In 1988, Marshall Mathers was still just a kid messing around in his friend’s basement, making stupid rap songs. Some of those songs were made public many years ago during a spout with Benzino, who highlighted one track on which Em used the N-word after breaking up with a black girlfriend.
“Pooh Butt Day” is pretty innocuous compared to “Foolish Pride” though. The song, recorded when Eminem was just 16 years old, finds the Detroit rapper mimicking older, motor-mouthed styles of rap over a simple loop and drum break. It’s got a hint of the comedy, a dash of the lyrical skill, and a glimpse of the storytelling ability that we know Em for today, but listen to the old track above to see how he started his rap career.