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Marshall Mathers (born 17.10.1972) With over 70 million worldwide album sales, Academy Awards and Grammy Awards under his belt, Marshall Mathers AKA Eminem is one of the best-selling musicians of the early 2000s and a best-selling rap artist of all time. Discovered by legendary producer Dr Dre. (formerly of N.W.A.), Eminem was later signed to Dre's Aftermath Entertainment record label.
Net Worth: Marshall Mathers' net worth is $160 million according to Celebrity Net Worth (2014)
Childhood: Marshall Mathers' father deserted him and his mother shortly after his birth in St. Joseph, Missouri. They moved between St. Joseph and Warren, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Aged 14, he performed at amateur rap contests and later joined the group Soul Intent, billed as M&M.
Musical Career: Marshall Mathers' first official tape release was Fu**in' Backstabber / Soul Intent, followed by an independent album named Infinite, which was influenced by Nas and AZ. This was followed by The Slim Shady EP (Slim Shady was another of Marshall Mathers' aliases), which brought about much attention and mixed reviews in the underground hip-hop scene, due to his distinctive rapping style. The Slim Shady LP was his first release, once signed to Aftermath Entertainment / Interscope Records. The album went on to be one of the most popular albums of 1999 and was awarded triple platinum status. This time, it was his controversial lyricism that brought the media attention. Dr Dre, who has appeared on all of Eminem's mainstream albums, appeared on the track 'Guilty Conscience', which ends with a man being encouraged to kill his own wife and her lover. The follow up to The Slim Shady LP, was even more successful, in terms of sales. Released in May 2000, it quickly sold two million copies and was Mathers' fastest selling album to date. Again, his lyrics brought attention to the album, by making offensive remarks about various celebrities, including Christina Aguilera, Blink 182's Fred Durst, as well as making a promotional video (for 'My Name Is') that mocked Marilyn Manson. Eminem also sampled Dido's song 'Thank You' for the UK number one single 'Stan'. The third major album for Mathers was The Eminem Show. Released in 2002, it was yet another hit, selling over one million copies in its first week. This time around, electronic producer Moby, as well as the rock band Limp Bizkit and boy bands in general were the victims of Mathers' lyrical vitriol. His much-publicised relationship with his wife and daughter are also explored on this album, as are the charges he faced over an assault on a man he saw kissing his wife. A song destined for the bonus track accompanying his fourth major album, Encore (2004), landed Mathers in more hot water; this time with the U.S. Secret Service. The song 'We As Americans' was leaked onto the internet and Mathers was investigated for allegations that he had threatened the President. The lyrics in question were: "Fu** money / I don't rap for dead presidents / I'd rather see the president dead / it's never been said, but I set precedents." Aside from the scandal, Encore was another chart-topper for Mathers A compilation album released in 2005, entitled Curtain Call: The Hits, sparked rumours that Eminem was about to end his rapping career. Mathers denied this on Detroit's WKQI radio station, but suggested that he may be taking a break as a recording artist. Summer 2005 saw Mathers embarking on his first US tour in three years (the Anger Management Tour, featuring 50 Cent and G-Unit, Obie Trice and Lil' John). In August, however, he cancelled the European tour in order to enter drug rehabilitation. In 2006, Mathers launched Shady Records with the Eminem Presents the Re-Up mixtape. Mathers released the album 'Relapse' in 2009, which received mixed reviews, but did very well commercially being the biggest selling hip-hop album of that year. The album sold 608,000 copies in its first week causing it to debut at number one in the US Billboard 200 chart, and eventually the album was certified multi-platinum in the US. The album got to number one in it's first week in other countries such as France, Australia, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand. The following year Mathers released 'Recovery' which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 selling 741,000 copies, where it remained for nine weeks. The album also received more positive reviews than 'Relapse'. The album was certified multi-platinum in the United States, selling over 4 million copies. The album featured guest spots from Rihanna, P!ink and