Eminem performing in 2014
Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film producer, and actor. He is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential artists of all time in any genre, with Rolling Stone placing him in its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and labelling him the "King of Hip Hop".
After his debut album Infinite (1996) and then Slim Shady EP (1997), Eminem signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and subsequently achieved mainstream popularity in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP, which earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. His next two releases, 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP and 2002's The Eminem Show, were worldwide successes, with each being certified diamond in U.S. sales and both winning Best Rap Album Grammy Awards—making Eminem the first artist to win the award for three consecutive LPs. They were followed by Encore in 2004, another critical and commercial success. Eminem went on hiatus after touring in 2005, releasing Relapse in 2009 and Recovery in 2010. Both won Grammy Awards and Recovery was the best-selling album of 2010 worldwide, the second time he had the international best-selling album of the year (after The Eminem Show). Eminem's eighth album, 2013's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, won two Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album; it expanded his record for the most wins in that category and his Grammy total to 15. These were followed by 2017's Revival and 2018's Kamikaze.
"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 2 (abbreviated as MMLP2) is the eighth studio album by American rapper Eminem. The album is the sequel to his third album released in 2000, The Marshall Mathers LP. MMLP2 is scheduled to be released November 5, 2013. Eminem first announced working on a new album in early 2012, but no name was originally given. During this time, the album was already named to multiple "Most Anticipated Album of 2013" lists, including MTV and XXL Magazine. The album is produced by himself, No I.D., Dr. Dre, and Rick Rubin.
Throughout the year, there have been more and more reports of the album in progress. On February 11, 2013, manager Paul Rosenberg announced that the album will be released post-Memorial Day. On March 22, 2013, Dr. Dre announced that he has been working with Eminem on the album and is almost finished with production. It wasn't until August 14, 2013 where a song, "Survival," was released in promotion for Call of Duty: Ghosts, shortly following that the first single shall be released soon.
Official announcements of the album were released almost two weeks later on August 25, 2013 during the MTV Video Music Awards, along with the title, release date, and a short snippet of the first single, "Berzerk", which was released on August 27, 2013.
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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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