A few years back in a now-viral interview a reporter mentioned to Eminem that according to some people Lin Wayne was sent by God to teach people how to rap; Eminem smirked and said, “I don’t remember sending anybody.”
A lot of people called this vanity and undue pride at the time but Millions of people around the world, including this humble scribe, could not agree more. Eminem, despite his severe behavioral problems, is without any doubt the best rapper and hip-hop star of the 21st Century.
And though he publicly started proclaiming the mantle only after 2013 following the release of one of the fastest rap songs of all time, aptly titled Rap God, his fans already knew deep down that he is a human being worthy of worship.
And for those of you who have been missing out so far, I suggest you start catching up. A huge number of Eminem’s super hits can be downloaded for free online. Because, unlike a lot of modern artists, Eminem started out from the streets and does not hide behind paywalls.
All you need is a decent internet connection and you can step into the Eminem universe. And if you are living in a downtrodden or rural area, like our star, and do not have access to high-speed fiber internet you can always upgrade to more broadly available Satellite Internet providers like, HughesNet Internet, to join the fun.
But don’t hop away from the article just now because below is a brief summary of Eminem’s latest releases, latest news, net worth, and more. So, let’s delve in.
EMINEM’S CAREER, ACCOLADES, AND GREATEST HITS
The greatest rapper of all time started out his rap career on the streets of Detroit at a time when the rap scene was generally dominated by African American artists Eminem, inspired by the legendary N.W.A, successfully made his name off the streets as one of the most verbose, insightful and witty kids on the block.
His professional career started out with the release of his first album Infinite in 1999 where he described in detail his personal struggles as a fresh rapper and father hustling on the streets to make a name for himself. Sadly, the album was not very well received and ended up in obscurity. Coming to light only later in his life when his other works had taken the music charts by storm.
THE BIRTH OF THE SLIM SHADY
Eminem’s first big success came after the release of his second album in 1999. The album featured the epoch-defining song, Slim Shady, and was soon discovered by the famed rapper, Dr. Dre, who personally saw to it that the album and the artist behind it got the attention that they so deserved.
Becoming an instant hit, the album won Eminem not one but two Grammy awards and a whopping four MTV music video awards. And this chart-smashing performance was how the world came to know about the hidden gem from Missouri.
His very next Album, The Marshal Mathews LP, which he decided to name after himself, became an instant hit sensation, selling 19 Million copies worldwide and becoming the fastest-selling album in rap history despite all the ‘woke’ criticism leveled against it.
LOSE YOURSELF AND THE JOURNEY TO THE OSCARS
Merely two years after the release of Marshal Mathews LP the multi-talented artist decided to try out his luck with acting. And even though his movie 8 Miles could not be described as a success the title song, Lose Yourself, which Eminem picturized on himself won the Oscar Award later that year.
This was one small step for Eminem but one giant step for hip-hop because it became one of the first hip-hop songs to be critically acclaimed by the academy at large.
The song itself made so many of us cry because it resonated with the struggle of an entire generation. And as Eminem articulated his struggle on the stage at the start of the song so many of us could imagine similar moments where we had to push through with the perusal of our dreams despite the massive odds stacked against us.
Almost Eight years later, Eminem’s album titled, Recovery, broke the ceiling once more by bagging an all-around Oscar. The aptly titled album focused ON Eminem’s years-long struggle with drug addiction and featured blockbusters like, “Love the Way You lie” and “Space Bound.”
WHAT IS EMINEM UP TO NOW: A LOOK AT HIS LATEST RELEASE
In 2022, after a long hiatus, Eminem collaborated with the upcoming talent DJ Khalid, His Mentor Dr. Dre and another legend Kanye West to release his latest song, From the Gospel. And even though the song did not perform very well on the music charts it was a breath of fresh air for Eminem fans whose ears were thirsty for a few more words out of the rapper’s mouth.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE MARSHAL MATHEWS FOUNDATION
Owing to his extremely difficult childhood, his absentee father, his abusive mother, a failed marriage, and his struggle with life on the streets Eminem has always had a unique perspective on problems facing disadvantaged groups in the United States.
This is probably why the rapper launched the charity the Marshal Mathews Foundation to raise awareness and run social programs directed at trying to solve some of the problems faced by poor young Americans living on the streets.
He worked closely with local governments of cities ranging from Missouri, Detroit, and Michigan to make sure that hundreds of youth do not have to struggle the same way he did as a child.
Today, the 50-year-old rapper is worth almost a quarter of a Billion Dollars making him one of the richest rappers of all time. But as explained above the rapper has always tried to put his wealth to good use instead of wasting it on gold-plated sports cars. No wonder he is the undisputed God of the Rap world and will remain so long after he is gone.
In the end, I’d just like to mention that Eminem is not a super start just because he is good with words or has a mesmerizing voice, or because he is great at collaborating with other artists. It’s because despite his hardship-plagued life he has managed to become what he is today. In short, he is a role model in the truest sense of the word.