AceShowbiz - Eminem fears he will never top the critical and commercial success he enjoyed with his 19-year-old album "The Marshall Mathers LP".
The 2000 release sold over 35 million units worldwide and spawned hits like "The Real Slim Shady", "Stan", and "The Way I Am", helping to cement his place in history as a rap icon.
However, in the seven albums he's dropped since, Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers III, has failed to match the huge acclaim he enjoyed during his heyday, and in a new interview, he admits the success of that project has come to haunt him professionally.
"Ima (sic) keep it 100 per cent honest: I feel like, and I've felt like this for a long time - I've always been chasing 'The Marshall Mathers LP'," he says in virtual reality project "Marshall From Detroit". "Because I know that captured a moment, you know what I'm saying? It's kind of like a time capsule, when I look back at it. The times that it was back then and the turmoil in my life that was happening (sic)."
Referencing his struggles with fame, his strained relationship with his mother, and his rollercoaster romance with then-wife Kim Scott, the mother of his daughter Hailie, he continued, "S**t was happening so fast and spiralling out of control. I had a lot of rage."
"When people say they miss the old Eminem, I feel like it's probably that. You miss the rage. I don't have the rage anymore that I used to have but I still have the exact same passion. Sometimes it doesn't always come out the right way, and it's like: 'What the f**k is that? Take a pause, man.' "
Despite admitting to losing the edge he displayed early on in his career, the hip-hop star, 46, is determined to continue going head-to-head with his younger contemporaries, because it's what drove him to rap in the first place.
"There's a lot of great rappers and artists coming up in this generation now," he said. "And I'm watching it, and I'm loving it, and the competitive spirit in me wants to keep up with the best of the best."
His comments from "Marshall From Detroit", which was recently released on virtual reality platforms, emerge as Eminem marks the 20th anniversary of his major-label debut, "The Slim Shady LP", with a special reissue.