Due to Eminem’s, A.K.A. “Slim Shady”‘s commercial success, many of his most famous and chart topping music has been credited as being at least partially because of him having survived the adverse events of his childhood, but far less attention is given to his darker, even more villanous songs. These include songs like “’97 Bonnie and Clyde” and “Kim” which were both released while the couple was still together. The malicious songs written about her and performed by Eminem, and his public discussion of their relationship resulted in at least one suicide attempt by Kim.
Unlike other alter egos that come from a more imaginative and playful experience of performance, the alter ego “Slim Shady” feels personal to who Eminem is as a character. Slim Shady is who Eminem becomes once his ego flourishes, and he is still unable to overcome the abuses of his childhood and treat Kim better.
Kim and Eminem have been together since the two were teenagers in Michigan. They were together when Eminem released his first album, and they had their first child, Hailie Jade, in December of 1995.
The couple would end-up raising three together in total.
Some of Eminem’s darkest moments are reflected in his music. In “Stay Wide Awake”, Eminem compares himself to the devil. “No man would boldly go, to this place/The devil only knows, of this world/So dark and oh so cold…”