Eminem Biography

Eminem is one of the most famous rappers worldwide, with numerous hit albums including 'The Marshall Mathers LP’. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, profile, career and timeline

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Nick Name:
Eminem, Slim Shady
Also Known As:
Marshall Bruce Mathers III
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Birth Date:
Sun Sign:
1.73 m
Born in:
Saint Joseph
Marshall Bruce Mathers, Jr.
Debbie Mathers
Michael Mathers, Sarah Mathers, Nathan Samra-Mathers
Kimberly Anne Scott, Kimberly Anne Scott
Hailie Jade Scott Mathers, Alaina Mathers, Whitney Mathers
Diseases & Disabilities:
City, States, Provinces & Districts:
Shady Records
Net worth:
$210 Million
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Lincoln High School
Humanitarian Work:
Founder of 'The Marshall Mathers Foundation'
Grammy Award for Best Rap Album - 2015-2011-2010
MTV Europe Music Award for Best Hip-Hop - 2013-2011-2010
MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year - 2002-2000
MTV Europe Music Award for Best Male - 2009-2002
MTV Europe Music Award for Best Album - 2002-2000
MTV Europe Music Award for Global Icon - 2013
Grammy Award for Best Rap Song - 2004
Academy Award for Best Original Song - 2003
MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video - 2010-2002-2000
People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Artist - 2011-2003
Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - 2015
Billboard Music Award for Top Artist - 2011
Grammy Award for Best Music Video - 2003
MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video - 2010-2009
YouTube Music Awards Artist of the Year - 2013
MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction - 2002
MTV Video Music Award for Artist to Watch - 1999
Billboard Music Award for Artist of the Decade - 2009
Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance - 2011-2001-2000
MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing - 2014 · Rap God
Billboard Music Award for Top Male Artist - 2011
MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album - 2003
Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group - 2010-2001
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Song - 2003
American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album - 2010
MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video - 2002-2000
BET Hip Hop Award for Best Lyricist of the Year - 2010
Juno Award for International Album of the Year - 2003-2001
Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Album - 2002
Billboard Music Award for Top Billboard 200 Album - 2011-2002
American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist - 2010-2006-2005
Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Album - 2014-2011
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist - 2003
Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Song - 2011
People's Choice Award for Favorite Music Video - 2011
Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist - 2005-2003-2001
American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album - 2003
Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Artist - 2014-2011
People's Choice Award for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist - 2012-2011-2010
Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance - 2004
MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film - 2003
Brit Award for International Album - 2003
People's Choice Award for Favorite Song - 2011
NME Award for Best Hip Hop Act - 2001
American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist - 2003
Soul Train Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year - 2010
Teen Choice Award for Choice R&B Artist - 2011
Mnet Asian Music Award for Best International Artist - 2002
MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Male - 2003
American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist - 2005

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Eminem was born in Missouri, but his formative years were influenced by his life in the neighbourhood of Detroit. Having developed a passion for rapping, at a young age of fourteen, he began by attending local open-mic competitions with friends Mike Ruby and Proof. As he grew up, he formed a group of rappers called 'D12', which became quite popular with audiences. Soon, he caught the attention of famous record producer, Dr. Dre, and the two formed a long-lasting professional relationship. With Dre's assistance he released successful albums like 'The Slim Shady LP', and 'The Marshall Mathers LP'. His albums have all been roaring hits, making him one of the biggest sensations in the rap industry. Most of this rapper's songs are based on his personal struggles with his family members and in his career. This is considered by many as the USP of his albums, making them close to his fans' hearts. He has often run into trouble with lawmakers, sometimes due to violence, on other occasions because of substance abuse. However, what remains most controversial is the kind of lyrics he uses in his songs. He is known for his explicit use of words, often sending out aggressive signals. Yet, this famous rap artiste has managed to win the hearts of critics and followers alike, bagging fifteen 'Grammy Awards' for his songs

