Eminem is produced by Shady Records


Eminem (Born October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri asMarshall Bruce Mathers III), also known asslim Shady,[1] is an American rapper and producer. He is a Grammy and Oscar winner and the most successful musician of the 2000s in the United States according to Billboard magazine.[2] So are his albumsThe Eminem Show the third andThe Marshall Mathers LP the seventh best-selling album of the decade in the United States.[3] Rolling Stone magazine, known for awarding titles to successful musicians, even named him the “King of Hip-Hop” in 2011 because of his achievements.[4] The nameEminem results from the pronunciation of his initials "M & M" (pronounced: "M and M“, „M ’n’ M“, „E.m(i)nem“) and often willEMINƎM written. The rapper is the owner of the music label Shady Records and a member of the hip-hop groups D12 and Bad Meets Evil.


Childhood and adolescence

Marshall Mathers spent the first few years of his life in St. Joseph, Missouri.[5] His parents Marshall Bruce Mathers II and Deborah "Debbie" Briggs married in 1972. However, the father left the family when Eminem was three months old. According to Eminem, his mother, who was only 17 at birth, was a drug addict, violent and also suffered (in the songsCleanin 'Out My ClosetMy mom andinfant mentioned) under the Münchhausen proxy syndrome, a form of child abuse in which mothers invent and pretend illnesses in their child.[6] The family moved frequently, which resulted in the young Marshall Mathers changing schools several times. He was often the victim of bullying as “the newcomer” - at the beginning of 1982 Marshall was in a coma for five days after a particularly violent attack with cerebral hemorrhage.[7] He also suffered temporary loss of vision and hearing.[8] Deborah Mathers sued the school, but the case was dropped a year later. At the age of 12, Mathers moved with his mother to Warren, a suburban township in Detroit. Here he spent his youth as a white man in an area predominantly inhabited by Afro-Americans.

Eminem's half-uncle Ronald "Ronnie" Polkinghorn, who was only a few months older than Eminem, got him excited about rap. Especially the Beastie Boys and N.W.A. became his musical role models. Under the pseudonym "M&M" Mathers began rapping himself at the age of 14 and often took part in freestyle battles at Osborn High School. Already there he was able to make a name for himself as an underground rapper.[9] At the age of 15 he met his future wife, Kimberley Ann Scott, known as Kim. After repeating ninth grade twice due to poor grades and absenteeism, Eminem dropped out at the age of 17.[10] After high school, he made a living doing a variety of temporary jobs and moved frequently, mostly because he couldn't pay the rent.

In 1991 Mathers ’uncle Ronnie Polkinghorn shot himself with a sawed-off shotgun. This tragic incident shaped Eminem very much, as his uncle had been a role model, father substitute and friend for him.

1992–1998: First experiences

In 1992, Marshall Mathers joined the Detroit labelFBT Productions signed by the brothers Mark and Jeff Bass and joined the rap crew "Bassmint Productions" (consisting of Proof, Chaos Kid, Manics, DJ Buttafingas and M&M). The group later renamed itself "Soul Intent" and released in 1995 aboutMashin ’Duck Records their first single, "Fuckin 'Backstabber".[11]

In 1995, Eminem gave up his stage name "M & M", which had been used until then, in order to avoid legal problems with Mars Inc., the manufacturer of the candy M & M’s, and called himself Eminem. On December 25, 1995, Mathers and Scott's daughter Hailie Jade was born. The couple also adopted Scott's niece Alaina after her parents were killed in an accident.

In 1996 he met his future manager Paul Rosenberg, a former rapper and aspiring lawyer. In the same year he made his debut album with FBT ProductionsInfinite on, which appeared in an edition of a thousand cassettes and 100 vinyl records and was mostly used by Eminem as a demo to introduce itself to publishers. Particular attention was paid to the buyersInfinite not, only 250 pieces were sold. Shortly after the appearance ofInfinite Mathers tried to commit suicide because of personal problems and his alcohol and drug abuse.[9]

In 1996, the rapper Proof founded a loose collective of six rappers, to which Eminem was the last to join. Proof suggested that each participant should create an alter ego in order to create their own hardcore style behind its mask. Since the original six rappers became twelve in the figurative sense, he called the connection D12, Dirty Dozen (English for Dirty Dozen). Eminem then created the character "Slim Shady"[12] and took the EPThe Slim Shady EP on.

