Eminem looks shockingly different during rare public appearance in Los Angeles

He's still the real Slim Shady, but it took us a second to realize it.

Eminem rarely makes public appearances, but he made a special exception on June 22 for his longtime collaborator and friend Dr. Dre at the premiere of HBO's "The Defiant Ones."

"The Defiant Ones" is a four-part documentary exploring the remarkable careers of Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine. Eminem is just one of many A-list musical icons, including Bruce Springsteen, Snoop Dogg and Gwen Stefani, who told their stories of working with the incredible duo.

The Los Angeles premiere was predictably star-studded -- but Eminem skipped the red carpet, agreeing to pose for just one photo with Dre and Iovine. With his ginger-brown facial hair and slightly bulkier frame, would you still recognize him?

HBO's 'The Defiant  Ones' Premiere

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Now age 44, Eminem largely stays out of the spotlight. He last released a new song in October 2016 ("Campaign Speech," a political hip hop number), and he appeared on Big Sean's track "No Favors" in February 2017.

That said, the star does maintain social media accounts, keeping fans somewhat afloat of his latest ventures. In recent days, he's promoted "The Defiant Ones." Take a look at the teaser he posted for the must-watch documentary:

Ignore the rules. @defiantones

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Rapper Eminem performs onstage during the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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MOUNT CLEMENS, MI - APRIL 10: Marshall Bruce Mathers, better known as rapper Eminem, stands during his sentencing for carrying a concealed weapon in Macomb County Circuit Court 10 April, 2001 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Mathers received two years probation after pleading guilty to carrying a concealed weapon. (Photo credit should read PAUL SANCYA/AFP/Getty Images)
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI - FEBRUARY 14: Marshall Bruce Mathers, better known as rapper Eminem, pleads guilty to carring a concealed weapon in Macomb County Circuit Court 14 February 2001 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Mathers could face up to 5 years in jail when he is sentanced in April. (Photo credit should read MAX ORTIZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 27: American rap star Eminem and British musician Sir Elton John perform on stage at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards on January 27, 2001 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Eminem performs at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Rapper Eminem attends rehearsals for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City September 6, 2000. (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 9: Rapper Eminem attends the 16th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 9, 1999 at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 18: Rapper Eminem attends the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards on August 18, 1999 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Eminem (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Eminem (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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