Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? Eminem has been cited as one of the most influential rappers of his time. His long-spanning career in the spotlight has been filled with many ups and downs. The artist incorporates his personal struggles and demons into his lyrics, however, there are many facts about his personal life that are kept on the down-low. We’ve compiled a list of 10 facts you may not know about the infamous rapper.
Number One: His Mother Sued Him For “My Name Is”
In Eminem’s song hit song, ‘My Name Is’, he raps, “My mother does more dope than I do”. His mother sued over this line, claiming defamation.
Number Two: Eminem Dropped Out of High School
It’s true! The rapper dropped out of high school after failing the 9th grade three times.
Number Three: Eminem Originally Wanted to Be a Comic Book Writer
It’s crazy to think that as a child, Eminem (Marshal Mathers) wasn’t even thinking about becoming a rapper. His original dream was to be a comic book writer.
Number Four: The Rapper Dealt With Severe Bullying
For die-hard fans, this may already be a known fact. Eminem raps about one of his biggest childhood bullies, DeAngelo Bailey, in his song ‘Brain Damage’. Bailey beat Eminem so badly as a child that at one point he actually went into a coma.
Number Five: Eminem Sued Universal Music Group
Through FBT Products, Eminem sued Universal Music Group for unpaid digital royalties. He sued on the grounds that Universal was cheating artists of their digital royalties in the early days of music streaming.
Number Six: He Was Living in a Trailer When “Slim Shady” Dropped
That’s right. When his now-infamous “Slim Shady EP” dropped, the real slim shady was still living in a trailer with his then-girlfriend Kim and their daughter.
Number Seven: Elton John is a Life-Long Friend
An unexpected bond between the two artists formed early on. The two performed “Stan” together at the 2001 Grammys, and have been close ever since. Elton John even became Eminem’s sponsor on his path to sobriety.
Number Eight: On His First Tour, He Fell Off of a 10 Foot Stage
He was brought to the hospital where it was discovered he had bruised multiple ribs. A few tour dates were canceled while the rapper recovered from the fall. Not the best way to start off his first tour as an artist, but nonetheless, he prevailed!
Number Nine: He Didn’t Attend the Oscars the Year He Won
The year that Eminem won the Oscar for “Best Original Song”, the rapper preferred to stay at home instead of attending the ceremony.
Number Ten: He Has Been a Dallas Cowboys Fan for a Long Time
It’s true! While the rapper originates from Detroit, he has been a fan of the NFL team since childhood!
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