Today I would like to talk about one of my favorite rap artists – Eminem, a.k.a Slim Shady
Eminem was born Marshall Mathers the 3rd in St. Joseph, Missouri on October 17th 1972. He spent the better part of his impoverished childhood going back and forth between his hometown and the city of Detroit.
So how do you feel about Eminem?
Eminem instantly became attracted to rap and began performing at age 14, performing raps in the basement of his high school friend’s home. Eminem was not immediately accepted as a white rapper so he began battle rapping to win over underground hip-hop artists.
In time, he became popular and other rappers asked him to start groups. He first joined the group – New Jacks, and then moved on to Soul Intent, who released Eminem’s first recorded single in 1995.
The birth of Eminem’s first child, Haile, caused the rap artist to put his career on hold as he started working to support his family. The experiences from those rough times began to creep into his music which made his music really dark.
Eminem began to abuse drugs and his unsuccessful suicide attempt was the last straw that made him realize music was his way out. Eventually, Dr Dre heard a rap battle of Eminem and he eagerly contacted the emcee to get him signed under the Interscope record label.
The LP entitled Slim Shady was a huge success scoring a big hit with the single and video “My Name Is” in 1999. The artist has made several successful albums since then and has even performed a duet of ‘Stan’ at the 2001 Grammys with Elton John. Eminem later got a video game deal which was a success.
Eminem has gone from being one of the most heralded emcees in independent hip-hop to one of the most provocative, controversial rappers in contemporary pop music. How do you feel about Eminem as an artist? Click the link below to have your say on the Eminem Praise Or Bash page.
- Big Sean Found A Lot In Common With Eminem (Video) (getmybuzzup.com)
- Eminem In The Studio With Black Hippy (complex.com)
- Eminem Welcomes Kendrick Lamar and Friends to his Detroit Studio (aceshowbiz.com)
- Big Sean & Eminem Collaboration Will Be a ‘Detroit Classic’ (getmybuzzup.com)
- Eminem Songs: Facts from Five Albums (hiphop.answers.com)