40-year-old Kansas City, Missouri native Marshall Bruce Mathers III has been a force to reckon with in the world of hip-hop for nearly two decades. At this past Sunday’s inaugural YouTube Music Awards, he reinstated himself as Rap God with the live debut of the eponymous new single. Shot in just one take, the Syndrome-directed music video of the 6-minute live finale performance captured a polished level of rhyme-spitting that few believed was even possible to pull off by Em, outside of a recording studio.
The real Slim Shady is back on the map and bigger than ever, so here’s some trivia to keep you in the loop:
His striking creativity is unforgettable.
In 2005, Eminem’s single “Stan” was voted the 2nd Most Memorable Music Video Ever by viewers of MTV show The Box.
He’s on Jay-Z’s VIP list.
He was the only guest artist to collaborate on Jay-Z’s album, “The Blueprint.”
He’s a man of the cloth.
He was named an honorary priest by the Raelian Movement in reaction to his song, “Mosh.” It is “a title given only to public figures unafraid of jeopardizing their careers in the name of peace.”
He is not your average chocolate candy.
The name “Eminem” was taken from his initials (Marshall Mathers). His original stage name was M&M, which he went by in his first musical group, Soul Intent.
With “Lose Yourself,” he won big.
Eminem’s single “Lose Yourself” but took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for his semi-autobiographical movie, “8 Mile” (2002). It was the first rap song in history to win this Academy Award, and went on to win a Grammy in 2004.