Lil Wayne. In 2013 Mathers released 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2', which was a sequel to 'The Marshall Mathers LP'. The album debuted at number one in the Billboard 200, having sold more than 792,000 copies in its first week, making it the second biggest of 2013 (second to Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience'). It was also Eminem's seventh number one album. The album received mostly positive reviews, and once again featured Rihanna, as well as Kendrick Lamar, Nate Ruess and Skylar Grey. The album was certified multi-platinum in the United States. Mathers is also a member of the rap group D12, whose 'Purple Pills' track was rewritten to remove the more obvious drug references, and renamed 'Purple Hills'. The semi-autobiographical film 8-mile was Mathers' official Hollywood acting debut. He recorded a number of new songs for the soundtrack, including 'Lose Yourself', which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Personal life: Marshall Mathers has been married twice to Kim Scott with whom he has a daughter named Hailie. The first marriage lasted from 1999 to 2001, the second lasted from January 2006 to April 2006. During his younger brother Nate's teenage years, Mathers had custody of him. Marshall Mathers has admitted that he does believe in God, but isn't massively religious. His mother Debbie sued him in 1999 for slandering her name in some song lyrics on 'The Slim Shady LP'. She won $1,600 in damages despite wanting $10 million, and Mathers later apologised for his behaviour on his track 'Headlights' from 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2'. In 2000, Mathers was arrested for possessing a concealed weapon when he pulled out a gun on Douglas Dail, and for assault for attacking bouncer John Guerrera the next day after spotting him kissing Kim. Kim sued Mathers after the violent lyrics in his song 'Kim', which followed her attempted suicide. Marshall Mathers has struggled with his addiction to prescription drugs throughout most of his career. In 2007, he overdosed on methodone and was on the verge of death. By 2008, he was sober following extensive rehab therapy.
Some of these political takedowns are legendary.
Never before has a President been the subject of so many vitriolic pop songs. Indeed, it was with great difficulty that Donald Trump got any musician at all to perform at his inauguration in 2017. Thus, we've compiled a list of our favourite Trump protest songs (so far).
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1. Big Love - Black Eyed Peas
Continue reading: Nine Best Donald Trump Protest Songs We've Heard So Far
We could be looking at a major Interscope publicity stunt.
The beef between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly which was reignited following the release of the former's latest album 'Kamikaze' has become the subject of scrutiny recently as a number of people have speculated that there may be some staging to their apparent disharmony.
Eminem at the 'Southpaw' premiere
There's been a kind of back-and-forth between the two rappers since Eminem's song 'Not Alike', where he criticised Machine Gun Kelly for comments he made about his daughter back in 2012. MGK then went on to release a takedown of his former idol in the form of 'Rap Devil', to which Eminem responded with 'Killshot'.
The rapper continues to be inspirational.
As Eminem finds himself caught up in more hip hop controversy, we reflect on all the times he's inspired fans and peers alike. He might not be perfect, but his rap art has had an important impact on the genre whatever anybody has to say about his later albums.
Here are the ten most inspirational lines from Eminem's back catalogue:
Eminem at the premiere of 'Southpaw'
Continue reading: Whatever You Say He Is: Eminem's 10 Most Inspired Song Lyrics
Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly's feud has escalated in recent weeks.
The 45 year old hip-hop megastar has been interviewed by Sway this week, and he went into some detail about why the lyric war came about. When Eminem dropped his surprise 10th album Kamikaze back on August 31st, he addressed Machine Gun Kelly’s comments about his daughter on his track ‘Not Alike’, spitting back at him: “And I’m talking to you but you already know who the fuck you are, Kelly / I don’t use sublims and sure as fuck don’t sneak-diss / But keep commenting on my daughter Hailie.”
That then led to MGK’s reply track ‘Rap Devil’ – poking fun at Em’s 2013 single ‘Rap God’. However, their beef actually extends back to 2012, when MGK tweeted about Eminem’s then-16 year old daughter, calling her “hot as f***”.
