Eminem has a beard now. It’s all over. It’s dark colored. Also, to be completely forthright, it’s really great! In any event, it’s conventionally trimmed. The point, in any case, is that Eminem looks considerably less like the real Slim Shady and more like another Slim Shady who is just imitating.

At a celebrity main street appearance for HBO’s four-part documentary series The Defiant Ones about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Eminem (a.k.a. Slim Shady, né Marshall Mathers) showed up in a hat, a jacket, a necklace—and with some serious chin scruff. And we don’t hate it! In the era of man buns and Father John Misty-like facial hair, some understated beard-age is a refreshingly low-key way to change a look.


It’s likewise a major stride for the regularly clean-shaven Eminem, who, it must be stated, appears as though he’s matured almost no since softening onto the scene up the 1990s. Does this develop look predict the following stage in his continuous advancement? Is it true that we are going to get new music with a very surprising vibe? It’s possible, considering his latest project is featured in Despicable Me 3 (no shade!).

Just a couple of guys from Compton and one from Detroit. With a beard. #thedefiantones

A post shared by Marshall Mathers (@eminem) on Jun 23, 2017 at 12:53pm PDT

Eminem shows up in The Defiant Ones sans facial hair and with his trademark faded fair hair, which he could conceivably still have (oh dear, the cap). Regardless, the Eminem stans (a term that originates from his tune “Stan” with Dido) have a considerable measure to say in regards to it, including some supersleuths who found evidence of “beard envy” as far back as 2015 and a Facebook group dedicated to the relative hairlessness of Eminem’s chin. Now, I don’t know why, either.