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American rapper (born 1972)

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Eminem performing in 2014
Marshall Bruce Mathers III

(1972-10-17) October 17, 1972 (age 50)

St Joseph, Missouri, US
Other names
  • Slim Shady
  • Evil (as part of Bad Meets Evil)
  • M&M
  • MC Double M
  • Rapper
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Record producer
  • Record executive
  • Actor
Years active 1988–present
  • Albums
  • singles
  • production
  • videography
Kimberly Anne Scott

(m 1999; div 2001)

(m 2006; div 2006)

Children 3
  • Full list
  • records and achievements
Musical career
Origin Detroit, Michigan, US
Genres Hip hop
  • Shady
  • Aftermath
  • Interscope
  • Web
Member of Bad Meets Evil
Formerly of
  • D12
  • Outsidaz
  • Soul Intent
  • New Jacks
Website eminemcom
Musical artist

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (/ˌɛmɪˈnɛm/; stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper and record producer He is credited with popularizing hip hop in middle America and is critically acclaimed as one of the greatest rappers of all time Eminem’s global success and acclaimed works are widely regarded as having broken racial barriers for the acceptance of white rappers in popular music While much of his transgressive work during the late 1990s and early 2000s made him widely controversial, he came to be a representation of popular angst of the American underclass and has been cited as an influence for many artists of various genres

After the release of his debut album Infinite (1996) and the extended play Slim Shady EP (1997), Eminem signed with Dr Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and subsequently achieved mainstream popularity in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP His next two releases, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and The Eminem Show (2002), were worldwide successes and were both nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year After the release of his next album, Encore (2004), Eminem went on hiatus in 2005, largely due to a prescription drug addiction He returned to the music industry four years later with the release of Relapse (2009) and Recovery was released the following year Recovery was the best-selling album worldwide of 2010, making it Eminem’s second album, after The Eminem Show in 2002, to be the best-selling album of the year worldwide In the following years, he released the US number one albums The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013), Revival (2017), Kamikaze (2018) and Music to Be Murdered By (2020)

Eminem made his debut in the film industry with the musical drama film 8 Mile (2002), playing a fictionalized version of himself, and his track “Lose Yourself” from its soundtrack won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, making him the first hip hop artist ever to win the award Eminem has made cameo appearances in the films The Wash (2001), Funny People (2009) and The Interview (2014) and the television series Entourage (2010) He has also developed other ventures, including Shady Records, a joint venture with manager Paul Rosenberg, which helped launch the careers of artists such as 50 Cent, D12 and Obie Trice, among others He has also established his own channel, Shade 45, on Sirius XM Radio

In addition to his solo career, Eminem was a member of the hip hop group D12 He is also known for collaborations with fellow Detroit-based rapper Royce da 5’9″; the two are collectively known as Bad Meets Evil

Eminem is among the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated worldwide sales of over 220 million records He was the best-selling music artist in the United States of the 2000s and the best-selling male music artist in the United States of the 2010s, third overall Billboard named him the “Artist of the Decade (2000–2009)” He has had ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200—which all consecutively debuted at number one on the chart, making him the first artist to achieve this—and five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, Curtain Call: The Hits (2005), “Lose Yourself”, “Love the Way You Lie” and “Not Afraid” have all been certified Diamond or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Rolling Stone has included him in its lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time He has won numerous awards, including 15 Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and an MTV Europe Music Global Icon Award In November 2022, Eminem was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Early life

Mathers was born on October 17, 1972, in St Joseph, Missouri, the only child of Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr and Deborah Rae “Debbie” (née Nelson) He is of English, Scottish, German, German Swiss, Polish and Luxembourgish ancestry His mother nearly died during her 73-hour labor with him Eminem’s parents were in a band called Daddy Warbucks, playing in Ramada Inns along the Dakotas–Montana border before they separated Eminem’s father, Bruce Jr, left the family, moving to California after having two other children: Michael and Sarah His mother, Debbie, later had a son named Nathan “Nate” Kane Samara During his childhood, Eminem and his mother shuttled between Detroit and Missouri, rarely staying in one house for more than a year or two and living primarily with family members In Missouri, they lived in several places, including St Joseph, Savannah and Kansas City

Eminem lived near 8 Mile Road in Detroit

As a teenager, Eminem wrote letters to his father Debbie said that they all came back marked “return to sender” When he was a child, a bully named D’Angelo Bailey severely injured Eminem’s head in an assault, an incident which Eminem later recounted (with comic exaggeration) on the song “Brain Damage” Debbie filed a lawsuit against the public school for this in 1982 The suit was dismissed the following year by a Macomb County, Michigan judge, who said the schools were immune from lawsuits Eminem and his mother lived for much of his youth in a working-class, primarily black, Detroit neighborhood He and Debbie were one of three white households on their block, and Eminem was beaten several times by black youths

As a child, he was interested in storytelling, aspiring to be a comic book artist before discovering hip hop Eminem heard his first rap song (“Reckless”, featuring Ice-T) on the Breakin’ soundtrack, a gift from Debbie’s half-brother Ronnie Polkingharn His uncle was close to the boy and later became a musical mentor to him When Polkingharn committed suicide in 1991, Eminem stopped speaking publicly for days and did not attend his funeral

Eminem’s home life was seldom stable; he frequently fought with his mother, whom a social worker described as having a “very suspicious, almost paranoid personality” When her son became famous, Debbie dismissed criticism, saying that she had sheltered him and was responsible for his success In 1987, Debbie allowed runaway Kimberly Anne “Kim” Scott to stay at their home Several years later, Eminem began an on-and-off relationship with Scott After spending three years in ninth grade due to truancy and poor grades, he dropped out of Lincoln High School at age 17 Although interested in English, Eminem never explored literature (preferring comic books) and he disliked math and social studies Eminem worked at several jobs to help his mother pay the bills One of the jobs he had was with Little Caesar’s Pizza in Warren, Michigan He later said she often threw him out of the house anyway, often after taking most of his paycheck When she left to play bingo, he would blast the stereo and write songs

At age 14, Eminem began rapping with high-school friend Mike Ruby; they adopted the names “Manix” and “M&M”, the latter evolving into “Eminem” Eminem sneaked into neighboring Osborn High School with friend and fellow rapper Proof for lunchroom freestyle rap battles On Saturdays, they attended open mic contests at the Hip-Hop Shop on West 7 Mile Road, considered “ground zero” for the Detroit rap scene Struggling to succeed in a predominantly black industry, Eminem was appreciated by underground hip hop audiences When he wrote verses, he wanted most of the words to rhyme; he wrote long words or phrases on paper and, underneath, worked on rhymes for each syllable Although the words often made little sense, the drill helped Eminem practice sounds and rhymes


