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Marshall Mathers (born 17.10.1972) With over 70 million worldwide album sales, Academy Awards and Grammy Awards under his belt, Marshall Mathers AKA Eminem is one of the best-selling musicians of the early 2000s and a best-selling rap artist of all time. Discovered by legendary producer Dr Dre. (formerly of N.W.A.), Eminem was later signed to Dre's Aftermath Entertainment record label.
Net Worth: Marshall Mathers' net worth is $160 million according to Celebrity Net Worth (2014)
Childhood: Marshall Mathers' father deserted him and his mother shortly after his birth in St. Joseph, Missouri. They moved between St. Joseph and Warren, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Aged 14, he performed at amateur rap contests and later joined the group Soul Intent, billed as M&M.
Musical Career: Marshall Mathers' first official tape release was Fu**in' Backstabber / Soul Intent, followed by an independent album named Infinite, which was influenced by Nas and AZ. This was followed by The Slim Shady EP (Slim Shady was another of Marshall Mathers' aliases), which brought about much attention and mixed reviews in the underground hip-hop scene, due to his distinctive rapping style. The Slim Shady LP was his first release, once signed to Aftermath Entertainment / Interscope Records. The album went on to be one of the most popular albums of 1999 and was awarded triple platinum status. This time, it was his controversial lyricism that brought the media attention. Dr Dre, who has appeared on all of Eminem's mainstream albums, appeared on the track 'Guilty Conscience', which ends with a man being encouraged to kill his own wife and her lover. The follow up to The Slim Shady LP, was even more successful, in terms of sales. Released in May 2000, it quickly sold two million copies and was Mathers' fastest selling album to date. Again, his lyrics brought attention to the album, by making offensive remarks about various celebrities, including Christina Aguilera, Blink 182's Fred Durst, as well as making a promotional video (for 'My Name Is') that mocked Marilyn Manson. Eminem also sampled Dido's song 'Thank You' for the UK number one single 'Stan'. The third major album for Mathers was The Eminem Show. Released in 2002, it was yet another hit, selling over one million copies in its first week. This time around, electronic producer Moby, as well as the rock band Limp Bizkit and boy bands in general were the victims of Mathers' lyrical vitriol. His much-publicised relationship with his wife and daughter are also explored on this album, as are the charges he faced over an assault on a man he saw kissing his wife. A song destined for the bonus track accompanying his fourth major album, Encore (2004), landed Mathers in more hot water; this time with the U.S. Secret Service. The song 'We As Americans' was leaked onto the internet and Mathers was investigated for allegations that he had threatened the President. The lyrics in question were: "Fu** money / I don't rap for dead presidents / I'd rather see the president dead / it's never been said, but I set precedents." Aside from the scandal, Encore was another chart-topper for Mathers A compilation album released in 2005, entitled Curtain Call: The Hits, sparked rumours that Eminem was about to end his rapping career. Mathers denied this on Detroit's WKQI radio station, but suggested that he may be taking a break as a recording artist. Summer 2005 saw Mathers embarking on his first US tour in three years (the Anger Management Tour, featuring 50 Cent and G-Unit, Obie Trice and Lil' John). In August, however, he cancelled the European tour in order to enter drug rehabilitation. In 2006, Mathers launched Shady Records with the Eminem Presents the Re-Up mixtape. Mathers released the album 'Relapse' in 2009, which received mixed reviews, but did very well commercially being the biggest selling hip-hop album of that year. The album sold 608,000 copies in its first week causing it to debut at number one in the US Billboard 200 chart, and eventually the album was certified multi-platinum in the US. The album got to number one in it's first week in other countries such as France, Australia, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand. The following year Mathers released 'Recovery' which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 selling 741,000 copies, where it remained for nine weeks. The album also received more positive reviews than 'Relapse'. The album was certified multi-platinum in the United States, selling over 4 million copies. The album featured guest spots from Rihanna, P!ink and Lil Wayne. In 2013 Mathers released 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2', which