In 1997, Eminem was able to win second place at the Rap Olympics as well as theFreestyle Performer of the Year-Win an award. This is how Jimmy Iovine, CEO of Interscope Records, became aware of the Detroit rapper and played producer Dr. Three copy of theSlim Shady EP in front. This then took Eminem under contract and produced with him from theSlim Shady EP the albumThe Slim Shady LP.

1999–2005: Commercial success

Eminem in a gig (2001)

Eminem's label logo Shady Records

The Slim Shady LP was released in February 1999 and reached number 2 on the American Billboard charts.[13] The album received for more than four million units sold[14] four platinum awards in the US on November 14, 2000.[15] With the rise in popularity, controversial debates about the rapper's lyrics began. In the song '97 Bonnie and Clyde he describes, for example, how he takes his daughter to the beach to get rid of her mother's corpse during the songGuilty Conscience ends with Eminem persuading a man to shoot his wife and her lover.

On September 17, 1999, Deborah Mathers sued her son for US $ 10 million in compensation for defamation for having referred to her in several interviews as an “unstable, law suit-happy drug user”. The lawsuit was dropped after an agreement was reached to pay US $ 10,000.

In May 2000 the album was releasedThe Marshall Mathers LP published, on which Eminem mainly dealt with his rise to star and the associated influence on society and youth. Besides more serious songs like the singleStanwhich reached the top of the charts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Great Britain, among others,[16] there were again very controversially discussed songs on this album. That's one line from the songI'm back: "I take seven (kids) from (Columbine), stood’ em all in line "and the lyrics of the songKim is a fictional dialogue at the end of which Eminem kills his ex-wife.

In August 2000, Eminem was sentenced to two years probation for illicit gun possession after the rapper pulled an unloaded gun and hit the man hospital-ready during an argument with his wife's lover. Scotts and Mathers ’married on June 14, 1999 and divorced on October 11, 2001 after Scott attempted suicide. At the same time, Kimberley Scott sued him for US $ 10 million in compensation for pain and suffering and child custody for defamation after Eminem defamed her on several appearances.

In 2001, D’Angelo Bailey, a former classmate of Mathers ’, sued the rapper for $ 1 million. Eminem had him called in a song in 1999Brain damage referred to as a "fat kid" who bullied and beaten him several times. Bailey felt that the song portrayed him in a wrong light and demanded compensation. The judge rejected the lawsuit - her reasoning, the song above the events recognizably fictional, she announced in rap form.[8]

Eminem's fourth studio album was released in May 2002,The Eminem Show. This album was also the first release from the record label Shady Records, which was founded in 1999 by Eminem and his manager Paul Rosenberg.[17] The main difference between the album and its predecessors is that the lyrics are less aggressive. Although controversial topics such as racism, criticism of the US government, terrorism and contempt for women continue to be dealt with, the renunciation of horrorcore rap and Eminem's serious and personal presentation gives the album a somewhat softer tone. Only the first singleWithout me stuck to the tradition of mocking other celebrities. In the same year, Eminem starred in the semi-autobiographical film8 mile. In it he embodied a white rapper named Rabbit. For its cinema debut, Eminem received mostly positive reviews and even won an Oscar forLose yourself asbest original song. The song also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and the Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and was for the categoriesRecord of the Year andSong of the Year nominated.[18]

In 2003 Mathers also took over custody of Kimberley's second daughter Whitney, whose biological father he is not. At the Grammy Awards, Eminem received three awards. But the downside of the success was not long in coming: Mathers, who was under the influence of drugs at most of his concerts, became dependent on Vicodin, Valium and Ambien.[19] At first, however, the rapper denied rumors about his addiction.

The follow-up album was released in November 2004Encore. In the course of 2004 there had already been rumors that Eminem only wanted to make one album and then retire from the music business. The rapper did not comment on this and even kept a low profile during the album presentation.Encore continued Eminem's departure from horrorcore rap and contained many serious tracks, such as Mathers criticized the politics of George W. Bush, processed various beefs and dedicated the songMockingbird his daughter. However, this album also contained some controversial songs, so Eminem is making himself inJust Lose It funny about Michael Jackson and his child abuse lawsuit several times. A week after the single was released, Jackson voiced his displeasure with the song on a radio show, and Stevie Wonder described the music video as "hitting a man while he's down."[20] As a result, some American TV stations decided not to play the video.

