Marshall Bruce Mathers III (St Joseph, Missouri; October 17, 1972), known by his stage name Eminem (stylized as EMINƎM) and also by his alter ego Slim Shady, is an American rapper, record producer and actor. His stage name comes from the union of the initials of Marshall Mathers: M & M (“Em and Em”, stylized as Eminem), while the nickname of his alter ego (taken to the Spanish as Sombra Misteriosa or el Flaco Sombrío) was first known in 1997 with his first EP entitled The Slim Shady EP. It is considered by several media as “The King of Rap”.
He released his first studio album Infinite in 1996, but became popular in 1999 with his second album, The Slim Shady LP, which won a Grammy award for Best Rap Album. The third album, The Marshall Mathers LP, released in 2000, became the best-selling hip hop album in history. Eminem gained further popularity, highlighting his own record label Shady Records, and brought his group D12 to general recognition.
The Marshall Mathers LP and his fourth album, The Eminem Show, released in 2002, also won Grammy awards in 2001 and, in 2003, he won the Oscar for best original song for the single Lose yourself, from the film 8 Mile, in which he also played the lead role. Then, Eminem started a break after traveling in 2005 for the tour of his album Encore (2004) and, after several years, released his sixth, seventh and eighth studio album entitled Relapse, on May 15, 2009, Recovery, on June 22, 2010 and The Marshall Mathers LP 2, as a sequel to his best-selling album, on November 5, 2013. Already in recent years, he released, in 2017, 2018 and 2020, Revival, Kamikaze and Music to Be Murdered By, respectively.
Eminem has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling rappers in history and the top-selling artist of the 2000s. In addition, he was ranked 82nd on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time, ranking as the second best solo rapper, after Dr. Dre, and the fifth best rapper (including groups), after the Beastie boys, Dr. Dre, Run-D.M.C. and Public Enemy. He was also named best rapper by Vibe Magazine, beating out 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. In addition, he was named “artist of the decade” by Rolling Stone magazine.
In total, including his work with D12, Eminem has achieved 8 albums in the number 1 position in the Billboard list, where only The Marshall Mathers LP 2 debuted in the first position in addition to fourteen number 1 singles around the world, behind artists like 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Beastie boys, for example, with more than 17 number 1 singles so far. According to Billboard magazine, Eminem has two of its albums among the 5 best sellers of the decade. His style of rapping is characterized by being multiple, he has ventured into many branches of hip hop, highlighting the horrorcore, rap rock, gangsta rap (with his parallel band, D12), comedy hip hop, hardcore rap, rapcore, conscious hip hop and alternative rap.9 Despite the harsh criticism received at the beginning of his career for the content of the lyrics, Eminem has managed to settle and make a place among the leading exponents of rap.
Awards and nominationsMain article: Annex: Eminem Awards and Nominations Eminem has won several Grammy awards, was praised as “verbal energy” for his high lyrical quality and has been ranked number nine on MTV’s “The Greatest MCs of All Time” list, 6869 number one on the “Hottest MC of 2009” list, number 82 on the list of the 100 best artists of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine and number one on Zonft’s TOP TEN rappers of moment list. In 2008, Vibe magazine readers voted for him as “The Best Rapper Alive”. He was also named “Best Rapper Ever” by easily knocking out all his opponents in a poll conducted by music fans on Vibe’s website.
Ironically, “The Real Slim Shady,” the song from his first Grammy-winning album, The Marshall Mathers LP, could have closed the door on the Grammys but it didn’t. In addition to all his awards, the best known is the Oscar for Best Original Song for the single “Lose Yourself” from the movie 8 Mile, in which he also played the lead role, becoming the first rap song to win this award. Also one of his songs called “Rap God” entered the Guinness World Records as the “Hit Single” with a number of 1560 thus having more words in a song.
Infinite is Mathers’ first album, it was released on November 12, 1996 by Web Entertainment. The recording sessions were carried out by the Bass Brothers, known as Bassmint Productions, the production was in charge of Mr. Porter.
The album features songs by Proof, Eye-Kyu and Angela Workmen on a “Searchin” track. The album only sold 1000 copies, and was recently introduced digitally.
Infinite initially received mixed reviews from critics who praised its lyrical content. [quote required]
In 1992, Mathers initially signed with Bass Brothers, which has been led by brothers Jeff and Mark Bass. At that time Mathers was still making minimum wage working at Gilbert’s rustic restaurant in St. Clair Shores for some time.
