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Eminem

To call Eminem hip-hop's Elvis is correct to a degree, but it's largely inaccurate. Certainly, Eminem was the first white rapper since the Beastie Boys to garner both sales and critical respect, but his impact exceeded this confining distinction. On sheer verbal skills, Eminem was one of the greatest MCs of his generation -- rapid, fluid, dexterous, and unpredictable, as capable of pulling off long-form narrative as he was delivering a withering aside -- and thanks to his mentor Dr. Dre, he had music to match: thick, muscular loops that evoked the terror and paranoia Em's music conjured. And, to be certain, a great deal of the controversy Eminem courted -- and during the turn of the millennium, there was no greater pop cultural bogeyman than Marshall Mathers -- came through in how his violent fantasias, often directed at his mother or his wife, intertwined with flights of absurdity that appealed to listeners too young to absorb the psychodramas Eminem explored on his hit albums, The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP. With hits "My Name Is" and "The Real Slim Shady," he ruled the airwaves, but it wasn’t long before some detractors acknowledged his depth, helped in part by singles like the mournful "Stan," written from the perspective of an obsessed fan. Eminem capitalized on this forward momentum by crossing over onto the big screen with 8 Mile, earning acclaim for his performance and an Oscar for the film’s anthem "Lose Yourself," but a number of demons led him to shut down for the second half of the decade, an absence that proved life is indeed empty without Em, before he returned in 2009 with Relapse.

Born Marshall Mathers in the Kansas City suburb St. Joseph, Eminem spent his childhood between Missouri and Michigan, settling in Detroit by his teens. At the age of 14, he began rapping with a high-school friend, the two adopting the names "Manix" and "M&M," which soon morphed into Eminem. Under this name, Mathers entered battle rapping, a struggle dramatized in the fictionalized 8 Mile. Initially, the predominantly African-American audience didn’t embrace Eminem, but soon his skills gained him a reputation, and he was recruited to join several rap groups. The first of these was the New Jacks, and after they disbanded, he joined Soul Intent, who released a single in 1995. This single also featured Proof, and the two rappers broke off on their own to form D-12, a six-member crew that functioned more as a Wu-Tang-styled collective than a regularly performing group.

As he was struggling to establish his career, he and his girlfriend Kim had a daughter, Hailey, forcing him to spend less time rapping and more time providing for his family. During this time, he assembled his first album, Infinite, which received some underground attention in 1996, not all of it positive. After its release, Eminem developed his Slim Shady alter ego, a persona that freed him to dig deep into his dark id, something he needed as he faced a number of personal upheavals, beginning with a bad split with Kim, which led him to move in with his mother and increase his use of drugs and alcohol, capped off with an unsuccessful suicide attempt. All this Sturm und Drang was channeled into The Slim Shady EP, which is where he first demonstrated many of the quirks that became his trademark, including his twitchy, nasal rhyming, and disturbingly violent imagery.

The Slim Shady EP opened many doors, the most notable of them being a contract with Interscope Records. After Eminem came in second at the 1997 Rap Olympics MC Battle in Los Angeles, Interscope head Jimmy Iovine sought out the rapper, giving the EP to Dr. Dre, who proved eager to work with Eminem. They quickly cut Em's Interscope debut in the fall of 1998 -- during which time Marshall reconciled with Kim and married her -- and The Slim Shady LP appeared early in 1999, preceded by the single "My Name Is." Both were instant blockbusters and Eminem turned into a lightning rod for attention, earning praise and disdain for his violent, satirical fantasias.

Eminem quickly followed The Slim Shady LP with The Marshall Mathers LP in the summer of 2000. By this point, there was little doubt that Eminem was one of the biggest stars in pop music: the album sold by the truckload, selling almost two million copies within the first two weeks of release, but Mathers felt compelled to tweak other celebrities, provoking pop stars in his lyrics, and Insane Clown Posse's entourage in person, providing endless fodder for tabloids. This gossip blended with growing criticism about his violent and homophobic lyrics, and under this fire, he reunited his old crew, D-12, releasing an album in 2001, then touring with the group.

During this furor, he had his biggest hit in the form of the moody ballad "Stan." Performed at the Grammys as a duet with Elton John, thereby undercutting some accusations of homophobia, the song helped Eminem to cross over to a middlebrow audience, setting the stage for the ultimate crossover of 2001’s 8 Mile. Directed by Curtis Hanson, best-known as the Oscar-nominated director of L.A. Confidential, the gritty drama fictionalized Eminem's pre-fame Detroit days and earned considerable praise, culminating in one of his biggest hits with the theme "Lose Yourself," which won Mathers an Oscar.

After all this, he retreated from the spotlight to record his third album, The Eminem Show. Preceded by the single "Without Me," the album turned into another huge hit, albeit not quite as strong as its predecessor, and there were some criticisms suggesting that Eminem wasn't expanding his horizons much. Encore, released late in 2004, did reach into more mature territory, notably on the anti-George W. Bush "Mosh," but most of the controversy generated by the album was for behind-the-scenes events: a bus crash followed by canceled dates and a stint in rehab. Rumors of retirement flew, and the 2005 appearance of Curtain Call: The Hits did nothing to dampen them, nor did the turmoil of 2006, a year that saw Mathers re-marrying and divorcing Kim within a matter of four months, as well as the shooting death of Proof at a Detroit club.

