How come a white kid from Kansas City has turned
the best known rapper in the world starting from scratch
and eventually ascend to a billionaire, Eminem on the
past seven years has been in the public eye everywhere
you look. He’s essentially gone into a black man’s business and
risen to the top over the course of a few years, but how?
Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born on October 17, 1972 in St.
Joseph, MO for his 15 year old mother Debbie. Six months later
his father was gone and this started the fight for Marshall and
his mother; one that was just the beginning. During the
Over the course of his childhood, Marshall and his mother moved to numerous
times in different houses from Kansas City to Detroit. Tea
the maximum time spent in a house was only 3 months, which caused
Marshall to attend many different schools, which makes it difficult
cope with the different environments and make friends. each new
school he attended was bullied because he was the new kid. East
it was something that could not change since it was never parked
in a school for a long period of time. At the age of 12 he and
his mother eventually settled in a house in Detroit. He would do
later use intimidation to your advantage to push him back
to all his thugs through songs.
At the age of 4 Marshall was already starting to rap and play
words together rhyming them. At school she was quite successful.
considering the circumstances, but it was lunchtime that he
he enjoyed it as he would often fight his schoolmates through freestyles. A
Marshall, at age 14, began to take rap seriously and
he felt he had a chance in the business. When she got to the
ninth grade failed three times before finally falling
because he felt that school was not for him.
When he turned 17 he came up with the name M&M because of
combining the first letters of your first and last name, which
it was later changed to Eminem. Now that he didn’t have school like
a distraction, he focused solely on rapping with the aim of
reaching the top. He faced a constant struggle on the way to
stardom as he was continually rejected by most rappers because
of his race, despite his true talent. This made the anger grow within
he who uses in his music today. knowing that he was not
it was going to be easy and he would have to work, Marshall forced
himself on radio shows and freestyle battles to demonstrate
everyone wrong. Eventually he got a first album titled
“Infinite”, but it only sold 1,000 copies. it wasn’t until 1997
that Marshall would make a name for himself.
In 1997 he was married with a son trying to support his family.
with very little cash to do so. he went to rap
Los Angeles Olympics hoping to win the $1,500 cash prize
for first place, but instead was seen by some sponsors of
Interscope. Furious that he came in second, he later found
about the sponsors and gave them a copy of the “Infinity”
tape, which was then sent to Dr. Dre. Dre was extremely
impressed with Eminem’s talent and contacted him,
where the two recorded their second album; The Slim Shady LP.
This album set the tone for his rap style as it faded
on everyone who had bullied him throughout his life. He was a
different style than anyone had ever heard, which led him to
Eminem is by far the most popular rapper who is seen the most on
audience. He has been seen on Rap Pages, VIBE, Rolling Stone,
Spin, The Source, URB and Stress and continues to live for
plus. She became the first white person to be on the cover.
from the source. Throughout her life she has starred in the film
“8 Mile” based on his life growing up, has had more than 20 guests
television appearances, has appeared in numerous different rappers
CD’s, and has recorded 5 own CDs. His second LP, “The
Marshall Mathers LP”, sold over 8 million records in the United States
United States alone, 1.76 million copies in the first week establishing a
disc for a soloist. This album became the first rap album.
nominated for “Album of the Year” at the Grammys. Hears
he would win 3 Grammy Awards for the album that night. In the
year 2002 he made $29 million in earnings from his fourth album
“The Eminem Show LP” and on tour. Then on March 23, 2003
the song “Lose Yourself” from his movie “8 Mile” became the
first rap song to win an Academy Award.
While he is known for his explicit and horrible behavior
lyrics on their records and in the public eye, is
difficult to overlook all that he has achieved. From
where he did and getting to where he is today, is
remarkable what he has done not only for himself, but for rap
world too. Although it is difficult for the majority to like it, there are
there are not many who at least do not respect him for what he has
achieved as of now, and what you can do in the future to come.
© Jeff SchumanII