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  • Content Leak: Bootlegs were leaked before the album was scheduled to be released. The album was released a week earlier than intended as a result.
  • Creator Backlash: Judging by "Headlights", Em's not too fond of "Cleanin' Out My Closet" these days. Or any of his potshots at his mother, for that matter.
  • Cut Song: "Stimulate". This song has since been released, but only if you live in Europe.
  • Old Shame: Em admitted to cringing at "Cleanin' Out My Closet" in recent years, manly due to his more unfair criticisms of his mother's illness and declaring that he'd never let Hailey see her, especially after the two of them finally made peace. "Headlights" from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is a more sincere apology to his mother.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
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    • "White America" references Total Request Live in its chorus, firmly planting it in the early-2000s.
    • "Without Me" references Dick Cheney, how the FCC tried to take him off MTV (which has long since died out due to Network Decay and the internet), and then makes a series of Take Thats to artists who haven't been relevant in years, specifically Chris Kirkpatrick, Limp Bizkit, and Moby (even stating the latter as being 36-years-old). All of this screams 2002, the year "Without Me" was released.
      • Moreover, one of the pot-shots issued at Moby was the lyric "Nobody listens to techno". It was pretty accurate in 2002, when Electronic Music was a very niche thing in America (to the point that American DJs and electronic musicians had to go abroad to find success). Come The New '10s, where EDM has become the sound of youth and has permeated several different genres, DJs are hailed as the new rock stars, and EDM festivals can pull in crowds numbering at over hundred-thousand. Moby himself later noted in a 2016 interview how that particular lyric would be Hilarious in Hindsight later on.
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  • What Could Have Been: According to rapper Kuniva of D12, the group Eminem was part of, "Cleanin' Out My Closet" was originally planned to be a D12 track on their debut studio album Devil’s Night.
  • Working Title: The album was originally planned to be called The Eminem LP to close off the trilogy with The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP, but Em felt that the theme had gotten old.

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