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Episode #43 | 11.5.19

Eminem: Taking His Shot, Pulling a Glock, and Facing the Real Slim Shady

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On a single Saturday in 2000, Marshall Mathers assaulted two separate men with a pistol and fought with his wife outside a nightclub, resulting in lawsuits and charges that hung over the completion of his original trilogy of albums. For that one day, the rap persona Slim Shady had escaped into the real world. How had Slim Shady come to be, and why had he gotten out?

Sources

The Dark Story of Eminem, by Nick Halsted

Eminem’s dirty secrets, by M.L. Elrick

Growing Up Mathers, by Hannah Rose Yee

The Defiant Ones, Episode 4, directed b Allen Hughes

Eminem Back in 1997, EMINEM TV

Eminem Gets Probation for Pulling Gun at ICP Run-In, by Teri Vanhorn

Eminem Gets Probation, by Christina Fuoco

Disgraceland is a podcast about musicians getting away with murder and behaving very badly. It melds music history, true crime and transgressive fiction. Disgraceland is not journalism. Disgraceland is entertainment. Entertainment inspired by true events. However, certain scenes, characters and names are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes.

Music

Score by Jake Brennan. 

Mixed and Engineered by Sean Cahalin.

Disgraceland theme song, "Crenshaw Space Boogie" written and produced by Jake Brennan. Performed by Jake Brennan, Bryce Kanzer, Jay Cannava and Evan Kenney. Mixed and engineered by Adam Taylor.

*illustrations by Avi Spivak @avispivak