DJ Steve Porter, the video-remix wizard whose past efforts range from an inspirational Usain Bolt supercut to a compilation of disgraced former Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s career lowlights, turns his attention to the world of hip-hop in his latest creation, premiering above. The video honors Eminem in advance of his 43rd birthday tomorrow and takes the viewer back to a simpler time in the life of the legendary MC.
According to Rolling Stone, the song is titled ?A Shady Birthday,? Porter’s video zeroes in on Eminem’s breakout year of 1999, cutting between interviews with the rapper that originally ran on MTV, Canada’s Much network and the independent show PhatClips. The Much segment finds Eminem merrily spouting his “My name is …” catchphrase in a parking lot, while the PhatClips excerpts show him horsing around with host D-Ex, professing that he’s ?a little shroomed-out? and stating mock-sternly that ?I don’t promote drugs.? A clip from 2009’s ?We Made You? ? ?Matter fact, make me a birthday cake? ? plays up the celebratory theme.
?I wanted to give Eminem some birthday love via his early days on video,? Porter told Rolling Stone of the piece. ?He?s as hilarious and funny as he is talented, and I wanted to bring those elements out in this remix.?
As Eminem turns 43, here are a few things you need to know about this rapper and singer according to?Clash Music
As a nine-year-old,?Eminem?was beaten so badly by a school bully that he spent over a week in a coma. His music has since been credited with helping to bring more than one fan out of similar states, including a twelve-year-old girl who was hit by a car in Northumberland.
As a youngster, Marshall harboured ambitions to become a comic book artist rather than a rapper, which explains various animated threads through-out his career, including the Dubya-baiting ?Mosh? video and The Slim Shady Show series.
The Slim Shady moniker may never have materialised if he?d pursued one of his pre-fame jobs as a cook at a family restaurant in Michigan. Still, you can take the white trash outta the trailer park, but old habits die hard: Em?s a Taco bell man nowadays.
Reckon Marshall?s turbulent marriage/divorce seesaw with on/off wife Kim mirrors the family unit?s decline? That?s nothing: his grandmother Betty Hixson comfortably eclipses those antics with five walks up the aisle. Nearly halfway there, Em??
Despite a tearaway image and numerous brushes with the law, Mathers? didn?t clock his first arrest until aged twenty, appre-hended for shooting at a cop car with a paintball gun. No word on whether the aftermath resembled a scene from Shady?s all-time favourite movie, classic gangster flick ‘Scarface’, but we?ll take a punt on no.