released The Slim Shady LP
in 1999, he was 27 years old. If that doesn't make you feel old (1999 was 18 years ago ahhhhhhhhhhhh
) then this might: today, Eminem turns 45, which makes him probably a few years older than parents were when they were complaining about Eminem lyrics while driving you to soccer practice in fifth grade.
For better or for worse, Eminem is a different person than he was at age 27. Though many of his fans decry his willingness to appear in movies and on television as "selling out", it does seem to indicate that he's not taking himself as seriously as he used to. In recent years, Eminem has collaborated with more and more pop artists, appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman
, and had a hysterical fake interview with James Franco in the movie The Interview
Though Eminem hasn't released a studio album since 2013, he has appeared on a few features, including a guest appearance on the track "Revenge" from P!nk
's new album Beautiful Trauma
. The collaboration apparently came together after P!nk drunkenly emailed Eminem, telling him, "You know I love you. I like that you work with a lot of the same people, like Rihanna. She's hotter than me, but I'm funnier. So I'm going for a rap Grammy, and I'd like to take you along with me." Marshall Mathers apparently agreed, and the resulting track appeared on her new album, which is slated to dominate the US album charts this week.
Eminem also recently made headlines with his freestyle rap for the BET Awards
, in which he criticized President Donald Trump, calling him a "racist 94-year-old grandpa." Eminem's appearance on the show means the press has been buzzing about a possible album release next month, though this has not been confirmed by the artist or his label.
Eminem seems to have secured himself a place in the "establishment". He's no longer the outsider with the fresh take on how messed up the entertainment industry is. He's definitely not the kid from Detroit with nothing but an incredible way with words any more. But he is--dare we say it--not a total jackass anymore?