How did Eminem get to the top?

How come a white kid from Kansas City got

the best known rapper in the world? Starting from nowhere

and eventually ascending to a billionaire, Eminem on the

The last seven years it has been in the public eye everywhere.

you look. He’s basically gone into a black man’s business and

rose to the top over the course of a few years, but how?

On October 17, 1972, Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born in St.

Joseph, MO by his 15-year-old mother Debbie. Six months later

his father was gone and this started the fight for Marshall and

his mother; one that was just the beginning. During the

During his childhood, Marshall and his mother moved to numerous

times in different houses from Kansas City to Detroit. Tea

The maximum time spent in a home was only 3 months, which caused

Marshall to attend many different schools, making it difficult

cope with different environments and make friends. Every new

school he attended he was bullied as he was the new kid. This

It was something I couldn’t change as it was never destined

in a school for a long period of time. At the age of 12, he and

her mother eventually settled into a house in Detroit. He would do

later, she will use the bullying to his advantage to push him back

to all his bullies through songs.

By the age of 4, Marshall was already starting to rap and put

words together that rhyme. In school he was quite successful

considering the circumstances, but it was lunchtime when

He enjoyed himself as he often fought his schoolmates through free styles. TO

At the age of 14, Marshall began to get serious about rap and

felt he had a chance in business. When i get to

ninth grade failed him three times before finally falling

because he felt that school was not for him.

When he turned 17 he came up with the name M&M for himself for

combining the first letters of your first and last name, which

later it was changed to Eminem. Now that I didn’t have a school like

a distraction, he focused solely on rapping with the goal of

reaching the top. He faced a constant struggle on the way to

stardom as he was continually shunned by most rappers because

of his race, despite his true talent. This grew anger within

the one he uses in his music today. Knowing it wasn’t

it was going to be easy and he would have to work, Marshall forced

himself on radio shows and freestyle battles to prove

all wrong. He finally got a first album titled

“Infinite”, but only sold 1,000 copies. It wasn’t until 1997

that Marshall would make a name for himself.

In 1997 he was married and had a son who was trying to support his family.

with very little cash to do so. Went to rap

Olympics in Los Angeles hoping to win the $ 1,500 cash prize

in the first place, but was instead discovered by some sponsors of

Interscope. Furious at having come in second place, he later ran into

about the sponsors and gave them a copy of the “Infinite”

tape, which was then sent to Dr. Dre. Dre was extremely

impressed with Eminem’s talent and got in touch with him,

where the two recorded their second album; The LP Slim Shady.

This album set the tone for his rap style, as he lashed out

about everyone who had harassed him throughout his life. Was a

a different style than anyone had ever heard, which led him to


Eminem is by far the most popular rapper seen the most in

public. He’s been seen on Rap Pages, VIBE, Rolling Stone,

Spin, The Source, URB and Stress and keep living for

more. He became the first white person to appear on the cover.

from the source. Throughout his life he has starred in the film

“8 Mile”, based on his life growing up, has had more than 20 guests.

television appearances, has appeared on numerous different rappers

CD’s, and has recorded 5 own CD’s. His second LP, “The

Marshall Mathers LP “, sold more than 8 million records in the United States.

States only, 1.76 million copies in the first week establishing a

album for a solo artist. This album became the first rap album.

It was never nominated for “Album of the Year” at the Grammys. Hears

would win 3 Grammy Awards for the album that night. In the

2002 earned $ 29 million in earnings from his fourth album

“The Eminem Show LP” and on tour for him. Then on March 23, 2003

the song “Lose Yourself” from his movie “8 Mile” became the

first rap song to win an Oscar.

Although he is known for his explicit and horrendous behavior

lyrics in their albums and in the eyes of the public, it is

hard to overlook all that he has accomplished. From

where it did and going up to where it is currently, is

remarkable what he has done not only for himself, but for rap

world too. While it is difficult for most to like you, there are

not many who do not respect him at least for what he has

achieved from now on, and what you can do in the future.

© Jeff Schuman II