1988–1997: Early career, Infinite and family struggles

Eminem and Proof performing in 1999

In 1988, he went by the stage name MC Double M and formed his first group New Jacks and made a self-titled demo tape with DJ Butter Fingers In 1989, they later joined Bassmint Productions who later changed their name to Soul Intent in 1992 with rapper Proof and other childhood friends They released a self-titled EP in 1995 featuring Proof Eminem also made his first music video appearance in 1992 in a song titled, “Do-Da-Dippity”, by Champtown Later in 1996, Eminem and Proof teamed up with four other rappers to form The Dirty Dozen (D12), who released their first album Devil’s Night in 2001 Eminem had his first run-in with the law at age 20, when he was arrested for his involvement in a drive-by shooting with a paintball gun The case was dismissed when the victim did not appear in court

Eminem was soon signed to Jeff and Mark Bass’s FBT Productions and recorded his debut album Infinite for their independent Web Entertainment label The album was a commercial failure upon its release in 1996 One lyrical subject of Infinite was his struggle to raise his newborn daughter, Hailie Jade Scott Mathers, on little money During this period, Eminem’s rhyming style, primarily inspired by rappers Nas, Esham and AZ, lacked the comically violent slant for which he later became known Detroit disc jockeys largely ignored Infinite and the feedback Eminem did receive (“Why don’t you go into rock and roll”) led him to craft angrier, moodier tracks At this time Eminem and Kim Scott lived in a crime-ridden neighborhood and their house was robbed several times Eminem cooked and washed dishes for minimum wage at Gilbert’s Lodge, a family-style restaurant at St Clair Shores His former boss described him as becoming a model employee, as he worked 60 hours a week for six months after Hailie’s birth He was fired shortly before Christmas and later said, “It was, like, five days before Christmas, which is Hailie’s birthday I had, like, forty dollars to get her something” After the release of Infinite, his personal problems and substance abuse culminated in a suicide attempt By March 1997 he was fired from Gilbert’s Lodge for the last time and lived in his mother’s mobile home with Kim and Hailie

1997–1999: Introduction of Slim Shady, The Slim Shady LP and rise to success

Eminem in 1999

Eminem attracted more attention when he developed Slim Shady, a sadistic, violent alter ego The character allowed him to express his anger with lyrics about drugs, rape and murder In the spring of 1997 he recorded his debut EP, the Slim Shady EP, which was released that winter by Web Entertainment The EP, with frequent references to drug use, sexual acts, mental instability and violence, also explored the more-serious themes of dealing with poverty and marital and family difficulties and revealed his direct, self-deprecating response to criticism Hip hop magazine The Source featured Eminem in its “Unsigned Hype” column in March 1998

After he was fired from his job and evicted from his home, Eminem went to Los Angeles to compete in the 1997 Rap Olympics, an annual, nationwide battle rap competition He placed second and an Interscope Records intern in attendance called Dean Geistlinger asked Eminem for a copy of the Slim Shady EP, which was then sent to company CEO Jimmy Iovine Iovine played the tape for record producer Dr Dre, founder of Aftermath Entertainment and founding member of hip hop group NWA Dre recalled, “In my entire career in the music industry, I have never found anything from a demo tape or a CD When Jimmy played this, I said, ‘Find him Now” He would later state on the fourth and last episode of The Defiant Ones, “I was like: what the fuck!, and who the fuck is that” expressing his shock towards Mathers’ rapping talent Although his associates criticized him for hiring a white rapper, he was confident in his decision: “I don’t give a fuck if you’re purple; if you can kick it, I’m working with you” Eminem had idolized Dre since listening to NWA as a teenager and was nervous about working with him on an album: “I didn’t want to be starstruck or kiss his ass too much  I’m just a little white boy from Detroit I had never seen stars let alone Dr Dre” He became more comfortable working with Dre after a series of productive recording sessions

Eminem released The Slim Shady LP in February 1999 Although it was one of the year’s most popular albums (certified triple platinum by the end of the year), he was accused of imitating the style and subject matter of underground rapper Cage The album’s popularity was accompanied by controversy over its lyrics; in “’97 Bonnie & Clyde” Eminem describes a trip with his infant daughter when he disposes of his wife’s body and in “Guilty Conscience” which encourages a man to murder his wife and her lover “Guilty Conscience” marked the beginning of a friendship and musical bond between Dr Dre and Eminem The label-mates later collaborated on a number of hit songs (“Forgot About Dre” and “What’s the Difference” while also providing uncredited vocals on “The Watcher” from Dr Dre’s album 2001, “Bitch Please II” from The Marshall Mathers LP, “Say What You Say” from The Eminem Show, “Encore/Curtains Down” from Encore and “Old Time’s Sake” and “Crack a Bottle” from Relapse) and Dre made at least one guest appearance on each of Eminem’s Aftermath albums The Slim Shady LP has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA

1999–2003: The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show

Eminem at the ARCO Arena for the Up in Smoke Tour, June 2000

After Eminem released The Slim Shady LP, he started his own record label, Shady Records, in late 1999 Eminem looked for an avenue to release D12, and his manager Paul Rosenberg was keen to start a label, which led to the two teaming up to form Shady Its A&R Marc Labelle has defined the record label as “a boutique label but all the outlets of a major Interscope backing up our every move”

Recorded from 1999 to 2000, The Marshall Mathers LP was released in May 2000 It sold 176 million copies in its first week, breaking US records held by Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle for fastest-selling hip hop album and Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time for fastest-selling solo album The first single from the album, “The Real Slim Shady”, was a success despite controversies about Eminem’s insults and dubious claims about celebrities (for example, that Christina Aguilera had performed oral sex on Carson Daly and Fred Durst) In his second single, “The Way I Am”, he reveals the pressure from his record company to top “My Name Is” Although Eminem parodied shock rocker Marilyn Manson in the music video for “My Name Is”, they are reportedly on good terms; Manson is mentioned in “The Way I Am”, appeared in its music video and has performed a live remix of the song with Eminem In the third single, “Stan” (which samples Dido’s “Thank You”), Eminem tries to deal with his new fame, assuming the persona of a deranged fan who kills himself and his pregnant girlfriend (mirroring ’97 Bonnie & Clyde” from The Slim Shady LP) Q called “Stan” the third-greatest rap song of all time, and it was ranked tenth in a Top40-Chartscom survey The song has since been ranked 296th on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list In July 2000, Eminem was the first white artist to appear on the cover of The Source The Marshall Mathers LP was certified Diamond by the RIAA in March 2011 and sold 21 million copies worldwide In 2000 Eminem also appeared in the Up in Smoke Tour with rappers Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and Ice Cube and the Family Values Tour with Limp Bizkit, headlining the Anger Management Tour with Papa Roach, Ludacris and Xzibit