Continue reading: Eminem Explains Why He Dissed Machine Gun Kelly
Eminem's ten biggest-selling hits in the UK, including collaborations with other artists.
In celebration of his career – his debut album was released very nearly 20 years ago – we count down Eminem’s most successful British chart hits.
Continue reading: Eminem's 10 Biggest Selling UK Hits
He responds to 'Not Alike' with a new diss track.
Machine Gun Kelly has bravely taken on his rap rival Eminem after the latter dissed him in his song 'Not Alike', taken from his recently dropped surprise album 'Kamikaze'. The pair have always had a beef between them, but it's never been quite as entertaining as it is right now.
Machine Gun Kelly at the premiere of 'Bright'
The 28-year-old proves his lyrical inferiority with the title of his diss track 'Rap Devil'; an unimaginative inversion of Eminem's 2013 single 'Rap God'. But while he may not be as fluent with literary devices as his more established counter-part, he still had some tough words for the 45-year-old.
Continue reading: Machine Gun Kelly Lashes Out At Eminem With 'Rap Devil'
With no fanfare or promotion, Em dropped his 10th studio album at midnight Thursday.
Eminem has released a surprise new studio album, titled Kamikaze.
The rap legend’s tenth album was dropped without any fanfare at midnight on Thursday (August 30th) at East Coast time, and serves as a snap follow-up to his 2017 album Revival, which was released just nine months previously.
In comparison to many of his albums, Kamikaze is made up of just 13 songs and lasts a comparatively slender 46 minutes, and is executive-produced by Dr. Dre and Eminem himself. It also features artwork depicting the tail-fin of a crashed airplane, and looks uncannily like the front cover of Beastie Boys’ 1986 debut album Licensed To Ill.
Continue reading: Eminem Drops Surprise New Album 'Kamikaze'
There is a code one must follow when it comes to rap music.
When it comes to rapping, there are a certain set of rules one must follow. You can't just rhyme willy-nilly. That would be silly. Hip-hop is chock-full of cliches - probably more than any other musical genre - and Eminem has the low-down on what you can and can't say next time you're spitting that freestyle.
Eminem at 'Southpaw' premiere
The 45-year-old Detroit star is one of the finest authorities on rap music out there; he stands next to the likes of 2Pac and Biggie as one of the greatest hip-hop artists that ever lived, so he's learned a thing or two in his time about spitting rhymes.
Some of the greatest, saddest songs ever recorded.
It's an interesting facet of the human condition that we can find beauty and, in some cases, solace in misery and heartbreak. Indeed, musicians have been doing it for years and made a lot of money doing so, simply because we love to wallow in sadness as people. We've put together a dramatic playlist that will no doubt cause you to shed a few tears.
Nine Inch Nails performing at Rock im Park
1. Hurt - Nine Inch Nails
He's sticking by his performance set-up.
Eminem has hit back at critics who blasted him for including 'gunshot sound effects' in his recent performance at Bonnaroo, with a passive aggressive warning ahead of his set at Firefly Festival. It's pretty straight-forward, and makes it clear that he's not changing his shows for anyone.
Eminem at the premiere of Southpaw
Despite the fact that he's been doing it for years, some festival goers took issue at his recent Bonnaroo set which included a performance of the song 'Kill You'; a performance that ended with a loud pyrotechnic bang that some of the crowd thought was a gunshot.
Continue reading: 'You Shouldn't Be Here': Eminem Responds To Bonnaroo Set Critics
Eminem - Eminem leaving BBC Maida Vale Studios after performing a secret gig. The rap superstar did not want to be photographed and tried to avoid photographers. According to an eyewitness, his security suggested that they were not expecting to see the paparazzi or fans - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 13th November 2013
Eminem - Hip Hop Icon Eminem, makes a rare specila event performance to celebrate G-Shockwave Watches 30th Anniversary at Pier 36 in New York City, NY. - New York City, NY, United States - Thursday 8th August 2013
Date of birth
17th October, 1972
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