In August 2005, Eminem had to cancel the "Anger Management" tour due to exhaustion and went into therapy because of his drug addiction. However, this was unsuccessful.[21]

2006–2008: Musical break

The best of album was released on December 2, 2005Curtain Call: The Hits. According to Eminem, it should be "the end of a period of [his] career" and also the end of his alter egoslim Shady. Mathers and Scott married for the second time on January 14, 2006, but divorce was filed again on April 6 of the same year. On April 11, 2006, Proof, best man and close friend of Eminem, was shot dead in a shooting outside a Detroit nightclub. These blows of fate made Mathers ’drug and alcohol problems worse.

The sampler was released in December 2006Eminem Presents: The Re-Upon which everyone is contributing at this pointShady Records under contract artists were represented.

From mid-2007, rumors of a new Eminem album began to circulate based on statements from other rappers on his Shady Records label.[22] Jeff Bass worked with Eminem on more than 25 tracks, but none of them ultimately found their way onto the record. During this period, the rapper also suffered from writer's block.[23]

At the end of 2007, Mathers came to the hospital after taking a methadone overdose and began a rehab against his opioid addiction, which this time ended successfully. According to his own statement, Eminem has been clean since April 20, 2008.[24] As of September 2008, Eminem and Dr. Dre recorded new songs in Florida and completed the new album within the next few months.[25]

2009 – today: a new beginning

Eminem at a gig (2009)

Eminem's next studio album was only released in May 2009,Relapse. The main themes of the album are his overcoming pill addiction and his withdrawal therapy, but he also alluded to his four-year absence from the public. Contrary to his 2005 announcement, he dropped his alter egoslim Shady "resurrect" in songs in which he acts as a serial killer.

In order to bridge the time until the release of another album, a re-release of was released in December 2009Relapse under the name ofRelapse: Refill with seven additional songs.[26] In June 2010, Eminem's seventh solo album was releasedRecovery, which was originally calledRelapse 2 had been announced for the end of 2009. OnRecovery you can find collaborations with well-known music greats such as Rihanna, Pink or Lil Wayne. It is noteworthy that Eminem on this album differs from his previous albumsEncore andRelapse distant, as he was under the influence of drugs or was in therapy while recording these albums.Recovery was able to seamlessly build on the success of previous releases, reached number one in the charts in many countries and brought the rapper several Grammy nominations. Also the first two singlesNot afraid andLove the way you lie were extremely successful and sold millions of times.

In July 2010, Eminem appeared for the first time in five years at major festivals, including the well-known Openair Frauenfeld. This asThe Recovery Tour The designated appearances were also the first in his career where he was sober and clean.

The EP was released on June 13, 2011Hell: The Sequel, which Eminem recorded together with the rapper Royce da 5'9 ", who has been under contract with his label since the beginning of 2011.

In May 2012, Eminem announced that they were working on his eighth solo album,[27] from which on August 14, 2013 withSurvival a first song was released that was simultaneously on the video game's soundtrackCall of Duty: Ghosts is included.[28] The MTV Video Music Awards on August 25, 2013 marked the release of Eminem's eighth studio albumThe Marshall Mathers LP 2 announced for November 5, 2013.[29] The first singleBerzerk appeared on August 27th.[30] After the beginning of October the tracklist of the album and a video tooSurvival was released on October 15 withRap god another single release.[31] On October 29, 2013, the songThe monster, in which Eminem works again with the singer Rihanna, released as fourth single. The album was able to build on the commercial success of Recoverys and rose to the top of the charts in over ten countries - including Germany, USA and Great Britain.

In 2014 he presented the live battlerap format with his manager Paul Rosenberg and the group SlaughterhouseTotal Slaughter. The main event took place on July 12th in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom after a four-episode in cooperation with the music website WatchLOUDRoad to Total Slaughter Video series had been produced.

On August 25, 2014, Shady Records announced on the occasion of the 15th anniversary ofThe Slim Shady LP a new compilation album with best-of singles and new material from Eminem, D12, Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse and Bad Meets Evil. The album bears the nameShady XV and was released on November 24, 2014.[32] The first single on the album was releasedGuts Over Fear, Eminem's second collaboration with Australian singer Sia. The third pre-release on November 11th followed a Slaughterhouse single again with Eminem's participation. On the trackDetroit vs. Everybody next to him are Trick-Trick, Dej Loaf, Big Sean, Royce da 5'9 ″ and Danny Brown. In an on 10.November published 18-minute promo video - an a cappella cypher recorded in the respective hometowns of Yelawolf, the Slaughterhouse artists and Eminem himself - he raps a battle-heavy arrangement of freestyle and text for almost seven minutes without editing.

