Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, the rap god and king of hip-hop, is a real musical phenomenon, whether you like him or not. He is indisputably the most recognizable and unique rapper on the planet, and over the years, the world has witnessed a fair share of drama unfold around his persona. We have watched him rise to fame and glory from a place accurately described in his song 'Rock Bottom.' We watched his roller-coaster marriage with ex-wife Kimberly Mathers shrivel up, and then fall back together, only to fall apart once more. His love for his daughters, which inspired a number of his songs, the most famous being 'Hailie's Song', touched the souls and hearts of millions of fans worldwide.
We also watched Eminem battle his drug addiction (another roller-coaster) with sobriety, relapse, and thankfully, sobriety again. The list of things we know about him as an artist and as a person just goes on and on. He is truly among the most relatable people in the music industry, not just because of his personal life becoming public domain, but also because of the way he has always stood up for himself, against anyone. We've gathered some of these personal details on the following list, as well as some other less-known facts that are sure to surprise you.
15 Subject Of A US Secret Service Investigation
14 Sued By His Mom For $10 Million
13 Arrested For A Drive-By Shooting
12 Elton John Helped Him Battle Addiction
We're betting you didn't see this one coming. We know Eminem is a star of epic proportions, but to think that a rapper from the US was this close with music legend Sir Elton John. In fact, Elton John had a tremendous impact on Eminem's recovery from his addiction to Vicodin, Ambien and a number of other drugs. At one point the problem had become so bad, that Marshall ended up in the hospital with an amount of ingested methadone equal to four bags of heroin. It's amazing that he even survived that, but after the incident Elton John was the one who helped pull him out of that awful place. Em said that the elder artist acted like a sponsor to him and guided him to seeing the beauty of the little things in life, like the trees and the color of the leaves.
11 Eminem Only Read One Book
And it was I Make My Own Rules by LL Cool J. That seems a bit unreal, even for someone of Marshall Mathers' social background, but more so because of his insane vocabulary, which he has impressively demonstrated from one song to the next. As if his unique flow and style weren't recognizable enough, Eminem's lyrics are definitely known for their richness and verbal diversity. So how did the rap god achieve this fantastic knowledge of words? He studied a dictionary (so make that 2 books if reference books count). Em would spend hours at night, reading up on new words in order to expand his own lyrical horizons and we have to admit - it worked.
10 Refused To Perform At The Oscars
One of the reasons why Eminem is beloved by so many is the fact that he doesn't play by the rules. Standing up for yourself and what you believe in has always been an admirable quality and Marshall Mathers made it very clear that he is a man of principle by refusing to perform arguably his most well-known song 'Lose Yourself' at the Oscars. The reason? He was requested to sing the 'clean', radio-friendly version of the song, which he opposed, announcing it would either be the original version or none at all.
9 Was Bullied As A Child
Bullying in school isn't something new, and unfortunately, kids can be cruel. But future rap god Eminem was faced with a whole new level of cruel, and was targeted for being small. When he was only nine years old, he was beaten so severely, his injuries sent him into a coma for over a week. Because of this past, it's said that his music can bring people out of a comatose state, and there are a number of recorded instances to support this statement. He's also had his fair share of fist fights, and once was even shot at, while walking to his girlfriend's house.
8 Gave Up the Lead In Elysium
7 Can't Use A Computer
6 He's Three People In One
5 He Failed 9th Grade... Three Times
4 World Record For Most Words In A Song
3 Huge Comic Book Fan
2 He Sued Universal For Royalties
1 Often Recorded While High
Eminem's substance abuse is more or less common knowledge, but there are certain specifics that have evaded becoming all that well-known, such as for example the role it played in his creative process. Did you know that he and Dr. Dre were taking ecstasy throughout the whole process of both writing and recording Eminem's first album? The same is true for a large part of his second album, too. According to the artist himself, the drug would "exaggerate" things, magnifying the good, but also painting anything negative completely black. So, as helpful as it may have been in fueling his creativity, it also caused issues. In an interview for Music 360, Eminem pointed out that ecstasy and magic mushrooms were the hardest things he'd ever messed with.
Sources: The Guardian, NYDailyNews, HuffingtonPost
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