As promised, Eminem has delivered an expanded edition of The Eminem Show to 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.”
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) May 26, 2022
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.”
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.