Facts about Eminem’s life – Marshall Mathers III, a.k.a. superstar rapper Eminem, is the epitome of a rags to riches story. He’s lead an insanely turbulent life and we know all about it through his songs. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan with his unstable mother and abandoned by his father. He and his mom moved from project building to project building never staying anywhere long enough to make friends.
The only people Mathers had in his life were his mother whom he shared a rocky relationship with, his best friend and uncle, Ronnie, his on-and-off girlfriend, Kim, and eventually a young daughter. He’s experienced the best of times, and suffered through the worst of times like a lot of us do. He just happened to find an outlet for his emotions and that outlet ended up being his claim to fame.
Mathers found solace in rap music, pessimistically dreaming of a day he might make a career out of it. He eventually became well respected as a white rapper in Detroit’s hip-hop scene. He hooked up with the legendary Dr. Dre in 1996 and released the album The Real Slim Shady, it was his big break. Fast forward 20 years later, and Eminem is one of the best-selling artists of the 21st century.
His storytelling is vastly unique from other artists. He takes his real life experiences and emotions, turns them into verses and shares them with the world. To know the true Eminem, his fans don’t need to type his name into Google, they just need to listen to his songs. His life has been a turbulent one, but intriguing nonetheless. We’ve laid out 13 key moments in the rappers life that helped form him into the person and artist he is today.
13. He Failed 9th Grade… But Was Great In English
Eminem is successful because of his unique ability to craft the English language into entertaining lyrics. With that being said, can you believe he never even made it to the 10th grade? Yes he did spend three years at Lincoln High School, however those entire three years were spent at an attempt to pass the ninth grade which he continually failed due to truancy and bad marks.
Although he hated most subjects in school, he did love… you guessed it, English class.”I found that no matter how bad I was at school and no matter how low my grades might have been at some times, I always was good at English. I just felt like I wanna be able to have all of these words at my disposal, in my vocabulary at all times whenever I need to pull them out.
You know, somewhere, they’ll be stored and locked away,” he said in an interview. Remember, stay in school, kids… unless you’re Eminem I guess.