The 20th anniversary of Eminem‘s initially-unsuccessful debut album Infinite just passed recently, and to celebrate, Eminem’s longtime collaborators The Bass Brothers released a mini-documentary called Partners In Rhyme: The True Story of Infinite revisiting the project. In includes vintage and never-before-seen footage of Eminem and them during the recording and promotion process for the album.
In addition to the doc, the brothers sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone, where they reminisced on creating the project that would serve as the world’s introduction to Eminem. “It’s like any artist just starting out. If you ever listen to Michael Jackson before he was Michael Jackson or Prince, they were younger-sounding, but you can tell there’s something there,” said Jeff Bass. “When I hear Eminem from 20 years ago, I can hear Eminem today. I can hear the nuances in his tone, and his rhythm was insane, and this is him starting out as a kid. We recognized that there was something there that was special. Obviously the world ended up agreeing with what we were feeling.”
In honor of the 20th anniversary, the Brothers are releasing a remixed version of the album, where they replace samples with live instruments. “What would it be like to hear the Infinite album with no samples in it, and take the approach that we used for all of the other Eminem music in the last 17 years?” asked Jeff Porter in the interview. We’ll find out soon—the set is expected to release on Friday.
You can watch Partners In Rhyme: The True Story of Infinite below, catch the Bass Brothers’ Rolling Stone interview here, and look out for the new version of Infinite dropping on Friday.