May He Have Your Attention? ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ at 20

Darth Vader’s wife discovered the blue-eyed devil. His hair was bleached, his pants were baggy, and he was named after a candy-coated chocolate. Satan wasn’t a domestic terrorist, a political rival, or even an actual criminal. It was much worse: He was a rapper. And the greatest trick that he ever pulled was convincing the world to take him at his word.


To Lynne Cheney, the soon-to-be second lady of the United States, Eminem embodied the...