Eminem has had a wild and controversial life. But here are forty facts that most people DON’T know about Detroit’s most famous rapper.
Sources can be found at the end of the article.
1/20. He’s an avid fan of classic arcade games including Frogger and Space Invaders. By far his favourite though is Donkey Kong. In 2010 he tweeted his high score of 465,800 points, coming close to breaking into the top thirty of all time.
2/20. When Dre first met Eminem, Eminem was wearing a bright yellow tracksuit which he got from a sponsor because he didn’t have the money to buy decent clothes. Dre thought he looked like a banana.
3/20. On March 23, 2003 his song “Lose Yourself” from the film 8 Mile (2002) became the first rap song to win an Academy Award. Eminem was not in attendance due to the academy requesting he only perform the clean version of the song. One of the song’s co-writers, Luis Resto, accepted the Oscar on his behalf.
4/20. He was still making payments on his trailer home when The Slim Shady LP dropped.
5/20. Eminem’s relationship with his mother has always been rocky. After he released ‘My Name Is’ she sued him for $10 million over the line ‘My mom smokes more dope than I do’. They settled out of court for a measly $25,000.
6/20. The name ‘Eminem’ came from his initials M(arshall) M(athers).
7/20. He thought up his Slim Shady persona while he was on the toilet. The name is a reference to how skinny he was at the time.
8/20. ‘Rap God’ holds the Guinness World Record for the most words in a hit song at 1,560 words in six minutes and four seconds. That’s an average of 4.28 words per second!
9/20. Eminem wrote the hook for Just Lose It in 30 seconds.
10/20. To help support his mother, young Marshall worked as a short-order cook at a Michigan family restaurant called Gilbert’s Lodge, making a mere $5.50 an hour. Five days before Christmas, and soon after releasing Infinite in 1996, he was fired from the restaurant; it also happened to be his daughter’s birthday. He wrote “Rock Bottom” right after that.
11/20. Eminem is extremely passionate about his hometown of Detroit. He turned down the lead role of Elysium because they wouldn’t shoot there.
12/20. Eminem’s favourite movie of all time is Superbad. His friend Jonah Hill admitted that he quotes scenes from the movie to him all the time.
13/20. In addition to 8 Mile, Eminem was offered the lead in several other movies including the lead in the boxing film Southpaw. He decided instead to keep focusing on his music, and ended up producing the soundtrack to the film.
14/20. His mother sued his school in 1982 over the bullying Eminem received from DAngelo Bailey, the same bully he rapped about on Brain Damage. DAngelo Bailey sued Eminem for $1 million, claiming that Brain Damage hurt his reputation.
15/20. Became a father for the 1st time at age 23 when his girlfriend [now ex-wife] Kimberly Scott gave birth to their daughter Hailie Jade Mathers on December 25, 1995.
16/20. Nick Cannon has had beef with Eminem since the rapper made insults against his wife Mariah Carey on the Relapse album. In 2016 the actor challenged him to a rap battle over their feud.
17/20. His wife Kimberly Mathers was granted physical custody of their 5-year-old daughter, continued financial support, a personal driver, and reinstatement of her credit cards. [August 2000]
18/20. Eminem and Elton John have been good friends since their duet at the 2001 Grammys. The singer helped him kick his addiction to prescription drugs
19/20. The only white person to ever be on the cover of “The Source” and “XXL” magazines.
20/20. His relatives nicknamed him ‘Mickey’ when he was a kid due to his big ears.