August 20th, 1998. A young rapper – an unknown and unheard white guy walks into a radio studio alongside DJ Stretch. It was for a college radio show. The rapper was nervous. It’s like a clip from 8 Mile… And with good reason – the guy is Marshall Mathers. AKA Slim Shady. AKA Eminem.
He raps, totally freestyle, and blows everyone away. As we all know, the man goes on to conquer the rap world. This clip – this rare clip – is from a new documentary called Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives. And it’s well worth checking out.
This is five months before Eminem’s hit album ‘My Name Is…’ hit the world. In the clip you hear Slim freestyling with lyrics like this: After saying ‘keep the same beat’ a few times, he gets into it: “I look at my life in a new light, f*ck it give me two mics. I write songs for me, f*ck what you like. You probably hear me rap half-hearted because I don’t even like rap anyway. I’m just trying to get my p*rn career started.”
Eminem later said this about appearing on the radio show: “Stretch and Bobbito was our dream. The fact we had a chance to be on it was crazy. It was certainly a highlight and a boost for my career and self esteem. We felt like we made it.”
Check it out for yourself right here: