, they keep.. screamin’ your name
    It’s no wonder you can’t go to sleep, just take another pill
    Yeah, I bet you you will. You rap about it, yeah, word, k-keep it real…That’s when I wake up, alarm clock’s ringin’, there’s birds singin’
    It’s Spring and Hailie’s outside swinging, I walk right up to Kim and kiss her
    Tell her I miss her, Hailie just smiles and winks at her little sister
    Almost as if to say..

    Mocking Bird: I can see it in your eyes, deep inside you want to cry
    Cuz you’re scared, I ain’t there?
    Daddy’s with you in your prayers
    No more crying, wipe them tears
    Daddy’s here, no more nightmares
    We gon’ pull together through it, we gon’ do it
    Laney uncles crazy, aint he?
    Yeah but he loves you girl and you better know it
    We’re all we got in this world
    When it spins, when it swirls
    When it whirls, when it twirls
    Two little beautiful girls
    Lookin’ puzzled, in a daze
    I know it’s confusing you
    Daddy’s always on the move, mamma’s always on the news
    I try to keep you sheltered from it but somehow it seems
    The harder that I try to do that, the more it backfires on me SORRY ITS SO LONG BUT ITS THE BEST WAY TO EXPLAIN IT AND I LOVE THE WERDZ I PRAY TO GOD IF HE QUITS THAT ITS ONLY FOR HAILIES SAKE…. BUT SHE IS 11 NOW SHE SHOULD UNDERSTAND MORE NOW THAN SHE DID THEN

  6. He did mention the Outsidaz on Slim Shady LP didn’t he?? Like right at the end of a song. I’m gonna go listen right now

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