Eminem's debut album title track 'Infinite' remastered 20 years after its original release

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Musician Eminem attends the premiere of "Southpaw" in New York July 20, 2015. The rapper will release a new album titled "Revival" on Dec. 15, 2017. Reuters/Andrew Kelly

Eminem’s debut album “Infinite” turns 20 this month. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release, the record’s producers have remastered the title track, which is made available digitally for the first time. Eminem released the song via his official Vevo page on Thursday.

The “Infinite” album was released back in Nov. 12, 1996. Before his debut album’s launch, Eminem worked hard on his rapping abilities to get recognition in Detroit. He was discovered by Jeff and Mark Bass, who were known back then for producing remixes of songs by pop artists such as the B-52’s and Madonna. The Bass Brothers were so impressed with him that they created a new record label called Web Entertainment just to broadcast his talents.

Unfortunately, “Infinite” didn’t sell very well and was a total commercial failure. The disappointing response to the album prompted Eminem to modify his style that ultimately led him to become one of the most successful rappers of all time. According to Rolling Stone, the original vinyl pressings of “Infinite” are now considered collectors’ items and a single copy can sell for thousands of dollars.

Listen: Eminem - Infinite (FBT Remix)

The Bass Brothers are commemorating Eminem’s first album through the “FBT remix” of its title track. Jeff says that although he and his brother were the executive producers of the “Infinite” record, Kevin Michael Wilder and Denaun “Kon Artis” Porter essentially produced the original tunes. Eminem admits to sounding like his favourite rappers Nas and AZ on the 20-year-old record.

“‘Infinite’ was me trying to figure out how I wanted my rap style to be, how I wanted to sound on the mic and present myself,” the rapper recalls. “It was a growing stage. I felt like ‘Infinite’ was like a demo that just got pressed up.”

Eminem deliberately made the “Infinite” songs radio-friendly to gain airplay on radio stations in Detroit. The album’s subject matter included the rapper and his grandmother’s difficulties with raising Hailie, his only biological daughter. The rapper was struggling to make ends meet during that time, but he had a strong desire to get rich.