Text content

His often aggressive lyrics are particularly popular with young listeners. Critics complain about Eminem's texts that they often contain exaggerated, surreal fantasies of violence. Eminem verbalizes conflicts within American society as he sees it. LGBT people refer to him as a "gay hater" and generally as a "hate preacher". He sees himself as an honest person who only says what goes through his head and who expresses what others think but do not say. The question is much more, why are all these things in his head:[33]

- Eminem

He sees his homophobic texts as a result of his origins. If you call your opponent a "fagot" (fagot) on the street, you don't mean gay people, you just want to deny them their masculinity. That's how he learned this word and that's how he would use it:[33]

- Eminem

In October 2010, Eminem first issued a direct public statement on his attitudes towards homosexuals and when asked how he would react to the introduction of "gay marriage" in Michigan:

- Eminem

“When two people love each other, I think to myself: what's the problem? I think everyone should have the chance to be equally unhappy if they want to. "

Eminem sees himself as someone who does that with his lyrics"Stereotypical rapper behavior" ironically exaggerated and wants to see his other texts interpreted as follows:"Don't take drugs, don't have unprotected sex, don't be violent - leave that to me!"[34]

Mainly, however, the subjects of his texts revolve around the processing of his childhood and adolescence (e.g.Cleanin 'Out My Closet) as well as his unsuccessful marriage to Kim. On theMarshall Mathers LP there is a track called "Kim", on which a radio play-like argument between Eminem and his wife at the time is implemented. In the course of this argument, Eminem dragged his wife into a car. When she - towards the end of the song - tries to run away, he cuts her throat with the words "Bleed, bitch, bleed" and puts her in the trunk. Several times Eminem brought a sex doll on stage to represent Kimberley Scott. This doll was then abused and apparently raped by him to the applause of the audience.

In the songMockingbird from the albumEncore he sings about Lainie and Hailie, but Eminem also refers to his daughters in many other songs (e.g.Hailie's songWhen I'm goneGoing through changes).


Due to violent text content, Eminem was often subjected to severe criticism, including calls for boycotts by politicians and parents' associations, as well as demonstrations by gay and lesbian associations before concerts. After the Littleton School Massacre, Eminem's texts were held responsible for the bloody act. The album was allowed in New ZealandThe Marshall Mathers LP Can only be sold to people over the age of 18. Lynne Cheney, wife of ex-US Vice President Richard Cheney, instigated a committee in the US Congress against inappropriate depictions of violence in popular music. However, this is not a rare case in the domestic political struggles within the USA, which are concerned about publicity. Tipper Gore, wife of the former US Vice President Al Gore, initiated the PMRC in the 1980s, an organization against rock music with "explicit lyrics", meaning ostensibly certain metal albums and certain rap Albums) - the corresponding stickers on records and CDs ("Parental Advisory"), on the other hand, turned out to be more of a sales aid. Because of this, z. B. a defused version of theEminem show Published without title 9, as the track on the albumDrips according to some politicians it is too tough.

Conflict with Mariah Carey

Eminem has written several songs related to his alleged relationship with singer Mariah Carey. Carey denies having had a sexual relationship with the rapper, saying that while they did something together on numerous occasions, nothing intimate happened. This episode runs through several songs by Eminem and Carey.[35]

In the songBagpipes from Baghdad from the albumRelapse denigrates Eminem Mariah's relationship with her black husband Nick Cannon.[36] Cannon then said that Eminem had crossed the line of endurance, calling him a "born racist in disguise" ("Natural born racist in disguise") and asked him to meet with him.[37] Eminem later referred to the lyrics ofBagpipes from Baghdad as rugged ("Harsh"), said he was surprised by Nick Cannon's reaction and said that he wished Cannon well.[38] Nick Cannon also rowed back, saying that he only wanted to express his feelings about the song and not insult Eminem himself.

