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A protégé of Dr. Dre, rapper Eminem emerged in 1999 as one of the most controversial rappers to ever grace the genre. Using his biting wit and incredible skills to vent on everything from his unhappy childhood to his contempt for the mainstream media, his success became the biggest crossover success the genre had seen since Dre's solo debut seven years earlier. The controversy over his lyrics was the best publicity any musician could afford, and being the first Caucasian rapper to make a significant impact in years may have given him a platform not afforded to equally talented African-American rappers. A gifted producer as well, his talents always seemed overshadowed by his media presence, which was a mix between misunderstood genius and misogynistic homophobe. Both may be true, but his message spoke to legions of disaffected youth who had few role models in the rap world who could relate to the white lower-class experience.
He was born Marshall Mathers in St. Joseph, MO (near Kansas City), spending the better part of his
Detroit. Initially attracted to rap as a teen, Eminem began performing at age 14, performing raps in the basement of his high school friend's home. The two went under the names Manix and M&M (soon changed to Eminem), which Mathers took from his own initials. Due to the unavoidable racial boundaries that came with being a white rapper, he decided the easiest way to win over underground hip-hop audiences was to become a battle rapper and improv against other MCs in clubs. Although he wasn't immediately accepted, through time he became such a popular attraction that people would challenge him just to make a name for themselves.
His uncle's suicide prompted a brief exodus from the world of rap, but he returned and found himself courted by several other rappers to start groups. He first joined the New Jacks, and then moved on to Soul Intent, who released Eminem's first recorded single in 1995. A rapper named Proof performed the B-side on the single and enjoyed working with Eminem so much that he asked him to start yet another group. Drafting in a few other friends, the group became known as D-12, a six-member crew that supported one another as solo artists more than they collaborated. The birth of Eminem's first child put his career on hold again as he started working in order to care for his family. This also instilled a bitterness that started to creep into his lyrics as he began to drag personal experiences into the open and make them the topic of his raps.
A debut record, 1996's Infinite, broke his artistic rut but received few good reviews, as comparisons to Nas and AZ came unfavorably. Undaunted, he downplayed many of the positive messages he had been including in his raps and created Slim Shady, an alter ego that was not afraid to say whatever he felt. Tapping into his innermost feelings, he had a bounty of material to work with when his mother was accused of mentally and physically abusing his younger brother the same year. The next year his girlfriend left him and barred him from visiting their child, so he was forced to move back in with his mother, an experience that fueled his hatred toward her and made him even more sympathetic toward his brother. The material he was writing was uncharacteristically dark as he began to abuse drugs and alcohol at a more frequent rate. An unsuccessful suicide attempt was the last straw, as he realized his musical ambitions were the only way to escape his unhappy life. He released the brutal Slim Shady EP, a mean-spirited, funny, and thought-provoking record that was light years ahead of the material he had been writing beforehand. Making quite the impression in the underground not only for his exaggerated, nasal-voiced rapping style but also for his skin color, many quarters dubbed him the music's next "great white hope."
According to legend, Dr. Dre discovered his demo tape on the floor of Interscope label chief Jimmy Iovine's garage, but the reality was that Eminem took second place in the freestyle category at 1997's Rap Olympics MC Battle in Los Angeles and Iovine approached the rapper for a tape afterward. It wasn't until a month or two later that he played the tape for an enthusiastic Dre, who eagerly contacted Eminem. Upon meeting, Dre was taken back by his skin color more than his skill, but within the first hour they had already started recording "My Name Is." Dre agreed to produce his first album and the two released "Just Don't Give a Fuck" as a single to preview the new album. A reconciliation with his girlfriend led to the two getting married in the fall of 1998, and Interscope signed the rapper and prepared to give him a massive push on Dre's advice. An appearance on Kid Rock's Devil Without a Cause only helped the buzz that was slowly surrounding him.
The best-selling Slim Shady LP followed in early 1999, scoring a massive hit with the single and video "My Name Is," plus a popular follow-up in "Guilty Conscience"; over the next year, the album went triple platinum. With such wide exposure, controversy ensued over the album's content, with some harshly criticizing its cartoon-ish, graphic violence; others praised its edginess and surreal humor, as well as Eminem's own undeniable lyrical skills and Dre's inventive production. In between albums, Eminem appeared on Dre's Dr. Dre 2001, with his contributions providing some of the record's liveliest moments.
