Everything Eminem touches seemingly turns to gold – or in his case, diamond.
The Detroit bad boy, already enjoying one of his most successful runs in his 19-year career, and his third studio album The Marshall Mathers LP has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as Diamond – meaning it has sold 10 million copies in the United States alone. Released in May of 2000, the album also won a Grammy for Best Rap Album and was also nominated for album of the year. The actual certification was made official by the RIAA on March 9.
This current milestone is significant to note because this is Slim Shady’s second Diamond certification this year alone. His Grammy Award winning fourth album, The Eminem Show, was also bestowed with the high honor earlier this year, making it the first of his seven albums to receive the certification. In an age where sales are reportedly decreasing, this one-two punch from Eminem shows the incredible amount of fan support the Motor City rapper has.
Speaking of those fans, the social media network Twitter was ablaze with comments about Em’s latest achievement, and many fans felt that the certification is fitting as some felt that The Marshall Mathers LP was most cohesive work. “His best album. He had 'the glow' on that album. 'Stan' was a storytelling masterpiece,” tweeted @ubidoobidooo. Fan @YoungGriot added, “That LP was all of Eminem, he spread himself bare and we had no choice but to accept it. Nothing but fearless!!” An unimpressed @Breezy_UNI shared, “[G]ood for him, still not the G.o.a.t. tho.”
Fans on RapRadar also chimed in with a bevy of supportive comments as well. “Eminem Show came out two years later with lower sales, but still went diamond quicker? And MMLP only JUS going diamond? Well That’s domestic but still I thought it woulda been diamond years ago. CONGRATS to the white boy tho. Two domestic Diamond LPs. Who does that?” said one commenter. Another fan added, “The masterpiece.. remember hearing this for the first time.. blew our minds away.”
Congratulations, Eminem. Two Diamond certified albums in one year certainly is mind-blowing.