The Famous rapper Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) was born on October 17, 1972 in Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA. He is the son of a fifteen-year-old mother at the time of his birth and a father who left 18 months later and never returned.
Spending most of his childhood moving back and forth between Saint Joseph and suburban Detroit, Michigan, he finally settled on the Eastside of Detroit when he was 12. (This is an awesome Eminem inspirational life story!)
Formerly studying at Lincoln High School in Warren from 1986 to 1989, Marshall often switched schools every two or three months and start from scratch socially, in tough urban neighbourhoods, that didn’t take so kindly to new (or white) faces. A lack of stability meant he was always an outsider, struggling to find his identity or any true home base.
He was also a target of violent bullying, both in the schoolyard and in the local streets that surrounded him. This tormented existence made Em somewhat of a recluse as a child, often staying alone in his bedroom, often sketching his heroes and creating his own realities, in relative peace. It made him difficult to make friends and stay out of trouble.
Failing at the 9th grade three times until finally dropping out, he said he wasn’t stupid. He said he was not interested in school because all he wanted to do was rap.
Eminem says that his mother never had a job and that they survived solely on welfare checks and occasional payouts from lawsuits which she would dream-up over minor incidents.
Marshall also has a younger brother, Nathan Mathers, now an aspiring rapper, going by the name Nate Kane. Eminem has claimed that he practically raised Nathan himself and that his mother would abuse his little brother, constantly pretending he was ill.
Marshall started pursuing career seriously at the age of 14. That was the time when he began performing rap in the basement of his high school friend’s home. At age of 17, he eventually made a name for himself, Eminem (M&M), which was taken from his initials M(arshall) M(athers).
Hip-Hop community, used to black rapper, refused the white Eminem, who at the end found the easiest way to win underground hip-hop society by becoming a battle rapper performing in several clubs and forcing himself on radio shows.
He wasn’t immediately accepted by public, but as time went by he proved himself as a qualified rapper. Getting some offers to join several other rappers to start a group, Em joined the New Jacks and then moved to Soul Intent and produced his first recorded single with them in 1995.
It was a rapper named Proof who then asked Eminem to start a new group because he enjoyed working with him. With their 4 other friends, Proof and Eminem were both in one group named D12, each of whom ended up focusing more on their solo careers rather than their collaboration, leading to a career break.
It was the birth of Em’s first child, Hailie Jade Scott on December 25, 1995 with longtime girlfriend Kim Scott, that encouraged him to work harder for the money his family needed. It was difficult for him who had nothing except the “sucks” life experiences he used as the topic of his rap lyrics. One year later that was in 1996, Eminem recorded his first album “Infinite”, only to receive few reviews.
Learning from his previous failure, he soon introduced Slim Shady, an alter ego that wasn’t afraid to say whatever he felt. Working on the song with all his heart and strength, Em poured his heart out and reflected his feelings toward his mother who was accused of physically and mentally abusing his younger brother.
In 1997, Kimberly Ann Scott left him and forbade him to see their child. The frustration sent Eminem to a frequent rate of drug abuse and alcohol that surely affected his composition. Once committing suicide, he finally realized the best and only way to escape from his unhappy life was his musical ambition.
Such depression led him to release the brutal “The Slim Shady EP“, which he actually filled with some of the composition he had written long time before. Due to his distinctly-exaggerated, nasal-voiced rapping style and his skin color, many people named him music’s next “great white hope.”
He finally signed a contract with Interscope and was taken under Dr. Dre‘s wing, allowing him to record a full-length CD. So, from the day when he signed with Dr. Dre, he is the most successful rapper in the world.