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Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem, also called Slim Shady, was born on October 17, 1972, in Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA. He is an Oscar-winning American hip-hop artist, songwriter, actor, and music producer. He is the artist with the highest-selling music albums in the USA during the 2000s, selling 33.2 million copies. Eminem is also the best-selling rapper of the last 15 years, having sold 110 million records since 1995. There’s no doubt he’s a big name in the industry, but let’s delve into ten fun facts that you probably had no clue about!

Eminem choose sleep over accepting an Oscar…

Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself” was the first rap song to win an Oscar for Best Original Song. However, Eminem didn’t even watch the awards because he believed he had no chance of winning. Instead, he fell asleep in front of the TV while watching a cartoon with his daughter. [source]

Close friends with Elton John…

When the global superstar decided to break free from his addiction to prescription drugs, another world artist came to his aid – Elton John. Elton John was there to help Eminem for 18 months. [source]

When the global superstar decided to break free from his addiction to prescription drugs, another world artist came to his aid – Elton John. Elton John was there to help Eminem for 18 months.

Holds a Guinness World Record…

Eminem holds a Guinness World Record as the “rap god” for the most words in a single flow. The song has a record-breaking 1,560 words in 6 minutes and 4 seconds, averaging 4.28 words per second. In one part of the song, there are 97 words in 15 seconds, which amounts to 6.5 words per second. [source]

A failed suicide attempt…

In 1997, Marshall attempted to take his own life after getting fired from his job and not being able to afford a gift for his daughter’s birthday. [source]

In 1997, Marshall attempted to take his own life after getting fired from his job and not being able to afford a gift for his daughter’s birthday.

Bullied as a child…

Eminem was severely bullied as a child in public school, leading his mother to sue the local school for not adequately protecting him. [source]

Strained family relationship…

Eminem’s mother sued him for 11 million dollars over his song lyrics about her. They eventually reached a settlement of 25,000 dollars, of which 23,234.25 dollars went towards her legal fees. [source]

Turned down a major film role…

In 2013, he was offered the lead role in the movie Elysium. He was interested but ultimately declined because of an unfulfillable condition: the film had to be shot in his hometown, Detroit. Matt Damon got the lead role instead. [source]

In 2013, he was offered the lead role in the movie Elysium. He was interested but ultimately declined because of an unfulfillable condition: the film had to be shot in his hometown, Detroit. Matt Damon got the lead role instead.

His most despised song ever…

In an interview, Eminem revealed that when he first heard the song “Ice Ice Baby“, he almost completely lost the desire to rap ever again. [source]

Investigated by the US government…

In 2003, the US Secret Service investigated Eminem after he threatened the American president in the song “We As Americans“. [source]

In 2003, the US Secret Service investigated Eminem after he threatened the American president in the song "We As Americans".

Could he be dead…?

Conspiracy theories abound – and this guy is no exception. There is a widespread conspiracy theory that Eminem died in 2006 and was replaced by a lookalike. [source]


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