Eminem turned 48 on Saturday (October 17) and was met with a barrage of celebratory social media posts. A few of his famous friends and collaborators penned some thoughtful messages for Slim Shady on Instagram, including 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and Royce Da 5’9.
On Sunday (October 18), Fiddy shared a throwback photo of himself with Shady at the MTV Video Music Awards along with a more current photo of 50 getting his star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, illustrating the years they go back.
“Happy Birthday Em,” he captioned the post. “Love you wishing you many more God bless you.”
For Royce’s post, he shared an even older photo of Eminem — before the fame, bleached hair and Stans — and anointed him, once again, with the G.O.A.T. status.
“48 times …. I can name 48 reasons why he raps better than you,” he captioned the post. “48 people who’s lives he’s changed. Name 48 things he’s accomplished that nobody thought he could, EVER… Happy 48th to my brother … The [GOAT] Debate your mother.”
Finally, Snoop — who collaborated with Eminem, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg and Xzibit in 2000 on “Bitch Please II” — also had some kind words for the Detroit-bred rap god.
“Libra gang, Libra gang,” Snoop says during an Instagram Live session. “Slim Shady, happy birthday to you cuzzo. Libra gang, man. Keep living your life. Be safe, be smart, be sharp, and keep being you. Much love from the king of the west coast. Love you my dawg. Happy birthday, Eminem.”
Eminem is one of the most successful artists of all time, selling over 100 million singles and albums over the course of his career. Earlier this month, his 2000 mega hit “Lose Yourself” hit over one billion streams on Spotify, while his 2005 album Curtain Call: The Hits returned to the Billboard 200 at No. 59, 15 years after its release and continuing its nearly 10-year run.
Billed as Shady’s second compilation album, the project debuted at No. 1 upon its release, selling roughly 441,000 copies in its first week. Since then, it’s been certified 7x-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has remained on the Billboard chart for a staggering 496 weeks.