On February 23, 1999, Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP was released under Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment. “My Name Is” launched Eminem into superstardom and became one of his most popular songs.
The Slim Shady LP introduced Eminem’s alter-ego, Slim Shady. “My Name Is” is written entirely from Slim Shady’s perspective, hence the violent lyrics and brutal connotations of the song.
Perhaps what makes “My Name Is” feel so raw and genuine is that Eminem was going through a tumultuous time in his life.
His previous project, Infinite, had flopped, meaning that this album was decisive in determining his future as a rapper. Not only that, but he was homeless with a wife and a daughter to support. A lot of the frustration expressed by “Slim Shady” is real.
It’s tough to not wax lyrical about a song that was released 18 years ago and has aged incredibly well. The beat remains good, while the lyrics are outstanding and classic. The only possible knock on “My Name Is” is the production, but one has to be fair and consider that this song was recorded 18 years ago and hasn’t been remastered since.