In 1996, Eminem Infinite’s debut album, which was recorded at Bassmint, a recording studio owned by the Bass Brothers, was released under the independent Web Entertainment label.
On November 17, 2016, a remix of the album title track Infinite was released in commemoration of the album’s 20th anniversary, followed by a documentary about the making of the album on the same day.
1999:The Slim Shady LP
When he joined Interscope, Eminem released The Slim Shady LP. There was controversy over many of his lyrics. In the song “97 Bonnie and Clyde”, Eminem describes a journey with his young daughter, carrying his wife’s body. Another song, “Guilty Conscience” ends with Eminem encouraging a man to murder his wife and her lover and Dr. Dre trying to prevent it.
Eminem participates in The Notorious B.I.G.’s second posthumous album, Born Again with the song “Dead Wrong” which was released as the second single.
The Marshall Mathers LP was released in May 2000, and quickly sold 2.5 million copies, making it the best selling album in rap history. The album’s first single, “The Real Slim Shady,” says, among other things, that Christina Aguilera had oral sex with Fred Durst (of Limp Bizkit) and Carson Daly (of MTV TRL). On the third single, “Stan” (which uses Dido’s original song, “Thank You”), Eminem told the story of a fan so obsessed with him that he ends up killing himself because he didn’t get a response to the constant letters he sent her.
This is Eminem’s debut album, or rather, the album of his alter-ego, Slim Shady, who shows himself to be an exaggerated, rude, offensive, dangerous and self-centered person. In the album you can find songs like “My Name Is”, where Eminem lets people know who he is, “Guilty Conscience” where Eminem pretends to be a bad conscience and Dr. Dre for the good one, “Brain Damage”, where Eminem criticizes someone who took advantage of him in his childhood, among other songs. The album is characterized by the offensive content of its lyrics. If you could say other important songs from the album, they would be “Role Model”, “Just Don’t Give A Fuck” and “My Fault”. In this album he presents to the world his already known “double personality”.
2000-2001: The Marshall Mathers LP
Dr.Dre, musical producer of the album. Much of the recording of The Marshall Mathers LP was done by producers Dr. Dre and Mel-Man under the Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment labels in Los Angeles, California. For the production they used reduced beats, that is to say, they minimized the sound of hits and voices so that Eminem would have more prominence. The brothers Mark and Jeff Bass, better known in the artistic world as Bass Brothers together with Eminem, also collaborated in the production of the album, focusing mainly on the sound of the guitars, something that can be noticed in songs like “Amityville”. Considered by the critics and the followers, an album more serious and personal than other previous works, Eminem emphasized the great moment that he was living, highlighting his rise to the fame and criticizing all the people who pointed out him when he made his first record work, Infinite (1996). Other themes included in the album are directly related to his family, especially his mother Deborah Mathers-Briggs and Kim Mathers, his ex-wife. Eminem counted on the participation of other singers, like Dido interpreting the single “Stan”, RBX and Sticky Fingaz in the song “Remember Me?”, Bizarre in “Amityville”, Dr. Dre with Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and Nate Dogg interpreting “Bitch Please II” and finally the group D12 in the song “Under the Influence”.
With the great success of their second album, the controversy surrounding Eminem grew even more, especially when The Marshall Mathers LP was nominated for a Grammy as best album of the year.
Although Mathers had always said that his lyrics didn’t have to be taken seriously, and that he had nothing against homosexuals or women, the gay rights group GLAAD organized a boycott of Eminem at the Grammys. Mathers responded to this by singing the song Stan on stage with singer Elton John, ending the performance with a hug for John to show that he had nothing against homosexuals.
As one of six members of the rap group D12, Eminem participated in the album Devil’s Night, released in 2001. The album was multi-platinum. It contained the single “Purple Pills” also controversial. Another song, “Blow My Buzz”, was part of the soundtrack of the film The Wash (2001), in which Eminem made a cameo.
The album was released in two versions: censored and explicit. However, some lyrics of the album were censored, even in the explicit version, as events occurred in the release of the album. Unlike their previous work The Slim Shady LP (1999), The Marshall Mathers LP was more introspective and reflective in the composition of the lyrics. The songs reflect all the conflicts that the singer had with his mother and his wife, as well as the progress he made, which is reflected in songs like “I’m Back” and “Stan” and all the effect it produced in the music industry embodied in songs like “Remember Me?” and “Bitch Please II. It also covered issues related to drug use and its effect on American society and youth the songs “Drug Ballad”, “The Way I Am” and “Who Knew”. In songs like “Kill You”, he talks about the hatred and resentment towards his ex-wife Kim. In general, the album presents a mixture of dark, sad, controversial and controversial themes. Despite all this, the lyrics received relatively favorable reviews from music critics and the hip hop community. Many praised the singer’s verbal energy and intense rhyme patterns.
