Eminem is a rapper and famous rapper in his own right. However, he is one of the most known faces in the music industry and has been since he was on the rap scene in the 90’s. From being one of the first-ever rappers that drew such success, his career has experienced its ups and downs, but he has always kept his fans loyal to him, through the highs and lows.
Eminem’s career began with his debut album, The Slim Shady LP. It was released by Elektra Records and put together the first truly huge rap hit for him. This album also marked the beginning of his troubles as an artist.
First Album With Controversy
His first album was not without controversy. His lyrics were written in such a way that it could be interpreted as offensive to many. While some people loved his style, others found them a little too over the top, and a bit in poor taste. However, this controversy did get the attention of Dr. Dre, who helped him create The Slim Shady EP.
The first great success for Eminem came with the release of The Slim Shady LP. Many people enjoyed his lyrics, but others saw the difficulty of putting together two seemingly different personalities, the one rapping about being a junkie and the one that was a superstar, using the same name. However, as the album went on, his popularity increased. By this time, he was also well known for his well-written rhymes.
He then decided to take on a more prominent role in hip hop. He began working with the group N.W.A. to create their first and only major album, Straight Outta Compton. With their albums are getting their fair share of negative reviews, some critics thought the entire team was a bit overrated. But they were still quite successful.
In this phase of his career, Eminem was also successful. He released a number of albums of his own, some of which became hugely popular. After his collaborations with N.W.A., he became very successful as an independent artist.
He came out of his musical hiatus with the release of his song, “Not Afraid”, which became his signature song for many years to come. While he maintained a few mixtapes throughout the years, his main focus was on being the face of Xscape Entertainment, an agency that promotes artists who worked outside of the mainstream music industry.
During this time, Eminem was asked to produce a track by one of the biggest stars in the world, Jay-Z. Eminem produced a hip-hop remix of the song “Encore”, which won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. This was the start of a huge career for Eminem, and from here on out, he was quickly being introduced as a major artist in the hip hop industry.
Eminem finally reached major success with the release of his song, “Without Me”. He teamed up with Dr. Dre to form a new record label, after having collaborated with other artists. The Eminem / D12 label was created and was successful for a time.
In fact, The Slim Shady LP made history by becoming the first rap album to sell over four million copies. Eminem continued to have a number of hits, including the well-known songs “My Name Is”The Real Slim Shady”.
He followed this up with the movie, 8 Mile. This film became a huge success and has become a cult classic. He has also done some acting and recently released the single “Love The Way You Lie”. Still, he continues to be a popular artist and is also known for his philanthropic works and supporting causes like the UNICEF organization.
In January, Eminem will return to the stage as the winner of a rap battle with Chris Rock. You can read about the full story of this fight at MTV News.