Eminem performed with Elton John at the 43rd Grammy Awards ceremony in 2001, with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD, an organization which considered Eminem’s lyrics homophobic) condemning John’s decision to perform with Eminem Entertainment Weekly placed the appearance on its end-of-decade “best-of” list: “It was the hug heard ’round the world Eminem, under fire for homophobic lyrics, shared the stage with a gay icon for a performance of ‘Stan’ that would have been memorable in any context” On February 21, the day of the awards ceremony, GLAAD held a protest outside the Staples Center (the ceremony’s venue) Eminem was also the only guest artist to appear on fellow rapper Jay-Z’s critically acclaimed album The Blueprint, producing and rapping on the song “Renegade”

The Eminem Show was released in May 2002 It was another success, reaching number one on the charts and selling over 1332 million copies during its first full week The album’s single, “Without Me”, denigrates boy bands, Limp Bizkit, Dick and Lynne Cheney, Moby and others The Eminem Show, certified Diamond by the RIAA, examines the effects of Eminem’s rise to fame, his relationship with his wife and daughter and his status in the hip hop community, addressing an assault charge brought by a bouncer he saw kissing his wife in 2000 Although several tracks are clearly angry, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic found The Eminem Show less inflammatory than The Marshall Mathers LP L Brent Bozell III, who had criticized The Marshall Mathers LP for misogynistic lyrics, noted The Eminem Show's extensive use of obscenity and called Eminem “Eminef” for the prevalence of the word “motherfucker” on the album The Eminem Show sold 27 million copies worldwide and was the best-selling album of 2002

2003–2007: Production work, Encore and musical hiatus

Eminem on the Anger Management Tour, 2003

In 2003, Eminem, a lifelong fan of Tupac, provided production work for three tracks on the Tupac Resurrection soundtrack He would follow this up the next year by producing 12 of the 16 tracks on Tupac’s Loyal to the Game album On December 8, 2003, the United States Secret Service said that it was “looking into” allegations that Eminem had threatened the President of the United States The cause for concern was the lyrics of “We As Americans” (“Fuck money / I don’t rap for dead presidents / I’d rather see the president dead / It’s never been said, but I set precedents”), which was later released on a bonus CD with the deluxe edition of Encore

Encore, released in 2004, was another success, but not as successful as his previous albums Its sales were partially driven by the first single, “Just Lose It”, which contained slurs directed toward Michael Jackson On October 12, 2004, a week after the release of “Just Lose It”, Jackson phoned Steve Harvey’s radio show to report his displeasure with its video (which parodies Jackson’s child molestation trial, plastic surgery and the 1984 incident when Jackson’s hair caught fire during the filming of a commercial) In the song, Eminem says, “That’s not a stab at Michael / That’s just a metaphor / I’m just psycho” Many of Jackson’s friends and supporters spoke out against the video, including Stevie Wonder, who described it as “kicking a man while he’s down” and “bullshit”, and Steve Harvey (who said, “Eminem has lost his ghetto pass We want the pass back”) The video also parodied Pee-wee Herman, MC Hammer and Madonna during her Blond Ambition period “Weird Al” Yankovic, who parodied the Eminem song “Lose Yourself” on “Couch Potato” for his 2003 album Poodle Hat, told the Chicago Sun-Times about Jackson’s protest: “Last year, Eminem forced me to halt production on the video for my ‘Lose Yourself’ parody because he somehow thought that it would be harmful to his image or career So the irony of this situation with Michael is not lost on me” Although Black Entertainment Television stopped playing the video, MTV announced that it would continue to air it The Source, through CEO Raymond “Benzino” Scott, called for the video to be pulled, the song removed from the album and Eminem to apologize publicly to Jackson In 2007, Jackson and Sony bought Famous Music from Viacom, giving him the rights to songs by Eminem, Shakira, Beck and others

Despite its lead single’s humorous theme, Encore explored serious subject matter with the anti-war song “Mosh”, which criticized President George W Bush as “This weapon of mass destruction that we call our president”, with lyrics including “Fuck Bush” On October 25, 2004, a week before the 2004 US Presidential election, Eminem released the video for “Mosh” on the Internet In it, Eminem gathers an army (including rapper Lloyd Banks) of Bush-administration victims and leads them to the White House When they break in, it is learned that they are there to register to vote; the video ends with “VOTE Tuesday November 2” After Bush’s reelection, the video’s ending was changed to Eminem and the protesters invading the White House during a speech by the president Also in 2004 Eminem launched a satellite music channel, Shade 45, on Sirius radio, which was described by his manager as “essentially a destination to get and hear things that other people aren’t playing”

Eminem began his first US concert tour in three years in the summer of 2005 with the Anger Management 3 Tour, featuring 50 Cent, G-Unit, Lil Jon, D12, Obie Trice and the Alchemist, but in August he canceled the European leg of the tour, later announcing that he had entered drug rehabilitation for treatment of a “dependency on sleep medication” Meanwhile, industry insiders speculated that Eminem was considering retirement, while rumors circulated that a double album titled The Funeral would be released In July, the Detroit Free Press reported a possible final bow for Eminem as a solo performer, quoting members of his inner circle as saying that he would embrace the roles of producer and label executive A greatest hits album, Curtain Call: The Hits, was released on December 6, 2005, by Aftermath Entertainment, and sold nearly 441,000 copies in the US in its first week, marking Eminem’s fourth consecutive number-one album on the Billboard Hot 200, and was certified double platinum by the RIAA However, Eminem suggested that month on WKQI’s “Mojo in the Morning” show that he would be taking a break as an artist: “I’m at a point in my life right now where I feel like I don’t know where my career is going  This is the reason that we called it ‘Curtain Call’ because this could be the final thing We don’t know”

