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Eminem is an American rapper, record producer and actor, who was known as one of the most controversial and best- selling artists of the early 21st century.

Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers on October 17, 1972, had a turbulent childhood, marked by poverty and allegations of abuse. At age 14 he began rapping in clubs in Detroit, Michigan, and, when unexcused absences kept him in the ninth grade for the third year, he quit school, determined to make it in hip- hop.

He named himself Eminem and became quite popular in the hip-hop underground, both as a solo artist and as a member of the Detroit-based rap sextet D12 (also known as the Dirty Dozen). His first album, Infinite (1996), sold poorly, however, and he continued to work menial jobs.

With Dr. Dre as his producer and mentor, Eminem released “The Slim Shady LP” early in 1999. Benefiting from the inventive channel-surfing music video for the hit song “My Name Is” and the instant credibility of Dr. Dre’s involvement, the album sold several million copies, and Eminem won two Grammy Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards.

Eminem’s songs outraged many, including the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which denounced him as a homophobic misogynist.

His tumultuous relationship with his wife, Kim, was chronicled in his songs - the couple divorced in 2001, and their relationship remained rocky (in 2006, the couple remarried and divorced again). His mother also sued him for defaming her in songs and in interviews.

In 2000, Eminem released “The Marshall Mathers LP”, which set a record as one of the fastest-selling albums in the United States. The album included the singles “The Real Slim Shady” and “Stan”. Eminem performed with openly gay musician Elton John at the Grammy awards, where the album “Marshall Mather’s LP” was nominated for Best Album of the Year to silence critics. Eminem’s documentary film “8 Miles” was a critical and commercial success. He won an Academy Award the following year for the song “Lose Yourself.” In 2008, he published “The Way I Am”, followed by “Not Afraid” in 2010 and “Love the Way You Lie", featuring the singer Rihanna. They became major hits.

In 2020, Eminem occasionally collaborated with rapper Royce da 5′9′′ under the name “Bad Meets Evil”.

In 2022, Eminem performed with other hip-hop stars—including Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Snoop Dogg—at the Super Bowl halftime show. Later that year, he was selected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Eminem is now 50 years old and has three children with his ex-wife Kim Scott: Bailie Jade Scott, Alaina Scott, and Steve Laine Scott.

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