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Eminem was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Deborah R. (Nelson) and Marshall Bruce Mathers, Jr., who were in a band together, Daddy Warbucks. He is of English, as well as some German, Scottish, and Swiss-German, ancestry. Marshall spent his early childhood being shoved back and forth from Kansas City and Detroit. He settled on the Eastside of Detroit when he was 12. Switching schools every two to three months made it difficult to make friends, graduate and to stay out of trouble. Marshall attended Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan, 1986-1989. Being a rap fan for most of his life, Marshall began rapping at the early age of 4. Rhyming words together, battling schoolmates in the lunchroom brought joy to what was otherwise a painful existence. At the age of 14, he began to get very serious about his rapping but it wasn't until he was 17 that he actually made a name for himself, becoming M&M, which he would later respell as "Eminem". Being rejected by most fellow rappers because of his race, Marshall grew an anger that flows through his music to this day. After failing the 9th grade for three times in a row, he quit school, but has remarked that he does not consider himself stupid and does not advise that people should follow his example. He says that it just wasn't for him. Forcing himself on radio shows, freestyle battles, Marshall threw himself head first into the rap game, where he was swallowed up most of the time. His very first album was titled "Infinite" and, while the album sold less than a thousand copies, it was the gearing up stages for the rapper who became a millionaire. It was then that his daughter, Hailie Jade Scott, was born on December 25th of 1995 with long time girlfriend Kim Scott. Having nothing to lose at all, flat broke and not knowing where he would be living the next week, Marshall set out to rant about life in general, the set quickly caught the ear of hip-hop's difficult-to-please underground. What came out of this was the Slim Shady EP, the early work for the later Dr. Dre revised Slim Shady LP. Down to nearly his last dime, he went into the 1997 Rap Olympics in Los Angeles, basically hoping to win the $1,500 cash prize which he badly needed. After battling for an hour and throwing back every race diss thrown at him, Marshall made it to second place losing in a slip up. Furious that he had lost, Marshall didn't even notice that he had been spotted. In the crowd were a few producers from Interscope, and they were handed a copy of the "Infinite" tape by way of a demo. Dr. Dre got to hear it and eventually tracked him down. The two instantly hit it off, recording four songs in their first six hours of working - three which made it to his first LP. After the album was finished, Dr. Dre asked Marshall to come work with him on his new album. He helped produce several tracks and was on the best songs of the album. Now officially making it, Marshall and Dre set to make his second LP. The album became the Marshall Mathers LP and won 3 Grammies and was the first rap album ever to be nominated "Album of the Year", selling more than 8 million records in the United States alone. He also stunned critics when he shot down all homophobic remarks by performing "Stan" with Elton John. Eminem made a movie, 8 Mile (2002). Though 2001 was a rough year for the rapper, being charged with weapon offenses, divorcing his wife, and almost going to prison, Marshall has explained his life in one word: "Claimer".  See full bio on IMDb »

Eminem -- NFL Owners Can't Afford My Rhymes

NFL Owners Can't Afford My Rhymes

Eminem will NOT be performing for the NFL owners during their annual Super Bowl party because his $2 million price tag was too high for 'em.Yeah, those poor multi-millionaires ... how DO they get… READ MORE >

Eminem -- I'll Rap At Super Bowl Party For $2 MIL!

I'll Rap At Super Bowl Party For $2 MIL!

Eminem got an offer he COULD refuse -- an offer to sing at the NFL Owners Party during Super Bowl week that did not meet his price -- $2 MILLION!Sources connected to the party tell TMZ ... reps… READ MORE >

- 1551 days ago
Eminem -- Fire Burns Through Boyhood Home

Fire Burns Through Boyhood Home

Eminem's childhood home -- the same pad he pictured on the cover of his new album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" -- was badly burned in a fire yesterday ... officials say. The 767 square foot,… READ MORE >

- 1592 days ago
Eminem -- I Was NOT Lip-Syncing, But ...

I Was NOT Lip-Syncing, But ...

Eminem is claiming he didn't pull an Ashlee Simpson on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend ... TMZ has learned.A rep for the rapper tells us Em was not lip-syncing during his performance… READ MORE >

- 1596 days ago
Eminem Lip-Synced 'SNL' Performance -- Or We're a Monkey's Uncle

Lip-Synced 'SNL' Performance Or We're a Monkey's Uncle

Barring some crazy rift in the space-time continuum, Eminem unquestionably lip-synced his performance on "SNL" this weekend ... at least judging by Saturday night's broadcast.In case you missed… READ MORE >

- 1596 days ago
Eminem Blows the Roof Off NYC Concert -- But For How Much?

Blows Roof Off NY Concert But For How Much???

Eminem -- now a notorious recluse who RARELY performs -- rocked the house in NYC last night ... and we got video ... but the real question: how much do you pay Slim Shady to drag him out of… READ MORE >

- 1684 days ago
Eminem -- Mum on Lil Wayne After Dinner in L.A.

Mum on Lil Wayne After Dinner in L.A.

Eminem made a rare public appearance this weekend -- dining out at a popular L.A. restaurant ... and it's possible he's in town to visit his friend Lil Wayne. TMZ shot footage of Em leaving Marino… READ MORE >

- 1827 days ago
Eminem & Justin Bieber -- Smack in the Middle Of Korean Concert War

Eminem & Justin Bieber
Smack in the Middle Of Korean Concert War

It's the most unlikely pairing in any lawsuit ever -- Justin Bieber and Eminem -- but believe it ... because they're at the center of a new legal war over a concert in Korea ... that will never… READ MORE >

- 2182 days ago
Report: Eminem Banked $3.3 MILLION for Weekend Concerts

Report: Shady Banks $3.3 MIL For Two Shows This Weekend

$66,000 per song ... that's how much money Eminem reportedly made to perform at a U.K. music festival this weekend -- and he performed roughly FIFTY songs!!!Eminem hit the stage at the V Festival… READ MORE >

- 2401 days ago
Eminem -- So Petty!

So Petty!

Here's Eminem at the Grammys last night (left) -- and "Point Break" and "Tank Girl" star Lori Petty back in 2005 (right).Very Slim Shady.Just sayin'. READ MORE >

- 2590 days ago
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