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Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady, Eminem, whatever he is referred to, he is undoubtedly one of the most talented writers, poets, and rappers this generation will ever see. Eminem (which comes from the “M” in his first name Marshall and the “M” in his last name Mathers) was born in St. Joseph Missouri and after being moved around for the greater part of his early years, he was raised in Detroit, Michigan.
Around age twelve, Eminem got a hold of the Beastie Boys album Licensed to Ill. It was this Beastie Boys album that introduced Eminem to hard core freestyle rap. It was hearing this Beastie Boys album that Eminem knew exactly what he was supposed to do and he knew he would be the best and blow everyone else out of the water.
For several years Eminem dabbled with local rappers, in amateur groups and recording unrevised music in his associations with Bassment Productions, D12 and the New Jacks. It wasn’t until 1997 when Eminem independently released his first album through an indie label and he received criticism he wasn’t happy with. Critics said he sounded like Nas and AZ and Eminem wanted to sound like his own person, his own artist. Fueled by anger and more drive than ever before after the unsuccessful release of his first album, Eminem went on to win a Freestyle Performer of the Year Award and get runner up in the Los Angeles Rap Olympics.
Shortly after winning runner up at the Rap Olympics, Dr. Dre was given a copy of an Eminem track. At the time, Dr. Dre was founder of Aftermath Entertainment and shortly after Eminem’s album The Slim Shady LP was released. Die-hard Eminem fans and conservative Christians alike all remember the Slim Shady LP. Eminem’s disturbing lyrics and hateful tone broke barriers and gave audiences chills. While Eminem’s lyrics were most definitely disrespectful and powerful even the toughest music critics agree that Marshall Mathers aka Eminem is an absolutely brilliant writer, rapper, and poet. His lyrics and words come from deep within and he says things no one else has the courage to say.
Slim Shady LP release was the beginning of a very long and close friendship and business relationship between the artist and his mentor, Dr. Dre.
Two years later in 2000, Dr. Dre and Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP. The Marshall Mathers LP broke records previously set by hip hop icon Snoop Dogg and pop sensation Britney Spears. In 2002, Eminem had his breakout performance as an actor in the highly anticipated and very satisfying “8 Mile”. Also in 2002, Eminem released the album Without Me and in 2004 Eminem’s album Encore was released.
Eminem also has his own production company, Shady Records with whom he has signed D12, G-Unit, Obie Trice and rapper 50 Cent.
Eminem authored a memoir titled “The Way I Am” which chronicles the young man’s struggles to fame through poverty and an abusive childhood.