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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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Who is better eminem or Drake are you guys f****** kidding me you really don't know the answer to that Jesus you guys are going to be a bunch of f****** little a** teenagers that don't even know that this s*** and yeah I'm probably old guy at 32 years of age but at least I know what the f*** I'm talking about and don't hate everybody else on here you were all great but Sanchez ur some dumb s*** like that said something biggie better than Eminem, man you gotta be out of your f****** mind TV and c
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Oh yeah and by the way for the guy that says biggie smalls is better than M you're probably too young to even know what the f*** you're talking about so don't ever say that s*** I have mad respect for BGs but honest be honest the closest on Ann's style would be to pack from that era and I personally think that Eminem has such lyrical and versatile talent that they did not possess because they were more into the glamour and not the feeling
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The best there is and will ever f****** be and I come from a long line wonderful beautiful amazing hip hop artists but M has something and nobody as he always has ever since I was in middle school when he first came out I knew he'd be on fire
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stumblison
Rap god
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I love you so much Eminem even if I am 12 years old
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Eminem = awesomeness
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alvarobarrer o p r i
GFTFRTDRES
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OK Eminem I got a rap for you
I am the beast
Feed me rappers or feed me beats
I’m untamed, I need a leash
I’m insane, I need a shrink
I love brain, I need a leech
Why complain on easy streets?
I don’t even talk, I let the Visa speak
and, I like my sprite easter the pink
And my wrist special par but the mule is cooler
I have more jewels than your jeweler
Touch, and I will bust your medulla
That’s a bullethole, it is not a tumor
Red light red light stop your rumors
I stay on track like a box of P
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Eminem rox
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Eminem
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Eminem = Goat
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Is better than eminem even he says it
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Bigge smalls
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Dope
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Who's better eminem or Drake
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Best rapper alive
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Eminem
Is
The
Best
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I'm not a big fan of rap actually. I'm more into rock and metal. But eminem just like caught my attention. Lol. I even caught my dad listening to some of his music. It has a lot meanings in so many ways to so many people. And I think he needs more recognition (I think that's the word I'm looking for) than he gets.
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Songs cold af
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kelly-bishop
Is anyone here
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kelly-bishop
I'm listening to Echo
Bad Meets Evil
Hell: The Sequel (Explicit)
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kelly-bishop
Eminem
Is
A
Beast
And
A
Good
Rapper
And
A
Bad
A**
Piece Out Guys
Eminem please comment on this
Please Eminem
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If you know eminems past and eminems talent you GOTTA admit he's a really good rapper. I mean sure he curses a lot but his songs are GOOD. I like love the way you lie, not afraid,monst e r , t h e real slim shady, and a**hole
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weisskrull
You are an cool raper!☺����
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U have money which helps....maj o r i t y of us have to actually go through it at the bottom of the blues. Enjoy your life in Hollywood where u can hide from the truth. No disrespect but u got the easy way to haul through..... u s , the normal and the poor must head it on face first, love u all!!! Much love and u gain respect by doin what's asked of u
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Us addicts always knew that....m and m is genius because he went through it, whatever b**ch.....we l c o m e to the klass o'junkies
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Relapse is part of recovery genius
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Ya gobshite wanker
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I never gave a F**K!!!!
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I fuckining love your music
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Cause sometimes you just feel tired, feel weak
And when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up
But you gotta search within you, and gotta find that inner strength
And just pull that s**t out of you
And get that motivation to not give up, and not be a quitter
No matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face, and collapse
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Okay niinarossa I am going to tell once again to some stupid a**. Quit your f-ing cussing or I will quit it for you
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Eminen
I love
You
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Eminem hands down is top 5 argurably top 3 and hes still killiing the mic to this day.
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Ok at first i though eminem was black then I found out he was white i almost cried…me parents are mad that all i do is talk about u marshall your the best rapper ever in history i grew up like u I literally climbed a tree and jumped out on my back ik u don't actually cut urself cause u admitted it in Stan but I don't know what I would have done if Dr.Dre wouldn't pf signed you and i hope Hailey is doing good and i hope u are going good Marshall Mathers you inspire me so much and in 8 mile u dest
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Yall Bs To Much Osrns ^ All Yall Hataz . , He Aint Makin Music To Impress Yall Asses So Like Can Yall Stfu ���� , Childish And Yall F**kin Grown Grow Tf Up . If Yall Dont Like His Music Then Stfu Keep To Yallself .��. Stupid A** Hoes .. Anyways , Eminem Ignore These Mf People , I Love Yo Music Btw .��☝.
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He is so cute and handsome
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Longest Bio Ever for Eminem
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Kiss your hand 10 times post it on 2 songs look at your hand
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You are so cool
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just becuse he is white dont me he is difrent and i am your bigest fan peploe say i look loike you
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No one if a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one is a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one is a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one is a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one is a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one is a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one is a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one is a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one is a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one is a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one is a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one is a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one is a bigger fan than me EMIN3M no one
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1 kiss your hand

2 say your crushes name

3 close your hand

4 post this on 4 different songs and your crush will ask you out
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I love ur music em ive heard ever song in all of ur albums from straight from the lab to ur currents songs like detroit vs everybody and I would like to meet u someday
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Yea right
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I love your music videos
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Look I like Eminem no doubt but I also like insane clown posse and I hate to say it but f**k you Eminem for dissin I.C.P
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Have you ever loved someone so much, you'd give an arm for?
Not the expression, no, literally give an arm for?
When they know they're your heart
And you know you were their armour
And you will destroy anyone who would try to harm her
But what happens when karma, turns right around and bites you?
And everything you stand for turns on you to spite you?
What happens when you become the main source of a pain?
"Daddy look what I made", Dad's gotta go catch a plane
"Daddy where's Mommy? I can't find M
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Reminds me of someone
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