Marshall Mathers, also known as Eminem, is perhaps one of music's greatest rappers. His career got its initial start from a chance meeting with Wendy Day, founder of the Rap Coalition. Wendy got Eminem to enter a competition in Los Angeles called the Rap Olympics, where Marshall fought a war of words in an attempt to ground himself in the hip-hop community. Unfortunately, he lost. However Marshall's demo found it's way into the hands of Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine and rapper producer Dr. Dre--who requested to meet young Marshall immediately. They began producing songs and created Eminem's first album, the Slim Shady LP, writing various songs within hours. The premiere song from that album, "My Name Is" was shown on MTV, and turned the newly named Eminem into an overnight success, becoming the most influential Caucasian hip-hop artist of all time.
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Eminem - Interscope Records (2:37)
Eminem - Slim Shady (2:31)
Eminem - Getting Into Rap (2:42)
Eminem - Childhood (2:29)
Eminem - Full Episode (45:14)
In 1997 at the Rap Olympics a mysterious fan approached Eminem and asked for his demo tape. This fan turned out to be an intern at Interscope records who would later get the tape into the hands of legendary rapper Dr. Dre.
Despite becoming a fixture in the Detroit music scene, Eminem’s recording career was off to a slow start. From this challenge the hip-hop alter ego Slim Shady was born.
After facing a rough childhood, teenager Marshall Mathers found a voice in the world of rap and hip-hop. Here he would also find his first real friend, a fellow rapper named Proof.
As a child, rapper Eminem faced a troubled family life and a transient one as he and his mother, Debbie Nelson, moved from place to place across the Midwest.
Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, entered the Rap Olympics in LA and tried to enter into the hip-hop community. Eventually, his demo wound up in the hands of Dr. Dre, who soon turned Eminem into an overnight success.