Just Don't Give A Fuck (1998)
Some critics complained that Eminem sounded like AZ back on his failed debut LP Infinite. According to his longtime friends and members of D12, this is what pushed the young emcee to find a new persona, a unique voice. Speaking to DJ Vlad, Bizarre explained, "Basically the whole thing of D12 is everybody has an alter ego, so try to be the villain, a person completely different from who you are."
While haters were giving him a hard time for being a white rapper in a black medium, Em was almost down and out. Days before his daughter's first birthday -- five days before Christmas -- Eminem got fired from his cooking job at Gilbert's Lodge. That's when he came up with his Slim Shady alter ego.
"Boom, the name hit me, and right away I thought of all these words to rhyme with it," he says. "So I wiped my ass, got up off the pot and, ah, went and called everybody I knew."