In 1997 he released the Slim Shady Ep, which was featured in hip hop magazine The Source’s Unsigned Hype” column. Whether he’s rapping about obsessed fans or his relationship with his mother, he’s never shied away from the dark side of life.
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On 1999’s My Name Is,” Eminem entered the public imagination with a mandate: God sent me to piss the world off.” From his provocative early work to the redemption narratives of 8 Mile and beyond, he’s more or less stayed true to form, holding a mirror to the American psyche—and his own—with an incisiveness rarely matched before or since. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on Monday (Sept. 30), 50 Cent explained how he jumped on Ed Sheeran’s song Remember the Name ,” which features Em. That’s when Fif added that he and Slim Shady are working on another tune. I got another record from Em that he sent me for his new album,” he said. He didn’t provide any further details.
You know those super-deep tracks Stan mentioned to prove he was Em’s Number One fan-slash-stalker? This rugged posse cut – released by Brooklyn rapper Shabaam Sahdeeq and featuring a characteristically crazed guest verse from pre-stardom Eminem – is probably one of the things he was talking about.
The Slim Shady EP opened many doors, the most notable of them being a contract with Interscope Records After Eminem came in second at the 1997 Rap Olympics MC Battle in Los Angeles, Interscope head Jimmy Iovine sought out the rapper, giving the EP to Dr. Dre , who proved eager to work with Eminem. They quickly cut Em’s Interscope debut in the fall of 1998 – during which time Marshall reconciled with Kim and married her – and The Slim Shady LP appeared early in 1999, preceded by the single “My Name Is.” Both were instant blockbusters and Eminem turned into a lightning rod for attention, earning praise and disdain for his violent, satirical fantasias.
As a white performer prominent in a genre influenced by black artists, Eminem has been compared, much to his chagrin, 234 to Elvis Presley , 235 and as a lyricist and as aforementioned to Bob Dylan 236 Rapper Asher Roth has been compared to Eminem, and Roth devoted a song on his album (“As I Em”) to him, which he took offense to. 237 238 239 The accomplished trumpeter Nicholas Payton has called Eminem “the Bix Beiderbecke of hip hop”.
Now, the 46-year-old rapper is coming off of the heels of a contentious 2018, wherein he released Kamikaze, featuring Joyner Lucas, Royce Da 5’9,” and Jessie Reyez. The album is marked by its abundance of bars dissing everyone from Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt to Charlamagne tha God. Though no diss is more infamous than his direct strike on Machine Gun Kelly which snowballed into a variety of social media attacks and diss tracks, climaxing with Eminem’s single Killshot.” Soon after, he dropped an 11-minute freestyle, taking aim at Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, and more. Time will only tell who will be Eminem’s next target.
Eminem’s 1999 major label debut, The Slim Shady LP, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. It ranked No. 275 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2002 he scored his first No. 1 hit with “Lose Yourself,” a song from the 8 Mile soundtrack.
The daughter of Eminem’s ex-wife Kim Scott, Hailie has been the inspiration for a handful of her dad’s songs, including “My Dad’s Gone Crazy,” which she voiced the hook for. The song debuted when she was 6 years old, and she was later awarded a Guinness World Record for Youngest R&B Chart Entrant.
You’re probably thinking So? Albums get bad ratings all the time” and you would be right. In fact, at first, the review didn’t even phase the rapper and in no way impacted the star’s booming record sales.
11. The Marshall Mathers LP was released in May 2000. It sold 1.76 million copies in its first week, breaking US records held by Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle for fastest-selling hip hop album and Britney Spears’ …Baby One More Time for fastest-selling solo album.
JOHN: You don’t forget people like that. Sometimes it’s kismet—like how I met Bernie Taupin completely by accident. Going back to what you said earlier about disappearing, it’s like what Prince did. It’s like what Springsteen does or Dylan does. They never really go away. People are always interested in what they do.
Eminem released his eighth album, MMLP2, on November 5, 2013. The announcement for the future Grammy-winning album, formally titled The Marshall Mathers LP 2, was made during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
As he was struggling to establish his career, he and his girlfriend Kim had a daughter, Hailey, forcing him to spend less time rapping and more time providing for his family. During this time, he assembled his first album, Infinite, which received some underground attention in 1996, not all of it positive. After its release, Eminem developed his Slim Shady alter ego, a persona that freed him to dig deep into his dark id, something he needed as he faced a number of personal upheavals, beginning with a bad split with Kim, which led him to move in with his mother and increase his use of drugs and alcohol, capped off with an unsuccessful suicide attempt. All this Sturm und Drang was channeled into The Slim Shady EP, which is where he first demonstrated many of the quirks that became his trademark, including his twitchy, nasal rhyming and disturbingly violent imagery.
As Eminem’s popularity grew in the early 2000s, he developed a reputation for lampooning the archetype of the modern pop star: his lyrics went after everyone from Christina Aguilera to Moby, and he drew a particularly grotesque portrait of an obsessive fan in his hit 2000 song Stan.” Two years later, he put his flair for the dramatic to good use in the semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile. Directed by Curtis Hanson, the fictionalized version of the rapper’s beginnings in working-class Detroit had a hugely successful opening, and the soundtrack single Lose Yourself” won the Academy Award for Original Song, making Eminem the first hip-hop artist to take home an Oscar.
