Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born in October 17, 1972 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. He was the only child of Deborah R. Nelson Mathers – Briggs and Marshall Bruce Mather Jr. He is of Scottish, English, German, Swiss, Polish and possibly Luxembourgian origins. When he was 18 months old, his father abandoned the family and he was raised solely by his mother in poverty. By the age of 12, Marshall had moved between various cities and town in Missouri, before they finally settled in Warren, Michigan suburb of Detroit.
Marshall started rapping at the age of 6. He used to copy other rappers and learned from them. His mother helped him a lot with lyrics. Marshall used to stay not more than 3 months in a school. His school life was all mess, and he got the idea that school was not a place for him. He was enrolled at Lincoln High School, Warren. At the age of 12, he started participated in freestyle rap battles. He joined a group called Bassmint Productions and used to perform amateur raps at age 14 under the pseudonym M and M.
His hip hop style gave him a big recognition among the North American States. After repeating the ninth grades twice due to truancy, he dropped out of high school at the age of 17. In 1991, Mather’s material uncle, Ronald Ronnie Nelson, committed suicide via shotgun wound to the head. Marshall was very close to his uncle and was disturbed by his death. Today he sports a tattoo reading Ronnie RIP on his upper left arm.
Marshall was initially signed to FBT productions in 1992, run by brothers Jeff and Mark Bass. Marshall also held a minimum wage cooking and dish washing job at the restaurant Gilbert’s Lodge at St. Clair Shores for some time. In 1996 his debut album Infinite was released under their independent label Web Entertainment. It was recorded at the Bassmint a recording studio owned by the Bass Brothers. He changed his name to Eminem. Subjects covered in Infinite included his struggles with raising his newborn daughter Hailie Jade Mather while on limited funds and his strong desire to get rich. In his early carrier Eminem collaborated with Fellow Detroit Music Company Royce da 5’9” under the stage name Bad Meets Evil. After the release of Infinite, Eminem’s personal struggles and abuse of drugs and alcohol culminated in an unsuccessful suicide attempt.
Jimmy Iovine, CEO of Interscope records requested a demo tape of the Eminem’s after Eminem placed second at the 1997 Rap Olympics. Eminem had won Wake Up Show’s Freestyle Performer of the year award helping him acquire a recording deal. Dr. Dre, founder of Aftermath Entertainment, began recording for Eminem’s upcoming major label debut The Slim Shady LP. Billboard praised the album as light years ahead of the material he had been writing beforehand. It went on to be one of the best album of 1999 going triple platinum by the end of the year. In the album, in 97 Bonnie and Clyde, he describes a trip with his infant daughter disposing her mother’s body. Guilty Consequence marked the beginning of friendship and musical bond that Dr. Dre and Eminem would share.
The Marshall Mathers LP was released in May 2000. It went on to sell 1.76 million copies in its 1st week breaking the record set by Snoop Dogg’s Dogg style and Britney Spears’s Baby One More Time. The albums singles like Real Slim Shady and The Way I Am and My Name Is became a lot popular. Q Magazine named Stan as the third greatest Rap of all time. In July 2000, Eminem became the first white person to be featured on the cover of the source magazine. Eminem’s 3rd major album, The Eminem Show, was released in summer 2002 and proved to be another hit for this rapper and reaching no. 1 on charts.
This album was a less aggressive one than his former album. It shows Eminem’s confession to life, his drug habits, and how he killed a bouncer kissing his wife in 2000. On Dec 8, 2003 the US Secret Service admitted it was looking into allegations that Eminem has threatened the President of the United States. The lyrics in question, ” Fuck money I don’t Rap for dead Presidents. I’d rather see the President dead”. In 2004, Eminem released his 4th major album Encore. Though the album was a hit, its single Just Lose It was notable for being disrespectful towards Michael Jackson. On Oct 25, 2004 a week before 2004 US presidential elections Eminem released the video Mosh on Internet. The song featured a very strong anti –Bush message with lyrics as fuck Bush and this weapon of mass destruction that we call our president. Video featured Eminem followed by a strong army of Rappers to the white house. After invading into the building the video ended up by voting messages on Tuesday. But after election Eminem changed the video’s ending to the army protesting the president during a speech.
In 2005 was released the Curtain Calls and in 2006 the Re Ups. After a long break, Eminem with Dr. Dre released Relapse on May 19, 2009. Though Relapse was not such big commercial hit, it was the return of Eminem. He allegedly reported the release of Relapse 2 in Dec, 2009. But on April 14, 2010 Eminem tweeted, that there was no Relapse 2 to his followers. Instead a completely new material, Recovery was released on June 21. The first week 741,000 albums debuting number 1 on Billboard Hot 100. BET named Eminem #1 rapper of 21st century.
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