Eminem – After He Was Famous
After They Were Famous
After Eminem released The Slim Shady LP in 1999 and the album went multi-platinum, earning for Marshall Mathers two Grammy Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards.
After Eminem climbed to the top of the Billboard Charts with his tracks like “The Way I Am”, “Without Me”, “Stan”, “Not Afraid”, “Cleaning Out My Closet” and everybody’s least favourite track “Ass Like That’.
There was the law suit with his mother, him attacking a man kissing his ex wife, him holding hands with Elton John. There was 8 mile, D12 and the discovery and promotion of 50 Cent, the were some questionable steps with his music most notably “Ass Like That”. Then the drug addiction to prescription drugs that nearly cost him his life. Following this there was Relapse & Recovery and his massive return to the top with his track ‘Rap God’
In 1999, after two years of working with Dre, Eminem released The Slim Shady LP which became an instant success and went on to sell over three million copies.
In the time since Marshall had signed with Dre he went from being an unemployed minimum wage cook who was struggling to survive, almost over night he had become a household name. He married his long time girlfriend Kim and got to work on the Marshall Mathers LP.
By the time this dropped in the summer of 2001 Eminem had unintentionally made rap music mainstream. His lyrics were boycotted by religious groups, suburban parents, the LGBT community, he picked on pop culture and it seemed it was him versus the world. Except Marilyn Manson, he seemed to have respect for that dude.
The Marshall Mathers LP sold over 19 million copies worldwide, won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
With mainstream media not understanding that Eminem or Slim Shady were characters constructed from Marshall’s lyrical genius he decided to team up with Elton John of all people, performing at the Grammy’s in 2001.
Marshall’s career was red hot but his personal relationships were falling apart. He called it quits in his marriage to Kim, she had attempted suicide but later came up with a much better idea which was to sue Eminem for his track “Kim” if you listen to that track well she had a strong argument. Marshall’s mother was also looking for some money for his track “Cleaning Out My Closet” and sued for $10 Million, she was awarded $25,000, $23,400 of which went to the lawyer.
Following this there was 8 Mile which a based on his life story and for the role Eminem recalls it as one of the few times in his career where he was operating sober.
A lengthy shooting schedule had Eminem on set 16 hours day, between takes he wrote the track “Lose Yourself” but he wasn’t always productive and was battling insomnia he was given his first taste of prescription medication popping back Ambien which allowed him to final get some sleep.
The Eminem Show was released in May 2002. It was another success, reaching number one on the charts and selling over 1.332 million copies during its first full week. Throughout his catalogue Eminem picked a feud with many a celebrity but it was his track “Just Lose It!” that had a few Hollywood insiders saying Eminem had gone too far.
In the song Eminem raps about Michael Jackson and even dressed up as him in the video. Stevie Wonder of all people described it as Eminem “kicking a man while he’s down” but how did he even know.
Around this time Eminem caught wind of another rapper who had recently been shot including taking a bullet to the face, he was pushing mixtapes and putting successful rappers on blast which caught Em’s attention, yes it was 50 Cent.
With Eminem experiencing more success then he could ever have imagined it was time to help out the pals he came up with taking his group D12 with long time BFF Proof, Kuniva, Swifty McVay & everyones favourite Bizarre.
Eminem continued to make headlines with stories of the secret service launching an investigation after his lyrics where interpreted as death threats against the then President George W. Bush.
Eminem put out a greatest hits with Curtain Call and announced that he was gonna take some time of from his rap career. Unknown to most it was his drug addictions that had him a little lost or very lost and during his hiatus from music there were few spottings of Eminem outside of his Detroit mansion, when people did see him, he was unrecognizable due to massive weight gain. Eventually his dependence and over indulgence in Vicodin, Xanax and Valium led to his hospitalization.
In December of 2007 he overdosed and collapsed in the bathroom of his home.
The road to recovery was a long one, he reached out to an old friend Elton John who mentored him for 18 months while he kicked his addiction. He focused on Running to get himself back in shape stating that it’s never cool to be out of breath, especially for that of a rapper.
He released his first album of new music in five years, Relapse, in 2009, featuring the singles “Crack a Bottle” and “Beautiful”.
The next year, he released Recovery, with the singles “Not Afraid”, “Love The Way You Lie” and “Space Bound” which starred Sasha Grey in the video.
For this work he picked a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and followed this up with The Marshall Mathers LP 2 in 2013.
And the rest of the story, well there are rumours that he might be cooking a new album in collaboration with 50 Cent, but we’ll have to wait and see.
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