I’ve never had a problem with Eminem… I’ve admired Eminem as an artist, and was shocked by this… The video was inappropriate and disrespectful to me, my children, my family and the community at large,” he said at the time.
9. Eminem released The Slim Shady LP in February 1999. The first official single, My Name Is”, peaked at number 36 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first entry on that chart.
If 1999’s The Slim Shady LP, Em’s major-label debut, introduced the world to a lyrical monster, The Marshall Mathers LP (released May 23, 2000) and The Eminem Show (released May 26, 2002) proved that this monster had layers and ideas and staying power beyond your mom’s wildest nightmares.
The problems between Eminem and actor, Will Smith, rose from a speech that the actor made at the 1998 Grammys, where he famously criticized the use of profanity in rap music.
Many overlook Eminem’s little-known debut album, Infinite. Recorded in 1996, it found the nascent star still developing a distinctive style. However, it boasts a raft of complex rhymes and the verbal erudition of a man who had spent much of his youth absorbed in a dictionary. The subject matter was already highly personal, detailing the trials of living in one of Detroit’s poorest areas, and Eminem’s hopes for girlfriend Kim and their soon-to-be-born daughter, Hailie. But the album failed to have the desired impact, which, in turn, had a profound effect on the rapper. After that record, every rhyme I wrote got angrier and angrier,” he told Rolling Stone magazine.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known by his stage name Eminem (stylized as EMINƎM) and by his alter ego Slim Shady, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter and actor. Eminem along with his solo career is a member of his group D12, and also one half of the hip hop duo Bad Meets Evil, with Royce da 5’9″. Eminem is one of the best-selling artists in the world and is the best selling artist of the 2000s. He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone magazine which ranked him 82nd on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The same magazine declared him The King of Hip Hop. Including his work with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, Eminem has achieved ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200. He has sold more than 42 million tracks and 49.1 million albums in the United States, and 100 million albums worldwide.
JOHN: I always say to people, If you don’t understand hip-hop, you just have to see it being recorded.” When you’re in the studio—and I’ve seen you record, I’ve been on Kanye West and A Tribe Called Quest records—it’s a completely different ballgame. I get upset when people knock it, because I can absolutely see the musicality in it. These days, when I’m listening to records by hip-hop artists, I hear the production. It’s just astounding how great the productions have become.
Eminem has rapped about Hailie throughout his career, including on the 2004 song “Mockingbird” and throughout his 2017 album Revival. Hailie graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in psychology and has become an Instagram influencer.
This period in Eminem’s life—working odd jobs to make ends meet while participating in rap battles and desperately attempting to land a record contract—was later dramatized in Eminem’s semi-autobiographical film, 8 Mile.
If you are listening to hip-hop in 2006, there’s a very good chance that you’ll know the song’s opening bars by heart, proving that it resonated with people more than most of the other rap songs of the era. It also managed to overshadow the film that it’s from, an amazing feat considering how successful that film was.
Eminem released his second studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP, in May 2000. The album showed off Eminem’s poetic talents as well as his emotional and artistic range. His songs vary from manically funny (“The Real Slim Shady”) to heartbreakingly poignant (“Stan”) to explosively violent (“Kim”) to disarmingly self-critical (“The Way I Am”).
When Who Kidd told Rakim who Eminem prefers between him and Big Daddy Kane, he said, Eminem gravitates toward you more.” Rakim responded by saying, he’s a beast, that’s my man.” Rakim was then asked if he has more respect for lyricists or people that make catchy songs.
The heavily hyped record became an instant success, going on to sell over three million copies. Eminem’s first single, “My Name Is,” mixed a childish humor and energy with rampant profanity and flashes of violence — a potent and fascinating combination that felt different from anything else in rap.
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As a high school teenager in Detroit, the rapper then known as M&M joined forces with Chaos Kid to form Soul Intent. As part of the Bassmint Productions crew, the duo recorded several demo cassettes that are now as rare as hen’s teeth — if you want a copy of 1995’s F#@!in’ Backstabber” cassingle, it will set you back about $560 on Discogs. Unrealistically Graphic” is from 1992’s Still in the Bassmint — it’s definitely amateur hour, but Em’s already displaying his twisted sense of humor, promising that, uh, I’ll do you like laundry.” Eminem’s collaborator Chaos Kid committed suicide in 2011.
A hip-hop icon who started as an underground battle rapper in Detroit, Marshall Eminem” Mathers (1972 – present) has developed a career full of controversy, wild swings, and some of the most noteworthy raps in the history of the genre.
Eminem celebrates his birthday on October 17. The motor-mouthed icon has a spot on Rolling Stone’s” list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He’s a rapper, producer, record executive, songwriter, and actor. His most recent studio album, Kamikaze,” came out in August 2018.
You’ve probably heard the version of this track that came out on Jay Z’ s landmark The Blueprint — but true heads prefer the widely bootlegged original take, where Em trades the same mean-mugging verses with his hometown pal Royce da 5’9″ instead of Jay. Eminem handily steals the spotlight on both songs.