Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born: October 17, 1972), better known by his stage name Eminem (stylized as EMINƎM) or his alter-ego Slim Shady, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He released his debut album Infinite in 1996 and Slim Shady EP in 1997. However, he didn't achieve mainstream popularity until 1999, with his 2nd studio album The Slim Shady LP under Aftermath, which earned Eminem his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. His next two albums, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and The Eminem Show (2002) were worldwide successes, both winning Best Rap Album Grammy Awards.
His fifth album, 2004's Encore was also a success. After touring in 2005, Eminem went on a hiatus. In 2009, he released his sixth album Relapse and in 2010, Recovery, which was 2010's best-selling album in the US and worldwide. Eminem's eighth album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was released in 2013 and it won the Best Rap Album Grammy Award. His ninth album Revival was released in 2017. On August 31, 2018, he released Kamikaze, his tenth album, which the album cover referencing the classic 1986 Beastie Boys album Licensed to Ill. On January 16, 2020, he released his eleventh album Music To Be Murdered By.
On November 8, 2002, Eminem starred in the musical drama film 8 Mile, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself", becoming the first rapper to ever win an Oscar. He was also a member of bands Soul Intent and D12.
The only child of Marshall Bruce Mathers II and Deborah Rae "Debbie" Nelso), Eminem was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on October 17, 1972. He is of English, Scottish, German and Swiss descent. His father moved to California and had two children, Michael and Sarah while his mother later had a son named Nathan. As a child, before moving to Detroit, Marshall and Debbie lived in several cities, including St. Joseph, Savannah, and Kansas City.
Marshall was very interested in English, but he never explored literature. He also preferred comic books and disliked math and social studies. At age 14, he and his high-school friend Mike Ruby, adopted the names "Manix" and "M&M", which latter evolved into "Eminem".
In high school, Eminem met Kimberly Anne "Kim" Scott while standing on a table with his shirt off rapping "I'm Bad" by LL Cool J. Kim and her twin sister Dawn moved in with Eminem and his mother when he was 15. In 1989, he began an on-and-off relationship with Kim. On Christmas Day 1995, their daughter Hailie was born. In 1999, the couple were married and in 2001, they divorced. Eminem remarried Kim in January 2006, but he filed for divorce in early April.
The Slim Shady LP (1999):
Notable Songs: My Name Is: No real plot.
The Marshall Mathers LP (2000):
Notable Songs: The Real Slim Shady: Slim Shady expains how he is the only true Slim Shady and that the others are imposters. Stan: A obsessed fan of Slim writes multiple letters and grows more and more angry for each letter he sends, in the end he records a cassette explaining how he hates Slim and that he tore all of Slim's posters and then drives off a bridge with his pregnant girlfriend tied up in the boot.
The Eminem Show (2002):
Notable Songs: Without Me: Music video details how Eminem and Dr Dre go to a boy's house to take back a copy of The Eminem Show; since the album had a warning label saying that the album has explicit content. Till I Collapse; Eminem explains how he only gives up on exercising when he collapses on the floor.
Notable Songs: Just Lose It: Eminem pokes fun at different celebritys like Michael Jackson and MC Hammer.
The Marshall Mathers LP2 (2013):
Notable Songs: Rap God: Eminem claims how he's a Rap God and spits the 2nd fastest rap verse in history with Marshall rapping 2.2 word per second.
Music To Be Murdered By (2020):
Notable Songs: Godzilla: Featuring late rapper Juice WRLD who tragically had a seizure and died on December 8, 2019, Godzilla features the fastest rap verse in the world, even holding the World Record for it; since Eminem raps 3.1 words per second near to be the end of the song.
As a headliner
- The Recovery Tour (2010-2013)
- Rapture Tour (2014)
- Revival (2018)
As a co-headliner
- Up in Smoke Tour (with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and others) (2000)
- Anger Management Tour (with Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach) (2002-2005)
- The Home & Home Tour (with Jay-Z) (2010)
- The Monster Tour (with Rihanna) (2014)
- He has influenced a number of artists, including The Weeknd, TechN9ne, Lil Wayne, Hopsin, Logic, J. Cole, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Royce da 5'9", Machine Gun Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Tyler, the Creator, Chance the Rapper and more.
- Rappers 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, David Banner, Drake, Kool G. Rap, Redman, Kurupt, Wiz Khalifa, Talib Kweli, Machine Gun Kelly, N.O.R.E., Royce da 5'9", Rakim, Busta Rhymes, Nick Cannon, Jay-Z and Yelawolf have each called Eminem one of the greatest rappers of all time.
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