Marshall Bruce Mathers III
October 17, 1972 (age 46)
St. Joseph, Missouri
Aftermath, Shady, Interscope, Web Entertainment
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer. Labeled the King of Hip Hop by Rolling Stone, Eminem is often cited as one of the most influential and greatest rappers of all time.
Since his breakthrough hit “My Name Is” the star has helped propel hip-hop into the global mainstream with help from mentors like Dr. Dre.
Eminem is worth an estimated $210 million.
Eminem’s first single was 1998’s “Just Don’t Give a Fuck.” It preceded his breakthrough hit, “My Name Is.”
Eminem’s tattoos are inspired by his friends and loved ones. Proof of band D12 makes an appearance alongside Eminem’s uncle Ronnie Pilkington (who helped introduced him to the hip-hop world) and his daughter Halie.
The rapper’s ex-wife also makes an appearance with a tattoo across his stomach reading “rot in pieces” inked after a particularly brutal fight with the mother to his daughter, Kim.
Eminem has waged war on a myriad of people in the industry throughout his storied career including, but certainly not limited to, Christina Aguilera, House of Pain frontman Everlast, Moby, Will Smith and even Mariah Carey.
Ongoing beefs include broadcaster Joe Budden and most recently rapper Machine Gun Kelly.
Mathers goes by the stage name MC Double M and forms group New Jacks with DJ Butter Fingers.
The duo join Soul Intent with rapper Proof and other friends.
The group release a self-titled EP.
Eminem’s daughter Hailie is born.
Eminem teams up with Proof and four others to form The Dirty Dozen (D12).
Eminem releases his debut album Infinite for independent label Web Entertainment.
Eminem introduces his alter-ego Slim Shady.
Eminem records his debut EP, Slim Shady EP, released by Web Entertainment.
Eminem heads to Los Angeles to compete in the Rap Olympics – an annual nationwide rap battle. He comes in second and a copy of the Slim Shady EP makes its way to Interscope CEO Jimmy Lovine and hip-hop stalwart Dr. Dre.
Dre signs Eminem to his Interscope Records label. The pair work on his upcoming release.
Eminem marries on-and-off girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Kim Scott.
Eminem releases The Slim Shady LP. The album goes multi-platinum and wins two Grammy Awards.
Eminem’s mother sues him for $10 million for apparent slander on The Slim Shady LP.
She receives damages of around $1,600 in 2001.
Eminem releases The Marshall Mathers LP. At the time it becomes the fastest selling record in hip-hop history and fastest selling solo album – outstripping Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time for the title.
Eminem releases Devil’s Night with collective D12.
Amid accusations of homophobia, Eminem performs on stage with Elton John at the 43rd Grammy Awards.
Eminem appears in the Up in Smoke Tour with hip-hop legends Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and Ice Cube.
Eminem divorces Kim Scott.
Eminem releases The Eminem Show.
Eminem makes his acting debut in 8 Mile, a film loosely based on Eminem’s life performing at rap battles in Detroit.
Eminem’s lead track from the film, “Lose Yourself,” wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Eminem releases Encore. Encore’s first single release ‘”ust Lose It” contains slurs about Michael Jackson which resulted in backlash from fans and friends of Jackson.
He also releases D12 World with D12. Single “Mosh” criticizes former President George W. Bush.
Eminem releases a greatest hits album entitled Curtain Call: The Hits amid speculation the artist was considering ending his rap career.
During a radio call Eminem denies he’s retiring but instead implies a short hiatus.
Eminem’s childhood friend Proof is murdered.
Eminem releases Eminem Presents: The Re-Up.
Eminem briefly remarries Kim Scott. The pair divorce months later.
Eminem is hospitalized following a methadone overdose.
A press release announces the return of Eminem with two albums.
Eminem releases Relapse.
Rumors swirl that once again Eminem has re-ignited his relationship with Kim Scott. He refutes the allegations but confirms the pair now have a healthy friendship and share custody of their daughter.
Eminem releases his seventh album, Recovery.
Eminem releases the single “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna.
Eminem collaborates with rapper Royce da 5’9’’ to form Bad Meets Evil, releasing the EP Hell: The Sequel.
Eminem releases The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Eminem releases #SHADYXV, a compilation from Shady Records.
Eminem releases The Official Eminem Box Set – a 10-disc vinyl box set spanning his entire career.
Eminem announces he will be executive producer on TV series Motor City.
Eminem teams up with Carhartt for a limited run of 10 pairs of a collaborative Air Jordan IV sneaker. The pairs sell for $227,552.
Eminem releases a trailer for a 10-minute documentary called “Partners in Rhyme: The True Story of Infinite,” as he releases a remastered version of the album on his YouTube channel.
Eminem releases Revival. Single “Walk On Water” is released featuring Beyoncé.
Eminem teases “Encore” Air Jordan IV release.
Eminem teams up with Carhartt to create an 8 Mile-themed capsule collection. The word “stan” makes its way into the Oxford English Dictionary – thanks to the Eminem hit record.
Eminem releases his 10th studio album Kamikaze.
Eminem celebrates 20 years of The Slim Shady LP with a reissue including bonus tracks, extras and a range of new merch.
Eminem announces he is now 11 years sober in an Instagram post.