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Eminem performing during The Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. November 11, 2014
Background Information


Marshall Bruce Mathers III
October 17, 1972




Hip hop

Years Active

1988 – present


Rapper, record producer, songwriter, actor


Vocals, keyboards, drums, sampler


Aftermath, Shady, Interscope, Bassmint, Mashin', Duck, Web Entertaiment




Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor.

Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States. Throughout his career, he has had 10 number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With 47.4 million albums sold in the US and 220 million records globally, he is among the world's best-selling artists of all time. Additionally, he is the only artist to have eight albums consecutively debut at number one on the Billboard 200.Rolling Stone ranked him 83rd on its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, calling him the "King of Hip Hop".

After his debut album Infinite (1996) and then Slim Shady EP (1997), Eminem signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and subsequently achieved mainstream popularity in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP, which earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. His next two releases, 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP and 2002's The Eminem Show, were worldwide successes, with each being RIAA certified diamond in U.S. sales, and both winning Best Rap Album Grammy Awards—making Eminem the first artist to win the award for three consecutive LPs. They were followed by Encore in 2004, another critical and commercial success. Eminem went on hiatus after touring in 2005, releasing Relapse in 2009 and Recovery]] in 2010. Both won Grammy Awards and Recovery was the best-selling album of 2010 worldwide, the second time he had the international best-selling album of the year (after The Eminem Show). Eminem's eighth album, 2013's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, won two Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album; it expanded his record for the most wins in that category and his Grammy total to 15. In 2017, he released his ninth studio album, Revival.

In addition to his solo career, Eminem is an original member of the hip hop groups Soul Intent and D12. He is also known for his collaborations with fellow Detroit-based rapper Royce da 5'9"; the two are collectively known as Bad Meets Evil. Eminem has developed other ventures, including Shady Records, with manager Paul Rosenberg, which helped launch the careers of artists such as 50 Cent. Eminem has also established his own channel, Shade 45, on Sirius XM Radio. In November 2002, he starred in the hip hop film 8 Mile, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song], for "Lose Yourself", becoming the first rap artist to ever win the award. Eminem has made cameo appearances in the films The Wash (2001), Funny People (2009), The Interview (2014) and the television series Entourage (2010).

As a teenager, Eminem wrote letters to his father; according to Debbie, all came back marked "return to sender". Friends and family remember Eminem as a happy child, but "a bit of a loner" who was often bullied. One bully, De'Angelo Bailey, severely injured Eminem's head (mentioned in his song "Brain Damage"); Debbie filed a lawsuit against the school in 1982, which was dismissed the following year. Eminem spent much of his youth in a working-class, primarily black, Detroit neighborhood. He and Debbie were one of three white households on their block, and Eminem was beaten by black youths several times. As a child he was interested in storytelling, aspiring to be a comic-book artist before discovering hip hop. Eminem heard his first rap song ("Reckless", featuring Ice-T) on the Breakin' soundtrack, a gift from Debbie's half-brother Ronnie Polkinghorn, who later became a musical mentor to him. When Polkinghorn committed suicide in 1991, Eminem stopped speaking for days and did not attend his funeral.

Eminem's home life was seldom stable; he frequently fought with his mother, whom a social worker described as having a "very suspicious, almost paranoid personality. When her son became famous, Debbie was unimpressed by suggestions that she was a less-than-ideal mother, contending that she sheltered him and was responsible for his success. In 1987, Debbie allowed runaway Kimberly Ann "Kim" Scott to stay at their home; several years later, Eminem began an on-and-off relationship with Scott. After spending three years in ninth grade due to truancy and poor grades, he dropped out of Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan at age 17. Although he was interested in English, he never explored literature (preferring comic books) and disliked math and social studies.< Eminem worked at several jobs to help his mother pay the bills, later maintaining that she often threw him out of the house anyway. When she left to play bingo, he would blast the stereo and write songs.

At age 14, Eminem began rapping with high-school friend Mike Ruby; they adopted the names "Manix" and "M&M", the latter of which evolved into "Eminem". Eminem sneaked into neighboring Osborn High School with friend and fellow rapper Proof for lunchroom freestyle rap battles. On Saturdays, they attended open mic contests at the Hip-Hop Shop on West 7 Mile, considered "ground zero" for the Detroit rap scene. Struggling to succeed in a predominantly black industry, Eminem was appreciated by underground hip hop audiences. When he wrote verses, he wanted most of the words to rhyme; he wrote long words or phrases on paper and, underneath, worked on rhymes for each syllable. Although the words often made little sense, the drill helped Eminem practice sounds and rhymes.

