Eminem – Infinite
In 1996, Eminem released Infinite, his decidedly inauspicious solo debut. The 24-year-old rapper had spent the past several years bouncing around Detroit, honing his craft in local crews and short-lived groups such as Soul Intent, and hanging out at the Hip-Hop Shop, a weekly club night later made famous in the 2002 movie 8 Mile. Then, Eminem was discovered by Jeff and Mark Bass, two producers who built a modest reputation with hip-house remixes of pop acts like Madonna and the B-52’s, and performing as part of George Clinton’s sprawling P-Funk empire. Dazzled by Eminem’s talent, the Funky Bass Brothers decided to launch a new record label, Web Entertainment, to showcase his raw potential. Infinite flopped, selling less than a few hundred copies. However, the project helped lay the groundwork for Eminem’s career and original vinyl pressings now trade for thousands of dollars.