Eminem, born Marshal Mathers on October 17, 1972, became interested in rapping while attending high school in Detroit, Michigan. Though there was initial resistance to the idea of a "white rapper," through perseverance he gradually gained acceptance, performed with local groups, and eventually cut independently his first solo album Infinite in 1996.
The collaboration with Dr. Dre was fruitful to say the least. Dre produced The Slim Shady EP in 1998. Behind it, Eminem quickly rose to national prominence. The Slim Shady LP followed in 1999 and brought Eminem two grammys, one for Best Rap Solo Performance for the single "My Name Is," and one for Best Rap Album of 1999. In 2001, he teamed up with Dre again contributing a track, "Forgot About Dre," to a Dre album. For that contribution, he won another grammy, this one for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
Eminem broadened his horizons when he appeared in the film 8 Mile. His strong performance surprised critics and his work on the soundtrack (Lose Yourself) garnered more awards, an Oscar for Best Original Song and Grammys for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song .
Regarding his ever turbulent personal life, for a long time the only stable element seemed to be his affection for his daughter Hailie Jade. Then, on January 14, 2006, he and his former wife Kim remarried, five years after the ugly divorce that ended their turbulent relationship.
D12 rapper Proof, whose real name was Deshaun Holton, 32, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning April 11, 2006. Regarding his longtime friend, Eminem said, "Right now, there's a lot of people focusing on the way he died. I want to remember the way he lived. Proof was funny, he was smart, he was charming. He inspired everyone around him. He can never, ever be replaced. He was, and always will be, my best friend."
Eminem's next album, "Relapse," with longtime collaborator Dr. Dre, was released on May 19, 2009. The first single from the album and its accompanying video saw a simultaneous release on April 7th.
Both Relapse in 2009 and Recovery in 2010 won Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album, while Recovery was the best-selling album of 2010 worldwide. That was the second time his album had become the international best-selling album of the year, the first was with The Eminem Show.
Eminem's astounding success continued with his eighth album, 2013's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which won two Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album, followed by 2017's Revival and 2018's Kamikaze, the latter being the best-selling hip hop album of 2018.
Eminem's net worth has been estimated at $210 million. Not bad for a poor white kid from Detroit.