Eminem "Real Slim Shady" x "The Way I Am" @ 2000 VMAs
It's VMA night! Later today the 2013 version will take place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and will feature performances from Kanye West, Drake, Lady Gaga, the reunion of *NSYNC, the reunion of Danity Kane, (one of these doesn't belong), and more surprises I'm sure. So naturally, for this version of #OldSchoolSundays, I had to relive one of my favorite performances at any award show: Eminem at the Radio City Music Hall in the year 2000.
This was Eminem at the height of his popularity — both for the astronomical album sales and the controversy surrounding him for whatever reason the mainstream media would choose. "Real Slim Shady" was the unofficial most recited song in America and the music video brought together countless Eminem look-a-likes as Em rapped amongst them as the "Real Slim Shady". So how could Em live up to the hype to kick off the VMAs? By bringing the music video to the main stage as Eminem was accompanied by, emphasis on a ton, more Slim Shadys. I can't get this image out of my head, now many years later. It was surreal to see on the street, let alone that he was performing on the street in the first place, and it was surreal to see all the Slim Shadys walking through the aisles.
The performance was also notable for Eminem's famous diss on Fred Durst as Em didn't dap him up in the aisle after Durst's name-drop in the song (Em was successful on the dap for Carson Daly, who was also name dropped.) After "Slim Shady" concluded and Eminem was on the stage, he went into a furious verse of his second single off The Marshall Mathers LP, "The Way I Am" (and probably my favorite song off that album.) With the late Proof by his side (R.I.P.), it's a chilling and energetic performance to watch today.
One last fun note on the video above — Jim Carrey as the VMA host and doing hilarious Jim Carrey things to introduce Eminem. Ha! One of my all-time favorite funnymen.