Marshall Mathers is turning 45 years today, and we celebrate him with this list of 13 facts you didn’t know about the real Slim Shady. (Photo: WENN)
Eminem was severely bullied when he was in elementary school. Once, a kid hit him in the face with a snowball laden resulting in temporary loss of vision and concussion. (Photo: Instagram)
Before becoming the King of Hip Hop, Marshall was interested in story-telling, so much that he intended to have a career as a comic book artist. (Photo: Instagram)
He used to spend hours at night studying the dictionary so that he could expand his vocabulary for his rhymes. (Photo: Instagram)
He dropped out of school after failing 9th grade three times. He said he was not stupid, but that he lacked an interest in school. All he wanted do was rap. (Photo: Instagram)
His different names represent different personas. He said in an interview: “Slim Shady is the name for my temper or Anger. Eminem is just the rapper, Slim Shady is the attitude behind him, and Marshall Mathers is who I am at the end of the day.” (Photo: Instagram)
Eminem holds a Guinness record for most words in a song—1560 in 6:04 minutes at an average of 4.28 words per second—for his song Rap God. (Photo: Instagram)
Eminem became the first rapper to win an Oscar for a rap song. He won the academy award for the Best Original Song for Lose Yourself. He was convinced he wouldn’t be winning the statue so he didn’t attend the event. (Photo: Instagram)
Eminem was sued by his own mother for $10 million because he made offensive remarks about her in his songs but she was only awarded $1,600. (Photo: Instagram)
Marshall met Kim when he was 15 and she was 13. They welcomed daughter Hailie (picture) when he was 23 years old. After 10 years of engagement, Kim and Eminem married in 2006, but separated 10 months later. (Photo: Instagram)
He’s been a Dallas Cowboys fan since he was a kid. (Photo: Instagram)
Eminem Was offered the lead role in the 2013 sci-fi movie, Elysium. Though he was interested, he wanted the movie to be shot in Detroit, his hometown. This major condition was not met and he refused the job. (Photo: Instagram)
In June 2017, the word Stan was added to the Oxford dictionary thanks to Eminem’s song Stan. The word means an obsessive fan of a particular celebrity. (Photo: Instagram)
Eminem has become a renown icon in the American culture. The Detroit homeboy has broken the preconceived notions in the rapping world. Love him or hate him, Eminem has accomplished his dream of become one of the biggest rappers in the history of music, defying all odds in the process.
Labelled the King of Hip Hop, Marshall Mathers has sold over 155 million albums and singles, gaining himself the title of the world’s best-selling artist of all times.
Today, this living legend turns 45, and we celebrate him by bringing you 13 facts that you probably didn’t know about Eminem, a.k.a. Slim Shady, a.k.a. Marshall Mathers.