was a sequel to 'The Marshall Mathers LP'. The album debuted at number one in the Billboard 200, having sold more than 792,000 copies in its first week, making it the second biggest of 2013 (second to Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience'). It was also Eminem's seventh number one album. The album received mostly positive reviews, and once again featured Rihanna, as well as Kendrick Lamar, Nate Ruess and Skylar Grey. The album was certified multi-platinum in the United States. Mathers is also a member of the rap group D12, whose 'Purple Pills' track was rewritten to remove the more obvious drug references, and renamed 'Purple Hills'. The semi-autobiographical film 8-mile was Mathers' official Hollywood acting debut. He recorded a number of new songs for the soundtrack, including 'Lose Yourself', which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Personal life: Marshall Mathers has been married twice to Kim Scott with whom he has a daughter named Hailie. The first marriage lasted from 1999 to 2001, the second lasted from January 2006 to April 2006. During his younger brother Nate's teenage years, Mathers had custody of him. Marshall Mathers has admitted that he does believe in God, but isn't massively religious. His mother Debbie sued him in 1999 for slandering her name in some song lyrics on 'The Slim Shady LP'. She won $1,600 in damages despite wanting $10 million, and Mathers later apologised for his behaviour on his track 'Headlights' from 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2'. In 2000, Mathers was arrested for possessing a concealed weapon when he pulled out a gun on Douglas Dail, and for assault for attacking bouncer John Guerrera the next day after spotting him kissing Kim. Kim sued Mathers after the violent lyrics in his song 'Kim', which followed her attempted suicide. Marshall Mathers has struggled with his addiction to prescription drugs throughout most of his career. In 2007, he overdosed on methodone and was on the verge of death. By 2008, he was sober following extensive rehab therapy.
We remember the iconic songs that came before Fight for You.
The 93rd Academy Awards night saw some well-deserved movies winning gongs including Nomadland for Best Picture and Best Director, and The Father for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Fight for You from Judas and the Black Messiah winning Best Original Song.
Performed by H.E.R., Fight for You is a poweful song reflecting the importance of the themes within the Fred Hampton biopic; those of systemic racism, and an injustice at the hands of cops that survives more than 50 years on from when the movie is set.
Continue reading: A Look Back At Some Of The Greatest Best Original Song Oscar Winners
The ultimate back to work playlist.
People everywhere are beginning to return back to work this month after long periods at home on the government's furlough scheme during the coronavirus pandemic. To some, it's the end of a holiday, but to others, it's a very welcome return to normality!
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Without Me - Eminem
Continue reading: Guess Who's Back: Songs To Play When You're Returning To Work
What's new in the music world this week?
It was an impressive night at the Academy Awards for both movies and music, though it's been a less than easy week for Liam Gallagher. Some brilliant videos have caught our eye and exciting tour updates from the Rolling Stones and Guns N' Roses are revealed...
The 92nd Academy Awards arrived last night (February 9th) featuring some rather outstanding live performances. Not only did we see Idina Menzel and Aurora performing Into the Unknown from Frozen 2, but Eminem also made a surprise appearance with a version of his 2002 hit Lose Yourself. Meanwhile Billie Eilish stunned audiences with a moving cover of The Beatles' Yesterday for the In Memoriam section of the night.
What we've been listening to this month.
The first month of 2020 is finally over after what feels like forever, and Brexit is finally happening after what feels like even longer, so you'd be forgiven for having a few mixed emotions. But there's nothing like this month's album haul to reflect the feelings of the current political and social hive mind. Here's a few of our favourites...
Poppy - I Disagree
You just don't expect this kind of album to come out of a pop act, but then Poppy is all about breaking the rules. I Disagree marks her third album, her first release on Sumerian Records and her final collaboration with creative partner Titanic Sinclair. With elements of metal and industrial infused into her electropop sound, this is the kind of genre-bending pluckiness we love.
What's new in the music world this week?
