There’s a reason that Eminem has been on top in the world of hip-hop for more than a decade. Love him or hate him, the rapper is an expert at eliciting intense reactions from people via his controversial and impassioned lyrics. The rapper was born Marshall Mathers, but is better known by his stage name Eminem or his alter ego Slim Shady. After some success in underground hip-hop, Eminem was signed to Dr. Dre’s record label, which launched him into mainstream success. The rapper has been provoking people ever since, stirring up moral panic and proving that sometimes, the way to ultimate fame and acclaim is offending everyone you possibly can. Eminem regularly catches flack for confessional lyrics that are often construed as racist, homophobic, or sexist. Still, many praise him for his honesty and talent at expressing his emotions in rhyme. As of 2013, it looks like Shady’s back once again with plans to release his next album - the highly-anticipated ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2.’

About Eminem

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known by his stage name Eminem (often stylized as EMINM) and by his alter ego Slim Shady, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter and actor. Eminem's popularity brought his group, D12, to mainstream recognition. In addition to being a member of D12, Eminem is also one half of the hip hop duo Bad Meets Evil, with Royce da 5'9'. Eminem is one of the best-selling artists in the world and is the best selling artist of the 2000s. He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines including the Rolling Stone magazine which has ranked him 82nd on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The same magazine has declared him The King of Hip Hop. Including his work with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, Eminem has achieved ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200. He has sold more than 42 million tracks and 41.5 million albums in the United States.

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