Marshall Mathers III, better known as Eminem, is a Grammy Award-winning and platinum selling artist from Detroit, Michigan. As one of the highest-selling hip-hop artists of all time, Eminem is best known for his swift wordplay and signature style of angry, dark, and even violent lyrics, as well as his brazen and often crass opinions on everything from pop culture to prominent figures in his personal life.
Eminem began rapping in high school with fellow classmate Proof, participating in local battles and open mic contests. He quickly gained popularity on the local scene, inking a deal with an independent label and released his first album Infinite in 1996. The following year, his demo landed in the hands of Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine, who immediately called in Dr. Dre to help sign the Detroit MC. Eminem’s first major label album The Slim Shady LP was released in 1999 via Interscope/Aftermath. The project was an immediate success, earning the rapper a Grammy award and a quadruple Platinum certification from the RIAA.
The two albums following—The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show, respectively— would prove even more successful, earning two additional Grammy Awards and Diamond status from the RIAA. Eminem would go on to release an additional four albums in the years following, all earning Platinum certification as well. Along with his solo career, Eminem has put out two albums as part of Detroit-based rap group D-12, and an EP as part of the duo, Bad Meets Evil. He is credited with launching the career of 50 Cent via his own label, Shady Records, and earning an Academy Award for his biographical film 8 Mile in 2003.