Eminem is calls himself a “Rap God,” and really, is he wrong? He’s one of the biggest players in the game and has been for a long time. But what about the man behind the music? Eminem doesn’t exactly hide who he is, but there’s still plenty to learn about the real Slim Shady.
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1. His different names are different personas.
Eminem is the primary rapping persona, Slim Shady embodies the darker, more passionate and angry songs, while Marshall Mathers is who he is at the end of the day.
2. He wrote the hook to “Just Lose It” in 30 seconds.
I guess it just comes that naturally to him. It’s amazing that one of his biggest hits just fell out of his head like that.
3. “Lose Yourself” was the first rap song to win an Academy Award.
The song from 8 Mile won the award, but Eminem was not in attendance – Luis Resto, one of the co-writers, accepted the Oscar on his behalf.
4. Eminem has one of the widest vocabularies among musical artists.
A study looked at 93 top artists across 25 genres found Eminem had the widest vocabulary at 8,818 unique words. This beat out such artists as Jay-Z (6,899), Tupac (6,529), Kanye (5,029), and Bob Dylan (4,883).
5. Eminem was still making payments on his trailer home when The Slim Shady LP dropped.
Talk about coming from humble beginnings, am I right?
6. He doesn’t know how to use a computer, and will likely never learn how. He says, “If I learn how to work a computer, I’m going to be on that b— all day looking at comments about me, and it’s going to drive me crazy.”
His manager has pointed out that when he does read reviews or blogs about him, it affects him for a long time afterwards.
7. He wrote “Rock Bottom” after being fired from his line cook job five days before Christmas on his daughter’s birthday.
He used the job to help support his mother at a mere $5.50/hour. It seems a man can only take so much.
8. Eminem has made sure to support and start many charities and foundations.
These include the Small Steps Project, Eight Mile Boulevard Association, ninemillion.org and The Marshall Mathers Foundation. The last one is especially important to him as it helps at-risk youth in his home state of Michigan.
9. He failed 9th grade 3 times before dropping out of school.
It had nothing to do with his ability to do it, and more to do with having no incentive or motivation to complete school. He just wanted to rap.
10. Eminem’s mom sued his school in 1982 for bullying he received. The same bully later sued Eminem for rapping about him.
Eminem mentions the bully D’Angelo Bailey in his song “Brain Damage,” and Bailey sued Eminem for $1 million claiming that the song hurt his reputation.
11. The Marshall Mathers LP beat out Britney Spears’ …Baby One More Time for fastest-selling solo album in North America in 2000.
The album sold 1.76 million copies in it’s first week of release in the United States. Taking down the pop queen is no small feat.
12. Eminem was inspired to rap by the Beastie Boys.
The 1986 album License to Ill was what inspired Marshall to rap and he entered into freestyle competitions at nearby schools. Talk about learning from the best!
13. Vanilla Ice’s success in the ’90s made Eminem feel like he didn’t want to rap anymore.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have him almost being inspired to quit the game by one of the goofiest around.
14. When Dr. Dre first met Eminem, he was wearing a bright yellow tracksuit. Dre thought he looked like a banana.
Eminem was wearing the tracksuit because it was given to him by a sponsor and he couldn’t afford better clothing at the time. At least their business relations survived that first impression.
15. When Eminem recorded his daughter’s part in his song “’97 Bonnie & Clyde,” he told his ex-wife that he was taking Hailie to Chuck E Cheese’s.
I mean, that’s one way to build trust. Either way, he just wanted to spend time with his daughter, and I’m sure she loved being a part of his work.
16. When he was 20 years old, Eminem was arrested for being the driver in a drive-by.
The shooting was done with paintball guns, but they were still arrested. The case was thrown out when the person shot failed to show up to court.
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