Celebrity Then And Now
Name: Eminem
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 1999 - Present
Currently Known For: "Revival"
Networth: $190 MillionFamous For: "The Slim Shady LP," "The Marshall Mathers LP," "Encore"
Name Eminem
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 1999 - Present
Currently Known For "Revival"
Networth $190 Million
Famous For "The Slim Shady LP," "The Marshall Mathers LP," "Encore"

In the 1990s, popular rap music consisted almost entirely of African-American rappers from the east or west coasts. Then, toward the end of the decade, a white rapper from Michigan came along and changed hip hop forever. That rapper, who we know as Eminem, was born as Marshall Bruce Mathers III and overcame a lot of adversity to not only be one of the most successful rappers of all-time, but one of the most successful musicians in general.

While we associate Eminem with the city of Detroit, it was actually Missouri where he was born. Eminem would spend much of his childhood going back and forth between Missouri and michigan, before establishing full-time residence in the Motor City. Eminem would go through some rough moments while growing up in Detroit, saying that there were “a lot of instances” of bullying. “(I was) beat up in the bathroom, beat up in the hallways, shoved into lockers,” he said. “You know, just for the most part for being the new kid.”

Eminem struggled mightily in school, having to repeat the ninth grade on multiple occasions as his grades suffered and he skipped school constantly. When he was old enough to drop out, that’s what Eminem did. Throughout his teenage years, Eminem was more enamored with hip hop, getting into rap battles wherever he could.

He would pick up some different rap names during this time such as Manix, but Eminem would become the preferred name for the rapper. Trying to make a name for himself in Detroit, Eminem appeared in a lot of different venues to showcase his rapping skills, and became somewhat of a local legend. It was only a matter of time before Eminem would be signed to a label, but success didn’t come overnight.

Eminem signed with a Detroit record label called Web Entertainment, and he released his first album called “Infinite”. Despite Eminem being popular in Detroit, the album would fail as he lacked the type of content that he would go on to produce. This forced him to take a job as a dishwasher at a restaurant which didn’t pay well. Eminem had just become a father at this point, was then fired from his job and his rap career wasn’t panning out; leading to personal issues that included an attempted suicide.

The happenings in Eminem’s personal life caused him to grow more and more frustrated, which bled into his music. However, that would end up being a good thing for his career as his new sound resonated with more people than before. It was then that Eminem also adopted the Slim Shady moniker and found his new edge.

Without a job to support his home, Eminem was evicted from his house. He would pack up and take his talent to Los Angeles where he competed at the Rap Olympics. Interscope Records spotted Eminem while he was performing and CEO Jimmy Iovine, as well as legendary rapper and producer Dr. Dre, became enamored with his talent.

A meeting was arranged to have Eminem finally come face to face with the music titans. Eminem said that Dr. Dre was a huge influence on his music, and that meeting with him was the turning point in his life. “I met Dre and Jimmy at Interscope, and it felt so ridiculous and so far-fetched that this was happening,” he said. “When Dre walked in, it was like an out of body experience. Nothing in my life had been going right for me, but he put me up in the Oakwood apartments and paid my rent so I could record with him….I wanted to be prepared for Dre because I thought, ‘If I’m not ready for every aspect of this, this could be it for me.’”

Eminem would end up impressing Dre and Iovine, and got to work on his first album on a major label. In February 1999, Eminem released “The Slim Shady LP” that would have hits such as “Guilty Conscience” and “Role Model”. The biggest hit, of course, would come with the first single, “My Name Is”. It helped to put Eminem on the map in terms of mainstream hip hop, and he’d never look back.

The next year, Eminem would release “The Marshall Mathers LP” that became the fastest selling album in rap history thanks to massive hits such as “The Real Slim Shady”, “The Way I Am” and “Stan”. At the time, Eminem was surrounded in controversy because of his lyrics, but even traditionalists couldn’t slow down Eminem’s success. Since coming into the mainstream, Eminem has won 15 Grammy Awards, with his most recent ones coming in 2015 for Best Rap Album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Eminem’s last seven albums have all reached the top of the United States charts, with his last record “Revival” being released in late 2017 that included a lot of collaborations with pop singers such as Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran and Beyonce. At this point, Eminem is still one of the biggest names in all of music, and his net worth of nearly $200 million backs that up.

With all of the success and the money, Eminem doesn’t have to go on tour or release another album again. However, it’s something that he loves doing on both fronts, even as a 45 year old father of three. Don’t expect Eminem to simply retire, either, as he’s one of the most dedicated musicians that you’ll ever find.