The album contains several samples of lyrics. It features a number of musical lines that resemble the songs of the Eric B. duo. & Rakim. The song “Marshall Mathers”, is a parody of the song “Summer Girls” by the group LFO, when it says: New Kids on the Block sucked a lotta dick, boy-girl groups make me sick, when the original line of the song is New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits, Chinese food makes me sick.
2002-2003: The Eminem Show
Eminem’s fourth album, The Eminem Show, was released in the summer of 2002. In this album many people recognized that their level of aggressiveness had dropped as far as the lyrics are concerned, yet it had many positive reviews. The album included the single Without Me, apparently a sequel to The Real Slim Shady in which he makes derogatory comments about the boy bands, Moby, and Lynne Cheney, among others. That same year Eminem discovered the rapper 50 Cent. It also included the song Till I Collapse where he shows his reference with Reggie, Jay-Z, 2Pac, Biggie, Andre 3000 from Outkast, Jadakiss, Kurupt, Nas and where he names Bobby, Whitney and Nate with something referred to a “Wet Dream”.
The Eminem Show is Eminem’s fourth studio album and third after signing for Aftermath, released in 2002. It was the second best-selling musical album that year (after Avril Lavigne’s Let Go) worldwide with 19 million copies, the first single, and the most successful, was “Without Me”.
In 2007, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock Hall of Fame placed it at #63 on their list of “The 200 Ultimate Albums Every Music Lover Should Have”.
Although it was very successful, it didn’t get the same popularity as The Marshall Mathers LP, because Eminem didn’t show the same strength, this album is characterized by being a little more personal, although it showed controversy after insulting his mother in “Cleanin’ Out My Closet”, his position in the rap business in “Without Me” and “Business”, His sex appeal in “Drips” and “Superman” and he criticized the U.S. government in “White America”, although he also let people know how he influences young people in “Sing for the Moment” and showed his love for his daughter Hailie in “Hailie’s Song” and “My Dad’s Gone Crazy”. In the clean versions of the album, “Drips” does not appear due to the content of the lyrics.
It is a single by American rapper Eminem. It was released in 2002 as part of the soundtrack for the film 8 Mile (also starring Eminem) and as a single this year. It was re-released in Eminem’s first major hit, Curtain Call: The Hits. The “official demo version of this song, with two different verses and a slightly different hook, was included in the album Shady XV, released on November 24, 2014 by Eminem’s record label, Shady Records. The song was written by Eminem and co-produced by Eminem and producer Luis Resto.
It reached the Top 20 in more than 20 musical lists around the world, something never seen before for a rap song. “Lose Yourself” holds the record for being the most successful rap song of all times. It broke the record of staying 12 weeks at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 list, being the longest running number 1 of 2002 in Europe. It was number one in the UK and several European charts for about a month, ranking in the top 10 of the year in several sales certifications. It won an Oscar for the best original song, two Grammy Awards, and two other Grammy nominations, becoming the song with the most awards won during a year.
It was ranked fourth in the 100 best songs of the last 25 years according to VH1. “Lose Yourself” reached position 166 in the 500 best songs of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine. It was also ranked 93rd on the AFI’s 100 Years list… 100 Songs. The song was also named the fourth best of the decade by Complex Magazine. “Lose Yourself” is ranked #49 on Blender magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born”.
In March 2009, “Lose Yourself” surpassed 2 million sales in digital downloads in the United States, becoming the second oldest song to reach that level of sales and Eminem’s first song to do so. That same year, it was named the 28th most successful song of the 2000’s in the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade, and the 7th most successful during the decade in Australia.
The music video for “Lose Yourself” was filmed in Detroit, Michigan, so it has numerous images of the city, including the famous Ambassador Bridge. It was directed by Eminem, his representative Paul Rosenberg and Phillip G. Atwell.
The video shows Eminem in multiple scenarios, including scenes from the movie 8 Mile, and Eminem rapping next to the “8 Mile Rd. Mobile Court” (entrance to 8 Mile), which also appears on the cover of the movie’s soundtrack.