Eminem, a white boy who paved his way in the Rapping World. He is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. He belonged to the underclass and struggled throughout his childhood. “8 Mile” is a semi-autobiographical movie, uncovers his hardships. He is one of the fastest rappers in the world.
“Don’t be a retard- Be a King? Think not, why be a king when you can be a God?”~ (‘Rap God’, Eminem)
Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born on October 17, 1972, in Missouri. His Parents, Marshall Mathers Jr., and Deborah Rae were former members of the band ‘Daddy Warbucks’. His father left them and Deborah raised him alone. Eminem spent his childhood in Detroit and Missouri. At age 14, he began rapping with his friends and attended open mic rap battles of Detroit. He got bullied for being one of few white kids in the community. He was in a coma for days after being brutalized in school. He dropped out of the school in 9th standard after failing three times. Yet he kept studying dictionaries to enrich his vocabulary so that he can pull out words in rap battles.
Through Rap Battles he found a way to ventilate himself and put his anger and passion into poetic lyrics. He became a member of the group ‘D12’. He rapidly turned into the popular underground (zero ground) rappers of Detroit by his verbal face-off. Do you know how Eminem adopted his stage name? At first, it was ‘M&M’ during high school. NO! It’s not named behind the chocolate brand as rumored; M&M is the initials of his real name. Afterward, he transformed it with the phonetic sound of M&M as “Eminem” and wrote it as “EMINƎM”.
Eminem released his first independent album “Infinite” in 1996, it failed to gain attention. In 1997, he competed in Rap Olympics and was a runner-up. When Dr. Dre, the ace rapper listened to Eminem’s “The Slim Shady EP” was stupefied to know that it’s from a white boy. And he signed Eminem despite discord and said “I don’t care if he’s purple, as long as he can rap!”
“The Slim Shady LP” (1999) is the fastest-selling album in US history and certified platinum by RIAA. This album and “The Slim Shady EP” are entitled and animated after Eminem’s alter ego, Slim Shady. It renders his anger in satirical lyrics with styles of G Funk, West Coast Hip-hop, and Horrorcore. Shattering stereotypes, it reached second place on the Billboard 200 and topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. In the 2000 Grammy Awards, the album grabbed two Grammys for Best Rap Album and Best Rap solo performance for single “My Name is”.
Subsequently, he released “The Marshall Mathers LP” (2000), “The Eminem Show” (2002), and “Encore” (2004). These albums flashed his verbal competence and poesies with themes of misogyny, savagery, drugs, blasphemy, and bigotry. Although he is a controversial artist, he is accounted for popularizing Hip-hop.
In 2005, Eminem took a break for four years due to drug addiction. Despite hiatus, he got the title “Artist of the Decade” (2000-2009) by Billboard. His comeback album “Relapse” (2009) was the top-selling hip-hop album of the year. “Recovery” (2010), his seventh album verbalize drug addiction struggle and rehabilitation experience. Instead of chasing his old self, his works become encouraging and balmy. These songs show his evolution and he now wants to help youth through music and also established Marshall Foundation. He said, “I wouldn’t say it’s gotten happier, but it’s definitely more upbeat. I feel like myself again.”
Eminem is the first artist to achieve two diamond-certified albums. He bagged 17 Billboard Music Awards, 15 Grammys, and 8 AMAs. He is the first rapper to obtain Academy Award for the song “Lose Yourself” from the movie “8 Mile”. His song “Rap God” retained the position of the fastest song until his own song “Godzilla”. “Godzilla” is a song from the recent album “Music to be Murdered By” (2020), its third verse is freakishly fast with 10.65 syllables (7.5 words) per second. Well, he is the Rap God for You!
“If there’s not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something.”~Eminem
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Written By: Anisha Singhania
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