Personal life


Eminem has been scrutinized, as a rapper and personally. He was married twice to Kimberly Anne "Kim" Scott. He met Kim in high school while he stood on a table with his shirt off rapping LL Cool J's "I'm Bad". Kim and her twin sister Dawn had run away from home; they moved in with Eminem and his mother when he was 15, and he began an on-and-off relationship with Kim in 1989. Their daughter Hailie was born on December 25, 1995. The two were married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. Although Eminem told Rolling Stone in 2002, "I would rather have a baby through my penis than get married again", he and Kim briefly remarried in January 2006. He filed for divorce in early April, agreeing to joint custody of Hailie. He also has custody of Dawn's daughter Alaina after sister-in-law Dawn Scott died of apparent heroin overdose and Whitney, Kim's daughter from another relationship. In early 2010, Eminem denied tabloid reports that he and Kim had renewed their romantic relationship, however in the same statement his representative also confirmed that they now maintain a friendly relationship. He had legal custody of his younger half-brother Nathan. In his 2014 song "Headlights", Eminem apologized to, and reiterated his love for, his mother.

Acting career

After small roles in the 2001, film The Wash and as an extra in the 1998 Korn music video for Got the Life (during which he gave the band a demo tape), Eminem made his Hollywood debut in the quasi-autobiographical 2002 film 8 Mile. He said it was a representation of growing up in Detroit rather than an account of his life. He recorded several new songs for the soundtrack, including "Lose Yourself" (which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003 and became the longest-running #1 hip hop single in history).

Eminem has voiced the video game 50 Cent: Bulletproof (as an aging, corrupt, African American Vernacular English|Ebonics-speaking police officer and guested on the Comedy Central]television show Crank Yankers and a Web cartoon, The Slim Shady Show (currently available on DVD). He was signed. Eminem had a cameo appearance, arguing with Ray Romano, in the 2009 film Funny People.

He played himself in the Entourage season-seven finale "Lose Yourself" with Christina Aguilera. Although Eminem was offered the lead role in the 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, he turned it down because director Neill Blomkamp would not change its location from Los Angeles to Detroit. Eminem had a cameo appearance as himself in the 2014 film The Interview. During an interview with the main character, Dave Skylark (James Franco), Eminem satirically comes out as homosexual.


  • Infinite (1996)
  • The Slim Shady LP (1999)
  • The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
  • The Eminem Show (2002)
  • Encore (2004)
  • Relapse (2009)
  • Recovery (2010)
  • The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)
  • Revival (2017)


Year Film Role Notes
2000 Da Hip Hop Witch Himself
2001 The Wash (2001 film) Chris Uncredited
2002 8 Mile Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith, Jr.
  • Autobiographical film
  • Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Lose Yourself")
  • American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Award for Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture ("Lose Yourself")
  • BMI Film Award for Music
  • BMI Film Award for Most Performed Song from a Film ("Lose Yourself")
  • Critics Choice Award for Best Song ("Lose Yourself")
  • MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film ("Lose Yourself")
  • MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
  • MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Male Performance
  • Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor – Drama/Action Adventure
  • Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star – Male
  • (Nominated) Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
  • (Nominated) Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture ("Lose Yourself")
  • (Nominated) Golden Satellite for Best Original Song ("Lose Yourself")
  • (Nominated) Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media ("Lose Yourself")
  • (Nominated) Online Film Critics Societyfor Best Breakthrough Performance
    (Nominated) PFCS for Best Original Song ("Lose Yourself")
2009 Funny People Himself Cameo
2014 The Interview Himself Cameo
2017 Bodied Himself Producer
Year Title Role Notes
Saturday Night Live Musical guest Saturday Night LiveSeason 25, Episode 3: "Norm Macdonald/Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & Eminem"
Saturday Night Live Season 26, Episode 1: "Rob Lowe/Eminem"
Saturday Night Live Season 27, Episode 19: "Kirsten Dunst/Eminem"
Saturday Night Live Season 30, Episode 4: "Kate Winslet/Eminem"
Saturday Night Live Season 36, Episode 10: "Jeff Bridges/Eminem & Lil Wayne"
Saturday Night Live Season 39, Episode 5: "Kerry Washington/Eminem"
Saturday Night Live Season 43, Episode 6: "Chance the Rapper/Eminem"
2000 The Slim Shady Show Eminem, Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady, Ken Kaniff Web series
2004 Crank Yankers Billy Fletcher Season 3, Episode 1: "Eminem & Tracy Morgan"
2010 Entourage (U.S. TV series) Himself Season 7, Episode 10: "Lose Yourself"
2013 Detroit Rubber Himself Web series
Season 1, Episode 1: "Pilot"
Also executive producer
Year Title
2003 50 Cent: The New Breed
2012 Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap'
How to Make Money Selling Drugs
2015 Not Afraid: The Shady Records Story
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives
2017 The Defiant Ones (documentary)
Concert films
Year Film Role Notes
2000 The Up In Smoke Tour Headline Released with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube
2005 Live from New York City Headline Concert at Madison Square Garden
Video games
Year Film Role Notes
2005 50 Cent: Bulletproof Detective McVicar Voice and likeness
2017 Shady Wars Himself Likeness
Eminem Wikipedia

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