The Marshall Mathers LP appeared in the summer of 2000, moving close to two-million copies in its first week of release on its way to becoming the fastest-selling rap album of all time. Unfortunately, this success also bred more controversy, and no other musician was better suited for it than Eminem. Among the incidents that occurred included a scuffle with the Insane Clown Posse's employees in a car stereo shop, a bitter battle with pop star Christina Aguilera over a lyric about her fictional sexual exploits, a lawsuit from his mother over defamation of character, and an attack on a Detroit club goer after Eminem allegedly witnessed the man kissing his wife. Fans ate it up as his album stood strong at the top of the charts. But the mainstream media was not so enamored, as accusations of homophobia and sexism sprung from the inflammatory lyrics in the songs "Kill You" and "Kim." It was this last song that ended his marriage, as the song's chosen topic (violently murdering his real life wife Kim Mathers) drove his spouse to a suicide attempt before they divorced. Eminem toured throughout most of this, settling several of his court cases and engaging a mini-feud with rapper Everlast.
The annual Grammy Awards nominated the album for several awards, and to silence his critics the rapper called on Elton John to duet with him at the ceremony. In 2001, he teamed with several of his old Detroit running buddies and re-formed D-12. Releasing an album with the group, Eminem hit the road with them that summer and tried to ignore the efforts of his mother, who released an album in retaliation to his comments. After getting off of the road, he stepped in front of the camera and filmed 8 Mile, a film loosely based on his life directed by the unlikely fan Curtis Hanson (Wonder Boys). His constant media exposure died out as well, leaving him time to work on new music.
When he re-emerged in 2002, he splashed onto the scene with "Without Me," a single that attacked Moby and Limp Bizkit and celebrated his return to music. Surprisingly, the following album, The Eminem Show, inspired little controversy. Instead, the popular second single "Cleanin' Out My Closet" told of his dysfunctional childhood and explained his hatred toward his mother in a mannered, poignant fashion. And being Eminem, he followed this up with an appearance at MTV's Video Music Awards that inspired boos when he verbally assaulted Moby for no apparent reason.
When he finished touring in 2002, Eminem made his acting debut in the semiautobiographical 8 Mile. The gritty film was a critical and commercial success. The following year he won an Academy Award for "Lose Yourself," a song featured in the movie. Eminem's later works include The Eminem Show (2002) and Encore (2004). While both albums proved successful, neither brought Eminem the attention garnered by his previous two. In 2005 he issued a greatest-hits set—Curtain Call: The Hits—that topped the charts. However, by the end of 2005 he was back with a new video. In typical Eminem fashion, the clip for "When I'm Gone" riffed on his recent rehab stay. He also issued a chart-topping greatest-hits set, Curtain Call: The Hits, that December. The year 2006 was a turbulent one. Mathers remarried Kim on January 14, 2006, but the couple filed for divorce in April. Also in April, D-12 member Proof, Mathers' best friend, was killed in a shooting at a Detroit nightclub. In August, Eminem resurfaced as producer on Obie Trice's Second Round's on Me and in October he was rapping on Akon's hit single "Smack That." He capped the year off with Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, a mixtape featuring artists from his Shady label. ~ Jason Ankeny & Bradley Torreano, All Music Guide.
In 2008 Eminem published the memoir The Way I Am, which included photos, drawings, and lyrics. The following year he released Relapse, his first collection of new material in five years. While it featured solid production from Dr. Dre, the album met with middling reviews because of its over-the-top attempts to shock and its somewhat dated catalog of pop culture references. Nevertheless, Relapse won the 2010 Grammy Award for best rap album, and Eminem shared the Grammy for best rap duo or group with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent for the single "Crack a Bottle." Eminem's 2010 release Recovery was a response to the criticisms leveled at Relapse, and it was his sixth album to top the Neilsen SoundScan chart for weekly sales.
