Marshall Bruce Mathers III born on October 17, 1972, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer and actor. Eminem quickly gained popularity in 1999 with his major-label debut album, The Slim Shady LP, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The following album, The Marshall Mathers LP, became the fastest-selling solo album in United States history It brought Eminem increased popularity, including his own record label, Shady Records, and brought his group project, D12, to mainstream recognition.
After procuring a copy of the Beastie Boys album Licensed to Ill as a teenager, Mathers became interested in hip hop, performing amateur raps at age 14 under the pseudonym “M&M” and joining the group called “Bassmint Productions” and released their first EP, Steppin’ Onto The Scene. They later changed their name to “Soul Intent” and around 1995 they released their first single called “Fuckin’ Backstabber” under the record label Mashin’ Duck Records. Although he was enrolled at Lincoln High School in Warren, he frequently participated in freestyle battles at Osborn High School across town, gaining the approval of underground hip hop audiences. After repeating the ninth grade twice due to truancy and near-failing grades, he dropped out of high school at age 17.
In 1991, Mathers’ uncle, Ronald “Ronnie” Polkinghorn, committed suicide. Mathers was very close to Polkinghorn, and was devastated at his death; today, he sports a tattoo reading “Ronnie R.I.P.” on his upper left arm.
Mathers was initially signed to FBT Productions in 1992, run by brothers Jeff and Mark Bass. Mathers also held a minimum-wage job of cooking and dishwashing at the restaurant Gilbert’s Lodge at St. Clair Shores for some time. In 1996, his debut album Infinite, which was recorded at the Bassmint, a recording studio owned by the Bass Brothers, was released under their independent label Web Entertainment. Eminem recalled, “Obviously, I was young and influenced by other artists, and I got a lot of feedback saying that I sounded like Nas and AZ. ‘Infinite’ was me trying to figure out how I wanted my rap style to be, how I wanted to sound on the mic and present myself. It was a growing stage. I felt like ‘Infinite’ was like a demo that just got pressed up.”Subjects covered in Infinite included his struggles with raising his newborn daughter Hailie Jade Scott while on limited funds and his strong desire to get rich. Early in his career, Eminem collaborated with fellow Detroit MC 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.
On April 13, 2010, Eminem tweeted, “There is no Relapse 2”, to his followers. When he tweeted this, people started to believe that he was not releasing an album at all, but it simply meant that the album title would be changed to Recovery. He confirmed this by tweeting, “RECOVERY”, with a link to his website. Eminem said, “I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year. But as I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album. The music on Recovery came out very different from Relapse, and I think it deserves its own title.” His seventh studio album, Recovery, was released on June 21. In the US, Recovery sold 741,000 in its first week to land atop the Billboard 200. The first single, “Not Afraid”, was released on April 29, and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, followed by a second single, “Love the Way You Lie,” which debuted at number 2 and then rose.Eminem appeared at the 2010 BET Awards,performing “Airplanes Part II” with B.o.B and “Not Afraid”. He also performed at the Activison E3 concert. In June 2010, Eminem and Jay-Z announced they would perform together in a pair of concerts in Detroit and New York. The event was dubbed “Home & Home.” The first two concerts rapidly sold out, prompting the scheduling of an additional show at each venue.
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