|The Eminem LP|
It was intended to be released in June 2001, but Interscope decided to release the album early on May 28 when pirated copies of the tracks began to pop up on popular peer-to-peer file sharing networks and even played on the radio for the first time on the popular Opie and Anthony radio show. In the U.S. however, many stores actually began selling on Sunday, May 26.
The Eminem LP is a reflective album, featuring a more personal and serious side of Eminem but presents a lighter, and not as hard-core/controversial/darker feel than his previous albums. He still sparks controversy in this album but not nearly as much as The Marshall Mathers LP. Many say this was the album where Eminem started to lighten-up and become more of a happier man. This is true, and Eminem has admitted it himself, because he received custody of his daughter. He touches on the issues of race in Hip Hop, especially in the second track on the album, "White America", his childhood, especially in "Cleanin' Out My Closet", his conviction for assaulting a nightclub bouncer in 2000, his status as a both a hip-hop and pop superstar, and his relationship with his ex-wife Kim and daughter Hailie. Unlike The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem LP's release came off without significant complaints about misogyny or homophobia. This is likely due to the fact that the album does not prominently feature the word "faggot", or other derogatory terms directed towards homosexuals, and no tracks are potentially offensive or misogynistic in the mold of "Kill You" or "Kim" on the previous album. While some shock-oriented lyrics are still present, they are significantly toned down in terms of controversy.
The album also saw Eminem take a substantially more predominant production role; most of it was self-produced, with longtime collaborator Jeff Bass co-producing several tracks. Dr. Dre, in addition to being the album's executive producer, produced three individual tracks: "Business," "Say What You Say," and "My Dad's Gone Crazy."
The Eminem LP was the best-selling album of 2001, with 7.6 million copies by year end. At the Grammy Awards of 2003 it was nominated for Album of the Year and became Eminem's third straight LP to win the award for Best Rap Album.
All tracks produced by Eminem except for "Business," "Say What You Say," and "My Dad's Gone Crazy," which are produced by Dr. Dre.
- "Curtains Up" (skit) – 0:29
- "White America" (Bass/King/Mathers/Resto) (Co-produced by Jeff Bass for F.B.T. Productions) – 5:24
- "Business" (Bass/King/Mathers/Resto/Young) (Produced by Dr. Dre) – 4:11
- "Cleanin' Out My Closet" (Bass/Mathers) (Produced by Eminem and Jeff Bass) – 4:57
- "Square Dance" (Bass/Mathers/Resto) – 5:23
- "The Kiss" (skit) (Bass/Mathers) – 1:15
- "Soldier" (Mathers/Resto) – 3:46
- "Stimulate" (Eminem – 5:03
- "Drips" (featuring Obie Trice) (Bass/Mathers/Porter/Trice) – 4:45 (Note: This track was left out in the edited version)
- "Without Me" (Bass/Bell/Dudley/Horn/Mathers/McLaren) (Co-produced by Jeff Bass) – 4:50
- "Paul Rosenberg" (skit) (Performed by Paul D. Rosenberg, Esq.) – 0:22
- "Sing for the Moment" (Bass/King/Mathers/Resto/Tyler) (Co-produced by Jeff Bass) – 5:39
- "Superman" (Bass/King/Mathers) (Additional production by Jeff Bass) – 5:50
- "Hailie's Song" (Mathers/Resto) – 5:20
- "Steve Berman (skit)" (Performed by Eminem and Steve Berman) – 0:33
- "When the Music Stops" (featuring D12) (Carlisle/Feemster/Johnson/Mathers/Moore/Porter) (Co-produced by Denaun Porter) – 4:29
- "Say What You Say" (featuring Dr. Dre) (Elizondo/Feemster/Mathers/Young) (Produced by Dr. Dre) – 5:09
- "Till I Collapse" (featuring Nate Dogg) – 4:57
- "My Dad's Gone Crazy" (Elizondo/Feemster/Mathers/Young) (Produced by Dr. Dre) – 4:27
- "Curtains Close" (Performed by Ken Kaniff) – 1:01
Note: "Drips" does not appear on some Edited Version cuts.
- Eminem - Performer/Producer
- Dr. Dre - Executive producer/Producer/Performer
- Jeff Bass - Producer/Co-writer
- Luis Resto - Keyboards/Co-writer
- Obie Trice - Performer
- Dina Rae - Vocals
- D12 - Performers
- Nate Dogg - Vocals
- Hailie Jade - Performer
- Mike Elizondo - Bass/Co-writer
|Single cover||Single information|
|"Cleanin' Out My Closet"|
|"Sing for the Moment"|
|"Business (featuring Dr. Dre)"|
|Infinite | The Slim Shady EP | The Slim Shady LP | The Marshall Mathers LP | The Eminem LP | Straight from the Lab EP | Encore | The Funeral | Eminem Presents: The Re-Up|
|"My Name Is" | "Guilty Conscience" | "The Real Slim Shady" | "The Way I Am" | "Stan" | "Without Me" | "Cleanin' Out My Closet" | "Lose Yourself" | "Sing for the Moment"| "Superman" | "Business" | "Just Lose It" | "Encore" | "Like Toy Soldiers" | "Mockingbird" | "Ass Like That" | "When I'm Gone" | "Shake That" | "You Don't Know"|
|Other songs and collaborations|
|"Forgot About Dre" | "Just Don't Give a Fuck" | "Dead Wrong" | "My Fault" | "Role Model" | "Mosh" | "Smack That"|