Kicking off the first in our series of Weekly Music Highlights, we summarise the key events in the music industry this week. Over the last few days we've seen thrilling news in the next Bond theme tune department, drama ahead of the Grammys, and major honours bestowed upon music legends. That's not to mention some incredible new albums and exciting festival updates...
Billie Eilish at Billboard's Women in Music 2019 / Photo Credit: Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/PA Images
In honour of the arrival of the royal baby...
With much of the world celebrating the arrival of a new royal baby, we're feeling ultra broody. Thus, here's a playlist for all the parents (or indeed expectant parents) out there who need a lift...
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Released in 1976, this ode to Stevie Wonder's daughter Aisha Morris criminally under-charted even in spite of the fact it wasn't initially released as a single - though his iconic Diamond-certified Motown album Songs in the Key of Life did not.
Continue reading: Parenthood Playlist: The Most Tear-jerking Anthems About Having Children
Some of these political takedowns are legendary.
Never before has a President been the subject of so many vitriolic pop songs. Indeed, it was with great difficulty that Donald Trump got any musician at all to perform at his inauguration in 2017. Thus, we've compiled a list of our favourite Trump protest songs (so far).
Donald Trump playing golf
1. Big Love - Black Eyed Peas
Continue reading: Nine Best Donald Trump Protest Songs We've Heard So Far
We could be looking at a major Interscope publicity stunt.
The beef between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly which was reignited following the release of the former's latest album 'Kamikaze' has become the subject of scrutiny recently as a number of people have speculated that there may be some staging to their apparent disharmony.
Eminem at the 'Southpaw' premiere
There's been a kind of back-and-forth between the two rappers since Eminem's song 'Not Alike', where he criticised Machine Gun Kelly for comments he made about his daughter back in 2012. MGK then went on to release a takedown of his former idol in the form of 'Rap Devil', to which Eminem responded with 'Killshot'.
The rapper continues to be inspirational.
As Eminem finds himself caught up in more hip hop controversy, we reflect on all the times he's inspired fans and peers alike. He might not be perfect, but his rap art has had an important impact on the genre whatever anybody has to say about his later albums.
Here are the ten most inspirational lines from Eminem's back catalogue:
Eminem at the premiere of 'Southpaw'
Continue reading: Whatever You Say He Is: Eminem's 10 Most Inspired Song Lyrics
Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly's feud has escalated in recent weeks.
The 45 year old hip-hop megastar has been interviewed by Sway this week, and he went into some detail about why the lyric war came about. When Eminem dropped his surprise 10th album Kamikaze back on August 31st, he addressed Machine Gun Kelly’s comments about his daughter on his track ‘Not Alike’, spitting back at him: “And I’m talking to you but you already know who the fuck you are, Kelly / I don’t use sublims and sure as fuck don’t sneak-diss / But keep commenting on my daughter Hailie.”
That then led to MGK’s reply track ‘Rap Devil’ – poking fun at Em’s 2013 single ‘Rap God’. However, their beef actually extends back to 2012, when MGK tweeted about Eminem’s then-16 year old daughter, calling her “hot as f***”.
Continue reading: Eminem Explains Why He Dissed Machine Gun Kelly
Eminem and Curtis 50 Cent Jackson - New York premiere of 'Southpaw' for THE WRAP at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - Arrivals - New York City, United States - Monday 20th July 2015
Eminem - Eminem leaving BBC Maida Vale Studios after performing a secret gig. The rap superstar did not want to be photographed and tried to avoid photographers. According to an eyewitness, his security suggested that they were not expecting to see the paparazzi or fans - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 13th November 2013
Eminem - Hip Hop Icon Eminem, makes a rare specila event performance to celebrate G-Shockwave Watches 30th Anniversary at Pier 36 in New York City, NY. - New York City, NY, United States - Thursday 8th August 2013
Eminem Saturday 25th September 2010 Rapper Eminem aka Marshall Mathers performing at the 'Epicenter Twenty Ten' event in Fontana Fontana, California
Date of birth
17th October, 1972
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