DJ Steve Porter, the video-remix wizard whose past efforts range from an inspirational Usain Bolt supercut to a compilation of disgraced former Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s career lowlights, turns his attention to the world of hip-hop in his latest creation, premiering above. The video honors Eminem in advance of his 43rd birthday tomorrow and takes the viewer back to a simpler time in the life of the legendary MC.
Titled “A Shady Birthday,” Porter’s video zeroes in on Eminem’s breakout year of 1999, cutting between interviews with the rapper that originally ran on MTV, Canada’s Much network and the independent show PhatClips. The Much segment finds Eminem merrily spouting his “My name is …” catchphrase in a parking lot, while the PhatClips excerpts show him horsing around with host D-Ex, professing that he’s “a little shroomed-out” and stating mock-sternly that “I don’t promote drugs.” A clip from 2009’s “We Made You” — “Matter fact, make me a birthday cake” — plays up the celebratory theme.
“I wanted to give Eminem some birthday love via his early days on video,” Porter told Rolling Stone of the piece. “He’s as hilarious and funny as he is talented, and I wanted to bring those elements out in this remix.”