Proof’s (left) death in 2006 was one of the factors that caused Eminem to fall into depression during his five-year hiatus

In April 2006, Proof, who was Eminem’s childhood friend, was murdered Eight months later, Eminem released a compilation album titled Eminem Presents: The Re-Up that featured Proof and other Shady Records artists

2007–2009: Comeback and Relapse

In September 2007, Eminem called New York radio station WQHT during an interview with 50 Cent, saying that he was “in limbo” and “debating” about when (or if) he would release another album: “I’m always working – I’m always in the studio It feels good right now, the energy of the label For a while, I didn’t want to go back to the studio  I went through some personal things I’m coming out of those personal things it feels good”

Eminem appeared on his Shade 45 Sirius channel in September 2008, saying: “Right now I’m kinda just concentrating on my own stuff, for right now and just banging out tracks and producing a lot of stuff You know, the more I keep producing the better it seems like I get ’cause I just start knowing stuff” Interscope confirmed that a new album would be released in spring 2009 In December 2008, Eminem provided more details about the album, entitled Relapse: “Me and Dre are back in the lab like the old days, man Dre will end up producing the majority of the tracks on ‘Relapse’ We are up to our old mischievous ways  let’s just leave it at that”

According to a March 5, 2009, press release, Eminem would release two new albums that year Relapse, the first, was released on May 19; its first single and music video, “We Made You”, had been released on April 7 Although Relapse did not sell as well as Eminem’s previous albums and received mixed reviews, it was a commercial success and re-established his presence in the hip hop world It sold more than five million copies worldwide During the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen descended on the audience in an angel costume He landed buttocks-first on Eminem, who stormed out of the ceremony; three days later, Eminem said that the stunt had been staged On October 30 he headlined at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, his first full performance of the year Eminem’s act included several songs from Relapse, many of his older hits and an appearance by D12 On November 19, he announced on his website that Relapse: Refill would be released on December 21 The album was a re-release of Relapse with seven bonus tracks, including “Forever” and “Taking My Ball” Eminem described the CD:

2009–2011: Recovery and Bad Meets Evil reunion

Eminem performing with D12 in May 2009

On April 14, 2010, Eminem tweeted: “There is no Relapse 2” Although his followers thought he was not releasing an album, he had changed its title to Recovery and confirmed this by tweeting “Recovery” with a link to his website He said:

Recorded from 2009 to 2010, Recovery was released on June 18 In the US, Recovery sold 741,000 copies during its first week, topping the Billboard 200 chart Eminem’s sixth consecutive US number-one album also topped the charts in several other countries Recovery remained atop the Billboard 200 chart for five consecutive weeks of a seven-week total

Billboard reported that it was the best-selling album of 2010, making Eminem the first artist in Nielsen SoundScan history with two year-end best-selling albums Recovery is the best-selling digital album in history Its first single, “Not Afraid”, was released on April 29 and debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100; its music video was released on June 4 “Not Afraid” was followed by “Love the Way You Lie”, which debuted at number two before rising to the top Although “Love the Way You Lie” was the best-selling 2010 single in the United Kingdom, it did not reach number one (the first time this has happened in the UK since 1969) Despite criticism of its inconsistency, Recovery received positive reviews from most critics As of November 21, 2010, the album had US sales of three million copies Recovery was the best-selling album worldwide in 2010, joining 2002’s best-seller The Eminem Show to give Eminem two worldwide year-end number-one albums With Recovery, Eminem broke the record for the most successive US number-one albums by a solo artist

He appeared at the 2010 BET Awards, performing “Not Afraid” and “Airplanes, Part II” with BoB and Keyshia Cole Later that year, he performed at the Activison E3 concert In June, Eminem and Jay-Z announced they would perform together in Detroit and New York City, at concerts called The Home & Home Tour The first two concerts quickly sold out, prompting an additional show in each city BET called Eminem the number-one rapper of the 21st century He opened the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, performing “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie” with Rihanna singing the choruses Due to the success of Recovery and the Home & Home Tour, Eminem was named the 2010 Hottest MC in the Game by MTV and Emcee of the Year by the online magazine HipHopDX He and Rihanna again collaborated on “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)”, the sequel of their hit single Unlike the original, Rihanna is the lead vocalist and it is sung from the female perspective In December 2010, the “Great Eminem Recovery” was number one on Billboard's Top 25 Music Moments of 2010 He appeared at the 2011 Grammy Awards on February 13, performing “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” with Rihanna and Adam Levine and “I Need a Doctor” with Dr Dre and Skylar Grey That month it was announced that “Space Bound” would be the fourth single from Recovery, with a music video featuring former porn actress Sasha Grey; the video was released June 24 on the iTunes Store

Eminem performing at Lollapalooza 2011

In 2010, Eminem again began collaborating with Royce da 5’9″ on their first EP as Bad Meets Evil; the duo formed in 1998 The EP, Hell: The Sequel, was released on June 14, 2011 Eminem was featured on Royce da 5’9‘s “Writer’s Block”, released on April 8, 2011 On May 3 they released the lead single “Fast Lane” from their upcoming EP and a music video was filmed In March 2011, within days of each other, The Eminem Show and The Marshall Mathers LP were certified diamond by the RIAA; Eminem is the only rapper with two diamond-certified albums With more than 60 million “likes” he was the most-followed person on Facebook, outscoring Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Michael Jackson Eminem was the first artist in five years with two number-one albums (Recovery and Hell: The Sequel) in a 12-month period Early in 2011 he leaked “20 Boys”, on which Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse collaborated when they signed with Shady Records in January and performed it in April Bad Meets Evil released their next single, “Lighters”, on July 6 and its music video in late August On August 6, Eminem performed several songs from throughout his career at Lollapalooza with the artists who had been featured on each song

2012–2014: The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Eminem announced on May 24, 2012, that he was working on his next album, scheduled for release the following year Without a title or release date, it was included on a number of “Most Anticipated Albums of 2013” lists (including MTV); Complex ranked it sixth and XXL fifth

On August 14, “Survival”, featuring Liz Rodrigues and produced by DJ Khalil, premiered in the multi-player trailer for the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts According to a press release, the first single from Eminem’s eighth album would be released soon During the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, it was announced that the album would be entitled The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (following The Marshall Mathers LP) and was scheduled for release on November 5 Its lead single, “Berzerk”, was released on August 25 and debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart Three more singles followed: “Survival” (appearing on the Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer), “Rap God” and “The Monster” (with Rihanna)

