|About Marshall Bruce Mathers III|
|Birth||October 17, 1972 St. Joseph, Missouri|
|Spouse||Kimberly Scott (m. 1999; div. 2001)|
|Children||Hailie Jade, Whitney Scott Mathers, Alaina Marie Mathers|
|Address||Rochester Hills, Michigan|
|Job||Rapper, Record producer, Record executive, Songwriter, Actor|
|Affiliation||Aftermath, Shady, Interscope, Web|
|Awards||Grammy Awards, Academy Award, American Music Awards, Barbados Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, BMI Awards, Brit Awards, Echo Awards, Golden Globe Award, Juno Awards, MTV Awards, People’s Choice Awards, World Music Awards|
Eminem overcame a broken home and poverty to become one of the most successful and influential rappers in the world. He is known all over the world today as an outspoken and talented musician who loves to spark controversy. Eminem’s net worth in 2018 is currently estimated at $190.0 million and spends some of that money to help disadvantaged youth in America. Eminem is a living example of how hard work and determination can make one’s dreams come true, even if half the world disagrees with your opinions.
Verse to verse, Eminem is one of the greatest rappers of all time and has been instrumental in popularizing rap as a genre all over the world. Even though his real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, he is better known by his professional name Eminem to his fans all over the globe.
Eminem is an American rapper, songwriter, record executive, record producer, and actor. He has sold over 220 million records globally and still shows no sign of slowing down.
No wonder the net worth of Eminem is currently estimated at a whopping $190.0 million and still growing! However, that’s way below the estimated net worth of the richest rapper in the world, Jay-Z, who reportedly has $900.0 million under his belt!
Eminem has earned all this money thanks to the sales of his albums and singles, his live concerts and tours, producing records of other artists under his own label, his film appearances, the sales of his music videos, and more.
Eminem’s Childhood Was Extremely Tough
Born on October 17, 1972, in St. Joseph, Missouri, to his musically inclined parents, Deborah Rae Nelson and Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr., Eminem had an extremely tough childhood. His father left the family and went to California where he had a couple of children, while Eminem had to stay with his mother as they shuttled between Michigan and Missouri.
Eminem and his mother had to move frequently and rarely lived in a home for more than one or two years. They often had to stay with relatives, and Eminem grew up in places like Savannah, Kansas City, before settling down in Detroit, Michigan.
He lived in a working-class, primarily black neighborhood in Detroit. And he was often bullied and beaten up by black youth living there. Many of his songs reference the run-down trailer park he used to live in with his mom.
Finding His Calling in Rap Music
Eminem was a loner and initially wanted to be a comic book artist because he was interested in storytelling. But when he heard his first ever rap song, “Reckless” featuring Ice-T, he found his calling.
From then on, he began working hard on his lyrics and music with the ambition of becoming a true-blood rapper. Of course, this was not easy, as he was white and rap music had always been a bastion of black people in Detroit.
Not one to be deterred, Eminem started rapping with his high school friend, Mike Ruby, at the age of 14. He would sneak into the nearby Osborn High School and engage in lunchroom freestyle rap battles. And on Saturdays, he would attend open mic contests at the Hip-Hop Shop on West 7 Mile.
Eminem started getting plaudits from underground hip-hop audiences and got recruited by rap bands like the New Jacks, Soul Intent, and The Dirty Dozen (D12). His reputation grew as a result of his passionate performances and from the novelty of being a young white rapper in the predominantly black music scene.
Eminem Secures First Record Deal
At the age of 24, Eminem got his first record deal and released his debut album titled Infinite. Even though it was a commercial failure, it got him noticed and led him to release the Slim Shady EP.
The EP featured his sadistic, violent alter ego named Slim Shady and covered controversial topics like drugs, rape, and murder. It caught the attention of record producer Dr. Dre, who had his own label, Aftermath Entertainment.
Working together with Dr. Dre, Eminem made his second album, The Slim Shady LP. It was released in February 1999 and received widespread critical acclaim and commercial success. People finally knew the name “Eminem” and his success only snowballed from there.
This started a long collaborative relationship with Dr. Dre. The duo worked on subsequent hit singles like “Forgot About Dre,” “Bitch Please II,” “Say What You Say,” “Old Time’s Sake,” and “Crack a Bottle.” Though he recieved widespread acclaim, the reviews weren’t all good; he became known for his controversial lyrics and the use of foul language in his songs, and parents everywhere cringed at the thought of their kids listening to his music. But it didn’t matter; the phenomenon that was known as Eminem had landed.
Eminem’s Songs and Albums
From then on, there was no looking back for Eminem. He has released a bunch of highly successful albums over the years like The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, Encore, Relapse, Recovery, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and Revival.
Songs that have made Eminem such a fan favorite include “The Real Slim Shady,” “The Way I Am,” “Stan,” “Without Me,” “Just Lose It,” “Mosh,” and “Not Afraid.” His other hits like“Love the Way You Lie,” “Space Bound,” “Berzerk,” “Lose Yourself,” “Survival,” “Rap God,” “The Monster,” and one of his latest (featuring Beyonce) titled “Walk On Water” have also been immensely popular. Clearly, Eminem is here to stay.
Eminem has collaborated with virtually every major artist over the years to create some unforgettable songs. They include artists like Dr. Dre, D12, 50 Cent, Yelawolf, Redman, DMX, Kid Rock, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Drake, Method Man, Nicki Minaj, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Xzibit, T.I., Young Jeezy, Beyonce, and even Ed Sheeran.
He has also made music working with artists like Akon, Busta Rhymes, Tony Yayo, Trick Trick, and Sticky Fingaz.
