Marshall Bruce Mathers III was
born on the 17th October 1972, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.He was the
son of a fifteen-year-old mother name Debbie Briggs-Mathers, so at the
time of his birth and a father who left six month later never to
return, Marshall spent his early childhood being shoved back and forth
from Kansas City and Metro Detroit. He settled on the Eastside of
Detroit when he was 12. Switching schools every two to three months
made it difficult to make friends. He attended Lincoln High and
graduate and to stay out of trouble. Being a rap fan for most of his
life, Marshall began rapping at the early age of 4. Rhyming words
together, battling schoolmates in the lunchroom brought joy to what was
otherwise a painful existence. At the age of 14 he began to get very
serious about his rapping but it
wasn't until he was 17 that he actually made a name for himself,
becoming M&M, which he later respelled as "Eminem". Marshall was
rejected as a rapper by many because of his race. Marshall does not
lack intelligance however after failing 9th grade for the third time
he decided that school jut wasn't for him.
himself on radio shows, into freestyle battles, and threw himself head
first into the rap game.
His very first album was titled "Infinite" and while the album sold
less than a thousand copies it was the first big step for the rapper
who would soon become a millionaire. It was then that his daughter,
Scott was born on December 25th of 1995 with long time girlfriend Kim
Having nothing to lose, Marshall set out to rap about life in general, which quickly caught on and intrigued hip-hop's difficult-to-please underground. Soon Slim Shady EP was released which was later revised by Dr. Dre and renamed Slim Shady LP. Marshall entered into the 1997 Rap Olympics in Los Angeles, hoping to win the $1,500 cash price which he badly needed. After battling for an hour, Marshall made it to second place. Eventhough he came in second he had been spotted by a few producers from Interscope, who were handed a copy of the demo "Infinite". Dr. Dre got to hear it and eventually tracked him down. The two instantly hit it off, recording four songs in the their first six hours of working, three which made it to Slim Shady LP. After the album was finished Dr.Dre asked Marshall to come work with him on his new album. He helped produce several tracks and was in the best songs of the album.
Marshall and Dre set to make his second LP, Marshall Mathers LP, which won three Grammies and was the first rap album ever to be nominated "Album of the Year", selling more than eight million records in the United States alone. In 2001 Marshall was charged with weapon offences, divorced his wife, and almost went prison, but yet still managed to keep his career as a rapper going. Marshall kept working in his new album The Eminem Show, which was released in 2002 featuring the hit song Hailey's Song which was about his daughter Hailey being the one thing that keeps him sane despite everything that he was going through. Recently in 2004 Marshall released the album Encore.