1. Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor from Detroit, Michigan.
2. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce da 5’9″) half of the hip-hop duo Bad Meets Evil.
3. Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States; Including his work with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, Eminem has had ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200.
4. He has sold more than 172million albums, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists.
5. After his debut album Infinite (1996), Eminem achieved mainstream popularity in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP; he received his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for the commercially successful second album.
6. His next two releases (2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP and 2002’s The Eminem Show) were worldwide successes, with each certified diamond in US sales.
7. Both won Best Rap Album Grammy Awards, making Eminem the first artist to win the award for three consecutive LPs.
8. Eminem went on hiatus after touring in 2005, releasing Relapse in 2009 and Recovery in 2010; both won Grammy Awards.
9. Recovery was the bestselling album of 2010 worldwide, and the rapper’s second international bestselling album of the year (his first was The Eminem Show).
10. Eminem’s eighth album (2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2) won two Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album; it expanded his record for the most wins in that category and his Grammy total to 15.
11. Eminem has developed other ventures, including Shady Records with manager Paul Rosenberg.
12. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself”, the first rap artist to win the award. Eminem has made cameo appearances in the films The Wash (2001), Funny People (2009), The Interview (2014) and the television series Entourage.
13. Bruce left the family, moving to California During his childhood Eminem and Debbie shuttled between Missouri and Michigan, rarely staying in one house for more than a year or two and living primarily with family members.
14. In Missouri they lived in several places, including Saint Joseph, Savannah and Kansas City, Friends and family remember Eminem as a happy child, but “a bit of a loner” who was often bullied.
15. One bully, De’Angelo Bailey, severely injured Eminem in the head; Debbie Nelson filed a lawsuit against the school in 1982, which was dismissed the following year.
16. Eminem spent much of his youth in a lower-middle-class, primarily African-American Detroit neighborhood. Eminem heard his first rap song (“Reckless”, featuring Ice-T) at age nine on the Breakin’ soundtrack, a gift from Debbie’s half-brother Ronald (Ronnie) Polkinghorn.