The beginning of the legend
The 1st song I remember hearing from Eminem was 'Not Afraid'. The 1st song that made me really like him was 'The Monster'. Kamikaze made me LOVE him, and I couldn't call myself a true Em fan without hearing the infamous "old Em" that everyone talks about.
While I love almost all Eminem's music, old and new, I can see why people pine over his old stuff - he was a crazy (lyrically-astounding) bastard that using violence, drugs and life drama broke through the "cars, b*tches, money" motto of rap at the time and made a name for himself.