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Marshall Mathers III endured an unsettled childhood, living in various states before eventually settling in Detroit at the age of 12. He took up rapping in high school before dropping out in 9th grade, and joining ad hoc groups such as Basement Productions, the New Jacks, and D12. The newly named Eminem released his raw debut album, "Infinite" in 1997 but it was poorly received, with Eminem earning unfavourable comparisons to other leading rappers. He gained revenge however on his critics when he won the Wake Up Show's Freestyle Performer Of The Year award, and finished runner-up in LA's ...

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Marshall Mathers III endured an unsettled childhood, living in various states before eventually settling in Detroit at the age of 12. He took up rapping in high school before dropping out in 9th grade, and joining ad hoc groups such as Basement Productions, the New Jacks, and D12.

The newly named Eminem released his raw debut album, "Infinite" in 1997 but it was poorly received, with Eminem earning unfavourable comparisons to other leading rappers. He gained revenge however on his critics when he won the Wake Up Show's Freestyle Performer Of The Year award, and finished runner-up in LA's annual Rap Olympics.

The following year's "The Slim Shady EP", named after his sinister alter-ego, resulted in Eminem being signed to Aftermath Records by label boss Dr. Dre, who adopted the young rapper as his protégé‚ and acted as co-producer on Eminem's full-length debut. "The Slim Shady LP" was a provocative feast of violent and twisted lyrics, partially redeemed by Eminem's claim to be only "voicing" the thoughts of the Slim Shady character. The album was buoyed by the commercial success of the singles "My Name Is" and "Guilty Conscience", and climbed to number 2 on the US album chart in March 1999. Selling nearly 1.5 million units in its opening week the album went platinum by the end of the year.

Eminem's follow-up album, "The Marshall Mathers LP", debuted at number 1 on the US album chart in May 2000, and established him as the most successful rapper since the mid-90s heyday of 2Pac and Snoop Doggy Dogg. It quickly sold over two million copies, and according to the Guinness World Records, is the fastest selling rap album of all time, selling over 1.7 million domestic copies in its first week.

The rapper swept up three Grammy Awards the following February, and reunited with D12 to release their debut album 'Devil's Night' shortly afterwards. The collective, consisting of Eminem, Bizarre, Swift, Kon Artis, Proof, and Kuniva, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts in the U.S. and topped the charts in many other countries across the globe.

Eminem's hotly anticipated third major release "The Eminem Show" sold 1.6 million copies in it's first full week, catapulting it straight to the top of the charts across Europe and the US. Following that, his long-awaited 4th album "Encore" once again took the charts by storm, going straight to the top after just two days of sales, the quickest time in which anyone has achieved such chart dominance.

D12's follow up, 'D12 World', was released in 2004, and once again hit the top of the US charts, and Em's compilation album, 'Curtain Call: The Hits', arrived in 2005, covering many of his previous commercial hit songs, as well as including three new tracks. But following that he announced that he would be taking a break from solo work, to concentrate on producing and collaborating with his fellow Aftermath artists as well as G-Unit artists and rappers under his Shady Records label.

But never fear because Shady is back! 'Eminem Presents: The Re-Up' hits shelves this week, and we can't wait to hear what he has in store for us this time. The man behind "Slim Shady" may be something of an enigma - an unknown quantity, one minute the clown and next the source of torrents of abuse - but he truly has taken the music world by storm. Whether you think he a highly talented poet or just a lucky sociopath working out his problems on multi-platinum albums, you simply cannot deny the phenomenal talent of this amazing lyricist.

Ladies and gentleman, despite the curtain call we're in store for another encore. Hold tight, because the Real Slim Shady has returned!

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