The album was released on November 5, by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records and Interscope Records Its standard version had 16 tracks and the deluxe version included a second disc with five additional tracks The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was Eminem’s seventh album to debut atop the Billboard 200 and had the year’s second-largest first-week sales He was the first artist since the Beatles to have four singles in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 In the United Kingdom, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart The first American artist with seven consecutive UK number-one albums, he is tied with The Beatles for second place for the most consecutive chart-topping UK albums The album secured Eminem’s position as Canada’s best-selling artist and was 2013’s best-selling album

On November 3, Eminem was named the first YouTube Music Awards Artist of the Year, and a week later he received the Global Icon Award at the 2013 MTV EMA Music Awards On June 10, it was announced that Eminem was the first artist to receive two digital diamond certifications – sales and streams of 10 million and above – by the RIAA (for “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie”) On July 11 and 12, Eminem played two concerts in Wembley Stadium At the 57th Grammy Awards, he received Best Rap Album award for The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (with Rihanna) for “The Monster”

2014–2016: Shady XV and Southpaw

Eminem performs at the Concert for Valor in Washington, DC in 2014

In the summer of 2014, Eminem and Rosenberg began using the hashtag #SHADYXV on social networking sites and Eminem wore a T-shirt with the hashtag onstage This was later revealed to be the name of an upcoming Shady Records compilation Shortly afterwards the first single from the album (“Guts Over Fear”, featuring singer-songwriter Sia) was released and the album’s track list was released on October 29 Shady Records released a cypher to promote the album, in which Eminem did a seven-minute freestyle “Detroit vs Everybody” (the album’s second single), with Eminem, Dej Loaf, Royce da 5’9″, Danny Brown, Big Sean and Trick-Trick, was released on November 11 Shady XV, released on November 24 during Black Friday week, consists of one greatest-hits disc and one disc of new material by Shady Records artists such as D12, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil and Yelawolf The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 138,000 copies in the United States

The Official Eminem Box Set, a career-spanning, 10-disc vinyl box set, was released on March 12, 2015 The set includes seven of Eminem’s eight studio albums (excluding Infinite), the 8 Mile soundtrack, the compilation Eminem Presents: The Re-Up and the greatest hits collection Curtain Call: The Hits Early in the year, it was announced that he would appear on Tech N9ne’s “Speedom (Worldwide Choppers 2)” The song, also featuring Krizz Kaliko, was released on April 20 Eminem also appeared on Yelawolf’s “Best Friend”, the single from Love Story

Eminem is the executive producer of the soundtrack on the sports drama Southpaw, with Shady Records The first single from the soundtrack called ‘Phenomenal’ was released on June 2, 2015 Another single, “Kings Never Die” by Eminem featuring Gwen Stefani, was released on July 10, 2015, on YouTube via Eminem’s Vevo account Eminem was the first interview of Zane Lowe in Beats 1 The interview streamed online on the Beats 1 radio on July 1, 2015

Eminem appeared on the public access show Only in Monroe, produced in Monroe, Michigan and was interviewed by guest host Stephen Colbert for an episode that aired July 1, 2015 In the episode Eminem sang snippets of Bob Seger songs at Colbert’s prompting and briefly discussed Southpaw In June 2015, it was revealed that he will serve as the executive producer and music supervisor on the TV series Motor City whose premise will be based upon the 2002 film Narc

In September 2016, Eminem was featured on Skylar Grey’s song, “Kill For You”, which appears on her album, Natural Causes On October 19, 2016, Eminem released a new song called “Campaign Speech”, a political hip hop song and announced he was working on a new album On November 17, 2016, Eminem released a remastered version of ‘Infinite’ on his YouTube VEVO channel On November 22, 2016, Eminem released a trailer for a 10-minute short documentary called Partners in Rhyme: The True Story of Infinite

2017–2019: Revival and Kamikaze

Eminem performing in 2018

In February 2017, Eminem appeared on “No Favors”, a track from Big Sean’s album I Decided In the song, Eminem calls the newly elected President Donald Trump a “bitch” and also raps about raping conservative social and political commentator Ann Coulter, who is a Trump supporter, with a variety of foreign objects Coulter responded to the lyrics, stating, “I think it’s unfortunate that the left, from Berkeley to Eminem with his rap songs, has normalized violence against women, as Eminem has done” Eminem participated in the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards’ annual cypher, using his verse, a freestyle rap called “The Storm”, to further criticize Trump and the administration for, among other things, Trump’s focus on National Football League players’ protests during “The Star Spangled Banner” over Hurricane Maria recovery efforts and lack of gun control reform in the wake of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting Eminem ended the cypher by giving an ultimatum saying that Trump supporters cannot be his fans The verse received wide praise among other rappers following its release In October 2017, Eminem appeared on “Revenge”, a track from Pink’s album Beautiful Trauma It was reported that the Secret Service interviewed Eminem in 2018–2019, regarding threatening lyrics towards President Trump and daughter Ivanka

Starting in late October 2017, Eminem and Paul Rosenberg began teasing what fans speculated was the title of a new album titled Revival, in the form of advertisements for a fake medication of the same name Later in November, the first single “Walk on Water” was released, which featured Beyoncé The song was first performed, by Eminem, at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards on November 12, featuring Skylar Grey He appeared on Saturday Night Live on November 18, performing “Walk on Water”, “Stan” and “Love the Way You Lie” with Skylar Grey On November 28, Dr Dre posted a video confirming the album’s release date as December 15, 2017 On December 8, Eminem released a promotional single titled “Untouchable”, which featured a sample from the duo Cheech & Chong Despite an online leak of the album two days prior, Revival was released as planned on December 15 On January 5, 2018, the second single “River” was released, which featured Ed Sheeran It became Eminem’s eighth consecutive album to top the US Billboard 200 upon release with 197,000 copies sold in its first week As a result, he became the first musical act to have eight entries in a row debut atop the chart The album was met with mixed reviews from music critics and is generally considered his worst album In 2018, an extended edition of “Nowhere Fast” with Kehlani and a remix of “Chloraseptic” featuring 2 Chainz and Phresher were released from Revival

