Partners In Rhyme: The True Story of Infinite


[Music playing] Marky:
Back about thirteen years ago or so, ten years ago, I was
just driving in the car, with the top down,
and I was listening to the radio and this guy
here, Slim Shady, yes, this son of a
gun, was on the radio. He was rapping, he
sounded great… Marshall:
Was rapping and singing and dancing
and trolicking and frolicking about in the
muddy playgrounds, south fields of
Southfield Michigan. Marky:
Exactly. And I called the radio
station and I said “Yo, who is this
kid rapping because he sucks, and I’d love
to take this guy on because I think I
can make him a decent rapper if I write
his lyrics for him.” Marshall:
Right, right, right… Marky:
Right, isn’t that how that went? So- Jeff:
Wait wait you have to understand
how he rapped. He rapped like this
[mocks fast rapping] Marky:
[fast rapping] Marshall:
[fast rapping] [Music playing] Marky:
We started off with a 8-track studio in Oak Park in
my basement. We worked that thing all the way up
to probably ’95. We wanted a
24-track studio, you know that
was the next step. We found a building
on 8 Mile Road. 8 Mile of course
everybody knows is that border line
street through where I was doing urban stuff, so it just seemed
right to be over there. We always had
this saying: “We’ll do it
8 Mile style.” We had no money at
the time so we would use an old microphone and put it
in a garbage can. Anything it took,
old strings out of tune, we called that
8 Mile style. Jeff:
My brother was the individual that first recognized the
talent of Marshall. Heard him on a
open mic night. Marshall:
Every Friday, Lisa Lisa would let us
come down there. We-we actually hooked it up through a guy
named DJ Dick who let us we was
known as Bassmint. I don’t know, Dick
told Lisa Lisa about us or whatever,
and she said “Let ’em come down
and let ’em rap”. And one night, I guess Marky was
coming home in his car and heard us on the air
and called up there. We was on the air while
he was making the call. He was like
“Who was that?” and Lisa Lisa was like
“Its Bassmint Productions” and such and such and
such, and he was like “Put ’em on the
phone with me”. So then she put us on
the air and they was like “We want you guys to
come down to the studio” and you know, yada yada
yada, and- when we got off the air, Marky
gave us like all his information and everything
and we went there. We went to his house and he had a studio
in his basement. Marky:
I mean when Marshall came into the studio, I thought I was gonna
lose my mind. I was like “What’s
coming out of this kids voice, looking
like this and sounding like this
unbelievable rapper?” I couldn’t
believe this kid. Marshall:
I was a kid I was like 15. I was like 14 or
15 when I met them. I was just happy to be
in the fucking studio. I didn’t give a fuck
about what I was doing, I was just happy to
be in the studio. Marshall:
Back then, you know, I wasn’t ready. I still was tryna
figure out who I wanted to be and what I
wanted to sound like so, you know, I’m mimicking
other people’s shit at that point, you know. I felt like I was too young to
have my own style. I mean back then you
couldn’t tell me no different I
thought I was ready. [Music playing] Marshall:
The Infinite record- I think I was about
20 and had started going up to a lot
of open mic spots- and one was called
The Hip Hop Shop, you know, the most
infamous open mic spot there was, especially
at that time in Detroit. Started going to them open mic spots and
just making a name, making a name for
myself and just going up in there and just
fucking rippin’ it. Being the only white
kid in there, like you know, that was the
talk was, you know, “the white boy” this and
this and it got back to ’em and- I actually
around that time I was going to them open mic spots,
went to their studio to record, paid with my
own money to record and put out my
own cassette. It was a
cassette single, it was called
“Backstabber,” on the flip side it
was “Biterphobia.” And I recorded it in
there, and they had heard me rap and heard
me do the songs, and this producer I was
working with back at the time, Manix,
had made the beats- and they heard it,
and they liked it. So even though I put it
out myself, by me doing that and going back in
there and them getting to hear me at a later
date, and you know, me going through my
changes and evolutions and getting older
and more mature and learning what I wanted to be, they were
interested again. You know, it was the momentum of that I
think they figured if we put, if we press up
another cassette and some LPs, some Vinyl
and let the DJs playing the clubs and shit at
the same time shop it, then we could
get somethin’. But nothing cracked
again, and the album kinda [makes noise]
flopped again. Marky:
We had a tough time with that
record, you know. I couldn’t get stores to take product on
consignment even I couldn’t gift
product away. It was a tough battle, but I wasn’t gonna
give up. Marshall:
Basically the rest of the CDs or the
rest of the cassettes that didn’t sell,
just going to all the places we could just
give them out in other cities and just get the
buzz, like try to generate something, hoping somebody would
hear it, and then- during that time
everything just started, it seemed like
it was just crashing because nobody was…
nobody was listening. Jeff:
I remember Em you were down in the
basement and you said “You know what,
I’ve given it all man. I think this is the
best thing I’ve done. If this doesn’t
work, fuck it”. Marshall:
It was the best, I said “This is the best
I can do. Jeff:
If this doesn’t work, then it’s not
gonna happen.” Marky:
Then-then it’s done. We take him into the studio and ten years-
geesh I feel like there’s a penis on my head. Ten, ten, ten years
later, we work and we’re working
and we’re working, we’re trying to beat
the odds here because we got a couple of
things going against us. Number one I have this, and number two if you
can all tell we’re… Jeff:
The first thing is that, you know, you’re
talking about two Jewish producers
in Hip Hop which is… Marky:
Yeah. Jeff:
that’s really unheard of, but the truth of the
matter is at the beginning of
this whole thing, it was not sure that
we could pull off a Hip Hop album. Marshall:
I went through a, I don’t know, a
series of events, style changes,
shit happening in my life, just drastic,
just different shit and, the way I was
rapping began to get more hostile and
more, you know like, “Fuck the world”
type shit. So I started coming in with songs like was
talking about overdosing on drugs
and “Fuck life” and this and that, and it
caught their ear in a whole different way
just like it started catching everyone
else’s ear. Like wherever I
was going, you know, rapping about it
and- I don’t know. It seemed like as soon
as I stop- soon as I stopped giving a
fuck about what I was saying, people started
giving a fuck it was like a reverse effect. Like “Fuck you, I
don’t care if you like me or not.” Oh, we like you now. [Music playing]

