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Eminem: The Influential Lyrical Rapper

A look into the inspirational music career of Eminem


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Eminem, a household name in the rap music industry isn’t one that was always filled with limelight. Marked by poverty and abuse, Eminem began rapping at the young age of 14 in Detroit, Michigan. His determination to make it into the hip-hop scene was prevalent when he won second place in the freestyle category of the Rap Olympics in Los Angeles back in 1997. It was also a life-changing moment as a famous rapper of that era, Dr. Dre recognized the talent that Eminem had, which became the turning point in his career.


Three years later in 2000, Eminem released “The Marshall Mathers LP” which sets the record for the fastest-selling rap album in the United States – selling 1.76 million copies in its debut week. Despite the controversy surrounding his lyrics, the album was nominated as the best album of the year. Eminem went on to produce his semi-autobiographical film, “8 Mile” that once again became a success for his career. His original song “Lose Yourself” from the film led Eminem to become the first rapper to take home an Oscar at the 75th Academy Awards in 2002.


Another highlight of Eminem’s career was in 2017 when “Stan”, a term coined by him was added to the Oxford American Dictionary. His ninth consecutive album in 2018 titled “Kamikaze” became the only solo album to sell 500,000 pure copies in the United States and also earned a top spot on Billboard 200. Despite the love and hate received by Eminem throughout his music career, there is no denying that his words and rhythm will keep on capturing the attention of the world.