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(VIA HuffPo) – Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?

Years before Eminem (ne Marshall Mathers) was winning Grammys, bringing 8 Mile rap battles to the big screen and cleaning out his metaphorical closet, he was a student at Detroit’s Lincoln High.

While Mathers’ 1999 breakout single, “My Name Is,” sees the rapper admitting, “My English teacher wanted to flunk me in junior high/Thank a lot, next semester I’ll be 35,” photographic evidence reveals he was still a fresh-faced teen when he hit 9th grade.

In honor of Em’s 40th birthday today, we present his 1989 freshman yearbook picture, courtesy of Snakkle.com.

Click here to see more past pics of Eminem.

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