On August 31, 2018, Eminem released his tenth studio album and first surprise album Kamikaze, making it his second full-length studio album in 8 months The album topped the Billboard 200, making it his ninth album in a row to do so, after selling 434,000 units in the first week The album was released as a response to criticism of Revival, his worst rated album The album was promoted with three singles: “Fall”, “Venom”, from the 2018 film of the same name and “Lucky You” During the October 15, 2018, episode of the late-night television show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Eminem performed the song “Venom” at the 103rd floor of the Empire State Building in New York City as a promotion of the album

On December 1, Eminem released an 11 minute freestyle to his YouTube channel titled ‘Kick off’ Eminem collaborated with several artists throughout early 2019, including Boogie, Logic, Ed Sheeran, 50 Cent and Conway the Machine On February 23, 2019, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Eminem released a re-issue of The Slim Shady LP, including acapellas, instrumentals and radio edited versions of tracks from the album Eminem was among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal Studios fire

2020–present: Music to Be Murdered By, Super Bowl LVI, and Curtain Call 2

On January 17, 2020, Eminem released another surprise album Music to Be Murdered By Recorded from 2019 to 2020, the album features guest appearances by Young MA, Royce da 5’9″, Q-Tip, Denaun Porter, White Gold, Ed Sheeran, Juice WRLD, Skylar Grey, Anderson Paak, Don Toliver, Kxng Crooked, Joell Ortiz and Black Thought The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 279,000 album-equivalent units in its first week Subsequently, Eminem became the first artist to have ten consecutive albums debut at number one in the US and one of six artists to have released at least ten US number-one albums Music critics praised Eminem’s lyrical abilities and the improved production after Kamikaze, while criticism directed towards the album’s formulaic song structure, lack of innovation and shock value

The lyrics of “Unaccommodating”, in which Eminem referenced the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, drew significant criticism, with many critics finding the lyrics objectionable The mayor of Manchester denounced the song’s lyrics, describing them as “unnecessarily hurtful and deeply disrespectful” The lyrics also drew widespread criticism from victims’ relatives and others involved in the attack On February 9, 2020, Mathers performed “Lose Yourself” at the 92nd Academy Awards On March 9, 2020, the music video for the song “Godzilla” was released on YouTube through Lyrical Lemonade’s channel The video features Mike Tyson and Dr Dre As of October 8, 2022, the music video has over 5209 million views On March 11, 2020, Music to Be Murdered By was certified Gold On July 9, 2020, Kid Cudi’s daughter Vada announced via social media that he was releasing a song with Eminem called “The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady” the coming Friday

A deluxe edition of the album, titled Music to Be Murdered By – Side B, was released on December 18, 2020 Similar to Eminem’s previous two albums, it was released without any prior announcement It contains a bonus disc with sixteen new tracks, with guest appearances by Skylar Grey, DJ Premier, Ty Dolla Sign, Dr Dre, Sly Pyper, MAJ and White Gold The album’s release was accompanied by a music video for “Gnat”, directed by Cole Bennett Music to Be Murdered By – Side B is projected to debut on the Billboard 200 at number 3, with 70,000–80,000 album-equivalent units, including 25,000–30,000 in pure album sales In the track “Zeus”, he apologizes to Rihanna over a leaked song from his Relapse studio sessions in which he sided with Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to felony assault involving her in 2009

He announced on September 28, 2021, on his social media that he would be featured in a song with Polo G and Mozzy called “Last One Standing” by Skylar Grey for the soundtrack of the film, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, released on September 30, 2021

Eminem performed alongside LL Cool J at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony on October 30, 2021

On February 13, 2022, Eminem performed at the Super Bowl LVI halftime show alongside Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J Blige, with surprise appearances from 50 Cent and Anderson Paak

Eminem announced on May 23, 2022, on his Instagram that he and CeeLo Green will collaborate on a new track titled “The King and I” which will be produced by Dr Dre and will appear on the Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis movie soundtrack It was released on June 16, 2022, a week prior to its announced date

On June 24, 2022, Eminem and Snoop Dogg released a song entitled “From the D to the LBC” to squash their beef which started with an interview of Snoop Dogg with Breakfast Club and a subsequent diss by Eminem on the song “Zeus” from Music to be Murdered By – Side B Eminem had previously confirmed on “Killer (Remix)” that Dr Dre had stepped in to squash the beef, but Snoop announced a collaboration to squash it once and for all The two had previously collaborated on the track “Bitch Please II” from Eminem’s sophomore album The Marshall Mathers LP The song’s music video was also released the same day after the two unveiled it at Apefest

Eminem announced his second greatest hits album on July 11, 2022, entitled Curtain Call 2, which is a sequel to his first compilation Curtain Call: The Hits The album will cover his albums from Relapse to Music to Murdered By, as well as collaborations and songs from movie soundtracks It was released on August 5, 2022, and also includes “The King and I”, “From the D 2 the LBC”, and an additional new track named Is This Love (’09) featuring 50 Cent

On August 26, 2022, Eminem was featured alongside Kanye West on the remix of the song “Use This Gospel” on DJ Khaled’s new album God Did The remix was originally set to be released on West’s shelved album Jesus Is King Part II The song features production from Dr Dre and his production team called the ICU

Eminem was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2022 He was presented by Dr Dre and had special guest appearances by Aerosmith lead vocalist Steven Tyler and Ed Sheeran during his performance


Influences, style and rapping technique

Eminem has cited several MCs as influencing his rapping style, including Esham, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Big Daddy Kane, Newcleus, Ice-T, Mantronix, Melle Mel (on “The Message”), LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Run-DMC, Rakim and Boogie Down Productions In How to Rap, Guerilla Black notes that Eminem studied other MCs to hone his rapping technique: “Eminem listened to everything and that’s what made him one of the greats” In the book, other MCs also praise aspects of his rapping technique: varied, humorous subject matter, connecting with his audience, carrying a concept over a series of albums, complex rhyme schemes, bending words so they rhyme, multisyllabic rhymes, many rhymes to a bar, complex rhythms, clear enunciation, and the use of melody and syncopation Eminem is known to write most of his lyrics on paper (documented in The Way I Am), taking several days or a week to craft lyrics, being a “workaholic” and “stacking” vocals Examples of hip hop subgenres that Eminem’s music has been described as include horrorcore, comedy hip hop, and hardcore hip hop Eminem also incorporates rap rock into his music and has cited rock acts during the 1970s and 1980s, such as Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, as influences in his music

