Eminem celebrates his birthday on October 17. The motor-mouthed icon has a spot on “Rolling Stone’s” list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He’s a rapper, producer, record executive, songwriter, and actor. His most recent studio album, “Kamikaze,” came out in August 2018.
Video of Eminem's performance in a rap battle wound up in the hands of N.W.A. founding member Dr. Dre, who simply told his assistant:"Find him. Now." Dre would go on to produce Eminem's major-label debut, "The Slim Shady LP."
Eminem's major-label debut, "The Slim Shady LP," generated rave reviews and huge sales. It would go on to win Best Rap Album and be the first of three consecutive diamond-selling albums for Eminem (a new world-record for a male artist).
Eminem's hit movie premiered in theaters. Its plot draws heavily from Eminem's upbringing and early career — telling the story of a white working-class boy from the Detroit trailer parks trying to make it big in the rap game.
At the BET Hip Hop Awards, Eminem performed this freestyle rap during which he vocally criticized President Trump. Video of the rap went viral and proved the enduring relevance of Eminem's confrontational style.
Why We Love Eminem
He's a trailblazer
Eminem came into the hip hop genre in a lane of his own, using his own unique rhyming and flow to attract new listeners to the genre.
He overcame odds
From an unstable childhood to bullying, to drug abuse and suicide attempts, Eminem still became the icon he is today despite all of the obstacles that worked to prevent his success.
He doesn't take the easy way out
Eminem has always had a strong work ethic. When he was starting out in rap, he would write a list of big words then try to find a rhyme for each syllable. Though not all of the words made sense, it developed his unmatched rhyming ability within the rap scene.
Eminem's 4 Weirdest Feuds
Soft-spoken electronic musician Moby spoke up about Eminem's perceived misogynistic and homophobic lyrics. In response, Eminem offered to fight Moby at the 2002 Video Music Awards.
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
The notoriously sarcastic puppet ribbed Eminem over his feud with Moby at the 2004 Video Music Awards in a segment that MTV ultimately chose not to broadcast. Eminem later insulted the dog back on his track "A** Like That."
"Weird Al" Yankovic
The parody songster obtained Eminem's permission to record a parody of Eminem's hit "Lose Yourself," which he planned to accompany with a video and promote as his new album's lead single. However, Eminem refused to let Weird Al record a video, citing concerns about harm to his image. Yankovic later trashed the rapper in an "Al TV" segment for MTV.
President George W. Bush
In 2003, the Secret Service grappled with allegations that Eminem had threatened President Bush in the song "We As Americans," which contained the lyrics "I don't rap for dead presidents / I'd rather see the president dead." Bush never responded directly, but Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, scolded Eminem for encouraging violence against political figures.
Why is Eminem called Eminem?
Marshal Bruce Mathers III goes by Eminem because it’s the phonetic equivalent of his initials “M&M”. He also goes by his famous alter ego, Slim Shady.
Who is Eminem's father?
Eminem’s father is Marshal Bruce Mather’s Jr., but prefers to be addressed as Bruce. He left Eminem and his mother in order to live with his new family in California.
How did Eminem get discovered?
Eminem was discovered when a representative from Interscope Records sent his Slim Shady EP to the CEO. The CEO then played the EP for Dr. Dre, who was so impressed that he wanted to meet “the real Slim Shady” immediately.
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