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Eminem Bio

Eminem’s Life Story

Marshall Bruce Mathers |||, (born oct.17, 1972) was bounced around a lot as a youth. He never stayed in the same spot for more than two years. He mainly grew up in the 8-mile community in Detroit, Michigan. His abusive mother, at the time, mainly raised him. His father had left for California and started another family when he was very young.

He had a rough life growing up. He routinely got bullied by several bullies. Some who knew him at that time considered him a bit of a loner. He failed ninth grade three times before he finally dropped out of high school. He always fought with his mother and got thrown out, temporarily. He felt super frustrated. He felt used and abused by his mother, subconsciously neglected by his father, and like a misfit to his mostly African American environment. He needed something to help him cope. He found rap music.

Rap music was the perfect outlet for him to cope with his emotions. He can use it to express any emotion that he was feeling. He can get whatever he needed to get off his chest through it. This was his escape and his hope. On his free time, he wrote songs and did rap drills that he made up to help him put rhyming words together more precisely. Him, his best friend Proof and others would sneak into other high schools, just to battle rap. Doing all of this was sharping his craft for the future.

In 1996 he signed to an independent label by the name of FBT. He released his first album ever through them. The album was not successful. The content was depressing, average and too personal for the stage in his career. He had a song about how tough it was to raise a child with little money.

A year later, he released the first Slim Shady album. Slim Shady is Em’s alter ego. He is super witty, vulgar, outspoken, careless, humorous and entertaining to listen to. This is the first time Slim is introduced in his art and he gets a lot of attention after the album is released.

Em felt good about the album. But life reminded him that it’s a bitch, and he got evicted from his home not too long after the release of the album. He then moved to Los Angeles, California and ranked second place in a major rap battle event. He may not have won. But he got the attention of a very important ANR. Who sent The Slim Shady LP to jimmy Iovine. Who is the CEO of the major label Universal Records. He pretty much owns the music industry. Jimmy showed Dr. Dre. Dre was impressed. So, he found him and begin working with him. In 1999 The Slim Shady LP was released under Universal Records and Dr. Dre’s independent label Aftermath Records and Universal Records. It went triple platinum that first year.

Eminem knew when he was a teenager that he wanted to be a professional rap artist. He felt like he had nothing else to offer the world. But he also knew that his craft was way sharper than the others on the average basis. This gave him the confidence he needed to go to LA and risk everything.

Em endured a very unstable environment growing up. This can be uncomfortable if you are a kid. His mother was abusive. She was a heavy drug addict. In one of his songs he said, "Where the fuck you think I picked up the habit/ all I had to do was go in the room and lift up a mattress.” A lot of people don’t overcome that type of damage. And not too many people become rich if they are born into poverty. You also must have an immense amount of confidence in yourself, to put the amount of effort he did into an industry that had only a few white people in it that was successful. Overcoming all the odds he did required a great deal of emotional intelligence.

His second Album The Marshall Mathers LP was released in 2000. It went platinum in a week. It was announced diamond in 2011. His Third album The Eminem Show also went platinum in its first week and eventually went diamond. The Relapse album was released in 2009. It went 5 times platinum. The Recovery album was released the following year and made history as being the best-selling album in digital history. Every single mainstream project he put out was a huge success. Many consider him as one of the greatest rappers of all time.

If he would have took another route. There is a high chance that he would have become a different person for the worse. He wasn’t built to be great at anything else accept being an entertainer. He now has the type of confidence that only a true Game Master has.

Eminem’s first album was not a success. Even if he would have had top of the line marketing, it still would not have got the results he wanted. He didn’t have anything to make him standout in a good way. He didn’t yet have Slim Shady. Once Slim Shady emerged in his art, he began to get attention; from Dre. The first Slim Shady LP got the attention of jimmy and Dre. The second one got the world’s attention.

