Added on December 2, 2010
In 2010, Eminem made a big comeback with his album Album Recovery. In the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland, to name a few country, the album topped the charts. So far, over five million copies of Recovery have been sold. With 10 Grammy nominations, Eminem is the best nominated artist this year. He could well go home with a few additional Grammies. Order the CD Recovery from Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.
Biography and The Marshall Mathers LP. Get the CD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de.
Article added on July 2000, updated on November 23, 2004
Eminem was born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri as Marshall Bruce Mathers III. He grew up between Kansas City and Detroit and attended Lincoln High School in Warren (1986-89). His girlfriend and today's wife (who tried to commit suicide this month) gave birth to his daughter in 1995. From 1996 to 1998, Marshall Mathers worked in a family restaurant in St. Clair Shores.
His full-length debut album Infinite was released in 1996. Wendy Day of Rap Coalition listens to a copy and secured him the possibility to perform at the Coalition's 1997 Rap Olympics in Los Angeles, where he won second place in the freestyle competition. The Slim Shady-EP followed in 1998. Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg gave people from Interscope Records his demo. Marshall Mathers made his radio debut on the famous Wake Up Show with Sway and Tech. He delivered an impressive performance, realizing that this was the opportunity of his lifetime. Dr. Dre signed Eminem to his label Aftermath after hearing Marshall freestyling on the Los Angeles radio station. Eminem himself said in an interview that, in reality, Jimmy Iovine, president of Interscope, played the tape with his music to Dr. Dre, who liked it. Anyhow, in 1999, Eminem's Slim Shady -LP was released and hit #2 on the Billboard Charts within weeks. The Slim Shady LP not only sold three times platinum, but also won him a Grammy as Best Rap Album and another Grammy as Best Rap Solo Performance in 1999. After life as an underground star for several years, he became a mainstream hip-hop artist.
Eminem's second full-length CD The Marshall Mathers LP, which broke all selling records on its release day, must express the feeling of frustration, revolt against and provocation of the adult world by the young generation. The music itself cannot explain the phenomenon Marshall Mathers. The MC, rapper and hip-hop star distinguishes himself by his aggressive lyrics. However, a look at Eminem's websites shows, that despite his political incorrectness, he has become a money making machine, a first class consumer good. Marshall Mathers himself is a (marketing) product of the society he attacks. At the same time, he has become the symbol of a new generation. Eminem is today's star at the hip-hop sky, whether one likes or understands it or not. All attempts to try to stop him because of "explicit lyrics" are pure nonsense. Nothing sells more than an artist whose work gets banned. Provocation is part of the music business - by the way, also of the art business (Mayor Giuliani in New York was one of the few not to know it when he unsuccessfully tried to intervene in an exhibition). Among the artists Eminem himself admires are late rapper Tupac and MC Red Man.
Eminem - Encore. Photos Copyright Anthony Mandler, Universal Music.
Eminem, 2004 - Encore. Foto Copyright Anthony Mandler, Universal Music.
Eminem. Photo © Dan Winters / Universal Music.
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8 Mile. Get the film by Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) starring Eminem and Kim Basinger on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de.
The Eminem Show. Get the CD from Amazon.de or Amazon.com (Limited edition with bonus DVD).
The Marshall Mathers LP. Get the CD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de.
Eminem Recovery photo shoot. Photo © Chris Polk / Universal Music.