100 thoughts on “Partners In Rhyme: The True Story of Infinite

  1. hope the entire album get remastered and all the tracks mixed down for an proper release in HQ audio. #infiniteremastered

  2. half of these comments are ass kissery at its best haha, but good sgort documentary though really earned eminem some of my respect for him back past album and releases have really let me down

  3. I remember I seen this vinyl used for ten bucks and I always kick myself in the ass for not buying it who cares if I was a bootlegg 10 bucks is a steal that was 7 fucking years ago ill probably never see it again that cheap o well life rolls on

  4. Brilliant that stuff like this is documented! Love Eminem or hate Eminem the man's a talented guy

  5. 8:25 "but the crazy part
    Was soon as I stopped saying I gave a fuck
    Haters started to appreciate my art"

  6. I'm glad his suicide attempt after Infinite failed or else we would have never had one of the best rappers in history/possibly the best rapper alive.

  7. why is everything giving such high appraisal to eminem after he just admitted that the reason hes good is cause mark bass writes his lyrics?? a lot of respect lost to that fruity lookin white boy

  8. Remix gave me goosebumps.Old album is very good but this shit is hoot as fuuuuuuuuck.I think we need whole album remastered.Day one buy.
    P.S Nice to see old footage.Keep up good work.

  9. 2 years ago I listened to this album or the first time, and ever since then, I've been absolutely obsessed with it, it's a golden album, with raw power, and I'm so happy eminem has decided to put out a raw track, for the 12 year old fans who only listen to Real Slim Shady and call them self "Eminem Fans", I am so happy with tears of joy, FUCK YEAH!!!!

