“Hi! My name is (what?)! My name is (who?)! My name is Slim Shady!” Praised as the King of Hip Hop and considered one of the most successful American rappers of all time, Eminem fought hard to have his voice heard in a music genre typically dominated by African American artists like LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. Born as Marshall Mathers III in Saint Joseph, Missouri in 1972, Eminem skyrocketed to the top of the rap scene in 1999 with his debut album The Slim Shady LP. Instantly gaining notoriety as one of rap’s most controversial and unconventional stars, Double M made no secret of his troubled life including his struggle with poverty, drugs and his tumultuous relationship with Kim Scott, whom he would later marry and divorce twice.
To the untrained eye, Eminem is often considered an overnight success but, as he’ll tell you, he put in countless hours of hard work to become an industry-leading entertainer since making his debut in 1992. Now a 15-time Grammy Award winner and an actor with appearances in 8 Mile, The Wash, The Interview and Entourage, the 43-year-old Missouri native has earned every penny of his impressive $170 million net worth.
So, what does a former small-town kid living in poverty do with a sudden onslaught of fortune and fame? Anything he darn well pleases, thank you! And, in Eminem’s case, a huge mansion with a handful of rather peculiar amenities topped his “To Do” list. As a matter of fact, he even uses his lyrics and fame to reconcile his poverty-stricken past with the fact that he’s now wealthy enough to be “living in a house with an elevator” in hit singles like “Elevator.” It seems as though even Marshall Mathers can’t believe his own good fortune! But, where exactly does he call home?
Looking for a place to put down roots to raise his daughter, Eminem purchased a sprawling country estate in Rochester Hills, Michigan from the former CEO of Kmart in 2003 for $4.75 million. For a guy listed as one of the 10 wealthiest rappers in the world, his Michigan estate is actually quite modest when compared to other rappers in the industry whose homes are valued anywhere between $15 and $20 million. But, Eminem has never asked for a castle in the sky and instead simply wants to “provide the right type of life for my family,” as he sings in his Oscar-winning single “Lose Yourself.” And, since purchasing his home, he’s made sure to do exactly that.
Valued at approximately $4 million today due to Detroit’s growing economic troubles influencing the real estate market, Eminem’s estate is nestled on five acres in one of the area’s most affluent neighborhoods. Boasting around 15,000 square feet of living space with six bedrooms and nine and half bathrooms, the home has 21 total rooms in addition a fully renovated basement. But, because Eminem values his privacy more than anything else, you won’t find too much information online or ever catch him on an episode of MTV’s Cribs. One can only imagine, however, that he has at least one room dedicated to making music and writing his rhymes with possibly another used for his dozens of awards. After all, as the first rapper to ever win an Academy Award, you would think he’d have the Oscar statue on display for everyone to see!
The outside of Eminem’s lavish Michigan estate is just as exquisite as the inside but is still relatively down to earth for a multi-platinum superstar. Converting the former tennis court into a basketball court, the rapper has plenty to entertain himself and his guests thanks to a massive swimming pool as well as an oval-shaped pond complete with a boat launch and dock. Even his five car garage is bigger than most homes with over 3,000 square feet of space to house his collection of cars that include a shiny black Cadillac Escalade and a Hummer H2.
While many might expect the 43-year-old Slim Shady to live up to the hype of his lyrics behind closed doors, his Michigan home proves that he remains somewhat grounded despite nearly two decades of success in building his $170 million empire. Living by the motto, “The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed,” Marshall Bruce Mathers III has clawed his way to the top of his genre and is happily enjoying the fruits of his labor with a decent amount of modesty and privacy, two qualities many critics never expected from one of the most controversial rappers of his generation.