|Net Worth:||$250 million|
|Profession/Career:||Rapper, songwriter, record producer|
|YouTube Channel:||EminemMusic (@eminem)|
|College:||Did not attend|
|Full Name:||Marshall Bruce Mathers III|
|Date of Birth:||October 17, 1972|
|Place of Birth:||St. Joseph, Missouri|
Who is Eminem?
Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer, widely considered one of the most successful and influential artists in the genre of hip-hop. Born on October 17, 1972, in St. Joseph, Missouri, Eminem grew up in Detroit and began rapping in local clubs as a teenager.
Eminem’s debut album, “Infinite” (1996), wasn’t commercially successful. His big break came with his second album, “The Slim Shady LP” (1999), which was produced by Dr. Dre, a key figure in Eminem’s rise to stardom. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, and its success was followed by his next albums “The Marshall Mathers LP” (2000) and “The Eminem Show” (2002), both also winning the Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album, making Eminem the first artist to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive LPs.
Known for his controversial and provocative lyrics, Eminem’s themes include his troubled personal and family life, critique of pop culture and the music industry, and experiences with drug addiction and rehabilitation. Despite the controversy, or perhaps in part because of it, Eminem has gained a broad fan base and has sold millions of albums worldwide.
Eminem’s alter ego is “Slim Shady,” a persona that allows him to express his anger and darker thoughts. He has also appeared in films, notably playing a version of himself in the semi-autobiographical “8 Mile” (2002), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself,” becoming the first hip-hop artist ever to win this award.
Besides his solo work, Eminem has collaborated with many other artists, and he is the founder of his record label, Shady Records. His impact on hip-hop culture and the music industry as a whole has solidified his place as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time.
Eminem’s Net Worth
Eminem’s net worth is estimated to be around $250 million.
What we know about him:
- On years that Eminem tours, he makes $30-50 million annually. This is Eminem’s largest source of revenue.
- In his first major concert tour with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, he earned $28 million. His take was a respectable 17%, and the tour took in almost $165 million that year.
- On years he doesn’t tour, he makes around $20 million annually.
- His first album, which released in 1996 and was called “Infinite,” sold around 1,000 copies and earned him around $11k.
- For his “The Slim Shady LP” album, Eminem made around $6 million. The album sold over 5 million units and brought in over $50 million. His take was 11% of that.
- From all of the albums combined, he has made over $72 million altogether.
- His highest earning single ever is “My Name Is,” which has earned him close to $1 million. From all of his singles, he has been estimated to have made $15 million in total.
- It seems these days, Eminem loves to push out music through his YouTube channel. His most viewed video is “Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna,” and has garnered him over 2.6 billion views and counting. At a rate of $5 per 1,000 views, he is estimated to have made $13 million from that song on YouTube alone.
- His total channel views top over 22 billion total, with an estimated $110 million in ad revenue from that.
- It is estimated that for his endeavors outside of music, he has made well over $120 million. This includes the movie “8 Mile” for which he is estimated to have been paid $2 million for.
- Eminem owns over 5 different properties, with the most expensive home in Dubai being worth $45 million and the least expensive home in Amsterdam being $10 million. His mansion in California is worth roughly $15 million.
Eminem’s Early Life and Childhood
Eminem’s parents, Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr. and Deborah Rae “Debbie” Nelson, were in a band together called Daddy Warbucks. They played in Ramada Inns along the Dakotas–Montana border before their separation.
Eminem’s father abandoned the family when he was an infant. He and his mother moved between Missouri and Michigan, rarely staying in one place longer than a year, living mostly with family members. They eventually settled in the Eastside of Detroit when Eminem was 14. He never had a stable home environment and frequently moved around with his mother, who struggled with jobs and maintaining a stable life.
During his childhood, Eminem and Debbie were reportedly victims of constant bullying, especially after they moved into a predominantly black neighborhood. Eminem was often beat up in the bathroom, shoved into lockers, and once got knocked unconscious by a bully. His tumultuous relationship with his mother and absentee father, experience with bullying, and struggles with poverty greatly influenced his song lyrics in later life.
Eminem has been passionate about language and comic books from an early age, and he found an outlet in rap. He dropped out of high school at age 17 and worked odd jobs while participating in freestyle rap battles and creating his own amateur performances. His talent began to garner attention in the local hip-hop scene and eventually caught the eye of Dr. Dre.
Eminem’s Rise to Fame
Dr. Dre, an influential figure in the hip-hop industry, played a pivotal role in Eminem’s career. Their partnership was instrumental in Eminem’s rise to global fame, and it began in the late 1990s when an intern from Interscope Records brought Eminem’s “Slim Shady EP” to the attention of the label’s CEO, Jimmy Iovine. Impressed with what he heard, Iovine played the tape for Dr. Dre, who immediately liked Eminem’s unique style and felt his potential. Dr. Dre once stated, “In my entire career in the music industry, I have never found anything from a demo tape or a CD. When Jimmy played this, I said, ‘Find him. Now.'”
Under Dr. Dre’s mentorship and production, Eminem was signed to Aftermath Entertainment, Dr. Dre’s record label, and they started working on his first major album, “The Slim Shady LP.” Dr. Dre produced several tracks on the album and featured in some songs, providing a significant credibility boost for Eminem in the hip-hop community. The album was a commercial success, and it helped Eminem break into the mainstream music industry.
Dr. Dre also worked with Eminem on his subsequent albums, including “The Marshall Mathers LP” and “The Eminem Show,” both of which were highly successful. Their collaborative work often resulted in chart-topping singles and has won multiple Grammy Awards.
In addition to the musical partnership, Dr. Dre provided a degree of industry protection for Eminem. At a time when a white rapper was an anomaly in the hip-hop world, Dre’s endorsement signaled to other artists and industry figures that Eminem was a legitimate talent who deserved respect.