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Eminem was born as Marshall Bruce Mathers III in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Marshall Bruce Mathers, Jr and his wife Deborah Rae "Debbie" Nelson, on October 17, 1972.
  • Marshall's parents were members of 'Daddy Warbucks', a band that used to perform at a hotel named 'Ramada Inns'. Marshall's father Bruce, and mother Debbie separated eventually, and went on to have different partners.
  • The young boy has three half-siblings, Michael, Sarah, and Nate. Marshall lived with his mother, Debbie, and they often changed cities, before settling down in Detroit, Michigan.
  • The boy grew up in a predominantly black neighbourhood, where he was often bullied by African-American youngsters. As a child he showed an affinity towards comics and music, particularly rapping.
  • The young child was never on good terms with his mother, but was close to her half-brother Ronnie. Marshall's education suffered as a result of constant tiffs with Debbie, and he left 'Lincoln High School', when he was seventeen years old.
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  • When Marshall was only fourteen years old, he joined his friend Mike Ruby to practice rapping. The two friends called themselves 'Manix' and 'M&M', the latter becoming 'Eminem' in future.
  • Marshall also attended rap contests at the 'Osborn High School', along with friend DeShaun Dupree Holton, who later became famous as rapper Proof. The two rappers went to contests held at West 7 Mile, in Detroit. To excel in the art, Eminem practised writing long words and phrases that rhymed with each other.
  • He initially rapped with a group call the 'New Jacks', but later moved on to 'Soul Intent', a band that brought out a song in 1995, starring Eminem and Proof.
  • The two friends later separated from ‘Soul Intent’ and formed their own group called 'D12' or 'The Dirty Dozen' in 1996. The members include other famous rappers Kon Artis and Bizarre, and the group has produced several record breaking singles like 'Fight Music', 'Shit on You', and 'How Come'.
  • The same year, in 1996, Eminem brought out his first album titled 'Infinite'. The album was recorded under the banner of 'FBT Productions', and included songs that spoke about the struggles he faced after the birth of his daughter, at a time when he was financially unstable.
  • The budding artiste saw so much poverty that by 1997, he was forced to live in his mother's house with his family. During the same time, to let go of the frustration building inside him, he created an anti-social alter-ego named 'Slim Shady'. He even recorded his first extended play by the same name in the same year.
  • Also in 1997, he contested in the 'Rap Olympics', and came in second. Dr. Dre, owner of record label 'Aftermath Entertainment', heard a copy of 'Slim Shady EP (Extended Play)', and was highly impressed, expressing the intention of working with the talented rapper.
  • In February 1999, Dr. Dre helped Eminem release an album titled 'The Slim Shady LP', which immediately catapulted the rap artiste to fame. It was one of the most successful albums of the year, with hits like 'My Name Is', '97 Bonnie and Clyde' and 'Guilty Conscience'.
  • The same year, he founded the record label 'Shady Records' along with friend Paul Rosenberg.
  • In May, 2000, Eminem released an album titled 'The Marshall Mathers LP', an album that sold almost 2 million copies in the opening week itself. The album included the record-breaking hit 'The Real Slim Shady', which topped the charts despite outrageously insulting other artistes.
  • The other famous song, 'Stan', from the album ‘Marshall Mathers LP’, featuring English singer Dido, and her single 'Thank You', saw a slight shift from the artist’s usual style of rapping. It talks about an obsessed fan of rapper Slim Shady, who kills himself and his girlfriend who is pregnant, on being ignored by his idol.
  • The same year, the famous rapper featured in ‘8 Mile’, a movie based loosely on his life, though the artiste claims otherwise.
  • During 2001-2004, the famous rap artiste released popular albums like 'The Eminem Show', and 'Encore'. The albums included hit singles like 'Without Me', 'Superman', 'Mockingbird', and 'Just Lose It'. During this time he also assisted Dr. Dre on several songs including the 'Grammy' winning 'Forgot About Dre'.
  • Eminem collaborated with popular singer Elton John to sing at the 'Grammy Awards' ceremony in 2001. The organization called 'Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation' ('GLAAD'), displayed their resentment towards the decision since allegedly the rap artiste openly criticized homosexuality.
  • The same year, he also went touring with famous rap artistes like Xzibit, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre. In 2004, the artiste helped Afeni Shakur release a posthumous album of the latter’s son rapper 2Pac.
