For "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," Eminem set himself a challenge: to re-create the moment when people first heard him on record. His management and label had a challenge too: living up to the legacy of an album that has sold more than 10 million copies.

Even at the peak of his popularity, when he was raising hell on MTV, inspiring bottle-blond dye jobs in middle schools across the country and selling more records than any other artist of his generation, Eminem never got good at being famous. He's still awkward in interviews, still lives in his native Detroit and maintains the same core group of friends he's had for most of his adult life. Two of his best albums, 2000's "The Marshall Mathers LP" and 2002's "The Eminem Show," were largely about either rebelling against the spotlight or reflecting it back on those who deigned to wield it.

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