His second mainstream album was the one that made his fans fall in love with his art. He still had all the entertaining factors that the Slim album had. But he went more in depth about his personal life. He vented about his love life, family life, career and gave his vulgar opinions about other pop stars. He discussed his love life and family life more vividly then he ever did before. This was genius because it made his audience feel comfortable with him. Then he kept the same formula throughout his whole music career. (Speaking about relevant, personal matters in his life through a vulgar, witty and humorous filter.) Every mainstream album he has put out has been a major success.

Eminem followed all the rules to seduce an audience. He found something to make him standout. At the perfect time He put out the more personal Marshall Mathers LP which made the world understand him. He stayed consistent. He demonstrated that he mastered his game

Childhood Years

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, also known as “Eminem,” was born on October 17, 1972 and grew up in an unstable environment. In school, Eminem was a loner and was bullied a lot. He failed ninth grade thrice before he dropped out.

His father left him and started a new family in California. On the other hand, his mom, who almost died giving birth to him, was abusive. He always fought with her until one day, she threw him out of their home.

Eminem moved back and forth from Missouri to Detroit. He spent most of his time in the 8-mile community in Detroit. Despite being a white person living in a predominantly black neighborhood, he still thrived.

Being in the Music Industry

Eminem started rapping at the age of 14. Together with his friends, he would sneak into other high schools to join rap battles. He did drills that enabled him to rhyme better and wrote songs in his free time.

His first album was mediocre. Not too many people heard of it, and the album did not gain much success. The content of his music back then was depressing, average, and too personal for that stage in his career. He even had a song that was about his struggles to raise a child having little money.

Eminem then dropped the first Slim Shady album in 1997. His alter ego Slim Shady was witty, vulgar, humorous, careless, crazy, and entertaining to listen to. That’s when he started to get a lot of people’s attention.

After releasing this album, he got evicted from his home. He then moved to Los Angeles, CA. There, he joined a rap battle where he won second place.

Someone who knew Jimmy Ivene heard Eminem’s album and sent it to Jimmy. The album was also presented to Dr. Dre, who then searched for him and started working with him. In 1999, another version of the Slim Shady album was released, with Dr. Dre as the producer. This album went triple platinum in the first year.

Eminem’s second mainstream album, The Marshall Mathers, was then released in 2000. In this album, he started to get more personal. He talked a lot about his personal issues in a more vivid way. His music spoke about his upbringing, love life, opinion about pop music, and career while keeping his convoluted alter ego involved in his tone. A lot of people understood him better and started to appreciate him more.

In the album’s first week, it quickly went platinum. In 2011, it became a diamond album after selling 32 million copies.

Every album he released after was a huge success. He continued to maintain the same formula—speaking relevant and personal topics with his vulgar perspective. Some of his works include:

  • The Eminem Show (2001), which went platinum the first week and was eventually announced to be diamond
  • The Relapse (2009), which went five times platinum
  • The Recovery (2010), which was the best-selling album in digital history
2 Pac Bio

2Pac’s Life Story

Tupac Amaru Shakur, born Lesane Parish Crooks, (June 16, 1971- Sept. 13, 1996) was born in Harlem. His mother was born named Alice Faye Williams. She later changed her named to Afeni Shakur. His father’s name is Billy Garland. They were both active members of the mighty Black Panthers movement when Pac was a very young child. Pac was exposed to things growing up that most were not.

He was born while his mother was incarcerated. She had been for a month, for 150 charges against the federal government. He was raised by her. All his male guardians were in prison all through his childhood. He started high school at The Baltimore School of Arts, in Baltimore, Maryland. Here he Practiced acting, poetry, and jazz. He loved it here. He thrived in this environment. It allowed him to use his superior tradecraft instincts in arts like rap, literature, poetry and acting to get attention from his classmates. They even admired him. In 1988 he moved to California.

