History Birth Name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III Born: October 17 th 1972 Birth Place: St. Joseph, Missouri, USA Origin: Detroit, Michigan, USA Occupations: Rapper, record producer, songwriter, actor. Years of prominence: 1992 - present Labels: Bassmint Productions FBT Productions Web Entertainment Mashin’ Duck Records Aftermath Entertainment
In the book How to Rap, Guerilla Black notes that Eminem studied other MCs to create his rapping technique: "Eminem listened to everything and that's what made him one of the greats". In the same book, Eminem is praised for various aspects of his rapping technique by numerous other MCs; these techniques include his varied and humorous subject matter, connecting with his audience, carrying a concept over a series of albums, complex rhyme schemes, his ability to bend words so that they rhyme, his use of multisyllabic rhymes, fitting many rhymes in each bar, complex rhythms, clear enunciation, use of melody and syncopation.
Eminem has named several MCs who influenced his rapping style. First and foremost is his mentor, Dr. Dre, whose thick, muscular, terror rapping style have seen reincarnations in the work of Eminem. Other influences have included Big Daddy Kane, Newcleus, Ice. T, Melle Mel (specifically the track "The Message"), Run-DMC and Boogie Down Productions. The fact Eminem is so simple in his looks and open to his life in his lyrics, is so different to the rap styles before him. Before it was all about the image (chains, rings, cars) and the lyrics were generally about cars and girls. Eminem brought a new style which influenced the future of the rap industry.
The Slim Shady LP of the early part of 1999 was best-selling, specifically because of "My Name Is", not to mention "Guilty Conscience" as a follow up. The album also became triple platinum just one year after it was released. Eminem next released "The Marshall Mathers LP" in 2000, which sold nearly 2, 000 copies, during the first week when it was introduced to the public. Hit albums Infinite Slim Shady The Marshall Mathers LP The Eminem show Straight from the lab Hit songs Love the Way You Lie Beautiful No Love Lose Yourself I Need A Doctor We Made You