30 Amazing Facts You Probably Didn’t Know about Rap God Eminem

Slim Shady aka Eminem is one of the most controversial celebrities who has his fair share of haters and fans. Known all over the world as the best lyricist to ever touch a microphone and rightfully so, Eminem has delivered some of the most unforgettable and fabulous rap verses in history. He has sold millions of albums worldwide, has opened up about his turbulent childhood and thrown major shade at celebrities with his wordplay. Whether you love him or love to hate him, Eminem has taken rap to a whole new level.

As he celebrates his 44th birthday today, let’s tell you about 30 interesting facts about the popular rapper.

1) His name is derived from his initials

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‘Eminem’ is actually another way of pronouncing M and M, which are initials for his name Marshall Mathers. He actually has three aliases: Eminem, M&M and The Slim Shady.

2) Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” was the first rap song to win an Academy Award

 

On March 23, 2003 Eminem’s song made history at the Academy Awards function. Luis Resto, one of the co-writers of the song, received the award on behalf of Eminem as he wasn’t present at the event. The artist was actually dozing off on a couch at his Detroit home!

3) He was sued by his mother for defamation

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For the song ‘My Name Is’, his mother sued Eminem for defamation because of the line “My mother does more dope than I do.”

4) Eminem owns a radio station

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Shade 45 is Eminem’s own hip-hop radio station.

5)  He has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records

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Eminem holds the record for the most successive US number 1 albums by a solo singer.

6) He loves his comic books

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Eminem has an extensive collection of comic books and has also featured in a comic called Eminem/Punisher: Kill You. He wanted to be a comic book artist as a kid.

7) Eminem used to work at a restaurant to support his family

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Young Marshall used to work as a short-order cook to support his mother. He worked at a Michigan family restaurant known as Gilbert’s Lodge.

8) He doesn’t know how to operate a computer

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Apart from not knowing how to operate a computer, he also doesn’t make any effort to learn it. He feels that if he learns to operate it, he’ll be on it the whole time, going crazy by the comments people post about him.

9) He failed the 9th grade thrice!

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The sensational rapper failed to complete his education when he dropped out of school after failing the 9th grade three times. He lacked interest in school and all he wanted to do was rap.

10) Eminem beat Britney Spears’ “Baby One More time” as the fastest-selling solo album

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With the release of “The Marshall Mathers LP” in 2000, it became the fastest-selling solo album in North America. It sold over 1.76 million copies in its first week of release in the U.S.

11) He thought of “Slim Shady” on his pot!

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Yes, that sounds weird, but he was actually attending nature’s call when he thought of “Slim Shady”.

12) He wrote “Just Lose It” in 30 seconds

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This song was the last to be recorded for Encore as the album needed a single.

13) Eminem was severely bullied in school

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The popular rapper didn’t have a smooth time during his elementary school years as he was constantly bullied by the other kids who spit on his lips and knocked him out.

14) He used the word ‘nigga’ only once in his song “Criminal”

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Eminem didn’t want the word in his song and so he decided to censor it.

 15) The rapper was offered a lead role in a sci-fi movie

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He was offered the lead role in Elysium and he was interested in the project. However, he wanted the movie to be shot in his hometown, Detroit, and this was his only condition to accept the role. Since the condition wasn’t met, he turned down the role.

16) He made an unsigned album before “The Slim Shady LP”

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This album is called “Infinite” and it was released in 1996. It only sold some 1000 copies.

17) He picked his lyrics from the dictionary

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Eminem used to read the dictionary extensively to create the lyrics for his songs and come up with complex rhymes that no one else had.

18) He is an introvert

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Though his lyrics have a mean flow, Eminem isn’t the loud mouth he’s known to be. Since childhood, the rapper has been an introvert who doesn’t make friends easily and likes to keep to himself.

19) He loves to scribble

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Eminem can always be spotted scribbling something or the other on a paper. He keeps scribbling rhymes and jotting notes down.

20) Drug overdose almost drove him to death

 

Had he not been taken to the emergency clinic after a drug overdose in his bathroom, Eminem would have died in 2006. His organs had started shutting down when he reached the hospital.

21) Eminem refused to sing at the Oscars

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The organisers wanted him to sing a clean version of “Lose Yourself”. So he refused to sing at the event.

22) He is fondly known as ‘Mickey’

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Eminem’s family members used to call him Mickey as baby because he had big ears.

23) Eminem has been falsely reported dead multiple times

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The media falsely reported that Eminem had died in car crash 4 times and once for his drug overdose.

24) He drew criticism from the LGBT community for his ‘homophobic’ lyrics

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He defended himself saying that whatever he spoke was from the point of view of his character and not from his own perspective.

25) Bestie Boys’ classic album “Licensed to Ill” was his inspiration to rap

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Eminem first got interested in rapping after listening to the album and competed in freestyle battles at a nearby school.

26) He is left-handed

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Like many other talented artists, Eminem is left-handed. If you look hard enough, you’ll get the cues in his music albums.

27) He was once visited by a ‘friendly’ robber

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Once, someone broke into Eminem’s house and made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He didn’t steal anything!

28) Eminem has read only one book completely in his life

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LL Cool J’s ‘I Make My Own Rules’ is the only book that Eminem has read in full.

29) Elton John helped him fight addiction

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He helped Eminem for 18 months to fight his addiction to Vicodin, Ambien and other prescription drugs.

30) He has won 15 Grammys till date

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Isn’t that amazing? In 2010, he won his last Grammy for the album “Recover”, bringing his Grammy’s count to 15 from 43 nominations.

 

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