The world may know Eminem because of his outrageous lyrics, hit albums, and lawsuits concerning him. But, little do they know what it took him to get where he is now. From being a concerned father to a Grammy-winning rapper, the road wasn’t easy for him, and neither was his luck. Em is an artist’s success story you’ll never believe.
Brief glimpses about his unfair childhood
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, commonly known as Eminem, even started his life with an unfortunate turn. He was born in 1972 to a 15-year-old mother and a runaway father.
He and his mother kept moving out from cities and neighborhoods as his drug addict mom couldn’t hold on to a job. And, then, when he started going to school, it was no fun for him either. He was bullied for being the “new kid” at school. This began to affect his focus in school which began to show in his grades.
Later on, he was bullied by older students in school, beaten and shoved badly. And, this one time, the bullying got even worse that he ended up in a hospital with cerebral hemorrhage, hence the song later on “Brain Damage.”
Stepping into the music world
After failing 9th grade three times, Eminem decided to skip school for good, and that was about the time when his uncle made him listen to his first rap song named “Reckless” by Ice-T. That’s when he seemed very interested in it.
When he was about 14, he started taking music seriously. He started rapping with a friend in high school and also started participating in rap battles in schools’ lunchroom.
For a better recognition, he renamed himself as M&M and later on became Eminem. In the pool of blacks, Eminem was the odd one out being the only white rapper, and for this reason, he was often booed on stage. But, with his determination and talent, he proved himself. His creative raps and insults often led opponents to leave the stage.
An Artist’s Success Story You’ll Never Believe
In the desperate urge to prove himself, Eminem released his first album “Infinite,” which was all about his upcoming daughter. The album was ignored by DJs and radios, and the criticism against the album was brutal.
To earn bread for his daughter, Eminem started working in a restaurant where he used to cook and wash dishes. He didn’t leave rap then too; he used to rap to food orders he received. And, then again, the luck was not on his side, he was suddenly fired from that job.
With no money, a toddler daughter and a girlfriend leaving, Eminem was left with no choice but to end his life. But, the failed suicide attempt was the luckiest thing for him. He wrote the song “Slim Shady” right after that.
He also participated in the 1997 Rap Olympics, he lost the battle, but he won the war there. That is where he was recognized by Dr. Dre, and he invited him to his recording studio.
His album, “Slim Shady” sold over 1 million copies. This led Eminem to win Grammy Awards. The success (also the hardships) did not end here for Eminem, but he never turned away his dedication when everything else was against him.
In a nutshell
From being a homeless father of a daughter, washing dishes for $5.5/hr to the best-selling hip hop artist, Eminem is a living example of “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
Here are some of the interesting facts about Eminem
He came up with the idea of ‘Slim Shady’ while he was in the toilet.
Sold over 80M+ albums worldwide making him one of the highest-selling artists of all time.
Eminem broke the Guinness Book of World Records with ‘Rap God’.
Eminem has won 13 Grammys in total.
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