Success And Controversyy: Eminem: Success And Controversy

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Eminem: Success and Controversy Music has been a vital part of my life. Since I was in elementary school I can remember hanging out in the garage watching my dad work on his car blasting rock music. Now every time I hear Guns n Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle,” it brings me back to those days in the garage with my dad. Music leaves a lasting impact and one artist that has had a great impact on my life is Eminem. Eminem has had much success as an artist not only in music, but on the big screen too. He came into the spotlight in 1998 and since then has set records on sales and awards. His success and music has had a positive affect throughout my life, giving me the confidence needed to become a DJ. Eminem’s stardom didn’t come without any controversy. …show more content…
No matter how you view him, Eminem was a very successful rapper. Eminem started his music career in 1996 when he released his independent album, Infinite. He made the decision to pursue music full time after the birth of his little girl, Hallie Jade Scott. In 1997, he traveled to LA to attend the Rap Olympics Rap Battle and finished 2nd overall. However, despite not winning, he impressed many people and his demo tape made its rounds across several different record companies eventually landing in the arms of Interscope Records CEO, Jimmy Iovine. Iovine passed it along to his friend Dr. Dre, who eventually signed Eminem to his lable, Aftermath Entertainment in 1998. After that, Eminem stardom began to grow to levels never before seen. He released 7 albums under Aftermath setting numerous records along the way. His first album, The Slim Shady LP, was released in February 1999 and went triple platinum by the end of the year. His follow up and most successful album, The Marshall Mathers LP, was released in May 2010 and sold over 19 million copies across the world. It won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and received a nomination for Album of the year. His third album, The Eminem Show, was another success. It was the best …show more content…
He is one of the few artists that get me excited whenever his album is releasing. His lyrics are so intricate that I could spend hours upon hours dissecting them. Although I cannot relate to his music, his songs are so well written that I can picture exactly what he rapping about. Growing up, hip hop was primarily viewed as an African American genre and going to a middle and high school that was primarily full of African Americans, hip hop was my way to make friends in school. It was a great way to initiate conversations with other students and from there our relationship would grow into friendships. We would talk about how amazing of a rapper he was and how much we loved his music. I also played sports in both middle and high school and we used Eminem’s music as motivation and inspiration during each game. We blasted his music throughout our speakers during pre game to get us hyped and excited for the game. Another way Eminem has impacted my life is he allowed me to be confident in music, particularly in becoming a DJ. Eminem showed me that you don’t have to be African American to succeed in hip-hop. Eminem was constantly challenged throughout his career to prove himself in the hip-hop community. With each challenge he was always prepared and used that as fuel to become successful. From being constantly challenged, Eminem became a great freestyle rapper. This helped me when I first started out becoming a DJ. I was

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