Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem, is the full deal – American rapper, record producer, actor and singer. Eminem gained popularity in 1999 with his major-label debut album, The Slim Shady LP, winning a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. His following album, The Marshall Mathers LP, became the fastest-selling solo album in United States history, enabling Eminem his own record label Shady Records, also bringing his group project D12 to mainstream recognition. His third album, The Eminem Show, also won Grammy Awards http://www.grammy.com/, making Eminem the first artist to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive LPs. In 2002, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself” from the film 8 Mile, in which he also played the lead. Lose Yourself would go on to become the longest running #1 hip-hop single. Highlights of Eminem’s long list of accomplishments include being ranked 82nd on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All-Time,” nine #1 albums on the Billboard Top 200, (7 solo and 2 with D12), and has had 12 number one singles worldwide. In 2005, industry insiders speculated that Eminem http://www.eminem.com/bonus/ was considering ending his rapping career due to the name of a double-disc album to be released, rumoured to be titled “The Funeral.” In actuality, the album manifested itself as a greatest hits album under the name “Curtain Call: The Hits,” and was released on December 6, 2005. In July 2005, the Detroit Free Press broke the news of a potential final bow for Eminem as a solo performer, quoting members of his inside circle who said that he will begin to fully embrace the role of producer and label executive. Eminem denied that he was retiring on Detroit-based WKQI’s “Mojo in the Morning” radio show, but implied that he would be taking a break as an artist, saying “I’m at a point in my life right now where I feel like I don’t know where my career is going. This is the reason that we called it ‘Curtain Call’, because this could be the final thing. We don’t know.” In 2005, Eminem was also a subject of Bernard Goldberg’s book, “100 People Who Are Screwing Up America,” and ranked #58. Goldberg cited a 2001 column by Bob Herbert of The New York Times stating, “in Eminem’s world, all women are whores and he is eager to rape and murder them.” Goldberg cited Eminem’s song “No One’s Iller,” from The Slim Shady EP as an example of misogyny in his music. Some of Eminem’s lyrics have led to questions regarding sexism, mysogony and homophobia from both the feminist and gay activist communities.
In summer 2005, Eminem embarked on his first US concert run in three years, the Anger Management 3 Tour, featuring 50 Cent, G-Unit, Lil’ Jon, D12, Obie Trice, The Alchemist, and others. In August 2005, Eminem cancelled the European leg of the tour and subsequently announced that he had entered drug rehabilitation for treatment for a “dependency on sleep medication.” In September 2007, Eminem called into New York’s radio station Hot 97 during a 50 Cent interview and said he was “in limbo” and “debating” about when and if he would release another album. He also said, “I’m always working – I’m always in the studio. It feels good right now, the energy of the label. For a while, I didn’t want to go back to the studio- I went through some personal things. I’m coming out of those personal things and it feels good.” Eminem made an appearance on his own Sirius channel ”Shade 45” in September 2008, and said “right now I’m kinda just concentrating on my own stuff, for right now and just banging out tracks and producing a lot of stuff. You know, the more I keep producing the better it seems like I get ’cause I just start knowing stuff.” In December 2008, he gave more details on the album, which he recently reported was being titled “Relapse”. He said, “Me and Dre are back in the lab like the old days, man. Dre will end up producing the majority of the tracks on ‘Relapse.’ We are up to our old mischievous ways, let’s just leave it at that.” Eminem released Relapse, on May 15, 2009, which became one of the top albums of 2009, and has sold more than five million copies worldwide. During the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen descended upon the audience in a barely-there angel’s costume landing on top of Eminem with his ass-in-face, resulting in Eminem storming out of the awards ceremony. Three days later, Eminem admitted it was a staged act that they had planned. On October 3, 2009 Eminem appeared once again on Shade 45 with DJ Whoo Kid to announce that Denaun Porter and Just Blaze were very busy working on “Relapse 2.” On April 13, 2010, Eminem tweeted, “there is no Relapse 2”, to his followers, leading to speculation but Eminem confirmed the album title would be changed to “Recovery,” tweeting Recovery with a link to his website. Eminem said, “I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year. But as I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album. The music on Recovery came out very different from Relapse, and I think it deserves its own title.” Recovery, was released on June 21, 2010 and the first single, “Not Afraid”, http://www.eminem.com/notafraid/ debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, followed by a second single, “Love the Way You Lie,” http://www.eminem.com/lovethewayyoulie/ which reached number 2.
Although edgy most times with his lyrics and a personal life filled with affliction, his authenticity is the bridge allowing listeners to feel and relate to Eminem. His truth is what makes Eminem one of the world’s greatest rap artists selling more than 80 million albums worldwide to date, also making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.