Also known as: Marshall Mathers, III
Birth: October 17, 1974 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Occupation: rap musician, Music producer
Source: Contemporary Musicians, Volume 53. Thomson Gale, 2005.
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BIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY Although his message has not been popular with parents
of teenagers across America, that has not stopped Eminem from earning sweeping
popularity and building upon it. Though his lyrics can be gritty, racy,
and loaded with violent overtones, fans of all races have responded to
his anger, his expert rhymes, and his unusually personal brand of hip-hop
music. Eminem's career grew more rapidly than he could have predicted,
and his rise to fame has been marked by a severe level of controversy.
Eminem has depicted his own life experiences in his music. In a July 1999
article for the Washington Post, Alona Wartofsky summarized his appeal
when she commented that "a large part of Eminem's meteoric rise can be
explained by the appeal of being profoundly expletived up. Both Eminem
and his alter ego, Slim Shady, represent the perennial loser, the class
clown who's going nowhere fast. The guy who gets beat up in the bathroom,
keeps flunking the same grade and can't even keep a $5.50-an-hour job.
...It's not just his white skin and bleached blond hair that set him apart
from the hip-hop pack. Unlike most rappers, he's harshly self-deprecating."
White kids who were listening to rap before he came on the scene began
to listen even harder when Eminem appeared.
Marshall Mathers III was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 17,
1974, and spent his early childhood between there and Detroit. He was raised
by Debbie Mathers-Briggs, a single mother. Mathers never knew his father,
although his mother contended that the two of them were married at the... [continues]
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