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    The Albums: The Slim Shady LP (1999), The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), The Eminem Show (2002)

    After toiling in underground obscurity for much of the mid-90s, Eminem exploded onto both the pop and mainstream hip-hop scenes in 1999 with break out hit "My Name Is" and the album that housed it, The Slim Shady LP, a brazen collection of raps about drugs, sex, violence, and rough and tumble life on the streets of Detroit. 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP added dark, intelligent edge to the formula that made Slim Shady popular, adding political content and extreme controversy to an already boiling mixture. 2002's The Eminem Show continued Eminem's dominance, a self-aware mixture of stellar pop-rap singles, politically charged songs, and the usual assortment of drugs, women, and outlandish punchlines.