  10. Ever just watch this and compare eminem here to now, its like a totally different person

  11. Holy shit, every single Nick Cannon fan in the world disliked…

  12. A remaster of "till hell freezes over" and "our house" would be nice 🙂

  13. Hello Eminem – Infinite Remix 2017 – 2016 🤔You Music 🎶 Nice Bye C u you Okay Eminem

  14. "as i was getting older and more mature" i tough u were born grown and grew down

  15. This made me cry. Em looks damn fine, clean and healthy in the interview. But can we take a moment to talk about them hairstyles, mustaches and dreadlocks though lmao XD

  16. Infinite is a underrated album. This album is a perfect 10 in my eyes. The lyricism on it are the best and the beats fit the atmosphere perfect. Its just one of those albums i appreciate, get excited to listen to, and never gets old. God bless all of you for listening rap when it was real. Im a independent artist i have over 160 songs and some music videos on my channel. I dont make mumble rap i make Authentic hip hop. One thumbs up could make my vision a reality. Thank you

  17. So, when where you in the Netherlands? I saw the picture with the Dutch money on The Marshall Mathers Album

  18. This needs more information… too short.. not enough details…. all I really learned is that infinite was 2 Jewish producers and Eminem… that was the new deal

  19. 1:07 what does it means that he wrote his lyrics for him? I mean, always thought that Em was writing for himself.

  20. What em says at the end about being liked and not giving a fuck. Life in a nutshell fam.

  21. Haven't smiled in a while and watching you just made me so happy for you.Yeah..

  22. soon as i stop sayin i gave a fuck
    haters started t' appreciate my art

  23. People argue over which of his albums are "the best" from slim shady lp to Marshall Mathers 2 but I like infinite the best. Its raw and real. Kinda like how I think college basketball is way better than the fuckin NBA. In 96, em had something to prove. That makes for badass music in my opinion

  24. Dope man DOPE. Eminem is an icon. Marshall Mathers specifically. A dream that is realized through hard work, passion and perseverance even through the worst times. Keep going man, and never let that hunger, that fire that the world knows burn away. New artists, new songs but there is ONLY ONE SLIM SHADY ya'll. Marshall Bruce Mathers III. Pure talent, put on this earth with a VERY special gift to share with the WORLD xxxx

  25. "The Real Book Of Rap"
    Tupac started the book.
    Eminem finished it.
    Dr. Dre published it.
    Lil Wayne couldn't read it.
    Kanye West lied and said he wrote it.
    Snoop Dogg smoked a few pages.
    Rick Ross ate some.
    Drake cried on it.
    Tyga raped it.
    Iggy Azalea lost the book

  26. Anywhere in can get the remixed version that plays through the video? I know they released a remastered but it sounds different

  27. Why does eminem always get his age wrong said he's 14-15 in 89' and 20 in 96' and on a Howard stern interview he was asked how old he was and he was like 4 years off

  28. Was raping singing and dancing and trolicking and forlicking about in the muddy playgrounds,Soutfield Michigan
    Thats why im love Slim Shady

  29. Infinite is my favourite album ever. Such a god damn classic, chilled beats and incredible lyrics.

  30. At 8.00 minute point there is a picture of Eminem and Slangton recording Macosa in Newark NJ. It's funny how they don't mention it.

  31. infinite rhymes i have in time i end up busting these beats livn enjoying life rhyming smiling enjoying life all by myself drink my shit in the corner til someone gives me a shot at living once more

  32. Here after Killshot feeling all down because of backlashes this guy is getting but also happy that he is where he is right now inspiring billions. Who would've known that Infinite was the beginning of a legend. #StillInfinite

  33. Infinite is still one of his best songs, the rhymes schemes in it are fucking crazy 🔥 🔥 🔥

  34. Wow this is unbelievable it's 2019 and he is still on top I want him to remake "INFINITE" but call it "INFINITY"

  35. How could he try to sell the album, which was released in 1996, fail cause nobody would listen, and then "ten years later we started working again", that would be 2006, at which point EM was already successful a long time ago, which happened after SSLP in 1999. Somebody clear this up, I'm confused?

  36. Your shoes are not my shoes. We all have a story. Your experience is not my experience. You always add your two cents.

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