February 28th, 2013
Eminem. Slim Shady. Marshall Mathers III. Love him or hate him, no one can deny that he leaves an indelible impression, nor can one argue his staying power. Sur, he is not the only kid to come from a poor and broken home, or to have changed school every few months, or to have flunked the 9th grade three times. There are plenty like him who don’t make it; but, make no mistake, Eminem has earned everything he has, fair and square, and there are inspiring life lessons to be learned here, for every entrepreneur pursuing a dream.
Eminem is a fighter. He has overcome struggles, both physically and mentally, when most would have collapsed from overwhelming exhaustion. It all started when Eminem started battle raping, he got to the battle rap Olympics and got second place. Dr Dre then noticed him and signed him to his label but before that Eminem also had a album called infinite. From then on he has released 4 albums.
He had little emotional support from his family, his father left him when he was 18 months old and was raised by his mother on welfare. The one positive influence in his early life, his uncle Ronnie, committed suicide in 1991. A few years before that, Eminem himself almost died after being beaten up by a bully in middle school, leaving him in a coma for ten days. Barely in his early 20’s, Eminem had a daughter. To top it off, rap labels continue to reject him because of the color of his skin, regardless of his rap skills. Juggling the responsibility of a father with less than stable career choice, aspiring white rapper, is enough for any sane person to go crazy. The fight, for Eminem, never really stops. Eminem has literally been to hell and back, but if he hadn’t experienced that journey, it is highly unlikely that he would be the iconic figure he is today.
I hope to one day also be an entrepreneur. My plan in life is to eventually start a business with my mom and aunt. We would...