  • In 2006, the rapper produced ‘The Re-Up’, an album of compiled songs, under the banner of his label ‘Shady Records’. The same year he appeared at the ‘BET Music Awards’, singing a song titled ‘Touch It’. He also sang for albums by Akon, 50 Cent, and Lil Wayne, the most memorable song being ‘My Life’.
  • Two years later, in 2008, the artiste published a book named ‘The Way I Am’, which spoke about his life and career. The autobiography also provides readers with the lyrics for songs like ‘The Real Slim Shady’, and ‘Stan’.
  • From 2009-2010, the sensational rapper released the studio albums 'Relapse', and 'Recovery'. 'Relapse' boasts of successful singles like 'Beautiful', and 'We Made You', while 'Recovery' was the most popular digital album ever.
  • The album ‘Recovery’ includes songs like 'Not Afraid', 'Love the Way You Lie', featuring singer Rihanna, and 'No Love', along with fellow rapper Lil Wayne.
  • In 2014 the rapper released an album named 'SHADYXV', which had hits like 'Guts Over Fear' and 'Detroit Vs. Everybody'. The album featuring various top-notch artistes became an instantaneous hit, selling 138,000 copies in the first week of release.
  • A collection of ten discs titled 'The VINYL LPS', containing all albums produced by the famous rapper, was released in 2015.
  • The rap artiste has made guest appearances in several movies including ‘The Wash’, ‘Funny People’, and ‘The Interview’. He has also featured in a TV show named ‘Entourage’.
  • Eminem has also appeared in numerous concerts including 'BET Awards', 'The Home & Home Tour' with singer Jay-Z, and 'MTV Video Music Awards', throughout his career.
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Major Works
  • Though this rapper has won awards for almost every single album that he has released, the most famous is ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’, which is credited as the fastest-selling record in the history of rap.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2001, the popular rapper was presented the 'Academy Award' in the 'Best Original Song' category for 'Lose Yourself', from the movie '8 Mile'. The award was the first ever to have been presented to a rap artiste.
  • This exceptional rap artiste was declared the ‘Emcee of the Year’ by popular website ‘HipHopDX’ in 2010, while ‘MTV’ named him the ‘Hottest MC.
  • Three years later, in 2013, the rapper won the title of 'YouTube Music Awards Artist of the Year', which was being presented for the first time. The same year, he was named the 'Global Icon' at the 'MTV EMA Music Awards'.
  • The following year, his 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' won a 'Grammy' for the 'Best Rap Album', while the song 'The Monster', featuring Rihanna, bagged the award in the 'Best Rap/Sung Collaboration' category.
  • This artist has won the ‘Grammy’ for almost all his albums, including 'The Slim Shady LP', 'The Marshall Mathers LP', 'The Eminem Show', 'Relapse' and 'Recovery’, receiving the honour fifteen times.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • At the age of fifteen, the rapper became friends with Kimberley Anne Scott, who had run away with her sister Dawn, and was living with Eminem's mother. The two young people fell in love, and gave birth to a daughter, Hailie in 1995.
  • Kim and the talented rap artiste got married in 1999, but the relationship has always been turbulent, with the couple getting divorced and remarried several times.In 2000, this brilliant rapper appeared on the front page of 'The Source' magazine, becoming the first white singer to have the honour.
  • In 2008, the famous rapper's mother published a book titled 'My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem', which is an autobiographical account of how she raised her son, and saw his rise to fame.
  • The rapper has openly accepted his dependence on drugs like Valium, Vicodin, Methadone and Ambien. His addiction became so strong that on one occasion, he binged on fast food, leading to excessive weight increase. In another instance he passed out in his washroom as a result of Methadone overdose, and had to be hospitalized.
  • The artiste's lyrics are often considered homophobic, and he has fallen into trouble many times due to his songs, but he claims that they are just songs, and he has no objection to people being homosexuals.
  • This artiste has established the 'The Marshall Mathers Foundation', a charitable organization to help under-privileged young adults. The establishment receives assistance from attorney Norman Yatooma's charitable trust.
Net Worth
  • According to several sources, this eminent rapper has an estimated net worth of 170 million dollars.
  • This famous white rap artiste was arrested on several occasions, one being when he assaulted a bouncer, John Guerrera, who kissed his wife

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