1.The Rapper in the Motor City

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For SPIN's August cover story, photo director Michelle Egiziano and photographer Maciek Kobielski traveled to Detroit to shoot Eminem in his hometown.

"All the photos were taken in an abandoned office of a former factory called the Budd Wheel Factory," says Egiziano. "The offices were left almost entirely intact, which gave the space a really spooky vibe. File folders, coffee cups, memo slips were scattered about."

The above shot was taken in the factory's boardroom. In the background, Chrysler's test track is visible, where cars drove in circles throughout the day.

2.The Rapper in the Motor City

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For SPIN's August cover story, photo director Michelle Egiziano and photographer Maciek Kobielski traveled to Detroit to shoot Eminem in his hometown.

"All the photos were taken in an abandoned office of a former factory called the Budd Wheel Factory," says Egiziano. "The offices were left almost entirely intact, which gave the space a really spooky vibe. File folders, coffee cups, memo slips were scattered about."

The above shot was taken in the factory's boardroom. In the background, Chrysler's test track is visible, where cars drove in circles throughout the day.

3.Not Afraid

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Although you can't tell from this close-up, Eminem didn't have it easy during the day-long shoot. "Maciek really embraced the mundane trappings of the space -- wood paneling, broken shades, office carpet -- and had Em walk in and around broken glass, buckled floors, and rotting ceilings," Egiziano recalls.

"I was worried at one point as Em exclaimed, 'I can’t see anything! Someone tell me where to go!' as we walked through an unlit corridor," she says. "All I could think was that I would be responsible for Eminem breaking his toe during our cover shoot."

This shot was taken in the factory's entry hall.

4.In the Executive Suite

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These shots were captured in an old executive office at the factory.

"Em played along with everything," says Egiziano, "and I think the pictures are unique and personal as a result."

5.Slim Not-So-Shady

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"The other half of this space had a dropped ceiling that was falling almost to the floor," says Egiziano. Luckily, no one was injured, and the shoot went off without a hitch.

Despite Eminem's solemn look in these photos, Egiziano says: "At the end, he was very nice and charming, shook hands, chatted cheerfully, and drove off in a tinted Benz."

And then, a slight confession: "I felt like a teenager, just a little bit. I still have three photos from the shoot up on my desk!"

6.The Finished Cover

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The August issue is on newsstands now. To read an excerpt from the cover story, click here.