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Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17th, 1972), better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer. He is the best-selling artist of the 2000s, winning several Grammy Awards and Rolling Stone dubbed him the "King of Hip Hop".

Mathers began his career in the late 1980s as an underground battle rapper. In 1996, he released his debut studio album Infinite, but it was a commercial failure. After signing with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment, Mathers rose to mainstream popularity with his second album The Slim Shady LP in 1999. 9 more albums were released after TSSLP and they were all commercial successes.

In 2002, Mathers starred in the hip hop based drama film 8 Mile, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003 for "Lose Yourself", becoming the first-ever hip hop artist to win the award.

Why He and His Music Rocked Then and Why He and His Music Rock Now

  1. His flow is fantastic and is one of the strongest flows in the rap game. (ex, "Fall")
  2. His lyrics are amazing and well written. He also wrote them. His song "Lose Yourself" has some very inspirational lines such as "This opportunity comes once in a lifetime" and "You can do anything you set your mind to, man".
  3. Since being on topic of his lyrics, he is an amazing lyricist and his songs have some amazing rhyme schemes like in "Stay Wide Awake", "Infinite" or "Lighters".
  4. His beats and sampling are phenomenal such as in "Like Toy Soldiers", "Stan", "No Love" and "Sing For The Moment".
  5. He raps in an aggressive, awesome, and entertaining voice just like another amazing rapper.
  6. His music videos are also great and shot well, especially the music video for the song "Stan" featuring Dido.
  7. His songs can be about a variety of different topics.
  8. He can do many different genres of hip hop, including comedy hip hop and horrorcore.
  9. He starred in 8 Mile, which is a great film and he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, making him the only rapper to win the said award as of now. He also made cameos in the films The Wash (from 2001), Funny People (from 2009) and The Interview (from 2014), as well as the television series Entourage and he, was guested on the Comedy Central show Crank Yankers.
    • In addition, he voiced an aging, corrupt, Ebonics-speaking police officer in the video game 50 Cent: Bulletproof.
  10. He has helped influence many music artists like 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Logic, J. Cole, Ed Sheeran, Big Sean, etc. In fact, he is one of the most influential rappers, period.
  11. His alter-ego, Slim Shady is interesting, sometimes very violent but also very funny.
  12. Despite being very violent, Kim is a great song talking about the effects of Kim cheating on Em.
  13. He does amazing on features and he even does better than the main artists (ex. "Forever", "Caterpillar" and "Majesty").
  14. His songs "Nail in the Coffin" (a diss track aimed at Benzino) and "KILLSHOT" (a diss track aimed at Machine Gun Kelly) are how diss tracks are supposed to be done, with good flows and lines that will destroy the target.
  15. His live performances are amazing, especially the one for "Lose Yourself" at the 92nd Academy Awards.
  16. His album covers are terrific, especially the one for The Slim Shady LP.
  17. His rap duo with Royce Da 5'9" - Bad Meets Evil is great.
  18. He donated $150.000 to "Change4Change". He also helped raise almost £2 million ($2.4 million) for Manchester attack victims.
  19. He also paid tribute to the artists he collaborated with, such as the late Nate Dogg, and Proof.
  20. He also paid tribute to King Von.
  21. Coming back to WHSR #2 and #3, his songs also tend to have great use of wordplay/punchlines (ex. "Cold-hearted, from the day I Bogarted the game, my soul started to rot, fellow. When I'm not even in my harshest you can still get roasted, 'cause Marsh is not mellow" from "No Love").
  22. He has helped several smaller artists in the industry become bigger due to his popularity, with inclusions being Royce Da 5'9", Obie Trice, and every member from D12.
  23. He collaborated with great artists like 50 Cent, P!nk, Jay-Z and even the late 2Pac and Juice WRLD in the song "Godzilla".
  24. His song "Without Me" mocks political correctness and censorship perfectly.
  25. Some people consider him to be the greatest rapper of all time.
  26. He is the best selling rapper of all time, and overall one of the best selling artists in the music industry.
  27. Like Gucci Mane, he managed to go from being perceived as mostly a joke in the late 1990s to being one of the most influential and respected artists of all time, which is also no small feat.
  28. Before 2016, he was actually able to take criticism and even mentioned that he agreed that relapse was not a good album on Not Afraid.
  29. He had a good video game called Shady Warz
  30. Taylor Swift of all people made a cover of lose yourself! That just goes to show how influential Eminem was on not only rap, but music as a whole.

