Known as one of the most controversial rappers of the early 21st century, Eminem is an artist willing to put anybody in his verbal crosshairs – including his mother, wife and even himself. His unique style is what sets him apart from other musicians in the industry. The American rapper and record producer is one of the top selling artists of the modern music era, with his hit albums like the 1997 Slim Shady EP, The Slim Shady EP in 1999 and 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP. With countless awards, including several Grammy Awards to his name, Eminem is without doubt, one of the top rappers of this generation.
Following the release of his latest album, Revival, in 2017, Eminem will be now giving a series of performances across the country. He will be seen performing at Coachella, Bonnaroo and other such festivals in 2018. Grab your Eminem tickets if you want to catch him live at one of these performances!
Early Life and Career
Eminem was born as Marshall Bruce Mathers III, near Kansas City, Missouri. He was raised by his mother, Debbie Mathers-Briggs, along with his half-brother. Growing up in a largely black neighborhood on the East side of Detroit, Eminem was frequently bullied. However, soon he made a bunch of friends who realized that he had a knack for rhyming.
After failing the ninth grade thrice, Eminem dropped out of school and began entering competitions in the local freestyle throw-downs, with his crew, the Dirty Dozen. Soon after getting involved in the underground rap scene, the youngster released his debut solo album, Infinite in 1996, on the local Web Entertainment label. This album did not garner much attention; however, the next album was what got Eminem noticed.
Breakthrough with The Real Slim Shady EP
The Real Slim Shady EP was released in 1998 and managed to get the attention of none other than Dr. Dre. He was so impressed by Eminem’s abilities that he signed him on to his record label, Aftermath. This is where The Slim Shady LP was released. The LP debuted at Number Three on the pop chart and sold an impressive three million copies. In addition to that, it won the rising star his first Grammy for Best Rap Album. The catchy lead single from this album, “My Name Is” was a major success as well, and got Eminem a Grammy for the Best Rap Solo Performance.
Riding on an early wave of success, Eminem released single “The Real Slim Shady”, which reached number four on the pop charts and number 11 on the R&B charts. “Stan”, the song that’s about a disturbed fan taking Eminem’s violent themes too seriously, was also a major hit.
In the summer of 2002, the MC returned with The Eminem Show, his third album, selling more than a million copies within the first week of its release. Eventually, it ended up selling over 10 million copies, and became Eminem’s second diamond certified album.
8 Mile Success
In November 2002, Eminem starred as himself in a movie called 8 Mile. The movie told the story of an aspiring MC in Detroit, and co-starred Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer and Brittany Murphy. The artist earned a lot of critical acclaim for his work in the movie and even more for its sound track, “Lose Yourself”. This song not only became Eminem’s first song to hit Number One on the Billboard Hot 100, but also earned him an Academy Award for the Best Original Song in 2003.
Artistry and Influences on Eminem’s Work
Eminem has cited several MCs as having influenced his work, including Ice-T, Melle Mel, LL Cool J, Rakim, Beastie Boys and Kool G Rap among others. As far as his style of rapping goes, Eminem uses varied and humorous subject matter and connects with his audience using a series of complex rhymes, bending words to make them rhyme, complex rhythms with clear enunciation and the use of melody and syncopation. His work has been defined as falling in the genre of horrorcore, hardcore hip hop and comedy hip hop.
Eminem is also known for the use of his famous alter ego, Slim Shady, in many of his tracks. In songs with Slim Shady, the themes are usually dark and violent, and tend to have a comic twist. Another character often heard of in Eminem’s songs is Ken Kaniff, a homosexual who makes fun of Eminem’s music.
Awards and Honors for Eminem
Over the years, Eminem has won an impressive 515 awards in total, and has been nominated 800 times. His major label debut album, The Real Slim Shady LP won him a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The Eminem Show also won Grammy awards and made Eminem the first artist to win the Best Rap Album award for three consecutive LPs. In total, he has won 15 Grammys in his career.
In 2003, the successful rapper won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for the Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself”, the soundtrack of 8 Mile that became the longest running No. 1 hip hop single.
Subsequent albums, Encore and Recovery were number one albums, achieving widespread commercial success and topping charts in several countries.
Eminem has been named the Best Rapper Alive by Vibe Magazine in 2008. He is also included on VH1’s list for the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and on Rolling Stone’s list for the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In December 2009, Billboard magazine named him the Artist of the Decade.
In 2013, he was honored by MTV Europe Music Awards with a Global Icon Award, becoming the first rapper ever to receive this honor, joining legends such as Queen, Bon Jovi and Whitney Houston.
Eminem Tour Tickets 2018
For fans of the rapper, there is plenty of good news. Eminem will be performing a series of shows at a number of festivals. If you want to catch him live, you ought to get your hands on these Eminem tour tickets at the earliest.
The rapper from Detroit recently released his new album called Revival. The first single from this album “Walk on Water” featured none other than the Queen Bey herself, Beyonce. Revival was released on 15th December, 2017, followed by the second single “River” on 5th January, 2018. The album became the eighth album by the artist to top the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 197,000 copies in the first week of sales.
And now, Eminem is all set to bring the best of his music, live for his fans, at multiple venues and dates across the country. He will be performing at Coachella in Indio, CA, followed by The Governers Ball Music Festival in New York. In June 2018, Eminem will perform at Bonnaroo on multiple dates, followed by a series of performances at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover.
Make this summer extra special by getting your hands on these tickets at the earliest. With his level of stardom, these tickets are not expected to last very long, so get yours before they run out!