A few months afterBagpipes from Baghdad became Mariah Carey's songObsessed released. In this one she sings about a man who claims to have a relationship with her.[39] Eminem released the song in response to the songThe Warning. This contains answering machine messages that, according to Eminem, came from Carey himself when the two were together. At the same time, Eminem hinted that they had further evidence of a relationship.[40] Neither Carey nor Cannon have yet issued an opinion on this song.

In the special edition for the fifteenth birthday of Vibe magazine, Eminem was again approached about the conflict, but stated that he had closed the matter and did not want to comment on it.[41]


Cover of the albumInfinite

Eminem is now with more than 100 million albums sold[42] and over 120 million singles sold[43] the world's most successful rapper and has an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. His annual salary is estimated at $ 18 million, according to Forbes. He is one of the top earners in hip-hop.[44]

→ Main article: Eminem / discography

Studio albums

year title Chart positions[45]annotation
1996 Infinite First published: November 12, 1996

Sales: 1,000[46]

1999 The Slim Shady LP 51

(17 weeks)


(11 weeks)


(27 weeks)


(114 weeks)

(103 weeks)

First published: February 23, 1999

Sales: 9,000,000[47]

2000 The Marshall Mathers LP

(85 weeks)


(57 weeks)

(71 weeks)


(74 weeks)


(170 weeks)

First published: May 22, 2000

Sales: 22,000,000[48]

2002 The Eminem Show 1 

(71 weeks)


(68 weeks)


(74 weeks)


(71 weeks)


(190 Where.)

First published: May 27, 2002

Sales: 20,000,000[49]

2004 Encore 1 

(38 weeks)

(23 weeks)


(21 weeks)


(35 weeks)


(54 weeks)

First published: November 12, 2004

Sales: 11,000,000[50]

2009 Relapse

(20 weeks)

(17 weeks)

(24 weeks)


(20 weeks)


(90 weeks)

First published: May 15, 2009

Sales: 5,000,000[51]

2010 Recovery

(35 weeks)


(34 weeks)


(44 weeks)


(51 weeks)


(169 weeks)

First published: June 18, 2010

Sales: 10,000,000[52]

2013 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 1 

(22 weeks)


(17 weeks)


(24 weeks)


(44 weeks)


(… Where.)

First published: November 5, 2013

Sales: 4,000,000

See also: List of all record sales by Eminem, List of all songs released by Eminem and List of all songs produced by Eminem


See also: discography of group D12

  • 2001: Devils Night
  • 2004: D12 World

Bad meets evil

See also: Discography of the Bad Meets Evil group

  • 2011: Hell: The Sequel


Movies with Eminem

  • The Wash (2001)
  • 8 mile (2002)
  • How life goes (2009) - cameo[53]

Films about Eminem

  • Behind the Mask: The Unauthorized Biography (DVD)
  • His True Face (DVD, 2005)


→ Main article: List of awards given to Eminem


  • 2003: for “Best Original Song” too8 mile (Lose yourself)


    • 2000: for "Best Rap Solo Performance" (my name is)
    • 2000: for "Best Rap Album" (The Slim Shady LP)
    • 2001: for "Best Rap Solo Performance" (The Real Slim Shady)
    • 2001: for "Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group" (Forgot About Dre(with Dr. Dre)
    • 2001: for "Best Rap Album" (The Marshall Mathers LP)
    • 2003: for "Best Short Form Music Video" (Without me)
    • 2003: for "Best Rap Album" (The Eminem Show)
    • 2004: for "Best Male Rap Solo Performance" (Lose yourself)
    • 2004: for "Best Rap Song" (Lose yourself)
    • 2010: for "Best Rap Album" (Relapse)
    • 2010: for "Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group" (Crack a bottle(with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent)
    • 2011: for "Best Rap Album" (Recovery)
    • 2011: for "Best Rap Solo Performance" (Not afraid)


    • 2001: for "Hip Hop Act of the Year international" (The Marshall Mathers LP)
    • 2003: for "Artist / Group HipHop International" (The Eminem Show)
    • 2005: for "Artist / Group of the Year Hip-Hop / R & B (international)" (Encore)
    • 2007: for "Artist / Group of the Year Hip-Hop / R & B (international)" (Curtain Call: The Hits)
    • 2011: for "Artist / Group Hip Hop / Urban (national or international)" (Recovery)
    • 2014: for "Artist / Group Hip Hop / Urban (international)" (The Marshall Mathers LP 2)


    • 2003: for "Hip-Hop International"