Eminem As A Producer by VOFO
For most of us when we hear of the name Eminem, you immediately think of the crazy white dude who had you screaming “my name is (x3). slim shady”, or teary eyed while singing to Stan on which he featured Dido or him killing it on monsters with Rihanna amongst other amazing releases over time.
But one thing I had no idea about was that Eminem is a producer and has gone along to produce countless amazeballs jamz. In this article, I will be diving into Eminem’s production discography and unveiling the many mysteries of our man; Marshall Bruce Mathers III (b. October 17, 1972)
Eminem heard his first rap song ("Reckless", featuring Ice-T) on the Breakin' soundtrack a gift from his uncle Ronnie Polkingharn who later became a musical mentor to him. He got hooked on making beats and blasting records on max while his mom went out to play bingo.
At age 14, Eminem began rapping with high-school friend Mike Ruby; they adopted the names "Manix" and "M&M", the latter standing for his initials and evolving into "Eminem". His many alter egos helped him rap through music about his family issues, drug addiction, health problems amongst others.
Eminem started Shady Records, a joint venture with his Manager, Paul Rosenberg, which helped launch the careers of artists such as 50 Cent, Yelawolf and Obie Trice, amongst others.
According to Wikipedia: Eminem was the Executive Producer of D12's first two albums (Devil's Night and D12 World), Obie Trice's Cheers and Second Round's on Me, and 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' and The Massacre. He has produced songs for other rappers such as Jadakiss' "Welcome To D-Block", Jay-Z's "Renegade" and "Moment of Clarity", Lloyd Banks' "On Fire", "Warrior Part 2" and "Hands Up", Tony Yayo's "Drama Setter", Trick-Trick's "Welcome 2 Detroit", and Xzibit's "My Name" and "Don't Approach Me". Most of The Eminem Show was produced by Eminem and his longtime collaborator, Jeff Bass, and Eminem co-produced Encore with Dr. Dre. In 2004, Eminem was co-executive producer of 2Pac's posthumous album Loyal to the Game with Shakur's mother, Afeni. He produced the UK number-one single "Ghetto Gospel", featuring Elton John; "The Cross", from the Nas album God's Son; and eight tracks on Obie Trice's 2006 album Second Round's on Me (also appearing on "There They Go"). Eminem produced several tracks on Trick-Trick's The Villain (appearing on "Who Want It") and produced four tracks on Cashis' 2013 album The County Hound 2.
Eminem is considered unusual in structuring his songs around the lyrics, rather than writing to beats. One exception was "Stan", which came from an idea and scratch track produced by the 45 King.
We definitely are looking forward to many more works from him in the future.