Whether you hated him or loved him, Eminem in the early 2000s was an artist that was simply impossible to ignore. With a seemingly endless stream of chart-topping hits -- which featured lyrics that were both clever and notoriously offensive -- Eminem quickly became a cultural icon, a feat made all the more impressive given his somewhat introverted nature. Though Eminem's recent albums haven't been as good as his previous work, there's no denying that Slim Shady for a good number of years was one of the most influential rappers on the planet. And besides, with Eminem now pushing 45, it's not exactly fair to expect him to re-capture the musical magic he had in plentiful supply in his mid-20s.
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