Alter egos

Eminem uses alter egos in his songs for different rapping styles and subject matter His best-known alter ego, Slim Shady, first appeared on the Slim Shady EP and was in The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, Encore, Relapse, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Kamikaze and Music to Be Murdered By In this persona, his songs are violent and dark, with a comic twist Eminem downplayed Slim Shady on Recovery because he felt it did not fit the album’s theme Another character is Ken Kaniff, a homosexual who pokes fun at Eminem’s songs Ken was created and originally played by fellow Detroit rapper Aristotle on the Slim Shady LP, where Kaniff makes a prank call to Eminem An argument after the album’s release prompted Eminem to use the Kaniff character on Marshall Mathers and later albums (except Encore and Recovery) Aristotle, angry with Eminem’s use of his character, released a mixtape in his Kaniff persona ridiculing him

Collaborations and productions

See also: Eminem production discography

Although Eminem usually collaborates with Aftermath Entertainment and Shady Records rappers such as Dr Dre, 50 Cent, D12, Obie Trice and Yelawolf, he has also worked with Redman, Kid Rock, DMX, Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Jay Z, Drake, Rihanna, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Xzibit, Method Man, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Sticky Fingaz, TI and Young Jeezy Eminem rapped a verse in a live performance of Busta Rhymes’ “Touch It” remix at the 2006 BET Music Awards He appeared on Akon’s single “Smack That” from Konvicted, Lil Wayne’s hit “Drop the World” and “My Life” (the lead single from 50 Cent’s Street King Immortal)

Eminem was the executive producer of D12’s first two albums (Devil’s Night and D12 World), Obie Trice’s Cheers and Second Round’s on Me and 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre He has produced songs for other rappers such as Jadakiss’ “Welcome To D-Block”, Jay-Z’s “Renegade” and “Moment of Clarity”, Lloyd Banks’ “On Fire”, “Warrior Part 2” and “Hands Up”, Tony Yayo’s “Drama Setter”, Trick-Trick’s “Welcome 2 Detroit” and Xzibit’s “My Name” and “Don’t Approach Me” Most of The Eminem Show was produced by Eminem and his longtime collaborator, Jeff Bass, and Eminem co-produced Encore with Dr Dre In 2004, Eminem was co-executive producer of 2Pac’s posthumous album Loyal to the Game with Shakur’s mother, Afeni He produced the UK number-one single “Ghetto Gospel”, featuring Elton John; “The Cross”, from the Nas album God’s Son; and eight tracks on Obie Trice’s 2006 album Second Round’s on Me (also appearing on “There They Go”) Eminem produced several tracks on Trick-Trick’s The Villain (appearing on “Who Want It”) and produced four tracks on Cashis’ 2013 album The County Hound 2

Eminem is considered unusual in structuring his songs around the lyrics, rather than writing to beats One exception was “Stan”, which came from an idea and scratch track produced by the 45 King After doing little production on Relapse and Recovery, Eminem produced a significant portion of The Marshall Mathers LP 2 He said about producing his own music, “Sometimes, I may get something in my head, like an idea or the mood of something that I would want, and I’m not always gonna get that by going through different tracks that other people have made They don’t know what’s in my head I think maybe it helps, a little bit, with diversity, the sound of it, but also, I would get something in my head and want to be able to lay down that idea from scratch” In 1998 when his beef with rapper Cage was still happening, New York rapper Necro (who had previously produced three songs for Cage) met Eminem and gave him a CD with the beat to what eventually became the beat for the song “Black Helicopters” by rap group Non-Phixion Despite Eminem never using it, Necro still said positive things about Eminem and would appear on Shade45 years later

Comparisons with other artists

As a white performer prominent in a genre influenced by black artists, Eminem has been compared, much to his chagrin, to Elvis Presley, and has lyrically been compared to Bob Dylan Rapper Asher Roth has been compared to Eminem and Roth devoted a song on his album (“As I Em”) to him, which he took offense to The accomplished trumpeter Nicholas Payton has called Eminem “the Bix Beiderbecke of hip hop”

Other ventures

Shady Records

Main article: Shady Records

Following Eminem’s multiplatinum record sales, Interscope offered him his own label; he and Paul Rosenberg founded Shady Records in late 1999 Eminem signed his Detroit collective, D12 and rapper Obie Trice to the label and signed 50 Cent in a 2002 joint venture with Dr Dre’s Aftermath label In 2003, Eminem and Dr Dre added Atlanta rapper Stat Quo to the Shady-Aftermath roster DJ Green Lantern, Eminem’s former DJ, was with Shady Records until a dispute related to the 50 Cent-Jadakiss feud forced him to leave the label The Alchemist is currently Eminem’s tour DJ In 2005 Eminem signed another Atlanta rapper, Bobby Creekwater and West Coast rapper Cashis to Shady Records

On December 5, 2006, the compilation album Eminem Presents: The Re-Up was released on Shady Records The project began as a mixtape, but when Eminem found the material better than expected he released it as an album The Re-Up was intended to introduce Stat Quo, Cashis and Bobby Creekwater While he was recording Infinite, Eminem, Proof and Kon Artis assembled a group of fellow rappers now known as D12, short for “Detroit Twelve” or “Dirty Dozen”, who performed in a style similar to Wu-Tang Clan In 2001 D12’s debut album, Devil’s Night, was released The first single from the album was “Shit on You”, followed by “Purple Pills” (an ode to recreational drug use) and “Fight Music” “Purple Pills” was rewritten for radio and television, removing many of the song’s references to drugs and sex and renamed “Purple Hills”

After their debut, D12 took a three-year break from the studio They reunited in 2004 for their second album, D12 World, which included the hit singles “My Band” and “How Come” “American Psycho 2” featuring Cypress Hill member, B-Real, was another popular hit According to D12 member Bizarre, Eminem was not featured on his album Blue Cheese & Coney Island because “he’s busy doing his thing”

In January 2014, Bass Brothers announced that D12 had returned to record at FBT Studio and they were working on an album with Eminem on at least three songs Bizarre reported that he was still part of the group and that the album was scheduled for a 2014 release

Shade 45

Main article: Shade 45

Eminem established his own channel, Shade 45, that plays uncut hip hop Eminem also established a new morning show, Sway in the Morning with Sway Calloway, a lively morning show that airs at 8:00 am, Monday–Friday

Eminem promoted the station in a 2004 mock national convention (the “Shady National Convention”) at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, in which Donald Trump endorsed him On his album Revival (2017), Eminem expressed his regret at having collaborated with Trump, rapping, “wish I would have spit on it before I went to shake his hand at the event”

