Eminem is a famous rapper who is also known as slim shady, Marshall Mathers or Double M. He is known to have redefined and broken the stereotypical philosophy of blacks being the only race that could rap.
Eminem rap music has raised a lot of contentions as some described it as being vulgar or raw, but to millions it was well received as it spoke the issues of the society.
In this article we will let you how Eminem started off his successful rap career, his challenges, relationship, net worth and many more.
- Full Name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III
- Age: 48 years old
- Nationality: American
- State of Origin: Missouri
- State of residence: Clinton Township, Michigan
- Marital status: Divorced
- Occupation: Rapper, record producer, record executive, songwriter, film producer and an actor
Eminem was born on the 12th of October, 1972 in St. Joseph Missouri. He is the only child of his parents before his dad Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr left his mother, Deborah Rae “Debbie.
He had a difficult childhood has he lived with mum at Detroit in an area where few white people stayed, and was often victim of block gang bullies.
Eminem wasn’t doing well in school especially in high school. He performed poorly in most subjects and finally dropped out of Lincoln High School at a teenage year of 17.
Before dropping out from high school, Eminem joined his friend, Mike Ruby at age 14, to rap and go for freestyle rap battles in neighborhoods or other high schools. The friends came up with a team name M&M. This name became apart of his stage name.
Eminem was trying and working very hard to find his footing in an overly denominated black industry. Despite the overly denominated black industry, Eminem was loved by underground hip hop audiences due to his talents.
In 1992 Eminem made his first appearance in a music video song titled, “Do-Da-Dippity”, by Champtown. Four years along the line Eminem together with his childhood friends such as Proof(who was murdered, years along the line) formed a team titled “The Dirty Dozen” or “D12”. His team released their first album Devil’s Night in 2001.
Along the line Eminem signed a deal with Jeff and Mark Bass’s FBT Productions, and recorded his first album titled “Infinite”. This album had a great commercial downslide, as it recorded a huge amount of failure, this led to great depression for him and sucidial thoughts.
After this major set back, Eminem turned his energy to developed the egoistic Slim Shady character. In 1997, he released an album Slim Shady EP. This album concentrated on drugs, sex, rape and murder.
In that same year, Enimen took part in an annual Rap Olympics competition. He came out second and the words spread to Dr. Dre, the founder of Aftermath Entertainment and founding member of hip-hop group N.W.A. Dr. Dre took him under his record label despite criticism from his black team.
This partnership led to the production of many good rap music with one making a grand stand the song titled “The Marshall Mathers LP”, which had about 1.7million sales in it’s first week. This particular song in March 2011, was classified as certified Diamond by the RIAA and was sold about 21 million copies globally.
Aside his successful album sales, he got a lot of criticism as some people found his album to be sexist prejudice. One of the critique who stood out was L. Brent Bozell III, who criticized the “Marshall Mathers LP” for sexist prejudice lyrics, pointing out Eminem excessive use of foul languages and named Eminem “Eminef” as mockery for the frequent use of the foul word “motherfucker” on the album.
The Eminem was also into Shows and tours, he made about 27 million worth of sales worldwide from them. From 2003 to 2007, Eminem released a lot of songs and got into trouble from some, like United States Secret Service for threats for the President life in one of his lyrics.
Apart from the secret investigation on the President case, one of his music “Encore”, attacked the late Michael Jackson on molestation, plastic surgery and many more. Although this song had a lot of sales, it was frowned upon by iconic artists such Steve Wonders.
In June, 2010, Eminem released a mega hit ablum “Recovery” which was a sequel to Relapse. The songs under this album became top listed songs worldwide such as single, “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie” with a remix featuring Rihanna.
After years of doing his thing, Emenim in 2017 in a freestyle rap criticize the newly elected President Trump, referring to his as a “bitch” (his regular foul language).
These acts as usual landed him in a corner as there were reports of Secret Service interviewing Eminem in 2018-2019, in the light of his threats related lyrics towards President Trump and daughter Ivanka.
On January 17, 2020, Emenim released another hit album titled “Music To Be Murdered” it was featured by iconic celebrities such as; Young M.A., Royce Da 5’9″, Q-Tip, Denaun, Ed Sheeran, Juice WRLD, Skylar Grey, Anderson Paak, Don Toliver, White Gold, Kxng Crooked, Joell Ortiz and Black Thought. After a month, Emenim performed “Lose Yourself” at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Emenim released a music video titled “Godzilla” in March on YouTube through Lyrical Lemonade’s channel. The video had a significant appearances such as Mike Tyson and Dr. Dre. It was viewed by an estimated number of 47.2 million people. Within few days into March his album “Music To Be Murdered” became gold certified.
Eminem has being married twice and divorced twice with the same lady Kimberly Anne “Kim” Scott. Anne was a young when she left home to stay with Emenim and his mom. They had a daughter Hailie in 1995 and they got married in 1999.
After a short marriage of 2 years they were divorced, and remarried in Jan, 2006 and got divorced again in April.
Eminem being one of the most successful hip hop artists and rapper has won a lot of awards. One of his first awards was Billboard Music Awards for Album of the Year, this was for one of his shows “The Eminem Show” in 2002.
His second award was in 2003, the Academy Awards for Best Original Song, this was for one of songs “Lose Yourself”. Emenim skills and notorious talents won the Brit Awards for Best International Male Solo Artist in 2003 and 2004.
Slim Shady won the Vibe Magazine Special Awards for the Best Rapper Alive in 2008 and Billboard Music Awards for Artist of the Decade in 2009.
He also received MOBO Awards for Best International Act in 2010. The next year, he received Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album for the ‘Recovery’ album, 2011.
In 2014, Emenim also received another Billboard Music Awards for Top Rap Artist.
Eminem Net Worth
Eminem’s net worth is estimated to be $230 million.