Eminem Biography Research Paper

1931 Words May 15th, 2013 8 Pages
Emaan Uppal
Mr. Schuttinger
English 9
April 18, 2013
Eminem: Personal Life versus Career When you hear the name Eminem, you picture a skinny, tattoo-covered white guy rapping about drugs, rape, and violence; he has created this image for himself, and tends to hide away the other parts of himself. His alter ego, Slim Shady, is the complete and utter worst possible version of himself – he is completely uncensored and always speaks his mind. The artist behind the music is Marshall Mathers, whose life was not so easy, especially growing up. He had a troubled childhood and an equally troubled adulthood. The frequent changes in his life heavily impacted his work and the style of his music. Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born on
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However, he survived, and after one unsuccessful suicide attempt, facing poverty, and multiple breakups with Kim, it appeared that Eminem’s album Infinite was finally getting some attention. Although Infinite did gain some media attention, it certainly was not enough to feed Eminem’s family or pay the rent. He became angry and frustrated, and this motivated him to create his second stage name, his alter ego, the most crude and viciously honest version of himself, Slim Shady. He began to write songs that focused on expressing his dark feelings, under the name Slim Shady. The three different parts of him were beginning to become clear: first, there was Marshall Mathers, the poor, skinny white boy who got beaten up and pushed around. Then, there was his first alter ego, Eminem, the rapper with the steady rise to fame. Finally, there was Slim Shady, who was angry and not afraid to tell anyone about it. Eminem describes his second alter ego as “the dark, evil, creatively sick” (Lane 25) part of him. This method of separating his good and bad sides proved to be efficient, because he in 1997 he attended the Rap Olympics and later recorded his second album, The Slim Shady EP. In doing this, he took his music to a whole new level. Some of the songs on the album included “97 Bonnie & Clyde,” “Just Don’t Give A F***,” and “Mommy,” which all focused on his anger towards different people in his life: his mother, his father, and

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