During all this, Em did some minor studio work, but soon he dropped off the radar completely, retreating to his Detroit home. He popped up here and there, most notably debuting the hip-hop channel Shade 45 for Sirius Satellite Radio in September 2008, but it wasn't until early 2009 that he mounted a comeback with Relapse, an album whose very title alluded to some of Mathers' struggles with prescription drugs, but it also announced that after an extended absence, Slim Shady was back. While not quite a blockbuster, the album went platinum, and Eminem followed it at the end of the year with an expanded version of Relapse (dubbed Relapse: Refill) that added outtakes and new recordings. Recovery, initially titled Relapse 2, was issued in June 2010. The album debuted on top of the Billboard 200 chart, where it remained for five consecutive weeks, while its leadoff single, "Not Afraid," debuted on top of the magazine's Hot 100 singles chart.

2010 also brought Eminem back together with Royce da 5'9" under the Bad Meets Evil moniker. In turn, June 2011's Hell: The Sequel marked the release of their first EP as a duo and -- barring the previous month's release of key EP track "Fastlane" as a single -- was their first batch of new material since a 1999 double A-side. After an intense period of recording, Eminem announced in August 2013 that his next solo album would be a nostalgically themed set of new material entitled The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which was expected in early November. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Awesome
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Thx Marshall we almost have the same life I live in a bad neighbor hood and me and my friends are raping for the elderly trying to get big but we almost are the same i live with my mom she does drugs and don't give a s**t about me and now she sleeping with new men every night I can relate to what you are saying because I don't know my dad he walked out on me when I was a baby now I'm in trouble with the law and I was on hard drugs and your music is my life and it gets me threw hard times and I t
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Follow me for a great time in the dark... Alone
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If u got Eminem station follow me
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greenmusic20 1 3
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I love him and i lisen to some of his music
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Don't read this because it actually doesn't work.... Follow me for organs✨
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I listind to him when when i was 12ooo and now im 18
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B.I.G is not the best rapper eminem is the best rapper ever i love all his songs he is basically the only rapper i like and listen to
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i love Eminem! i grew up listening to him & going to concerts all the friggin time! he is amazing!!!! Rap God.
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ramos.lupita 4
I love Eminem songs
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Love
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Yupp
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Best Eminem song ever!
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It's Rhianna nightsshade7 3 5
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I'm the worst of let me go , im not ready. I will f**k up my brother and hate is near , family comes first so I w/o Iam not he troubled /
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lizzierocks0 7
The best thing about him is that he raps about real problems.
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lizzierocks0 7
I have such extreme respect for this man. Eminem has turned his life around so much. I love this song.
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Kiss your hand 10 times
Say your crushes name
Post this on 10 different songs
Look at your hand
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I love all your rap songs and the rest of them
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@cook320002 B.I.G. Is s**t compared to Eminem
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So emotional emmaperez323 7 , you make me cry ��
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I like monster ft rianna
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His songs helped me through tough times and got me to rap he inspires me so much I love em so much love and all his songs can't say how much I love him he helped me through so much he got me to not care what people think about me he got me to get guts enough to do s**t and I'm trying to rap more and sing and perform more because he helped me lose yourself I can relate to so much
<3 love u em u inspire me.
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not afraid is a great song
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Your music helped me through some hard times
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Leave a comment…Don' t read this because it actually works . You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life .However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but wont die) in two days now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 min when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen with big letters this is scary because it actually works .
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like
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I love your Music
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ngoheran
You r really good singer
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eminem is the best raper i have ever heard especially will the real slim shady stand up
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cook320002
Sorry Eminem is not the best B.I.G is the best raper
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Slim Shady is my hero. He showed me that every body has bad times in their lives. Thanks to you slim shady, I am still alive and have stopped attempting to commit suicide. Seriously slim shady, you are my hero I wish I could meet you. I love your music. Me and my girlfriend love every single song you have ever made.�������
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a.aaron919
Eminem I listen to when I'm post off you rock slimshady
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Omg I love your music I always listen to it when u do homework
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Omg my brother loves you:P I love y yo or song called the real slim shady sorry my english is no good:(
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nicko252008
Your a clown. He has a phucking cross on his hat, He's in a church,, did you watch the video? Did you read the lyrics, my best friend, gay a** music.
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nicko252008
I love his old s**t for real, I bought all s**t day it came out. but that's waaaay over. and im not the kinda person to say I love Eminem and lie and say it's good just because I like him. It's not good, it's dog s**t and anybody who likes that, shouldn't even listen to rap music. Oh he will send you to god? his best friend... and kill you? What a gangsta, soo scared. what a sellout for REAL.
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Kiss your hand 5x post this on another song and then there will be an iPhone under your pillow
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You will be kissed by your crush on the nearest friday if you post this on 5 other songs if you don't you will get injured press f6 when your done
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Donwon4569
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I agree with you that Eminem music doesn't suck but you do not need to add all that crap
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Anyone that says eminem and yelawolf music sucks is f**king dumb as s**t and doesn't understand the rap it self it has nothing to do with being Christians its him saying that anyone steps to him he will send them to God as in kill them and he says higher power cuz he doesn't believe in religion he believes in a God of his own understandin g which u know s**t about I can't stand stupid a** ppl
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Y'all thinking Eminem sucks can fuk off cuz he can do better that y'all people DAT think u a pimp or a gangster or a rapper so he DA best
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Iionwolf2222 if you don't like that song then why did you hear it and be quiet if you don't like it
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mattagatt1 dont like it suck it
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@mattagatt1 we r not here for language arts class
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mattbeast73
You don't really think Eminem manages his Pandora page, do you?
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