In order to understand the Machiavellian nature of Mathers’ alter-ego, one must understand the development of the Slim Shady character. This development can be broken down into four stages which we shall refer to as: The Introduction of Slim Shady to the Public, The Defense of Slim Shady, The Death of Shady and Conquering Shady.
The first of these stages is the introduction of Slim Shady to the world. Eminem’s brutal alter-ego first appeared in the Slim Shady EP in 1997. Shady was the final ingredient needed to catch the eye of a major music producer, NWA’s own Dr. Dre, and would prove to be necessary to the success of Mathers’ career. Slim Shady needed to be fearsome enough to win the public’s love, even if the terrible things that he claimed to have done were fabricated. Thus, Mathers’ decided to make Slim Shady the absolute most outlandishly despicable fictional character the world had ever known.