American rapper Eminem has surprised his fans with the release of a deluxe edition of his 2002 album “The Eminem Show”, commemorating its 20th anniversary.
The expanded version of The Eminem Show features an additional 18 tracks, including four previously unreleased cuts. “Stimulate”, “The Conspiracy Freestyle”, “Bump Heads”, and “Jimmy, Brian and Mike” are all new additions to the album. Instrumental versions of “Without Me”, “Sing for the Moment”, and “Cleanin’ Out My Closet”, also feature.
Two live versions of “The Way I Am” and “The Real Slim Shady”, from Eminem’s third studio album, 2000s “The Marshall Mathers LP”, also appear on the project.
Eminem dropped the original record – which features the hits “Without Me”, “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” and “Sing For The Moment” – on this day (May 26) in 2002. It reached Number One in the US and UK charts, and went on to be named Best Rap Album at the 2003 Grammys.
It also became the best-selling album of 2002 worldwide. With global sales of 27 million copies, it is one of the best-selling albums of all time and the second best-selling album of the 21st century. It achieved Diamond certification in the U.S. in March 2011 after shifting 10 million copies.
This deluxe edition is coming out more than two years after the release of his last studio album, “Music to be Murdered By”. Since that surprise release, Eminem has collaborated on new material with Big Sean, Nas, Dr. Dre, Kid Cudi, Jessie Reyez, and Cordae.
Earlier this year, he joined Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar at the Super Bowl halftime show and was more recently named to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2022. Earlier this month, he made a guest appearance on the season finale of Saturday Night Live, where he told off departing star Pete Davidson for his impersonations.