He later somehow ended up being a sub-member of the successful rap group called Digital Underground. This part of his journey felt good. It was what all the rap training in high school was for. Who would’ve thought he would have ended up with this gig? He asked himself. This validated his destiny to do what he wanted: To change the world for the better. He ended up on a few popular songs with them, I Get Around and more. This landed him the opportunity to put out a mainstream, solo album of his own. In 1992 he released his first album titled 2Pacalysenow. He had songs on it like Brenda’s Got a Baby. A song about a teenage female. Who has a baby and throws it away in the dumpster. He also had a song about police brutality on it. The project went Gold. It was sobering and thought provoking. It emulated the harsh reality of those from his background. His way of seeing reality was different. All his listeners that related to him, couldn’t help but to start to see realty as he saw it. Soon his fans asked the same questions that he asked. They voiced the same opinions on social matters that he did.

Since he was a kid, he wanted to better the world. He wanted his culture and race to be treated equal and be understood. He wanted to change the way people thought and behaved on a grand scale. If he can do this, then there would be no more prejudgment, unfairness, corruption, poverty and racism. We then can focus on improving as a species in other areas that matter. When he was in high school, he wrote a composition titled Conquering All Obstacles which is about getting people to understand his culture more. Even then he knew that he can use his influencing skills to change how people viewed the world.

He handled a great deal of unfortunate situations throughout his life. He was either in court, the hospital or prison when he wasn’t being a rap artist. “And even as a crack feen, mama/ you always was a black queen, mama” He was raised by a single, financially deprived woman with a hardcore drug habit. He had no permanent father figure growing up. This added to his lack of self-control as a youth. In 1993 he was charged with assault. In 1994 he beat up the director of the hit movie Menace to Society. He did 15 days in jail for it. In 1993 he got a rape charge that was later appealed. In 1994 he was robbed and shot five times. He was under the impression that his close friends knew about it and crossed him. This hurt him profoundly. In 1996, he was shot to death in Las Vegas, on the strip, leaving a Mike Tyson fight.

This stopped his life. But it didn’t stop the influence that he had over his audience. It made it stronger. He sold more records dead than alive. But despite all his headaches and even a premature death, he put a gold or a platinum plus album out every year in his career. And he stared in a successful Hollywood movie every year of his career. This requires advanced emotional intelligence. Because coping with heavy emotions while maintaining a successful and stressful career is very difficult to do.

Me Against The World was released in 1994. It sold 4.5 million copies. He was in prison, at the time, with the best-selling album of the year. All eyes on me was released in 1996. It went gold in a week and has sold ten million copies as of today, making it diamond. The first album released after his passing under his alias Machiavelli, a name he got from the great renaissance thinker, (The seven-day theory) went 5 times platinum. R U Still down was released in 1997. It went gold because the production wasn’t as impressive as his previous albums. But the following album Until The End of Time had great production and was a great success. It came out four years later. Just when people weren’t expecting it. This added on to his powerful appearance and legacy. It was also consistent with his superior content that he came to be known for. Better dayz went three times platinum.

2Pac had superior creative abilities when it came to rap. He literally mastered every aspect of the art; wordplay, content, storytelling, delivery, rapping-style, preforming, battling and song writing. This was undeniable. His advanced content, delivery and wordplay is what got people’s attention. When he told stories like he did in his song Dear Mama, we felt like we saw him grow up. When we heard songs like keep ya Head Up, It made us consider how we treat our women. He not only seduced his audience; he influenced the way they thought.

People know him for the thug life tattoo across his stomach. He showed a lot of pride in his culture. The average guy with street credit or street smarts identified with him. He was one of them. He knew how they felt and all the unfortunate situations that they went through. They could trust Pac when he gives them advice. His skill and success gave him dominance in is culture and profession. He executed the fundamentals for seducing and influencing an audience with grace. And influenced his audience long after his death. The last album released from him Is called Loyal to The Game. He was loyal to his game, and, he mastered it.

Early Years

Tupac Amaru Shakur was born on June 16, 1971 in Harlem, NY and moved to California in 1988. 2Pac was very popular in high school.

His parents were Afeni Shakur (born Alice Faye Williams) and Billy Garland. Both of them were active members of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and 1970s. 2Pac’s mother was locked up when he was born, and so were his father and stepfather.

