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.

Oct. 17, 1972
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.

Feb. 3, 1986
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.

Dec. 25, 1995
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.

Oct. 1997
Wins second place at the Rap Olympics in Los Angeles.

Feb. 1998
Signs on with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint.

Feb. 23, 1998
Releases his second album The Slim Shady LP.

Eminem The Slim Shadly LP

The Slim Shady LP


March 1998
Timothy White, a Billboard editor, uses his Music to My Ears column to slam Eminem’s lyrics.

June 6, 1999
Marries Kimberly Scott.

Sept. 1999
His own mom sues him for slander and wants ten million dollars in damages.

May 23, 2000
Releases third album The Marshall Mathers LP and in its first week it sells 1.76 million copies.

Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP

The Marshall Mathers LP

June 3, 2000
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.

June 4, 2000
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.

July 2000
His wife tries to commit suicide.

Aug. 2000
Files for divorce from Kim.

Aug. 2000
His mom sues him again.

Dec. 2000
He and Kim reconcile.

Jan. 2001
Receives four Grammy nominations for The Marshall Mathers LP. Women and gay groups protest.

Feb. 14, 2001
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.

Feb. 21, 2001
Performs the song “Stan” with Elton John at the Grammy Awards ceremony and gives him a big hug.

Mar. 2001
Kim files for divorce.

May 26, 2002
Releases fourth album The Eminem Show.

The Eminem Show

The Eminem Show

Nov. 8, 2002
Stars in 8 Mile.

Aug. 5, 2003
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.

Oct. 17, 2003
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.”

Nov. 19, 2003
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.

Dec. 8, 2003
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.

Oct. 4, 2004
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.

Oct. 22, 2004
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.

Nov. 16, 2004
Releases his fifth album, Encore.

Eminem Encore


Aug. 13, 2005
He enters rehab.

Sept. 10, 2005
Donates $200,000 to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

Jan. 2006
He and Kim remarry.

Feb. 25, 2006
The couple separates again.

May 15, 2009
He releases his sixth album, Relapse. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Eminem Relapse


April 29, 2010
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.

June 18, 2010
He releases his seventh album, Recovery.

Eminem Recovery


Sept. 12, 2010
He appears in an episode of Entourage entitled “Lose Yourself.”

Nov. 5, 2013
He releases his eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

The Marshall Mathers LP 2

The Marshall Mathers LP 2

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