When you’re in love with a musician, sometimes you go as far as to do the FBI work on him or her. You want to know how that Star grew up, his or her motivation, height, weight, and even controversies. If you’re a die-hard Eminem fan, you ought to know these things. If not for knowledge sake, at least for love’s sake!
Eminem, as successful as he is, wasn’t immune to controversies and the hard and fast lifestyle that many would say comes with the game. He rose to fame in 1996 after his debut album, Infinite, and although that was a long time ago, he is still a force to reckon with in 2020.
His latest album, Music to be Murdered, is not any less than his hit album, and he doesn’t look like he’s tired of spitting magic into the mic. Now, while we dream about him getting out more music, let’s get to know Eminem over a bottle of Coke.
Who is Eminem?
Eminem is one of the world’s greatest rappers, if not the world’s greatest. He’s one of those that spit out bars so fast you have to help him catch his breath. Yet, he is never out of rhymes or reason!
The man we know as Eminem goes by the name Marshall Bruce Mathers III. Now you see how the album Marshall Mathers came to be? Eminem was born on October 17, 1972. He first appeared in the entertainment and rap industry in the 90s in a small group of Rappers known as the D12. That was way back in 1996. He was the leader of the group before their break up.
Now, Eminem is 47 years old and in addition to rapping, he is a producer, actor, and movie producer. If there’s something as strong as his rap that people know Eminem for, it is his controversial nature.
Life and family
Although Eminem’s, Deborah Rae, mother spent 73 hours in labor and almost died giving birth to Eminem, her only child for Bruce Mathers, Their relationship was hardly stable. Eminem almost always fought with her and doesn’t refer to her as one of the best mothers. In one of his lines, he said that his mother does more dope than him.
Eminem on growing up was bullied and beaten by black youths, even though in later years, his music crossed racial boundaries. His father, Bruce Marshal, walked out of the family, and Eminem dropped out high school after his failure to complete ninth grade.
Whether the problem was music or his upbringing, Eminem never had a stable relationship or marriage. He got married to Kimberly Scott after they met in 1989. The marriage to Kimberly produced his popular song daughter, Hailey, whom he mentions a lot in his songs. Even though Kimberly gave Eminem his beloved daughter, he divorced Kim twice.
Despite their on and off relationship, Eminem has 3 daughters from Kim – Hailie Jade, Alaina Marie Mathers, and Whitney Scott Mathers.
Before Eminem stepped into the limelight, he was a member of the D12. They released various albums with major hits like the popular ‘My Band‘, ‘Shit on you‘ and ‘How come’. They also went on several tours, including the Anger management Tour in 2005.
In the Coming years with D12, Eminem lost one of his most active group members, Proof. Proof’s death consequently brought the untimely demise of the Dirty Dozen (D12).
Eminem rose to fame after he released his debut album, Infinite, in 1996. Other prominent albums came through such as the Slim Shady EP in 1997 and the Slim Shady LP released in 2000.
In the following years, Eminem released one of the best albums in America – Marshall Mathers LP 2, Revival, Kamikaze, and Music to Be Murdered By. He has been known as the best selling hip hop artist and 10 out of his 11 studio albums were on Billboard 200.
Eminem and Controversies
One of Eminem’s major successful albums of his early years was the Eminem show which he released in 2002. This album had the popular hit and controversial rap song “Cleanin’ out my closest.” He rapped about his mom, disclosing her shortcomings as a mum and how she had a mental and psychological illness and unstable health issues.
According to the American rapper, his mom was a drug abuser and a victim of Münchausen’s Syndrome where she fakes a factitious disorder or a mental disorder. Eminem has continued to consistently and deliberately act as if she has a physical or mental illness when she is, in fact, not really sick at all. As a mental illness, Munchausen syndrome is considered to associate with severe emotional difficulties.
The issue of defaming or backlashing his mom started during his Slim Shady LP in 1999 in an album “My name is” that sparked controversies. His mom, Debbie Marshall, sued him for defamation of character due to that song. He was charged $10,000 but she received $1,600.
Despite his misunderstandings with her, Eminem never dissed his mother. However, he had been caught up on various lyrical fights with American artists, whom he ended up ruining their musical careers. Other dissed individuals include rappers, Limp Bizkit, Kim Kardashian, and Chloe Kardashian.
For a while, Eminem dated Maria Carey. When their short-lived relationship came to an end, they had such bad blood between them that Eminem had to rap about her. Another rapper Eminem dissed was Ja Rule and Benzino. He did that in his song “Nail in the coffin.” After the release of the song, Benzino’s career took a huge dive and he eventually stopped singing.
In some of his songs, Eminem dissed his ex-wife, Kim Scott. The effect of this was horrible! Kim felt defamed and attempted suicide by cutting her wrist.
What’s Eminem’s Height, How tall is the Rapper?
Lyrically, Eminem is the tallest in the rap industry. He is one of the fastest singers in the USA. In a matter of seconds, he passes deep messages in his lines, such a rare talent to be seen in the American music industry. This has gotten his albums nominated a couple of times. And his awards are numerous.
When it comes to physical height, however, the Detroit rapper is not so tall. Eminem is about 5ft 8inches in height, which is below the size of the average American male adult. The rapper weighs at least over 70kg. However, in 2007 he weighed 108kg due to drug addiction.
Eminem and Drug Addiction
Eminem had a wonderful relationship with drugs during his career. He testifies that on growing up, he had a hole in his stomach which was the resultant effect of heavy doses of Vicodin and Valium. To avoid stomach ache, he had to eat constantly.
After almost dying of an accidental methadone overdose in late 2007, Eminem decided to wean himself off. How did he manage to achieve his amazing weight loss? He decided to replace one addiction with a less dangerous one.
Eminem was running seventeen miles a day on a treadmill. Eight and a half miles in the morning before leaving and eight and a half miles after his return. In addition to running, the rapper also does Body Beast with free weights, a bench, and a drawbar.
As of 2020, It’s 12 years of Eminem’s sobriety.
Interesting Facts About Eminem
Here are interesting facts you never got to know about the Rap God:
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Eminem is the rapper many rappers want to be like in terms of his huge success and mastery of the game. However, so many things about him are not so alluring. His unstable relationship, his endless dissing, being bullied as a kid, and the line of lawsuits against him. But does this make Eminem any less of a GOAT (Greatest of All Times) as he claims to be? Your answer is as good as ours.