One of the most controversial rap artists who rose to fame in the late nineties. His songs are a combination of his two "identities", Marshall Mathers and Slim Shady. Marshall Mathers raps about issues he faced growing up in his life and how he approached them. Many teenagers can relate to some of the issues he raises in his songs, such as drug addictions, problems with parents, etc. Some of the more famous raps in this genre include Stan and The Way I am. Slim Shady, in contrast, is Eminems goofy side. Anything goes while Slim is rapping, he'll rap about anything and everything with no real message behind the music. Slim Shady appears in songs like The Real Slim Shady and Rain Man. Eminem is credited with the discovery of many prominent mainstream rap artists such as D12
and 50 Cent
. Along with Dr. Dre
, Eminem has created a rap label called Shady/Aftermath. He is often hailed as a man who took incredible steps in uniting urban and suburban cultures trough his music. Sometimes branded a wigger
by some, Eminem has tried his best to shed this title, and has been backed up by other rappers in the industry who show their support for him and his music. Some consider him among the top five rappers in history. His earliest albums are also considered as his best work, with The Marshall Mathers LP
considered legendary by many rap critics. However, it seems that lately Eminem has let politics interfere too much with his music, and may have lost some of his mainstream fan base because of that.
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