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Eminem is the stage name of Marshall Bruce Mathers, born in Kansas City on October 17, 1973. Eminem's name comes from the union of both initials, M&M, pronounced in English. His childhood was not easy. He grew up in the absence of the father, who left home when he was six months old, and whom he refused to meet once the celebrity was reached. He lived in several states with his mother, Deborah Mathers-Briggs, until they settled in the suburbs of Detroit (Michigan), when he was twelve years old.
Eminem, who has a brother fifteen years younger, Nathan, had his intimate childhood friend in his uncle Ronnie, of his same age (his grandmother had him the same year his mother had him). In the early 1990s, Ronnie, of depressive tendencies, committed suicide. This episode caused the final breakdown of Marshall's relations with his mother, when she blamed him for suicide.
At fourteen years of age, Marshall began dating Kimberley Anne Scott (who was only twelve then), another central character in Eminem's world. Their relationship has always been stormy, plagued with equally appalling fights and reconciliations: they got married in June 1999; Eminem filed for divorce in August 2000; they reconciled at the end of the same year, and Kim filed for divorce in March 2001. In 1996 they had the girl Hailie Jade Mathers, Eminem's main object of worship, for whose custody she has waged bitter legal battles with Kim.
All these familiar details that, in any other artist, would serve to liven up his biography or to make a psychological analysis of his work, have a particular meaning in the case of Eminem: these details "are" his work. In each album, in each letter, he crumbles his own experiences, from his childhood until the moment he steps on the recording studio. Many of his songs deal, for example, with the experience of being a father, although in others he fantasizes about killing his mother or Kim (in 97 Bonnie and Clyde mixes the voice of his daughter Hailie with verses in which he talks about killing the mother mother of this one). However, he has insisted that many of his lyrics are humorous and should not be understood literally.
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Marshall began rapping during his school years, encouraged by his inseparable Ronnie. At fourteen he dropped out of school and made his first steps with local bands such as Basement Productions, The New Jacks or D12. He released his name of war, Eminem, on the Infinite album, published in 1996 by an independent label. His debut received poor criticism, crossed out as a mere attempt to emulate fashion names in the hip hop scene of the moment in Detroit, such as Nas or AZ. However, he was not intimidated and won the first prize of the annual hip hop festival Wake Up Show, and finished second in the Los Angeles Rap Olympics, a feat for a target.
In his next album, The slim shady EP (1997), he developed his personal style, and in his lyrics he launched furious attacks against the record industry and the detractors of Infinite. The song Just don’t give a fuck became a success on alternative radios, and Eminem participated as a guest on the success Five Star Generals, by MC Shabaam Sahdeq, and on records by Kid Rock and Missy Elliott.
In The slim shady LP (1999), his first album published in a large company (Aftermath / Interscope), he collaborated for the first time with star producer Dr. Dre. It was also his first great sales success, accompanied by the scandal of the complaint filed by his mother, who accused him of causing emotional disturbances and damage to his reputation for the offensive comments he gave to the press. Deborah came to publish a CD-single called Set the record straight (‘Make things clear’), and the case ended up being settled out of court, when Eminem paid him $ 25,000.
His next album, The Marshall Mathers LP, debuted at number one US sales in May 2000. But his personal life gave much more to talk about: at the end of that year, he hit a man's butt with a gun butt. that, apparently, was spreading with Kim. He was sentenced to two years on probation, strict control of drug use and the continued assistance of a psychologist.
The Eminem show (2002) debuted at number 1 sales in the United States and Europe, released by the controversial video clip of Without me, in which he appeared disguised as Osama bin Laden. The soundtrack to the blockbuster movie Eight Miles, directed by Curtis Hanson (director of L. A. Confidential and Young Prodigious), was another success, and even won an Oscar for best song.
Eight miles tells the story of a young white man who comes forward as a rap singer, and is in many ways an autobiography of Eminem: "8 Mile" is the name of the street that separates the rich suburbs from the poor in Detroit, and that is where He lived. Naturally, the mother, tyrannical and unstable, also played in the film, played by Kim Basinger.