Eminem or also known as Slim Shady is an American song writer and rapper born as Marshall Bruce Mathers III. As of 2018, he has 9 studio albums, the first debuting in 1996. He rose to fame with each new album gaining more sales then the previous, and the movie 8 Mile gave him more stardom as well as an Academy Award for Best Song from a Motion Picture. Some say he is the best and most successful rapper in the world.
Eminem was born on October 17, 1973 in St. Joseph, Missouri. His zodiac sign is Libra.
Eminem didn’t have much of a religious upbringing, but some rumors speculate that he is a born again Christian. He once said, “But in the midst of this insanity, I’ve found my Christianity through God and there’s a wish he granted me.” (1)
He also wears a cross around his neck, once again suggesting that he is Christian. Another source claims that he prays almost every night and sometimes goes to church.
Eminem has a lot to say about politics. He has mostly expressed his political views in his raps. In recent years he has thrown shade on both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. For example, Eminem said Americans were in trouble if Trump became president, and dissed Clinton’s email hacking scandal saying, “I promise to wipe my server clean if you face subpoenas.”
He also backed up former U.S. president Barack Obama in an interview saying “Obama’s great. Obama is giving people hope. Not to sound too political… He seems like he’s a great f***ing guy. He’s got a great head on his shoulders. He speaks with authority and confidence.”
Most clearly, Eminem is not a supporter of Donald Trump. At the 2017 Reading Festival, Eminem took a break from his set to launch into a tirade against the sitting president.
“I’m not about to stand up here and use this f*ckin’ stage for some kind of a platform to be all political and shit, and I don’t want to cause any controversy so I won’t say no names, but this motherf*cker Donald Trump I can’t stand.” (2)
Marshall got married to his high school love Kimberly Scott and had his first child with her in 1995. Two years later Eminem married Kimberly. Their marriage didn’t work out and they divorced after two years of marriage. Surprisingly, the couple remarried in 2006 but quickly divorced again.
Marshall has joint custody of their only child together, and also has custody over Kimberly’s sister’s daughter, and Kimberly’s daughter from a previous relationship. That makes him a father with three daughters.
Eminem’s favorite hobbies are song writing, playing football and basketball, and reading comic books. As a child, his dream was to become a comic book artist. He also loves spending time with his daughters.
The singer has received criticism throughout his career about the controversial lyrics in his music, specifically words that are commonly used as slurs against gays. Eminem has defended the use of these words in his songs citing that the terms are used in battle-rapping as slang. He has said on multiple occasions that he has no ill will towards gays.
“I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want,” was one such comment. (3)
The rapper had a very tough childhood. His mother had Marshall when she was 15 and he never knew his father as he abandoned them when Marshall was an infant.
Throughout his youth Eminem was constantly beat up and had no friends, resulting him failing ninth grade three times until he dropped out.
Poverty and growing up poor heavily influenced his albums. After he was a commercial success, Eminem became addicted to prescription drugs like Vicodin and Valium. In the mid-2000s his overall drug addiction nearly killed him, but he sobered up, lost weight and got clean.