Struggles

He got into drug dealing when he was a kid. In 1993, he was sentenced to serve in prison for nine months after a big court battle. He was also sentenced to 15 days in jail for beating up the director of the movie, “Menace II Society.”

2Pac died on September 13, 1996. His death made him appear greater, and the constant output of music even though he was dead gave him a more mystical appearance.

Awards

Despite all his obstacles, 2Pac still managed to influence a massive audience. He was able to achieve the following:

  • Two Soul Train Music Awards
  • American Music Awards
  • Six Grammy Nominations
  • Three MTV Music Awards
  • Source Awards Nomination

Albums

  • All Eyes on Me (9x Platinum in Two Years)
  • The 7 Day Theory (4x Platinum)
  • R U Still Down? (Gold)
  • Until the End of Time (4x Platinum)
  • Better Dayz (3x Platinum)
Nispey Hustle Bio

Nipsey Hussle’s Life Story

Ermias Joseph Asghedom, professionally known as Nipsey Hussle, (Aug. 15, 1998-March 31,2019) was born and raised in the Crenshaw community in south Los Angeles, California. He had an older brother named Samuel and a younger sis named Samantha. He attended Hamilton High school. When he was 14 years old, he ran away from home and started crippin.

He was from the Rollin 60’s Crip gang. To get the respect that he had from his fellow gang members, he had to be very active; Involved in gang activities. In his art he tells stories about hitting "missions" when he was in his mid-teens. Just before he really started taking his music career seriously, he was almost charged with a crime that he did not do. The detectives tried everything they could to get him to snitch on his home-boy. But he didn’t. And he still beat his case. From the time he started banging he knew in the back of his mind that it was a trap. He saw a lot of his homies who didn’t have positive goals get killed and sent to prison. “And you can tell just looking at the facts/ it’s a coffin or a cell if you young in your black/ with your name on it/ still every car pass bang on it/ he saw cameras everywhere in his city. How was he supposed to get away with the type of fights, robberies and killings that his O. G’S got away with? After that wake-up call, he changed the direction of his life for good. He also wanted to take people like him with him to success.

At the age of twenty, he got a record deal with Epic Records. They didn’t take him as serious as he wanted them to. They were not releasing his albums like they said they would. The material that he did manage to put out earned him a strong local following. He was rapping about things they can relate to where he was from. Not selling bricks of crack out of a Lamborghini. Or keeping an AK47 on him at his mansion. That was the type of content a lot of mainstream artist had back then. The approach he had with his content was more identifiable to his audience. In 2010 He left Epic Records and went independent. He knew that was the best decision for his career. He then released the highly successful mixtape and album series titled The Marathon. And he also released mixtapes that sold for a hundred dollars apiece and they were successful.

In a few interviews, Nip explained how he grew up seeing all his homies getting locked up dramatically. He noticed all the cameras in the neighborhoods. He was also heavily influenced by 2pac. He agreed with him. He felt like his people was misled. He felt like the rules and standards for his culture need to be remodified for the better. He could not rewrite them. But he can lead by example. He can show them that someone like them can still reach enormous goals. “There is a better way of living than we have been taught.” That’s the message that he wanted to give people with his art and his actions when he was young. So, it’s what he eventually did.

Nip was dealt a bad hand from day one. His parents were separated. The community he grew up in was toxic; drugs, gangs, crime and corrupt police. Bad parenting and toxic environments are the biggest self-esteem killers. Most people break from enduring that combination. It takes a lot of emotional strength to thrive after enduring an upbringing of that sort. He was super close to ending up in prison. The first label he signed to gave him issues for years. Nip, his bro and their friend Fattz had LEGAL businesses together. The police attempted to sabotage them. By telling the owners of the property that they had their stores on, not do business with them anymore. (He ended up selling the property to Nip, his bro Sam and his childhood friend Fattz.)

