Eminem Biography Research Paper

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Emaan Uppal Mr. Schuttinger English 9 April 18, 2013 Eminem: Personal Life versus Career When you hear the name Eminem, you picture a skinny, tattoo-covered white guy rapping about drugs, rape, and violence; he has created this image for himself, and tends to hide away the other parts of himself. His alter ego, Slim Shady, is the complete and utter worst possible version of himself – he is completely uncensored and always speaks his mind. The artist behind the music is Marshall Mathers, whose life was not so easy, especially growing up. He had a troubled childhood and an equally troubled adulthood. The frequent changes in his life heavily impacted his work and the style of his music. Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born on…show more content…
Later that same year, Eminem was feeling low when he realized he still could not support his girlfriend and child and that his career was not moving forward. There was a rap competition that offered $500 as a prize, and he was determined to win it. However, he only made second place. This was around the time that Eminem met Dr. Dre, an important figure in the rap industry who would later become one of his greatest mentors and friends. Upon hearing one of the songs on The Slim Shady EP, Dr. Dre claimed he was fascinated, and knew he had to find the man behind the music. For Eminem, Dr. Dre was the light in the darkness. In 1998, he offered him a contract with Aftermath Records. Eminem did not think twice before signing, overjoyed that his album was getting so much positive feedback and that he would finally be able to buy food and diapers for his daughter. This was also the beginning of a lifelong friendship between Eminem and Dr. Dre. After The Slim Shady EP came The Slim Shady LP in 1999, which was largely successful, selling over 500,000 copies in the first two weeks. The songs on this album were still as hateful as ever, dealing with a wide range of targets including but not limited to celebrities, women, and homosexuals. His lyrics raised controversy over whether he was racist, sexist, a homophobe, or all of the above. One of his most notorious songs on the album is titled “97 Bonnie & Clyde,” in which Eminem takes his

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