Mom’s Spaghetti Restaurant

On September 29, 2021, Eminem and Union Joints opened a spaghetti restaurant at 2131 Woodward Ave in Detroit It is a reference to the lyrics “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy / There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti” from the song “Lose Yourself” which became an internet meme Mom’s Spaghetti was previously a pop-up in Detroit in 2017 and at Coachella in 2018

Acting career

After small roles in the 2001 film The Wash and as an extra in the 1998 Korn music video for “Got the Life” (during which he gave the band a demo tape), Eminem made his Hollywood debut in the semi-autobiographical 2002 film 8 Mile He said it was a representation of growing up in Detroit rather than an account of his life He recorded several new songs for the soundtrack, including “Lose Yourself” (which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003 and became the longest-running No 1 hip hop single in history) Eminem was absent from the ceremony and co-composer Luis Resto accepted the award

Eminem voiced an aging, corrupt, Ebonics-speaking police officer in the video game 50 Cent: Bulletproof and guested on the Comedy Central television show Crank Yankers and a Web cartoon, The Slim Shady Show He was signed to star in an unmade film version of Have Gun – Will Travel, and was considered for the role of David Rice in the 2008 film Jumper Eminem had a cameo appearance, arguing with Ray Romano, in the 2009 film Funny People In a 2010 interview with Jonathan Ross, he stated “You know, I love music so much This is my passion, this is what I want to do Not saying that I won’t do a movie ever again, but this is me”

He played himself in the Entourage season-seven finale “Lose Yourself” with Christina Aguilera Although Eminem was offered the lead role in the 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, he turned it down because director Neill Blomkamp would not change its location from Los Angeles to Detroit Eminem had a cameo appearance as himself in the 2014 film The Interview During an interview with the main character, Dave Skylark (James Franco), Eminem satirically comes out as gay

Charity work

Eminem established the Marshall Mathers Foundation to aid disadvantaged youth The foundation works in conjunction with a charity founded by Norman Yatooma, a Detroit attorney During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, he donated a pair of Air Jordan 4 Retro Eminem Carhartt shoes, which are rare, to be raffled off with proceeds going to COVID-19 relief That same year, he donated “mom’s spaghetti”, a reference to a line in his song “Lose Yourself”, to healthcare workers at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit


Eminem appeared in two commercials which were shown during Super Bowl XLV In the first, a one-minute spot for Lipton’s Brisk iced tea, he is a claymation figure In the second, a two-minute ad – the longest in Super Bowl history at the time – for the Chrysler 200, Eminem drives through Detroit (with “Lose Yourself” as the soundtrack) to his show at the Fox Theatre

Books and memoirs

On November 21, 2000, Eminem published Angry Blonde, a non-fiction book featuring a commentary of several of his own songs, along with several previously unpublished photographs

On October 21, 2008, his autobiography The Way I Am was published The book was first published on October 21, 2008, by Dutton Adult It is a collection of Eminem’s personal stories, reflections, photographs, original artwork, and original lyric sheets from “Stan” and “The Real Slim Shady” It details his struggles with poverty, drugs, fame, heartbreak, family and depression, along with stories about his rise to fame and commentary on past controversies The book is illustrated with never before published photos of Eminem’s life It also contains original drawings, previously unpublished lyric sheets, and other rare memorabilia The autobiography is named after the song of the same name

An autobiography of Eminem’s mother (My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem) was published the following month, in which Debbie Nelson describes her childhood and adolescence, meeting Eminem’s father and her son’s rise to (and struggles with) fame

Personal life


Eminem has been scrutinized, both as a rapper and personality-wise He was twice married to Kimberly Anne Scott; he met Scott in high school while he stood on a table with his shirt off rapping LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad” Scott and her twin sister Dawn had run away from home; they moved in with Eminem and his mother when he was 15 and he began an on-and-off relationship with Scott in 1989

Mathers and Scott were married in 1999 and divorced in 2001 Although Eminem told Rolling Stone in 2002, “I would rather have a baby through my penis than get married again”, he and Scott briefly remarried in January 2006 He filed for divorce in early April, agreeing to joint custody of Hailie Their daughter, Hailie Jade is a social media influencer, specifically for fashion and beauty

Eminem was given custody of his ex-sister-in-law Dawn’s daughter, Scott’s child from another relationship, and his younger half-brother Nathan

In early 2010, Eminem denied tabloid reports that he and Scott had renewed their romantic relationship; however, in the same statement, his representative also confirmed that they now maintain a friendly relationship

In his 2013 song “Headlights”, Eminem apologized to and reiterated his love for his mother

Health problems

Eminem has spoken publicly about his addiction to prescription drugs, including Vicodin, Ambien and Valium According to friend and fellow D12 member Proof, Eminem first straightened out in 2002 During the production of 8 Mile, Eminem, working 16 hours a day, developed insomnia An associate gave him an Ambien tablet which “knocked out”, encouraging him to obtain a prescription This was Eminem’s first experience of drug addiction, which would affect him for several years Near the end of production on Encore, he would “just go into the studio and goof off a pocketful of pills” Eminem began taking the drugs to “feel normal”, taking a “ridiculous amount  I could consume anywhere from 40 to 60 Valium Vicodin, maybe 30” The drugs would put him to sleep for no more than two hours, after which he would take more Eminem’s weight increased to 230 pounds (100 kg) and he was regularly eating fast food: “The kids behind the counter knew me – it wouldn’t even faze them Or I’d sit up at Denny’s or Big Boy and just eat by myself It was sad” Eminem became less recognizable due to his weight gain and once overheard two teenagers arguing about whether or not it was him: “Eminem ain’t fat”

2007 overdose

In December 2007, Eminem was hospitalized after a methadone overdose He had first bought from a dealer who had told him it was “just like Vicodin, and easier on liver” He continued to buy more until he collapsed in his bathroom one night and was rushed to the hospital Doctors there told him he had ingested the equivalent of four bags of heroin and was “about two hours from dying” After missing Christmas with his children, Eminem checked himself out of the facility, weak and not fully detoxed He tore the meniscus in his knee after falling asleep on his sofa, requiring surgery; after he returned home, he had a seizure His drug use “ramped right back to where it was before” within a month Eminem began to attend church meetings to get clean, but after he was asked for autographs he sought help from a rehabilitation counselor He began an exercise program that emphasized running Elton John was a mentor during this period, calling Eminem once a week to check on him Eminem has been sober since April

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