Eminem has finally been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…
And the rapper paid homage to over 100 artists in his acceptance speech!
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Now, Eminem is an icon for many.
Eminem, whose real name is Marshal Mathers, first came onto the hip-hop scene in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, in 1997.
But it hasn’t always been easy for the star…
Throughout the early nineties, he worked tirelessly on making a name for himself in the underground world of hip hop — something which proved to be quite the challenge for a white man.
He started out way back in In 1988, with the stage name MC Double M, later evolving into M&M, before he finally became Eminem…
It took him quite some time to establish himself in the industry, with Detroit’s veteran MCs and DJs laughing the “skinny white boy” off from the stage.
This continued for a few years until finally he was signed to Jeff and Mark Bass’s F.B.T. Productions and recorded his debut album…
Sadly, the 1996 Infinite album sold poorly.
But he didn’t give up…
Eminem’s freestyle skills and unique persona, Slim Shady, caught the attention of rapper and record producer, Dr. Dre, at an LA rap battle.
And the rest is history…
With the producer as his mentor, Eminem released the iconic The Slim Shady LP in 1999, which went on to sell millions of copies and win him 2 Grammy Awards and 4 MTV Video Music Awards.
This catapulted him into the spotlight.
In 2000, he went on to release The Marshall Mathers LP, which included some of his most popular tracks such as ‘Stan’ and ‘The Real Slim Shady’.
His fourth album, The Eminem Show in 2002 was just as successful…
And in that same year, the musician made his acting debut in the movie, 8 Mile, which was based loosely around his own life and growth and success in the world of hip hop.
It’s safe to say he’s been through a lot in his life.
And Eminem certainly hasn’t been shy of controversy.
He frequently uses his music to re-tell troubling events that have happened in his life…
Rumors of Eminem’s abusive childhood have circulated for years, and the rapper famously had a difficult relationship with his mom, Debbie Nelson-Mathers.
Regardless, he has built his image around an angsty, rebellious young man who simply doesn’t give a f***.
And it seems as though he uses his music as an outlet for all of his… problematic frustration. He has publicly blasted many famous faces in his songs, including Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, Christina Aguilera, and Will Smith.
The rapper has frequently come under fire for also coming up with “problematic” lyrics.
Many have slammed the rapper as being “s*xist” and “homophobic,” as well as violent.
He often rapped about hurting women and killing his wife, Kim.
And in his earlier years, he was arrested and charged with assault in 2000 when he allegedly pistol-whipped a man he saw kissing her, so I guess some people are just concerned that his lyrics might actually play out in real life.
But that still hasn’t stopped his behavior.
Recently people on social media have taken matters into their own hands, trying to cancel him for one song in particular.
People are bashing the rapper for cultural appropriation, with many expressing outrage over an old music video.
The song in question is ‘My Band’, which featured D12 and was released way back in 2004.
In the video, Eminem could be seen dressed as a matador, while D12 was dressed like a Mariachi band.
This hasn’t sat well with some social media users, and his lyrics are being pulled apart too.
In one part of the song he says “salsa makes all the pretty girls want to dance and get in their underpants.”
But why are people only bringing it up now?
Well, it seems to have come from the recent backlash rapper, Tyga got after he released a music video for his song ‘Ay Caramba’.
He could be seen dressed as, what many have called, a stereotypical Mexican man. He later apologized for the video on the L.A. Leakers and American Cholo podcast, saying: “I want to apologize to the Mexican community and my fans that are Mexican.
“I have a lot of Latin fans that are Puerto Rican or Dominican that probably weren’t offended by this video. But, my Mexican fans in L.A., there definitely was some that were offended.”
Fans quickly took to Twitter to share that Eminem hadn’t received the same backlash for his music video way back in the day.
One Twitter user wrote: “How come there’s no outrage in the Latino community for Eminem doing this huh?”
Another added: “I wonder why these folks aren’t demanding an apology from Eminem.”
A third said: “Invent a time machine and travel back and/or forth to whichever era and this s**t will STILL not be funny.”
It seems as though Eminem has made a lot of new haters, and artist The Game might be one of his biggest.
The rapper recently dropped his new album Drillmatic, which features the diss track ‘The Black Slim Shady’.
In the song, which lasts over 10 minutes, The Game not only hits out at Eminem’s apparent lack of talent but also gives a dig at his daughter Hailie.
And it seems Hailie has now spoken out about the song.
Defending her father, she reportedly tweeted: “If you have to make a song 10mins long about someone you ‘dislike,’ it’s giving obsessed.”
“My dad is so legendary that people have to diss him in their songs just to attract an audience because they know they would flunk without the attention,” Hailie continued.
She also uploaded a video lip-syncing to 50 Cent, seemingly in response to the track.
You can see her post here.
Speaking of diss tracks, one thing that left many fans scratching their heads was why Eminem dissed Will Smith in his hit song ‘The Real Slim Shady’.
