Eminem

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The Detroit bred MC Marshall Mathers who is better known by his stage name, "Eminem", has birthed multiple alter-ego's throughout his illustrious career which included his birth name and even the crazy alter-ego "Slim Shady". Marshall Mathers most known alias, "Eminem" is a play of words from his birth name's initials. As his career progressed he would even devote songs to each of his alter-ego's such as the Dr. Dre produced tracks, "I'm Back" & "The Real Slim Shady". Eminem is easily one of the most successful artists of all time with fifteen Grammy Awards, two of the biggest opening week album sales of any rapper and over 150 million albums sold worldwide. Eminem became one of rap's most energetic, raw, talented, and insane lyricist due to his rough upbringing as a child and his need to express himself freely. 

Marshall was born on October 17th, 1972 and raised in a home in Detroit, Michigan without ever having a father figure present with only his mom and a rotating cast of foster children. This would undoubtedly shape and mold the immense amount of emotion he had bottled up and would be able to release through his music. Eminem grew up always changing schools and would become a high-school dropout by the age of 16. Once he reached his early 20's he would take the stage name Eminem and would begin destroying competitors at any and all battle rap events. He even participated in many Rap Olympics, most famously this one, right before his professional rapping career would finally begin to unfold. In October of 1997, he was invited to freestyle on LA Radio station (at the time), "The Beat". This freestyle would catch the ear of an eager intern at Interscope Records who would then find the physical copies of Eminem's independent albums to present to the CEO of Interscope Records, "Jimmy Lovine". Jimmy was impressed with the music he heard from Eminem and would then play it for the Hip-Hop super-producer Dr. Dre. After one listen of Eminem's unique style of telling a story and dope rhyme schemes he knew he had to work with him immediately. Just weeks later, Dr. Dre would sign Eminem to Aftermath Entertainment which was under Interscope Records at the time. Between Dr. Dre's brilliant production and Eminem's eagerness to show he was ready for the big leagues, he would not disappoint with his debut release. 

Eminem's debut release, "The Slim Shady LP" would be released in early 1999 and would be led by the introductory single , "My Name Is". This was a brilliant way of establishing Slim Shady as a brand. The words, "Slim Shady" is said a total of 18 times on the song and would strengthen the connection to Eminem's new fans with the music video. The album was entirely filled with sex, brutality, illicit drug use and a bit of personal introspection from Marshall himself. It would become an instant commercial success as the album would sell upwards of 4 million copies, yet the Hip-Hop community was still not completely sold on whether or not this, "white" rapper would last.

Eminem's next album, "The Marshall Mathers LP" would be his attempt to shut up all the detractors of his music and it would fittingly do so as it would crush any notion that this "white" rapper could not sit at the Hip-Hop dinner table. Eminem would take all negative energy that poured his way after releasing his first album and would throw back in their faces in an explicit matter. Paired up with producers Dr.Dre, Mel-Man & The Funky Bass Team, Eminem crafted the rich musical landscape to launch his vengeance at his mom in the album's opening track, "Kill You." Not even his wife at the time was safe as their marriage was slowly starting to spiral out of control and so he made a horrific song that would only appear on the explicit version of the album named, "Kim". Still the album was one song away from being a solidified classic album and the Dr. Dre produced single, "The Real Slim Shady" would do just that as Eminem was able to resurrect his Slim Shady persona again to deliver a smash single. The album would win two Grammys at the 2001 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Solo Performance. To date, the album has sold over 10 million copies in the United States alone. This album is a raw portrait of Marshall's true self as a person with a twist of vengeance showcasing his effort to prove his detractors wrong and it was done masterfully. This would skyrocket Eminem's career from here on out and solidify him as a living Hip-Hop legend regardless of skin color or race.

Since 2000, Eminem has only gone to pave his legacy with many more great albums such as "The Eminem Show", "Encore" & "Recovery". They all spanned great songs showcasing Eminem's depth, skill & introspectiveness in tracks like, "When I'm Gone" , "Till I Collapse" & "Like Toy Soldiers". Eminem has forever placed himself among Hip-Hop's greats and we encourage you to educate yourself on his music and to check out some samples of his music below!

 

Eminem - Infinite

Eminem - My Name Is

I call him The Great White Hope
— Snoop Dogg on Eminem during VH1 Greatest Album Episode

Eminem - The Way I Am

Music video by Eminem performing Stan. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 3,965,564. (C) 2002 Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records
It would be easy for me to say The Marshall Mathers LP because I listened to that one the most, but I would say the one that hit home to me the most was Encore. I was in New York at the time when I heard it and I was doing my whole New York grind going to studios. I don’t know, something about that album made me feel close to home. Every time I heard it—because he had that ‘Yellow Brick Road’ and stuff like that. It was inspiring in some sense too.
— Danny Brown on his favorite Eminem album

Eminem - Sing For The Moment

Eminem - When I'm Gone