Posted on January 23, 2015
From his tumultuous childhood in Detroit, troubled relationship with his mother, on-again off-again relationship with Kimberly Scott, substance abuse problems, and record-breaking career as a hip hop artist, Eminem has a lot going on.
Born as Marshall Bruce Mathers III in St. Joseph, Missouri to Debbie Mathers and Marshall Bruce Mathers, Jr. His mother nearly dies during his birth.
His parents divorce.
His mother sues Dort Elementary School in Roseville, Michigan where De’Angelo Bailey, a classmate, supposedly has beaten her son so bad every day that it has led to him experience severe headaches and to have a tendency toward anti-social behavior. The lawsuit is dismissed.
His Uncle Ronnie gives him a copy of Ice T’s Reckless and after listening to it, he decides to become a rapper.
His mother gives birth to his half-brother, Nathan Kane “Nate Kane” Samara.
Enrolls in Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan, a Detroit suburb. 8 Mile is the name of the street that separates Warren from Detroit.
His mom takes in a runaway named Kimberly Ann Scott. Eminem eventually begins a relationship with her.
Pens his first rhyme that talks smack about LL Cool J, who’s actually one of his favorite rappers.
Drops out of Lincoln High School and gets a job washing dishes at Gilbert’s Lodge, a St. Clair Shores restaurant, where his friend Mike Ruby works.
Gets shot by a neighborhood gang.
His uncle Ronnie, more like an older brother to him, uses a shotgun to commit suicide. It was Ronnie who introduced him to hip hop. His death has a profound effect on him.
Begins making appearances at Detroit’s St. Andrew’s Hall which is located in the back-in-the-day Hip-Hop Shop. He is the only white rapper.
On his 20th birthday, his mom accuses him of assault and battery.
Kim gives birth to their daughter Hailie Jade Mathers.
Releases debut album Infinite but few people notice. Those who do accuse him of ripping off other artists. Those who don’t accuse him of plagiarism, and mock his little-too-late anti-Gulf War lyrics. He sells about five hundred copies from the backseat of his car.
His mother is accused of abusing his half-brother Nathan and she loses custody of him. The juvenile court papers say that she “exhibits a very suspicious, almost paranoid personality” and one social worker accuses her of having Munchausen by proxy syndrome, a mental illness that causes a parents to harm their child in order to get attention.
His mother regains custody of Nathan.
Due to the lack of record sales, Marshall gets work as a cook.
Wins second place at the Rap Olympics in Los Angeles.
Signs on with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint.
Releases his second album The Slim Shady LP.
Timothy White, a Billboard editor, uses his Music to My Ears column to slam Eminem’s lyrics.
Marries Kimberly Scott.
His own mom sues him for slander and wants ten million dollars in damages.
Releases third album The Marshall Mathers LP and in its first week it sells 1.76 million copies.
Catches a man kissing his wife in the Royal Oak parking lot and proceeds to brawl with the man. Members of the Insane Clown Posse cheer him on.
Is arrested for the altercation in the Royal Oak parking lot and is charged with gun possession and gets three years probation. Supposedly he pistol-whips the man.
His wife tries to commit suicide.
Files for divorce from Kim.
His mom sues him again.
He and Kim reconcile.
Receives four Grammy nominations for The Marshall Mathers LP. Women and gay groups protest.
Pleads guilty to carrying a weapon without a permit stemming back to the Royal Oak parking lot where he supposedly pistol-whipped a man for kissing his wife.
Performs the song “Stan” with Elton John at the Grammy Awards ceremony and gives him a big hug.
Kim files for divorce.
Releases fourth album The Eminem Show.
Stars in 8 Mile.
DeAngelo Bailey, the school bully who gave Eminem countless beatings, is now suing Eminem for his song “Brain Damage” because he claims it has ruined his reputation and any chance to jumpstart his own music career.
He says of Britney Spears and her music “I think it’s corny as hell, but whatever. I can’t knock her for doing her thing. She sucks and she can’t sing.”
At a news conference, The Source magazine plays a music cassette from 1993 that features a young Eminem singing racist slurs against black women, calling them “stupid.” The tape was made, according to him, after he had just broken up with a black girlfriend.
The United States Secret Service confirms it is looking into allegations that Eminem’s song “We as Americans” is, in actuality, a death threat aimed at President Bush.
After releasing the music video “Just Lose It,” a song from his upcoming album, Michael Jackson calls the Los Angeles-based Steve Harvey radio show and informs the public he is not impressed with the parodies involving his child-molestation charges, his battle with rhinoplasty, and most importantly, the incident in 1984 when his hair caught on fire during the filming of the Pepsi commercial.
By now, thanks to Michael Jackson and others, many stations ban the “Just Lose It” video. However, MTV doesn’t, and thanks to Michael Jackson and MTV, the video becomes the most requested video on Total Request Live.
Releases his fifth album, Encore.
He enters rehab.
Donates $200,000 to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
He and Kim remarry.
The couple separates again.
He releases his sixth album, Relapse. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single, “Not Afraid,” from his upcoming album Recovery is released. It is downloaded 380,000 times in its first week and is the second hip hop single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut at #1. “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112 was the first hip hop single to do so.
He releases his seventh album, Recovery.
He appears in an episode of Entourage entitled “Lose Yourself.”
He releases his eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.