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.
Southpaw, a film directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhall that tells the story of a boxer who tries to get his life and career back on track, features a soundtrack executively produced by Eminem. Released through Shady Records, and featuring new music from Shady himself, as well as some Bad Meets Evil cuts and tracks from Slaughterhouse, Action Bronson and Joey Bada$$ amongst others. This is the second soundtrack release by Shady Records, the first, obviously, being 8 Mile, and it's a markedly different sound; it fits the film's theme with its triumphant, powerful and energetic hip-hop soundtrack.
Kings Never Die, which features Gwen Stefani and is produced by DJ Khalil, is an emphatic track from Eminem. It follows Cry For Love (Part 1), composed by James Horner who scored the film and sadly died in June this year in a plane crash. Shady's staccato flow over the strikingly polished production is delivered excellently; the track isn't especially raw or gritty, but the pride and the passion on show lend themselves both to the sport of boxing, and the sport of rap. The following track Beast, by Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard, featuring talented lyricists Busta Rhymes, KXNG Crooked and Tech N9ne, is a high octane ride, with convincingly decisive flows from each MC.
The crisp What About The Rest Of Us, by Action Bronson and Joey Bada$$ and featuring the talented singer/producer Rico Love, is successful. The punchy live drum sound and the overall subtlety in the production of the track make it professional and enjoyable, and Action and Joey bring that authentic east coast flavour. Slaughterhouse most definitely turn up for R.N.S. A dramatic and intense slow-paced Araab Muzik and Just Blaze production backs the supergroup, comprised of Royce Da 5'9", KXNG Crooked, Joe Budden and Joell Ortiz, as they drop passionate verses demonstrating a variety of flows and impactful deliveries.
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'Compton: A Soundtrack' was released on August 7th, and all proceeds will be going towards a facility in Dre and N.W.A.'s hometown.
Dr Dre has announced that he’ll be donating all the royalties from his newly released album Compton to help fund a new performing arts centre in his hometown of Compton, California.
The news was unveiled on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 programme on Thursday (August 6th), the eve of the release of Dre’s first album in 16 years, called Compton: A Soundtrack, which features music inspired by the new N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton which is out on August 14th.
Dr Dre will be donating the proceeds from new album 'Compton' to fund a new arts centre in the city
‘Compton: A Soundtrack’ is the long awaited follow up to 1999’s ‘2001’
Dr Dre has finally announced he’s releasing a new album, his first in 16 years. Speaking on his 'The Pharmacy' show on Apple Music, Dre revealed the record was titled Compton: A Soundtrack and will hit iTunes and Apple Music on August 7th.
Dre Dre has announced new album, Compton: A Soundtrack.
The album is not a soundtrack to upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, but has instead been inspired by the film, which will hit cinemas on August 14th. The 16 track album will feature guest appearances by Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and The Game.
The rapper hinted that his former N.W.A. colleague Dre might finally be releasing his third album on Saturday.
Surprise albums are becoming increasingly common in 2015, to the point where they’re failing to have the desired impact any more. Even so, there were many eyebrows raised on Wednesday as rapper Ice Cube mentioned that Dr Dre would be releasing a new album over the weekend.
The 46 year old former N.W.A. star was talking to Philadelphia radio station Power 99 today (July 29th) about the forthcoming biopic about the legendary rap group Straight Outta Compton, which arrives on August 14th, when he dropped the bombshell that a new album, featuring original material by Dre and others inspired by the movie, would be arriving this Saturday (August 1st).
Is Dr. Dre's much-vaunted third album 'Detox' going to be released this weekend?
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The singer believes that being able to change his parents' lives makes it all worth it.
He may be one of the biggest pop stars of the moment, but it's not the money, or the awards, or even the screaming fans that make the climb to the top worth all the hard work. Rather, Ed Sheeran says the biggest reward of fame is his ability to change his parents' lives for the better.
Ed Sheeran, family man
The 'Thinking Out Loud' singer told The Mirror that the highlight of his career so far is "being able to really pay my parents – not just financially – but being able to give them the things they wouldn't have ever dreamed of...
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Yelawolf's journey and evolution has certainly been fascinating if nothing else. Going from absolute bangers like 'Daddy's Lambo' and 'Pop The Trunk', which marked the start of his Interscope affiliation back in 2010, to signing to Shady Records in 2011, this Alabama spitter sticks out from the rest of hip-hop like a sore thumb. With rock and country influences always being a part of his sound, as well as blistering rapid-fire flows and confident deliveries, the partnership with Eminem is one that makes sense, and 'Love Story' is his second album released through the label, following 2011's 'Radioactive'.
The album starts off with 'Outer Space'; an energetic, guitar driven tune which culminates in a funky, oddly trippy refrain. Yela is certainly making a statement with this opener, as it's nothing like what I was expecting, although he's very far away from the kind of impact 'Trunk Muzik 0-60' had when I first heard that project. 'Change' and 'American You' continue this unprecedented shift in direction for Yelawolf, with the 35-year-old demonstrating his vocal abilities. Yelawolf can sing, and his tone suits the electronic country vibe, as is exemplified on 'Whiskey In A Bottle', although the lyrical content occasionally comes across slightly cliché and preachy, which is a shame as Yela is often at his best when he's being heartfelt and passionate. I can't help but blame the mainstream country vibe for contributing to this.
'Til It's Gone' is the first track on 'Love Story' to bridge the aggressive nature of Yela's rapping with a convincing, catchy hook that doesn't sound out of place. He spits about the pitfalls of, and his struggles with, fame over a subtle, upbeat Will Power instrumental with intent. 'Best Friend', featuring Shady Records head honcho Eminem, is the only track with a guest appearance. Yela and Em both have a history of honest, personal lyricism combined with amped-up deliveries and quick MCing, and this is what I was hoping for with this track. Instead, it's disjointed, with no rapping from the Alabama spitter; instead we get Yelawolf's spiritual crooning for two verses, before Marshall Mathers contributes a lengthy, aggressive verse, which although does occasionally slip into a more emotional theme, for the most part feels out of place, no matter how technically good it may be.
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Having released just two albums, the British megastar has become just the second artist in history to reach the landmark figure.
The records just keep tumbling for Ed Sheeran! At the very start of the year he was named as the most streamed artist of 2014, and now he’s achieved another landmark.
Spotify have announced that he is the first British artist to reach two billion streams, and only the second to do so in the streaming service’s history behind Eminem. That’s only on the back of two studio albums, however, whereas the American rapper has released eight. The company also announced that his track ‘Thinking Out Loud’ is the most streamed song in the United States.
Ed Sheeran is the first British artist to reach 2 billion Spotify streams
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Eminem, Royce da 5'9", Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf & Trick Trick released the single 'Detroit Vs. Everybody' on 11th November 2014, and they have released a behind-the-scenes video showing off how the music video was made.
Date of birth
17th October, 1972