In the world of music, the name Eminem has become synonymous with Hip Hop. As a rapper, producer, songwriter, and actor, Eminem has amassed a reputation that few other artists can dare rival. With 13 Grammy Awards, and having sold more than 115 million albums and records worldwide, Eminem is one of the best-selling artists of all time; achieving ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200 list, and being declared The King of Hip Hop by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Born October 17, 1972, Marshall Bruce Mathers III released his debut album, Infinite, in 1996 under the stage name Eminem, which was largely ignored by Detroit disc jockeys. During this time, Marshall held a minimum-wage job cooking and dishwashing at a family style restaurant – often working 60 hours a week just to provide for his family. Shortly before Christmas of that year, Marshall was fired from his restaurant job. His personal struggles, coupled with his abuse of drugs and alcohol at the time led to an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Eminem’s career began to gain traction in 1997 when he travelled to Los Angles and competed in the Rap Olympics where he caught the attention of Interscope Records, and record producer Dr. Dre. With the help of Dr. Dre, Eminem released his album, The Slim Shady LP in 1999, and from there his career took off.
Eminem has spoken in depth about his addiction problems.
His addiction peaked in December 2007 when he overdosed on Methadone, but he checked out of the hospital early, and within about a month, his addiction was back in full swing. With the help of a rehabilitation counselor and the support of close friends, Eminem effectively got sober in April 2008. He stated in a 2013 radio interview, “I’m definitely thankful. I know that I could have certainly taken another path and gone another direction [but] I think that I’m probably able to be more focused now than I’ve ever been.”