Eminem , often stylized EMINƎM , by his real name Marshall Bruce Mathers III , born October 17, 1972> in Saint Joseph, in the State of Missouri, is an American rapper, also producer, actor, and label founder. In addition to his solo career, he is also a member of the D12 group of which he is the co-founder, and composes the Bad Meets Evil duo with Royce da 5'9 ".He was also part of a group named Soul Intent.
Eminem has sold over 395 million records worldwide> as of July 2019 and is one of the most sold albums in the history of the music industry. He is the biggest international record salesman of the decade from 1999 to 2009>. Including his works with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, he brings twelve albums to the top of the US rankings. In the United States, Eminem has two diamond-certified solo albums with The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show and 3 diamond-certified singles> with Lose Yourself, Not Afraid and Love the Way You Lie. He has over 600 awards, including 15 Grammy Awards and an Oscar. He is quoted in numerous lists listing the best artists of all time, the magazine Rolling Stone having even declared it " King of hip-hop ".
Still unknown to the general public, Eminem publishes his first album, entitled Infinite , in 1996. The record is a critical and commercial failure. It is with his first extended play, named The Slim Shady EP (1997), that he begins to break through in certain spheres. It only gained global popularity after the release of its second album, The Slim Shady LP in 1999, the first released on the label of the producer and rapper Dr. Dre, Aftermath Records. This album earned him his first Grammy Award, the "best rap album" . He won the same trophy for his next two albums, The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show , which makes him the record number of consecutive wins for this award. The rapper goes on in 2004 with the album Encore. After a forced retirement of five years, Eminem returns in 2009 with the album Relapse, leaving behind his drug problems. The following year, he released his seventh studio album, Recovery , which is a worldwide success. It is the best selling album of the year 2010, just like The Eminem Show in 2002. At the end of 2013, he publishes his eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 which allows him to win two Grammys Awards, one for The Monster and the second in the category of best rap album of the year. When it was released, the album climbed to the top of the Billboard charts. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is also the second best-selling album of the year in the US although it was released two months before end of the year>. In November 2014 Eminem publishes "Shady XV , a compilation to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its Shady Records label. Many Shady Records rappers are present, as well as the group D12. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was followed by Revival (2017) and Kamikaze (2018), the latter becoming the best-selling hip-hop record of 2018.
Eminem is also an active entrepreneur. He has created his own label, Shady Records (which helped launch the careers of artists such as 50 Cent), a radio station, Shade 45 (broadcast on Sirius XM Radio) and a charitable foundation. Eminem also began acting in 2002 with the role of Jimmy Smith Jr. in director Curtis Hanson's film 8 Mile . For this role alongside Kim Basinger, he won the Oscar for the best original song for the song Lose Yourself . He becomes one of the first hip-hop artists to win this award. He also made cameos in The Wash (2001), Funny People (2009) and The Interview (2014), as well as in the television series Entourage (2010).