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Eminem Signs Rapper Astray to Shady Music Publishing

The Shady Music Publishing roster just got a little bit bigger with the addition of Astray, a Saginaw, Michigan rapper who was once an intern at Eminem's recording studio according to reports from MLive...

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Beef, Power, Respect: Paul Rosenberg On Shady Records’ 15th Anniversary

It was 15 years ago, in the aftermath of Eminem's first major label album, The Slim Shady LP, when Em and his manager Paul Rosenberg launched Shady Records in conjunction with Interscope...

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Yesterday (Feb. 23) was the 15 year anniversary of Eminem's major label breakthrough, The Slim Shady LP, his second full-length project (after 1996's Infinite), the first of many iconic collaborations with Dr. Dre and the introduction of Em's infamous alter ego Slim Shady. The album—released on Dre's Aftermath Entertainment imprint under the Interscope umbrella—would go on to sell over 4 million copies in the U.S. alone, spawn the huge singles "My Name Is" and "Guilty Conscience" and set Em on the path to becoming the highest-selling hip-hop artist of all time.

But things weren't always rosy for Em back then. As a white rapper stepping into a predominantly African-American genre, he faced a backlash from a piece of the hip-hop community resistant to his brand of rap music. And for an artist immediately stepping into the mainstream spotlight, there was widespread shock, confusion and anger at what many felt were lyrics that were violent, homophobic and misogynistic, which caused some outlets to threaten to boycott the album.

That didn't faze Eminem, of course; despite the backlash, Shady persevered, and his rapid-fire, heavily-sarcastic flow as well as the album's powerful production shone through. 15 years later, Eminem's debut is regarded as one of the greatest in history, and the rapper is still one of the leading lights of the genre, even gracing XXL's current issue alongside Dre and Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine. With the anniversary marking a significant milestone in the career of Detroit's finest, XXLemailed Em's longtime manager Paul Rosenberg to get his thoughts on The Slim Shady LP, his memories of the project's creation, and how the Rap God's big break holds up a decade and a half later. —Dan Rys (@danrys)
Yesterday (Feb. 23) was the 15 year anniversary of Eminem's major label breakthrough, The Slim Shady LP, his second full-length project (after 1996's Infinite), the first of many iconic collaborations with Dr. Dre and the introduction of Em's infamous alter ego Slim Shady. The album—released on Dre's Aftermath Entertainment imprint under the Interscope umbrella—would go on to sell over 4 million copies in the U.S. alone, spawn the huge singles "My Name Is" and "Guilty Conscience" and set Em on the path to becoming the highest-selling hip-hop artist of all time.

But things weren't always rosy for Em back then. As a white rapper stepping into a predominantly African-American genre, he faced a backlash from a piece of the hip-hop community resistant to his brand of rap music. And for an artist immediately stepping into the mainstream spotlight, there was widespread shock, confusion and anger at what many felt were lyrics that were violent, homophobic and misogynistic, which caused some outlets to threaten to boycott the album.

That didn't faze Eminem, of course; despite the backlash, Shady persevered, and his rapid-fire, heavily-sarcastic flow as well as the album's powerful production shone through. 15 years later, Eminem's debut is regarded as one of the greatest in history, and the rapper is still one of the leading lights of the genre, even gracing XXL's current issue alongside Dre and Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine. With the anniversary marking a significant milestone in the career of Detroit's finest, XXLemailed Em's longtime manager Paul Rosenberg to get his thoughts on The Slim Shady LP, his memories of the project's creation, and how the Rap God's big break holds up a decade and a half later. —Dan Rys (@danrys)
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Eminem Manager Paul Rosenberg On The 15 Year Anniversary Of ‘The Slim Shady LP’

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Twitter Reacts To The 2014 Grammy Awards

The Grammys kicked off early today and it did not disappoint. With a dynamic performances by Beyonce and Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragon, Pharrell's hat capturing the attention of the world, and Macklemore grabbing four Grammys, tonight was pretty great...

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Prodigy, Mannie Fresh, YG, Rich Homie Quan And More Tell What They’re Thankful For

With Thanksgiving mere hours away, it's almost time to leave work behind and eat until we all pass out. But before that happens, XXL has reached out to a dozen rappers, producers and music execs to ask them about the true nature of this American holiday and find out what they're thankful for the most in the past year...

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Eminem Manager Paul Rosenberg On The Evolution Of Slim Shady

Eminem Manager Paul Rosenberg On The Evolution Of Slim Shady

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Danny Brown Signs Management Deal With Goliath Artists

Danny Brown is officially the newest artist to sign with Goliath Artists management firm.

Paul Rosenberg, who is widely known as the manager to Eminem and Action Bronson, is in charge of the firm that also houses names such as The Alchemist and Blink-182...

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Best Hip-Hop Tweets Of The Week: 3/10-3/16


This week, Twitter played the battle ground for boxing buddies Joe Budden and Consequence and former friends Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame...

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Eminem to Produce New Web Series

Slim Shady and his manager Paul Rosenberg are helping to produce a new series focused on a Detroit sneaker store and its owners...

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Paul Rosenberg (Eminem’s Manager): Rule I’ve Learned in the Game

The CEO of Goliath Artists. Inc. and President/Partner of Shady Records, INC schools y'all with a valuable lesson...

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