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Eminem Biography

Eminem is a phenomenon that is studied all over the world. His lyrics are so vitriolic and cuss word filled that his songs have been banned in certain countries. Eminem changed the rules of the game because it is not often that Caucasians and African Americans enjoy the same music.
"My Name Is"

"My English teacher wanted to have sex with me in Junior High
Thanks a lot... next semester, I'll be 35
I smacked him in his face with an eraser, chased him with a stapler
and stapled his nuts to a stack of papers (Owwwwwwww!)
Walked in the strip club, had my jacket zipped up
Flashed the bartender, then stuck my dick in the tip cup
Extraterrestrial, running over pedestrians
In a space ship while they screamin at me: "LET'S JUST BE FRIENDS!"
Ninety-nine percent of my life I was lied to
I just found out my mom does more dope than I do"

Eminem's lyrics are as hard and cutting as they come. He hasn't even spared his mother and wife in his songs. Whenever there has been a hint of controversy around any of his songs, they have done well commercially. The greatest thing about Eminem is that he is the only Caucasian artist who has been able to break the stranglehold of African-American rappers. Eminem has been able to hold up his own when faced with the rap talents of artists such as Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Nas, Snoop Dog, Nelly, his mentor Dr. Dre and his protégé 50 Cent.

Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born on October 17, 1972, in Kansas City, Missouri. He spent most of his childhood moving back and forth between Kansas City and Metro Detroit. Eminem took up rapping in high school before dropping out in ninth grade, joining ad hoc groups Basement Productions, the New Jacks, and D12. Eminem recorded a few demos and started distributing them all over the place. Eminem's girlfriend Kimberly gave birth to daughter their Haile Jade on Dec. 25, 1995. At the time he was working at a restaurant called Gilbert's Lodge. He released his first album called ", Infinite." The album was a resounding failure.

Eminem's rap career began taking off when he personally sent a copy of his debut album to Wendy Day from the Rap Coalition. It got him a chance to compete in the Rap Olympics in Los Angeles in 1997. He was runner-up. Earlier in the year he had managed to win the Wake Up Show's Freestyle Performer Of The Year award. Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg managed to get Interscope Records honcho Jimmy Iovine to listen to Eminem's music. Iovine in turn got Eminem's record played to the super-producer and former Death Row Records chief/NWA member Dr. Dre. This was the defining moment in Eminem's career. Dr. Dre produced Eminem's next album The Slim Shady LP for Aftermath Records in 1999. Eminem's first hit single was "My Name Is." The album itself went triple-platinum.

Eminem was over the moon because he had received approval from his idol. "It was an honor to hear the words out of Dre's mouth that he liked my shit," Eminem says. "Growing up, I was one of the biggest fans of N.W.A, from putting on the sunglasses and looking in the mirror and lip-syncing to wanting to be Dr. Dre, to be Ice Cube. This is the biggest hip-hop producer ever."

The Grammies love Eminem. He has won five Grammies so far - (Best Rap Solo Performance) "The Real Slim Shady," (Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group) "Forgot About Dre", (Best Rap Album) The Marshall Mathers LP (Best Rap Solo Performance) "My Name Is" and The Slim Shady LP (Best Rap Album).

The success seemed to have gotten into his head. It wasn't long before he was convicted on weapons and assault charges. It involved his estranged wife, Kimberly and Insane Clown Posse in two different incidents. After doing community service, he made a grand comeback in 2002. The next album, The Eminem Show was a more mature and refined effort. The popular single "Cleanin' Out My Closet" told of his dysfunctional childhood and his hatred toward his mother. The album also attacked Moby and Limp Bizkit for reasons unknown. Eminem reached the pinnacle of his stardom when starred in the hit "8 Mile" based on his life. It was directed by Curtis Hanson of L.A. Confidential fame. Eminem put on such an impressive performance in the film that there was actually speculation that he would receive a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars in 2003.

"White America"

"So to the parents of America, I am the aimed at little Erica, to attack her
Character, the ringleader of this circus of worthless pawns, sent to lead the march right up to
The steps of congress, and piss on the lawns of the White House, to burn the casket and replace
It with a parental advisory sticker, to spit liquor in the faces of in this democracy of
Hypocrisy, fuck you Ms. Cheney, fuck you Tipper Gore, fuck you with the freest of speech this
Divided states of embarrassment will allow me to have, f**k you, [vocal melody],
He, hahaha, i'm just playin' America, you know I love you..."
By Anish Chandy
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