Eminem Early Life
On October 17th, 1972, Marshall Mathers was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. For the sake of starting a new family, his father Bruce left them and relocated to California. As a child, Eminem was bullied and physically abused at school.
Eminem was a victim of racial violence while growing up in Detroit, where his family lived in a predominantly black neighborhood.
He was first drawn to comic books and storytelling in general as a result of his discovery of hip-hop. At the age of 17, he dropped out of Lincoln High School and began working odd jobs to make ends meet.
Forcing him out of the house regularly, his mother neglected him. Every time she went to bingo, Eminem would turn up the audio and begin creating songs.
Marshall was finally recognized and respected by the hip-hop community in Detroit. Bassmint Productions, subsequently renamed Soul Intent, was a group he joined. He worked as a cook and dishwasher for a minimum salary while recording songs with Mashin’ Duck Records and FBT Productions. Eminem’s first album, “Infinite,” was published by Web Entertainment in 1996.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) June 17, 2022
At some point around this time, Slim Shady became his alter ego. Rapped under the name Slim Shady about drugs, rape, and murder as a way to express his feelings about violence. He recorded “the Slim Shady EP” in the spring of 1997, and Web Entertainment published it that winter.
Meeting Dr. Dre
When The Source’s unsigned hype column appeared in March 1998, Eminem was the subject of attention. The Rap Olympics were just around the corner, and he chose to take his talents on the road after being forcibly evicted from his house. Interscope Records staff member Jimmy Iovine was a fan of the Slim Shady EP and passed it along to the company’s CEO Jimmy Iovine.
For Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine played the album for him, who had recently founded his record label, Aftermath Records, and was looking for new talent. He later described his immediate reaction to Eminem’s demo as follows:
“What the f*ck?” “Who the f*ck is that?” I exclaimed. I’ve never come across anything from a demo tape or CD in my entire career in the music business. “Find him. Now.” I yelled at Jimmy when he played this.”
With Dr. Dre as Executive Producer, Eminem inked a contract with Aftermath Entertainment to re-record and polish The Slim Shady EP.
The album debuted at number one on both the charts and in reviews. Eminem won a Grammy for best rap album for the album, which went on to be certified 4X Platinum in the United States alone.
After that, he released a series of monster albums. He released his debut album, The Marshall Mathers LP, in May of that year. Over 21 million copies were sold, making this hip-hop album one of the most successful of all time. More than 27 million copies were sold in Eminem’s 2002 album The Eminem Show.
Eminem has sold more than 170 million albums globally as of this writing. Pink Floyd, Rihanna, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Elton John, Michal Jackson, Elvis, and The Beatles are all ahead of him in the list of the world’s best-selling musical artists.
Shady Records/50 Cent
Eminem launched his record label, Shady Records, in 1999 as an offshoot of Aftermath Records. D12, a group of rappers Eminem was familiar with from Detroit, was the first artist to sign with the firm.
Eminem was introduced to New York rapper 50 Cent in 2002 while filming the movie “8 Mile.” It was clear to Eminem that he had already heard 50’s mixtapes, and he was anxious to sign him. Shady Records quickly signed 50 Cent as the label’s first solo artist. In the same year, Shady Records published the 8 Mile soundtrack, which went on to sell more than 11 million copies worldwide.
In February 2003, 50 Cent’s debut album was published, and it went on to sell 14 million albums throughout the world. 50 Cent has sold more than 30 million albums in his career thus far.
Awards and Milestones
He has won 15 Grammy Awards; eight American Music Awards; seventeen Billboard Awards; and an Academy Award (for best song “Lose Yourself” – from the 8 Mile album) as of this writing.