TIA: Over the course of his career, Eminem’s
always delivered fans biting rhymes and some hilariously iconic music videos, sporting
a wide range of classic costumes. So we decided to take a look back at some
of Eminem’s funniest fits, starting with his unforgettable 1999 hit, “My Name Is.” EMINEM: Hi kids, do you like violence? Wanna see me stick nine inch nails through each one of
my eyelids? He opened the video on TV, where he plays
a number of characters: a black and white version of himself from a ’50s sitcom, a science
teacher, a talk show host, and former President Bill Clinton.
And later on in the video, Em comes on as a ventriloquist dummy and dons a full face
of makeup for a very memorable Marilyn Manson. EMINEM: And by the way, when you see my dad
ask him if he bought the porno mag to see my ass. Hi! EMINEM: That was like a last minute thing. I had seen
the costume at a store or whatever. We had one last scene to do and I had came out of
the dressing room dressed up like Marilyn, and Dre was like what the fuck. TIA: That same year on “Role Model,” we see Em play two very different characters, one
an old-time magician… …and the other a mischievous priest. EMINEM: Don’t you want to grow up to be just like me? In the year 2000, Eminem released the visual
for his anthem “The Real Slim Shady.” EMINEM: I wanted another song, not like “My Name
Is” but another song with that sarcasm to kind of introduce me again. Once again, Em donned some outlandish costumes, from a patient in a mental hospital, to a
superhero, a news reporter, and a fast food worker.
But one of the most memorable characters of the video was Em’s controversial Britney
Spears costume. EMINEM: Yeah, he’s cute but I think he’s married
to Kim, hee hee! EMINEM: It’s all about keeping it real.
Oh my God! I’m A GIRL! TIA: On 2002’s “Without Me” the same superhero
from “The Real Slim Shady” makes an early appearance. TIA: Eminem also appears in an infomercial, as a reality
show star, Elvis Presley, and even his own mother. EMINEM: I just settled all of my lawsuits. Fuck you, Debbie! Now, this looks like a job for me… TIA: Slim also had an infamous cameo as Osama Bin Laden in a cave. EMINEM: I guess tryna make
light of a bad situation. I mean if it’s an issue and you don’t address it and you
try to ignore it and act like it never happened then, you know, that’s not good TIA: But ever the comedian, Em came back in 2004 with another funny cut, “Just Lose It.” This time, he made some controversial appearances
as a number of celebrities, including MC Hammer, Pee-wee Herman, Madonna, and Michael Jackson,
the latter of which stirred up further contention for the late pop star. EMINEM: Actually, I’m not really looking forward to playing too many of the characters because
that’s a lot of work. A lot off dress-up. A lot of prosthetics and I don’t know these guys do it. TIA: The same year, Eminem’s hometown group D12 released “My Band,” Em impersonates the
late James Brown and plays two female fans. EMINEM: Oh my God it’s him! Becky, oh my fuckin’ God. It’s Eminem! TIA: Most fans can agree that Eminem’s tone on his records and his videos have changed over the years. While he’s always been into a darker, more
ominous vibes. In 2006, we saw him play Hannibal Lecter, the serial killer from ‘Silence of
the Lambs’ in the video for his collaborative track, “You Don’t Know.” EMINEM: And we should all get a merit, this much beef we inherit And wear it like a badge with honor, pass it around and share it. TIA: A few years later, Eminem revisited his old
style – and donned a number of different looks for the music video for his cut “We Made
You,” which made headlines for its depictions of a number of popular celebrities. Here, Em’s costumes include musician Bret
Michaels, Star Trek character Dr. Spock, former Dallas Cowboys player Tony Romo, singer-songwriter
John Mayer, and actor Blake Fielder. And that same year, Eminem had the tables
turned on him when Mariah Carey dressed up as Marshall for her diss track, “Obsessed”
While many of his recent music videos haven’t required him to sport any elaborate costumes,
his latest Cole Bennett directed music video “Godzilla” briefly took us back to this
classic Em, with visual references to some of the stunts from past music videos.
And while Eminem’s undoubtedly evolved over the years, one thing he’s always kept is
his sense of humor. What’d we miss ? Let us know in the comments. I’m Tia with Genius News bringing you the
meaning and the knowledge behind the music.