Marshall Bruce Mathers III famous by his stage name Eminem is a multi-platinum selling American rapper, record producer and actor born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Eminem rose to fame in the late 1990s with his debut album, “The Slim Shady LP,” and quickly became a global sensation. The album, which was co-produced by Dr. Dre won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
The album paved way for Eminem’s dominance in the music industry.
Slim Shady as fondly called by his fans is known for his gritty storytelling, intricate rhymes, and controversial lyrics. He has had a profound impact on the music industry, breaking numerous records and setting new standards for rap music.
Eminem spent his youth moving around Missouri with his single mom before they settled in Warren, Michigan.
Before they divorced, his parents Marshall Sr. and Deborah “Debbie” Rae Nelson were actually in a band called Daddy Warbucks that performed around the mid-west, primarily at Ramada Inns.
After the divorce, Debbie and Marshall shuttled back and forth between Michigan and Missouri, for more than a year, they never stayed in one place, living primarily with family members.
Young Eminem had dreamt of becoming a comic book artist, but that changed after he heard his first rap song, Reckless – Featuring Ice-T, off the soundtrack to the movie “Breakin'”. The album was a gift from his half-brother Ronnie.
At 14 he adopted the rap persona “M&M” (based off his initials). At 17 he dropped out of high school. He worked a series of odd-jobs while writing songs and participating in freestyle rap battles around town.
In recent years, Eminem has become somewhat of a reclusive celebrity. He has openly struggled with drugs and is now sober.
Throughout much of the late 90s and early 2000, much of his personal life featured his frequent appearances in courtrooms.
He has battled both his mother and his ex-wife Kim. Kim and Eminem have a daughter together named Hailie. Eminem also has custody of Kim’s daughter from another relationship, Whitney, and his niece Alaina.
In September 2021, Eminem opened a “Mom’s Spaghetti” restaurant in Detroit, Michigan.
Eminem’s net worth
The award winning rapper has amassed a net worth of $250 million.
Eminem is consistently one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world. In a given year, he makes around $20 million. In years where he is actively touring to support an album, that number can easily approach $30-50 million. He has made millions off his own music and albums by artists under his label Shady Records.
Between 2004 and 2019 alone, he earned at least $280 million, pre-tax. His total career earnings to date likely approach $420 million.