Eminem (whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III) has cemented himself as one of the finest rappers to ever surface in the music industry.
When he first began his career it seemed like nobody was ever going to take the white boy from Missouri seriously, but he soon changed that by becoming the best selling artist of the 2000s, having sold 90 million albums.
Eminem’s first album surfaced in 1996 and was called “Infinite”. It didn’t have a wide release and, as a result, was never really noticed by the music world.
Instead they came to know Eminem when he exploded onto the scene with his 1999 album “The Slim Shady LP”. The album sold well, it reached number 2 on the US Billboard charts, but musically critics still didn’t know what to make of this new found artist. The fact he performed as a character known as Slim Shady confused many and some even wondered if the funnier side of his lyrics made him some kind of joke.
The confusion around who Eminem was quickly evaporated with the release of “The Marshall Mathers LP” in 2000. The album went number 1 right around the world and songs such as “The Way I Am” and “The Real Slim Shady” showed that he was talented artist who really meant business. Then of course came “Stan’… a song regarded by many as one of the finest rap songs ever recorded. It also launched the career of another artist, Dido.
With both “The Slim Shady LP” and “The Marshall Mathers LP” winning Grammy awards everyone was eagerly waiting to see what Eminem would deliver next… and his next release was an absolute phenomenon. “The Eminem Show” is an amazing album that really shows the versatility of Eminem as an artist. Tracks such as “Cleanin’ Out The Closet” and ‘Hailie’s Song” are personal songs written from his heart while “White America” and “Square Dance” made powerful political statements. The result was Eminem’s highest selling album to date.
Many music journalists tipped that “The Eminem Show” was such a good album that Eminem would never be able to match it, but as he has so many times in his career he soon proved his knockers incorrect by releasing “Encore” in 2004. Again the album went number 1 right around the world and critics were impressed by Eminem’s serious side showing on tracks like “Yellow Brick Road” and “Toy Soldiers”, and of course fans were happy that the cheeky side of Eminem was still on display with “Ass Like That”.
Eminem’s bad case of writer’s block led to five years of no new music from the talented rapper but his 2009 album “Relapse” saw him once again return to the top of the rap game and again add more Grammy Awards to his cabinet… as did his 2010 album “Recovery”.
Perhaps the finest moment of Eminem’s career however was his work on the film “8 Mile”. The film was loosely based on his own life and career and critics were extremely impressed by his acting ability, sadly however he has never returned to the big screen since this performance. “8 Mile” also saw Eminem win an Academy Award for his track “Lose Yourself” which he especially wrote for the film.
Fans of Eminem can look forward to some more music being released from the talented star as you feel he still has plenty of music in him. As Eminem showed when he performed on stage at the Grammy Awards to sing “Stan” as a duet with Elton John you never know what creative surprise he has in store for his fans next… you’ll all have to just wait and see.