As promised, Eminem has delivered an expanded edition of The Eminem Showto commemorate the Billboard juggernaut’s 20th anniversary. Slim Shady made the announcement via Twitter, using lyrics from the song “Till I Collapse” featuring the late King of Hooks Nate Dogg.
“‘Til I collapse I’m spillin’ these raps/long as you feel ’em’ 20 YEARS since #TheEminemShow!!!” the caption reads. “Expanded Edition out now.”
The project boasts 18 bonus tracks, including four previously unreleased cuts — “Stimulate,” “The Conspiracy Freestyle,” “Bump Heads” and “Jimmy, Brian and Mike” — as well as instrumentals of “Without Me,” “Sing for the Moment” and “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” and live versions of the Marshall Mathers LP tracks “The Way I Am” and “The Real Slim Shady.”
“Bump Heads,” in particular, served as a Ja Rule diss at the time with features from his famous foe 50 Cent and fellow G-Unit rappers Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks.
“But this motherfucker Ja must have lost his mind,” Eminem raps. “That X, got him thinkin’ he was DMX/Then he switched to Pac, now he’s tryna be him next/So which one are you? X, Luther, Pac or Michael?/Just keep singin’ the same song, recycled.”
Yayo adds, “Ja, you Stuart Little, shells’ll lift you/Every other week I’m buyin’ a new pistol/I clap at your ass with this chrome .38/And put six thru your hats, a seven and 3/8’s.”
The Eminem Show sold over 284,000 copies on its first day, instantly becoming the biggest selling album of 2002. Now with over 27 million sold, it’s one of the best-selling albums of all time and second best-selling album of the 21st century.
At the 2003 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album, while “Without Me” won Best Music Video. The album also remained at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for six consecutive weeks and sold 1.2 million copies in its second week.