Just in case you’re wondering who Eminem is. The best-selling American artist of the 2000’s in the United States, rapper, record producer and actor, Eminem is less known under his real name Marshall Mathers to the wider audience. He was born on October 17, 1972, in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA as Marshall Bruce Mathers III.
Today, Eminem is known as the sixth best-selling artist in the United States and best-selling hip-hop artist with 10 number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
What is Eminem Net Worth and Income? How Rich is He?
Eminem’s net worth is estimated at around $201 million as of 2017. The sales of his eight studio albums that he has released have made him the highest selling artist of the 2000s.
Eminem Early Life and Education
Eminem was raised by his mother, Deborah Mathers. He never got to meet his father, Eminem Jr., who abandoned the family when the rapper was a baby. Eminem tried to reestablish the relationship with his father numerous times through his childhood, but all his attempts to maintain contact were rejected by his father. As a child, he would change schools two, three times a year because him and his mother had to move frequently between Michigan, Missouri and Detroit in her search for a job.
Because of this nomadic way of lifestyle, Marshall never had close friends and felt as an outsider at every new school, often bullied and abused by other kids at school. This certainly left impact on his personality. Through his songs, Eminem has often criticized the way his mom brought him up. He even accused her in his songs of subjecting him to physical and emotional abuse as well as being addicted to prescription drugs.
At Lincoln Highs School in Warren, Michigan, Eminem failed the ninth grade three times and finally dropped out from school at age of 17.
Despite his poor performance at school, Eminem has always had passion for language and was always looking for a way to express it. He finally found it through the evolving genre of hip-hop. His music became his channel for channeling both, his passion for English language and his youthful rage.
Even though at the beginning of 1990s rap music was virtually solely produced by black people, Eminem fought for his spot in the Detroit scene as a regular contestant in rap “battles”—competitions in which two rappers take turns addressing each other with offensive improvised rap lyrics. He proved to be highly skilled in these verbal encounters, and, despite his pale skin and blue eyes soon became a respectful figure in Detroit’s rap scene.
At the same time, he was desperately attempting to land a record contract, while taking odd jobs to survive.
This period in Eminem’s life was later dramatized in Eminem’s semi-autobiographical film, 8 Mile.
Mathers established the stage name M&M, as a reference to his initials, which he later began writing phonetically as “Eminem.”
It is believed that the birth of his daughter in 1995 inspired Marshal to decide to seriously make a living as a rapper, because in 1996 Eminem released his first independent rap album, Infinite. This first album, however wasn’t a profitable one and it didn’t catch much of attention.
Next year Eminem got discovered by Dr. Dre, a famous rapper and producer and two years later he released The Slim Shady LP. This record became an instant success and was sold in more than three million copies.
In May 2000, Eminem released his second studio album, Eminem LP that sold in 1, 760, 000 copies in its first week and in over 19 million copies worldwide. This album was considered one of the greatest rap albums of all time. It won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and received a nomination for Album of the Year.
In 2001, Eminem formed the group D12 with some of his friends from the Detroit underground rap scene. They recorded an album called Devil’s Night highlighted with the popular single “Purple Pills.”
In the next year Eminem released a new solo album, The Eminem Show, featuring the tracks “Without Me,” “Cleaning Out my Closet” and “Sing for the Moment.”
His next album, 2004’s Encore, was less successful than his previous efforts, but still was recognized for popular songs such as “Mockingbird” and “Like Toy Soldiers”.
In November 2013, Eminem released his eight album, Eminem LP2.
Eminem Wife and Family
In the early ‘90s Eminem began dating Kim Ann Scott and this relationship lasted for a few years. The two met after Kim Ann ran away from home and started living with Marshal and his mom. Soon after, the rapper and Kim started dating. On Christmas Day 1995 the couple had a daughter named Hailie Jade Scott. Kim was 20 and Eminem was 23 years old at the time.
The couple got married in 1999, but divorced in 2001. However, they continued to have an on-and-off relationship and remarried in 2006. Nevertheless, the marriage wasn’t meant to last. Eminem filed for divorce after only three months.
Mathers has two adopted daughters, Alaina Mathers and Whitney Scott.
Controversy and Affairs
- Eminem has often criticized the way his mom brought him up through his songs. He accused her of subjecting him to physical and emotional abuse as well as being addicted to prescription drugs.
- Conversely, Deborah Mathers has strongly denied all of those accusations. She even went a step further and in 1999 she filed a $10 million offense lawsuit against her son. They settled the case for $25,000.
- Eminem’s second studio album, The Eminem LP also came under a serious criticism for its ostensible homophobia and misogyny as well as excessive vulgarity, praise of drugs and violence and.
- In 2006, when Eminem was supposed to perform in Toronto, Ontario Attorney General Jim Flaherty argued that Canada should stop Eminem at the border because of him advocating violence against women in his songs. In the end he was granted the entry into Canada.
- Eminem battled drug and alcohol addiction throughout his career. In 2007, he overdosed and nearly died.
Eminem is, without doubt, one of the most respected rappers in the latest decades. He is responsible for rap’s transformation into a mainstream music genre in the 1990’s and 2000’s.
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Born:,October 17 1972
Profession:,Rapper – record producer – actor
Net Worth:,$201 million
Height:, 5 Feet 8 Inch
Children:,3 (Hailie Jade Scott – Alaina Mathers – Whitney Scott)
Education:,Lincoln Highs School in Warren (Michigan)