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|0 likes - like | 11-03-2015 21:25 trisha91|
|@ song: Eminem - The Warning|
LOVE THIS SONG!
|0 likes - like | 11-03-2015 18:07 trisha91|
|@ song: Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie, Pt. 2 (feat. Eminem)|
Love, love, love it!
|0 likes - like | 10-03-2015 17:03 trisha91|
|@ song: Eminem - Wicked Ways|
|0 likes - like | 09-03-2015 17:51 shaqreia|
|@ song: Eminem - Like Toy Soldiers|
He went in on this song That's why I like eminem Because he doesn't care he speaks the truth.
|0 likes - like | 06-03-2015 23:21 trisha91|
|@ song: Nate Dogg - Shake That (feat. Eminem)|
|0 likes - like | 24-02-2015 01:49 Olivia_Ka|
|@ song: Eminem - Like Toy Soldiers|
This track contains samples of the 1989 single Toy Soldiers by Martika.
|0 likes - like | 22-04-2014 02:35 hatingmylife|
|@ song: Eminem - Mockingbird|
|0 likes - like | 23-01-2014 10:47 briefguy69|
|@ song: Eminem - Ken Kaniff [skit]|
Well I thought it was pretty hot. It got my cock rock hard. ..! I love hearing it when a dude is sucking my dick... it's better than porn .
|0 likes - like | 05-01-2014 05:51 shaqreia|
|@ song: Eminem - Won't Back Down (feat. Pink)|
And thats why hes amazing
|0 likes - like | 20-12-2013 15:15 syfa14kintlee|
|@ song: Eminem - The Monster (feat. Rihanna)|
on dis track u really did smethng wicked lekker!!!
|0 likes - like | 12-11-2013 19:45 Jay_Bear|
|@ song: Eminem - Beautiful Pain (feat. Sia)|
very wonderful song, in the end it made my 10.49 (ty F.Y.E. VIP for 3 bucks off coupon) i put into Deluxe Edition purchase all worth it, for so many people need something like this song. personal experience i have a couple people ive had in my life that could have used these lyrics; who knows if things could have gone differently. they may be gone but will never be forgotten.
Thanks Em/Slim for another crazy-sick album with kickass tracks. once again showing us why you are the "Rap God" this time around harder than ever
|0 likes - like | 04-11-2013 12:39 snioj|
|@ song: Eminem - So Much Better|
this about his wife or a sequel to kill you?
|0 likes - like | 29-10-2013 09:38 proxypound|
|@ song: Eminem - The Way I Am|
i am wateva u sae i am tellem shady
|0 likes - like | 28-10-2013 06:53 proxypound|
|@ song: B.o.B - Airplanes, Part II (feat. Eminem and Hayley Williams)|
nice song bob hz gat tste g.d.o.d
|0 likes - like | 16-10-2013 17:55 HipHopIsMyLife|
|@ song: Eminem - Rap God|
This is pretty amazing. Can't wait for MMLP2.
|0 likes - like | 16-08-2013 15:19 goretski|
|@ song: Eminem - Survival (feat. Liz Rodriguez)|
Pretty decent song for a change
|0 likes - like | 15-08-2013 18:06 AK2237|
|@ album: Eminem - The Eminem Show |
love this, found it on www.google.com
|0 likes - like | 07-08-2013 19:33 prgy|
|@ album: Eminem - Encore |
i love eminem songs too.. but shouldnt there be Encore- Eminem feat. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent? just asking maybe i made mistake..
|0 likes - like | 02-08-2013 00:56 olufemi|
|@ song: Drake - Forever (feat. Eminem, Kanye West and Lil Wayne)|
|0 likes - like | 17-04-2013 17:16 shaqreia|
|@ song: Eminem - My Name Is...|
damn this is still the shit till this day i love eminem
|0 likes - like | 17-04-2013 16:30 shaqreia|
|@ song: Eminem - Kill You|
i love this song hell i love eminem.
|0 likes - like | 17-04-2013 16:21 shaqreia|
|@ song: Eminem - Superman|
damn i love this song i cant but sing along damn eminem is still one of my favorites.
|0 likes - like | 26-12-2012 10:20 Saina1712|
|@ song: Rihanna - Numb (feat. Eminem)|
|0 likes - like | 31-10-2012 16:12 AchillesAnon|
|@ song: Eminem - Freestyle V|
Not bad for a young boy.
|0 likes - like | 31-10-2012 16:10 AchillesAnon|
|@ song: Eminem - Freestyle IV|
Part 1,2,3 and this..the same. Wtf. Who's running the playlist here? Epic failed.