On Eminem’s official website, we read:
It’s been 20 years since the world officially met Slim Shady with the release of SSLP. An exclusive merchandise capsule marking the occasion wouldn’t be complete without the work of the two artists who provided iconic illustrations and photography for the album respectively.
To mark the occasion we linked up with Skam2, whose illustrations can be found in the original album packaging, for unique products that capture the era of SSLP, along with a bit of a retrospective on what it was like to work with Marshall during that time. See what he has to say about it all two decades later.
– WHAT BROUGHT ABOUT BEING COMMISSIONED TO DO THE ILLUSTRATIONS FOR THE SSLP?
– More of the homie thing. Em and Paul just figured that I knew the music well enough to visually do it justice, so they just let me do my thing. No suggestions, no notes. I sketched up the Mummy during one of his sessions. I honestly didn’t even deviate that much from the original sketch.
– WHERE DID YOU PULL INSPIRATION FROM FOR THE SSLP ART?
– “If you ever see video for this shit, I’ll probably be dressed up like a mummy with my wrist slit”. That line from “Cum On Everybody” brought about the Mummy. I think it was one of my favorite lines from that song. Or at least the one that stood out to me the most. “As the World Turns” and “My Fault” Inspired the Trailer scene. The screaming Vicodin was expansion of one of the pills from the Mummy scene. There were other pieces that didn’t get used that we will be unveiling for these 20th-anniversary drops that I think the fans will get a kick out of.
– IN ’99, DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW BIG THE ALBUM AND EM’S CAREER WOULD GET?
– The label didn’t wan’t to spend too much on artwork for an unproven artist. Understandable, but I was riding with them on it. So yeah, I did have an idea. Not the full scope though, but coming from a skateboarding, punk and metal background, I knew the vibe and attitude of the music was something that wasn’t really done in rap at the time and there would be a lot of kids who he would be a voice for. I don’t think that the average underground hip hop personality was on it like that. So it was a truly underserved market. When Paul played me “My Name Is” and told me he dyed his hair blonde I thought he hit the L.A. shit pretty hard and didn’t quite get it. But when I saw the video, I started to see it take shape for real.
To read full interview and see the arts, please visit Eminem’s website here.
Skam2 has also officially released his 1998 track with Eminem, titled “3hree6ix5ive,” on his YouTube channel. The song that was referenced by Eminem in a song “Stan.” Listen to it below: