What is Eminem’s Birthday?
Eminem celebrates his birthday on October 17. The motor-mouthed icon has a spot on “Rolling Stone’s” list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He’s a rapper, producer, record executive, songwriter, and actor. His most recent studio album, “Kamikaze,” came out in August 2018.
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History of Eminem's Birthday
Marshal Bruce Mathers III, professionally known as Eminem, was born October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Before they separated, his parents were in a band called Daddy Warbucks. His father later left them and moved to California with his new family, subsequently cutting ties with his first born. Marshal, his mother, and his younger brother struggled to find a stable place to live, bouncing from place to place and primarily living with family members.
In his teens, Eminem would write letters to his dad, but they would all come back marked “return to sender”. He was bullied in school and suffered severe injuries from the targeted attacks. He loved storytelling and wanted to become a comic book artist, but soon discovered a love for hip hop. The first rap song he heard was Ice-T’s “Reckless” from a soundtrack CD given to him by his uncle.
At 14, Eminem began rapping with his high school friend and started going by “M&M”, which were his initials. He would sneak into neighboring high schools to participate in rap battles and on Saturdays attend hip hop open mic contests at The Hip-Hop Shop on West 7 Mile. He was appreciated by underground audiences and gained respect within the genre.
Eminem received more attention when he developed his alter ego Slim Shady in the late 1990s. In 1997 he released the Slim Shady Ep, which was featured in hip hop magazine The Source’s “Unsigned Hype” column. He moved to Los Angeles to compete in the Rap Olympics where he placed second. However, Interscope Records staff who were in attendance of the event got ahold of his EP and sent it to CEO Jimmy Iovine, who then played it for Dr. Dre. The N.W.A. founder was so shocked and impressed when he heard the EP that he ordered his assistant to find Eminem immediately, beginning their iconic partnership.