Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born on October 17, 1972. He went from being an unknown lyrical rapper from the rough streets of Detroit, Michigan to being the best-selling music artist in the United States in the 2000s. Eminem’s success cannot be underscored. He has sold more than 172 million albums around the world putting him in elite company. Eminem is a dynamic rapper and even better lyricist.
Everything started for Eminem with his debut release Infinite in 1996. Then came The Slim Shady LP in 1999 which blew up and the rest is history. Eminem now sells out arenas around the world. He also has collaborated with many artists, including Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Kid Rock, Drake and others are a who’s-who of talented rappers and singers. In addition to his talents as a rapper/song writer, Eminem has branched out into music producing. The talented artist started Shady Records with his manager, Paul Rosenberg.
Despite his talents, Eminem has attracted a lot of scrutiny during his days. He even got the U.S. Government’s attention in 2008 with the song “We As Americans.” The lyrics, “Fu*k money, I don’t rap for dead presidents. I’d rather see the president dead, it’s never been said but I set precedents,” caused the Secret Service to get their panties in a bunch. Can’t imagine why. Love him or hate him, Eminem is a highly talented interesting force in the entertainment industry. Here are some facts about Eminem you may not know about him.
10 The Discovery – Evan “Kidd” Bogart
9 Childhood – The Coma
8 Young Aspirations – Comic Books
7 The Opposite Sex – Marital Issues
6 An Oscar Winner – 8 Mile
5 What's Daddy Warbucks?
4 Shady Records – Want In? Beat The Master
3 Charity Work – Eminem, The Giver
2 Sued – Yo Mama
1 Drugs – The Dark Side
Eminem is a fantastic creator who travels and works tirelessly. With that comes mental and emotional strains that can drive a person to almost anything. He has been addicted to prescription drugs, including Vicodin, Ambien and Valium. Eminem worked so hard during the film production of 8 Mile that he developed insomnia. That is when it all started. From there, he consumed tens of pills a day - as many as 40 to 60 valium pills or 30 Vicodin pills. With poor eating habits, the rapper ballooned to nearly 230 pounds. In December 2007, Eminem overdosed on methadone. He collapsed and was taken to the hospital. Doctors told him he had ingested the equivalent of 4 bags of heroin and was minutes from dying. After relapsing and having issues, Eminem finally got clean on April 20, 2008 with the aid of singer Elton John, who served as a mentor to Eminem. Thank you, ‘Music Man!’
Sources: www.clashmusic.com; www.nme.comm
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