Eminem Before and After: How the Rap God Started His Music Career

Eminem Before and After: How the Rap God Started His Music Career

Before he was named one of the best-selling artists of the 21st century, Eminem was an outcast. Now, another Eminem new album, which is much-awaited, is about to be released. Here a quick look at Eminem’s life before and after he reached fame.

Eminem, or Marshall Bruce Mathers III, was born in St. Joseph, Missouri but was raised in two states. His father abandoned their family when he was still an infant. His mother, Deborah Mathers, struggled to keep a job; hence, they moved frequently between Missouri and Detroit, Michigan.

He had no close friends. He was treated like an outcast and bullied at each new school. Despite him dropping out of school at the age of 17, young Eminem fancied language, comic books, and the dictionary.

Music Inspiration

As a teen, he felt a deep affinity to the late 1980s and early 1990s rap music. His favorite rap crew was N.W.A., the controversial gangster rap group in Los Angeles. Although at the time rap music was almost exclusively produced by black people, Eminem entered the Detroit rap scene as a frequent competitor in rap competitions.

He quickly became one of the most respected figures in Detroit’s underground rap scene. During that time, he assumed the stage name M&M, a reference to his initials. He later began writing phonetically as “Eminem.”

In 1995, he and Kim Ann Scott had a daughter named Hailie Jade Scott Mathers. Inspired by the birth of his daughter, Eminem released his first independent rap album, Infinite, in 1996. The album, however, failed to turn a profit.

Career Highlights

After Eminem had become a runner-up in the 1997 Rap Olympics MC Battle, he caught the attention of Dr. Dre, the former producer of Eminem’s favorite rap group, N.W.A. Dre listened to the rapper’s cassette and was so impressed that he signed the young artist to his Interscope Records label. In 1999, Dre produced Eminem’s fist hit album, The Slim Shady LP. It sold over three million copies and gave Eminem his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

Eminem released his second studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP, in May 2000. The album sold over 19 million copies worldwide and was noted as the fastest-selling album in rap history. Moreover, it won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, received a nomination for Album of the Year, and was considered among the greatest rap albums of all time.

In 2002, Eminem released a new solo album, The Eminem Show, another popular and critically acclaimed album. His next album, Encore, followed two years after. It was less successful than his previous one but still featured popular songs such as Mockingbird.

Eminem released his eighth album, MMLP2, in November 2013. The following year, he celebrated the 15th anniversary of his Shady Records label with a special two-CD set called ShadyXV. The collection features Eminem’s most popular songs and some new material.

Addiction Problem

For years, Eminem struggled with personal problems. He had an on-and-off relationship with Kim Mathers. They divorced in 2000 but remarried in 2006. They split again several months later and began a highly publicized custody battle over their daughter, Hailie.

Eminem also slipped further into alcoholism and addiction to sleeping pills and prescription drugs. In December 2007, he overdosed and nearly died. A year later, he managed to kick his addictions to drugs and alcohol and returned to recording music. He released his first album after five years, Relapse, in 2009. In 2010, he dropped another LP, Recovery, which highlights his attempt to come to terms with his struggles with addiction and experience with rehabilitation.

Awards and Recognitions

Eminem has a total of 15 awards from Grammy. His albums, The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, and The Eminem Show all won the Grammy Awards’ Best Rap Album Grammy. This made Eminem the first artist to win the award for three consecutive LPs. Relapse and Recovery also won the same Grammy.

He also won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Original Song for the 8 Mile movie soundtrack, Lose Yourself. This made him the first rapper to receive this award.

Eminem was also ranked ninth on MTV’s Greatest MCs of All Time list in 2008. Vibe Magazine readers named him the Best Rapper Alive the same year. The rapper also received the Global Icon Award at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam. Rolling Stone tagged him as the King of Hip Hop.

Eminem New Album

The 44-year-old rapper confirmed the Eminem new album though he has yet to announce its release date. Speculations are rife that his album will drop in October, in time for his birthday, which is on Oct. 17. Reports also indicate that he will collaborate with big artists in the industry including Dr. Dre, Nicki Minaj, and DJ Khaled for the Eminem new album.