The lyrics say: “Will Smith don’t gotta cuss in his raps to sell records / Well I do, so f**k him and f**k you too / You think I give a damn about a Grammy / Half of you critics can’t even stomach me / Let alone stand me.”
As per one of Will’s friends, DJ Jazzy Jeff, the feud between the 2 started earlier on in Eminem’s career back in Detroit.
According to Jazzy Jeff, Will insulted Eminem, saying he’s “either gonna be the biggest flop in hip hop, or you are gonna be the biggest thing that we have ever seen in hip hop.”
Since then, those words never left Eminem’s head, according to Jazzy Jeff.
But the tension between the 2 started to rise even higher after Will gave a speech at the 1999 Video Music Awards.
Smith’s song ‘Miami’ beat out Eminem’s ‘My Name Is’ for the Best Male Video award that year.
Giving his acceptance speech, Will rubbed Eminem up the wrong way by saying: “To all my fans out there, I never killed nobody in none of my records. I never used no profanity and none of my records, and still, I managed to get up here. Peace.”
When Eminem was questioned in an interview about his lyrics, he said: “First of all, I used to respect Will Smith. Now, he’s dissed the whole genre of rap. He dissed gangsta rap music.”
“And that is one of the most influential musics out there. I respect him for saying his opinion, but not everybody is as happy as Will Smith,” he continued.
“Not everybody sees life as happy and as positive as he sees it.
“So if he wants to rap about birds and bees and flowers, then let him rap about birds and bees and flowers, but don’t dis nobody else,” Eminem finished.
Since then, the rapper’s eldest adopted daughter, Hailie, has been making headlines…
But people are probably less familiar with Alaina Marie Mathers.
According to UNILAD, Alaina also had a few shoutouts across her dad’s lyrics, usually being referred to as “Lainey.”
But she has mostly kept out of the limelight.
Reportedly, Alaina was born Amanda Marie Scott and was adopted by Eminem and his ex-wife Kim Scott in the mid-2000s and has treated the rap star like a father ever since.
Born in 1993, Alaina was the child of Kim’s twin sister Dawn, but legal guardianship was given to Eminem and Kim due to his sister-in-law’s inability to look after her.
Eminem decided to take Alaina in and ensured she had a healthy childhood that wouldn’t be impacted by her biological parents and raised her as their own alongside Hailie.
In 2016, Dawn Scott reportedly died due to a drug overdose aged forty.
Despite being brought up by one of the famous men in the music industry, his adopted daughter chose a life out of the spotlight.
At twenty-three Alaina graduated from the University of Oakland with a degree in Public Relations, which super-fans can get a glimpse of, among other life milestones, in Alaina’s public Instagram.
“Can’t believe on Saturday I (finally) graduate. None of this would have been possible without the help and love of my parents. Thankful is an understatement,” she wrote in one post that saw her throwing her graduation cap into the air.
And then, in December 2021, Alaina got engaged to her partner Matt Moeller after dating for 7 years.
Alaina, who has dedicated her Instagram to body positivity and mental health advocacy, also regularly pays tribute to her late biological mum.
While she also shared snaps from her luxurious travels around the world with her fiancé Matt, she isn’t afraid to open up about her unusual family dynamic.
As she even revealed what it was like to grow up with 2 sets of parents.
She wrote at the time: “I didn’t start calling my aunt and uncle mum and dad until I was older but having a meshed family is what’s always been normal to me.”
“Side note; just because you birth a child or provide the sperm for a child doesn’t make you a parent,” she continued.
“Some people think Mom and Dad titles should be earned. I always called my bio Mom and Dad, Mom and Dad but I respect if your ‘parents’ weren’t there if you don’t call them that. Boundaries is key.”
In a 2004 interview with Rolling Stone, Eminem opened up about taking in his niece as his own and explained: “I have full custody of my niece and joint custody of Hailie.”
“I was always there for Hailie, and my niece has been a part of my life ever since she was born. Me and Kim pretty much had her, she’d live with us wherever we were at,” she said.
On Saturday, Eminem was finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame…
And his acceptance speech has won the hearts of many!
According to the Daily Mail, Eminem performed during the 5-plus hour show with the help of special guests Ed Sheeran and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler…
This included a song list of ‘My Name Is’, ‘Rap God’, ‘Sing For The Moment’, ‘Stan’, ‘Forever’, and ‘Not Afraid’.
Eminem was inducted into the Hall of Fame by his mentor, Dr. Dre.
The hip-hop producer and N.W.A. rapper took 8 minutes and shared some of the histories they had been through together, according to The Detroit News.
Dre revealed that he didn’t even realize Eminem was White when he first heard him rap, and said that he encountered resistance when he first posed the idea of signing him to his record label.
So much so the rap legend apparently gave a nod to a long list of hip-hop idols, both known and unknown.
But Eminem took about 3-and-a-half minutes and mentioned more than 100 names after accepting the honor at the 37th annual ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
He started with 2 Live Crew then went on to list some more recognizable names, including the Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and Dr. Dre.
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