Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
Date: April 1, 1999
For Rolling Stone's review of The Slim Shady LP—coincidentally published on April Fool's Day, 1999—Rob Sheffield made an interesting suggestion of who Eminem is a direct descendant of on the white rapper family tree.
If Eminem has a white-rap precedent, it's Rodney Dangerfield in his strictly-for-tha-hardcore 1983 hit, 'Rappin' Rodney,' in which R-Boogie busted rhymes like, 'Steak and sex, my favorite pair/I have them both the same way: very rare.' Eminem is on some serious Dangerfield shit in loser anthems like 'My Name Is,' 'Brain Damage' and 'I'm Shady.'