Nip contacted the L.A.P.D and arranged for a meeting with their higher ups. In the meeting Nip was going to advise them on how they can stop gang wars in a more rational way. The meeting was set for April 1, 2019. Nip was excited. His vision of advancing his culture was about to take place. He knew the group is stronger as a culture if they stick together. A day before the meeting he was gunned down in front of his own store, in his own hood. The guy who did it was someone who he had known for years. He was even from his hood. Nip was even a positive influence on him. (The same week of his death, all the gangs in LA came together and set up a peace treaty.) Nips final obstacle was death. It was an obstacle because alive he could have continued to build up his community and open more businesses. But his death was also something that made his audience take what he had to say more seriously.

Every independent project that he released was a huge success. The Marathon was released Dec.21,2010. This mixtape got him an immense amount of attention from all the hip hop magazines. On Nov. 1, 2011 The Marathon Continues dropped. This had other popular LA artist on it like YG (who had just signed to Def Jam) and others. It blew him up to the point that he could charge more for shows. On Oct. 8, 2013, he released the most expensive mixtape in rap history. It was titled Crenshaw. He sold 1,000 copies of it for $100.00 a piece. Rap powerhouse Jay-Z brought 100 of them. He did the same thing with his following mixtape Mailbox Money. His next and last project was successful as well. Feb.16, 2018 The victory lap was released. This was the last Project of The Marathon series. It is also the only album of the collection. It got nominated for best rap album at the Grammy awards. Everyone who gets a Grammy nomination has a major deal. Nip was Independent. That is highly impressive.

Nip made history over and over. He united the gangs in LA. Something no one man has ever done. He sold mixtapes for $100.00 and people actually brought them. No other rapper has ever done that. His last album got a Grammy nomination. And he had no help from a major label. He supplied jobs, education resources and other valuable donations to the people in his neighborhood. He did so much for his community that a street in LA got renamed after him shortly after his death.

All the things that he accomplished gave him an “I can do anything in the world” type of confidence. He had fourteen businesses. He would have had fourteen more if he would have lived ten years longer. This confidence rubbed off on everyone who became susceptible to his presence. For the last years of his life he felt good that he was able to have such a positive impact on the world. For the first time, he felt like hope was an option for his people. Hope that they can make a positive transition. He was happy that he could execute all the methods it took to overcome the gravity of his environment. And seduce and influence a massive audience. “Almost didn’t make it cuz the set foul” is what he said on one of his songs. He knew that he had accomplished an impressive goal.

He grew up mirroring all the important people in his culture and community. This identified him with a group. He did this so well that he became a high-ranking member within the group. This won him influence. The group took what he had to say seriously. Everything about his art and image was distinctive. This is what got his audiences attention. Since he spoke about things that they can relate to, they felt comfortable with his face in the rap arena. This helped him build a huge local fanbase. The success from this allowed him to establish dominance in his region. He also asserted dominance by offering help to his community. This gave him unshakable influence. He also demonstrated optimal emotional strength. By overcoming gang and police violence. Only a Game Master can create the type of legacy that he did.

Early Years

Ermias Joseph Asghedom was born on August 15, 1985. He grew up in Crenshaw, Los Angeles, CA with his older brother, Samuel, and little sister, Samantha.

At the age of 14, he dropped out of Hamilton High School. He ran away from home and joined the Neighborhood Rollin 60’s Crip gang. Nipsey then lived in a toxic, gang- and drug-infested part of Los Angeles.

Career

When he was 20-years old, he dropped his first projects and signed with Epic. The first and only record label that he signed to did not release his projects when they were supposed to. Because of these issues, he left and went independent in 2010.

His first Marathon album was released on December 12, 2010. This was the beginning of his mixtape series. The Marathon Continues was then released on November 1, 2011. The first of his two mixtapes sold 1,000 copies on October 8, 2014. He is the only rapper in history to sell a thousand mixtapes for $100 per piece.

Mailbox Money, his second and last mixtape, was released on December 3, 2014 and was also sold for $100 per piece. On August 15, 2016, Slauson Boy 2 was also released.

The last of The Marathon series (also the only marathon project to be considered an album) was released on February 16, 2018. It got nominated and awarded Best Rap Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.