Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known by his stage names Eminem (styled "EMINƎM") or "Slim Shady", is an American rapper, record producer and actor. Eminem quickly gained popularity in 1999 with his major-label debut album, The Slim Shady LP, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The following album, The Marshall Mathers LP, became the fastest-selling solo album in United States history. It brought Eminem increased popularity, including his own record label, Shady Records, and brought his group project, D12, to mainstream recognition.
The Marshall Mathers LP and his third album, The Eminem Show, also won Grammy Awards, making Eminem the first artist to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive LPs. He then won the award again in 2010 for his album Relapse, giving him a total of 11 Grammys in his career. In 2003, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself" from the film, 8 Mile, in which he also played the lead. "Lose Yourself" would go on to become the longest running No. 1 hip hop single. Eminem then went on hiatus after touring in 2005. He released his first album since 2004's Encore, titled Relapse, on May 15, 2009. Eminem is the best-selling artist of the decade on the US Nielsen SoundScan, and has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide to date, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. In 2010, Eminem released his seventh studio album Recovery. It became Eminem's sixth consecutive number-one album in the US and achieved international commercial success, charting at number one in several other countries. It stayed at number-one on the US Billboard 200 chart for five consecutive weeks and a total of seven weeks.
Eminem was ranked 79th on the VH1 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time. He was also ranked 82nd on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He was also named the Best Rapper Alive by Vibe magazine in 2008. Including his work with D12, Eminem has achieved nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard Top 200, 7 solo (6 studio albums, 1 compilation) and 2 with D12. Eminem has had 13 number one singles worldwide. In December 2009, Eminem was named the Artist of the Decade by Billboard magazine. His albums The Eminem Show, The Marshall Mathers LP, and Encore (in order) ranked as the 3rd, 7th, and 40th best-selling albums of the 2000–2009 decade by Billboard magazine. Also according to Billboard, Eminem has two of his albums among the top five highest selling albums of the 2000s. In the UK, Eminem has sold over 12.5 million records. Eminem has also sold more than 117 million track downloads. In 2010, MTV ranked Eminem as the 7th biggest icon in pop music history. Eminem is one of the best MC of all time.
Eminem's eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, was released on November 5, 2013. The first official single, "Berzerk", was released on August 26, 2013.
Eminem released his album "Shady XV" as a celebration of 15 years of Shady Records (1999-2014). It was released on November 24, 2014. Eminem says he plans for Shady Records to be a record company for at least another 15 years.
"Berzerk" is a song by American rapper Eminem, released as the first official single, produced by Rick Rubin, from his eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, a sequel to The Marshall Mathers LP. The song samples Billy Squier's The Stroke and The Beastie Boys' "The New Style" and "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)", both also produced by Rick Rubin. Snippets of the song were announced during the MTV Video Music Awards on August 25, 2013. One commercial announced the title name, MMLP2, with production by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin. The second commercial was a 30 second preview of the chorus with Eminem showcasing his old blonde hair standing, rapping in front of a huge boombox and one on top of an unknown building with the sky changing random colors. This commercial was accompanied by Beats by Dr. Dre.
The song was officially released on August 27, 2013 by Eminem via Twitter. An audio version of the song was released on Vevo the same day, starting with Eminem putting a cassette tape into a boombox, then the song plays with no further action in the video.
The Marshall Mathers LP is the third studio album by American rapper Eminem. Released May 23, 2000, the album sold more than 1.76 million copies in its first week just in the US. In 2001, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and was nominated for Album of the Year. The album was certified 9x platinum by the RIAA in the United States, and sold over 10.2 million copies in the US. As of 2005 the album had sold over 19 million units worldwide.
The Marshall Mathers LP has been ranked as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all-time by such magazines as Rolling Stone, Time, and XXL. Rolling Stone placed the album at number 7 on its list of the best albums of the 2000s. The album was ranked number 302 by Rolling Stone on their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2010, Rhapsody named it the #1 record on the "The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers" list.
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"Lose Yourself" is a song by the American rap artist Eminem, released as the first single from the soundtrack to his movie 8 Mile. Released on October 28, 2002, it was written and produced by Eminem himself, along with longtime collaborator Jeff Bass, one half of the production duo Bass Brothers. The song was largely written during the filming of 8 Mile, and plays to the themes of the film, as it is loosely written from the viewpoint of the character of Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith, Jr., who was portrayed by Eminem. The song's accompanying music video is a mixture of several scenarios, largely including several scenes from 8 Mile, however it also contains scenes addressing problems the real life Eminem has addressed, as well as "B-Rabbit"'s difficulties, including the ostracism by rap communities towards him due to his color, and his difficult personal life.
The song itself has been noted among one of Eminem's best, if not the best. Rolling Stone ranked it one of the top 50 Hip-hop songs of all time. The song was certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It has over 6.1 million downloads in the US alone. It received universal critical acclaim, with many critics praising the song's aggressive themes and describing it as Eminem's best work still to this day. Eminem's rapping ability, the lyrics and the production were also praised as well. In many retrospective reviews and lists, critics have cited the song among Eminem's finest, as well as one of the best hip-hop songs of all time. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, "Lose Yourself" became the "Longest Running Single at Number One for a Rap Song" at 23 weeks. The song went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Original Song(the first time a rap song ever won this award), beating other nominees like U2's "The Hands That Built America."
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