Bad Qualities

  1. In some of his songs, he uses the slurs "f*ggot" and "f*g", which sparked a lot of controversies and can be offensive towards people of the LGBT community. However, in a 60 Minutes interview, Eminem has stated that he uses the said slur not as a synonym for gay people, denying that he was a homophobe. Despite this, an Australian politician tried to ban him from the country.
  2. His recent music isn't as good as his oldest stuff.
    1. He fell off during 2016-2017 and 2019-2020 due to no new music at the time.
    2. Sometimes, his voice and flow can be boring and bland and stays the same at times, much like John Legend.
    3. On Music to Be Murdered By he calls out an unnecessary amount of people, including Billie Ellish, Trippie Redd, Drake, MGK, and more, similar to Kamikaze. Though it's worth noting he mentioned Billie Eilish because she stated that she was scared of him in a 2019 interview.
  3. Like J. Cole and Joyner Lucas, he may sometimes be corny due to how old school he is and not giving new hip hop a chance, especially in his more recent material.
  4. He has some terrible songs and his albums, Encore and Revival weren't very good. His ninth album 'Revival' received much negative attention and reviews from critics including Anthony Fantano who gave the album a 2/10.
    1. He made a terrible TV show called The Slim Shady Show.
    2. In his song "Foolish Pride", he says some derogatory, disrespectful and downright racist things towards black women. Eminem later apologized for this in his song "Yellow Brick Road".
    3. As previously mentioned, Kim is a very dark and violent song as the song ends in Em slitting Kim's throat.
    4. Some of his songs like My Name Is can be considered misogynistic, despite being popular.
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  5. He does some rude behavior and he can be extremely harsh to other people. He also insults a lot of people in his songs, sometimes justifiably, sometimes not so much, and a lot of the time they get mad and controversy begins.
    1. He joked about the Ariana Grande Manchester concert bombing on his track, "Unaccommodating".
    2. He cannot take criticism. An example is when critics, like Anthony Fantano, criticize him for his album Revival, he responded with his next album, Kamikaze, attacking critics.
    3. SO MANY BEEFS. Though the beef with MGK really started with MGK saying that Hallie is hot when she is 16 and he is 22 .
    4. Although he paid tribute to King Von and Juice WRLD, he didn't paid any tribute to XXXTentacion, Pop Smoke, Mac Miller, and Lil Peep.
    5. He nearly started a beef with Snoop Dogg for the fact that he stated that Em dropped in quality of music which is more proof that he can't take criticism.
    6. He also called Tyler, The Creator a "f*gg*t" just because Tyler called out Em's horrible production; yet more prove that Em can't take criticism
  6. His stage name is just M&M spelled in a confusing way.

Legacy

Graffiti of Eminem in Vienna, Austria.

Eminem is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time and Rolling Stone ranked him at number 83 on the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". In 2011, Rolling Stone called him the King of Hip-Hop. He has sold over 220 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

Hip-hop artists Wiz Khalifa, Hopsin, Tech N9ne, Drake, 50 Cent, Nas, Royce Da 5'9", Rakim, Kendrick Lamar and more have each called Eminem one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time.

Discography

Studio albums

Collabrations Album

with D12

With Royce Da 5'9

Compilation albums

Soundtrack albums

Reissued albums

  • Relapse: Refill (2009)

Extended plays

  • Slim Shady EP (1997)

Box sets

  • The Singles (2003)
  • The Vinyl LPs (2015)

Trivia

  • He is 5'8" (173 centimeters).
  • He is of English, Scottish, German and Swiss descent. His maternal great-grandfather was born in England, his paternal second great-grandfather was born in Germany, his maternal second great-grandfather was born in Switzerland, and one third great-grandfather George A. Scheinert is listed on a census record as having been born in Poland, but his surname Scheinert is German.
  • His influences include Esham, LL Cool J, Rakim, Ice-T, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Big Daddy Kane, Newcleus, Mantronix, Beastie Boys, Melle Mel, Run-D.M.C., Boogie Down Productions, and Tech N9ne.
  • In the book, My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem, Eminem's mother stated that he struggled with bipolar disorder.
  • He appeared as an extra for the music video of the Korn song "Got the Life".
  • Eminem's IQ is estimated from 110 to 120, which is considered as an average IQ and in the top 68% of the population in the world.

See Also

-Eminem's page on wikitubia

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