Eminem’s Tours Rake in Big Money
A significant part of Eminem’s earnings has come from his tours over the years, like his own “Rapture Tour” in 2013 and “The Monster Tour” with Rihanna in 2014.
The “Rapture Tour” was launched to support the release and sales of his eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It sold over 315,000 tickets.
“The Monster Tour” took advantage of the crackling chemistry between Eminem and Rihanna, first observed in their collaboration single, “Love the Way You Lie” in 2010. At one point, you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing the hook to this infamous song!
The tour began at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on August 7, 2014, and ended at Comerica Park in Detroit on August 23, 2014. It turned out to become one of the most successful tours in North America ever in 2014, grossing over $36.0 million in only six shows!
A total of 315,858 tickets were sold for only six shows and it is still buzzed about today!
Eminem’s Movies and TV Shows
The rapper’s versatility can be gauged from the fact that he has acted in several films and TV shows over the years. He has played roles in films like Da Hip Hop Witch, The Wash, 8 Mile, Funny People, The Interview, and Bodied.
He has mostly played himself on TV shows like The Slim Shady Show, Crank Yankers, Entourage, and Detroit Rubber. And he even showed his comical side when he appeared as the host on Saturday Night Live.
Eminem played a character named B-Rabbit in the film, 8 Mile. The film was loosely based on himself and and his life growing up in the slums, and showcased his attempts to launch a career in a field dominated by black rap artists in Detroit.
His performance was widely praised, and the film achieved both commercial and critical success. He even won an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category for “Lose Yourself.”
Eminem has also appeared in several documentary films and a couple of concert films like The Up In Smoke Tour and Live from New York City.
Opening Up to His Fans
Knowing that his numerous fans were eager to know even the minute details of his life, Eminem released his autobiography titled The Way I Am on October 21, 2008.
In his book, Eminem discussed at length the details of his struggles with poverty, fame, drugs, depression, and heartbreak. He also covered topics like his phenomenal rise to fame, his past controversies, and the lyrics of seminal songs like “Stan” and “The Real Slim Shady.”
Eminem Has Had Several Brushes with the Law
Thanks to his tempestuous ways, Eminem has been in trouble with the law several times since he was young.
His mother, Debbie, sued him in 1999 for about $10.0 million for reportedly slandering her on his album, The Real Slim Shady LP.
Then, in June 2000, Eminem was arrested for pulling out an unloaded gun and pointing it at the ground during an altercation with a man in Royal Oak, Michigan.
That same year, he was arrested for assaulting a man who was kissing Eminem’s then-wife, Kimberley Ann Scott, in a car park in Warren, Michigan.
His wife even sued him for defamation for describing her “hypothetical” violent death in the song, “Kim,” in July 2000.
On June 28, 2001, Eminem was sentenced by the court to one year’s probation and community service, and was fined $2,000 for weapon charges. He allegedly got into an altercation with an employee at Psychopathic Records.
Eminem’s legal issues didn’t end even after he achieved massive success in the music industry. He entered into a legal feud with Apple Inc. and Aftermath Entertainment regarding the latter’s authority to negotiate any deal with Apple Inc. to digitally download 93 of his songs on Apple’s iTunes.
Also, Eminem has been sued by French jazz pianist, Jacques Loussier and the Chicago-based rap group, Hotstylz (separately) for allegedly using their songs to create his own music.
Eminem’s Shows Cost a Bundle
Since Eminem is a rapper, he does not get a salary. But he sure does make big money from his shows!
According to reports, he commands more than an average of $5.0 million per show. And a couple of shows with Rihanna grossed over $12.4 million in 2017! We don’t even need to add up the figures to know he made a boatload of cash from those highly acclaimed performances.
Eminem’s Brand Endorsements
Eminem is a well-known face all across the music industry. And several companies have ridden his coattails to promote their brands.
Some of the brands that Eminem has endorsed over the years are Beats by Dre, Lipton Brisk, Carhartt, Casio, and Chrysler. He has also promoted (and even designed) several Nike shoes, as their sneakers are his favorite.
Some of the sub-brands he designed include Nike Air Max Burst “Air Slim Shady,” Nike Air Force 1 Low “Shady Records,” Nike Air Force 1 Low “ENCORE,” Air Jordan 4 Retro “Eminem ENCORE,” Nike Air Max 1 “Charity Series” BIG PROOF, and Nike Air 180 “Charity Series” Shade 45.
The rapper even promoted Pepsi for a while, too.
According to sources, Eminem earned more than $58.0 million from his various brand endorsements alone over the years.
Eminem has been seen endorsing brands like the Casio G Shock watch, which he often wears on stage during his incredibly energetic performances.
He promotes the Kangol Army cap, which he usually wears when he is out shopping, giving interviews, and during his stage performances.
The 45-year-old is still very close to Dr. Dre and promotes his line of headphones called Beats by Dre. They are now known as the Studio line and have sold heavily ever since Eminem has taken up their cause.
Eminem has appeared in two famous commercial ads, which were shown during Super Bowl XLV.
In a one-minute spot for Lipton’s Brisk iced tea, Eminem appeared as a claymation figure.
Meanwhile, in an ad for the Chrysler 200, he drove through Detroit to his show at the Fox Theater as his hit song, “Lose Yourself,” played in the background. The ad, which ran for two minutes, was the longest ad ever shown in Super Bowl history at the time in 2011.
Eminem Has a Sharp Nose for Business
Eminem profits from his film appearances, his movie production house, and his businesses like the Fat Eminem Burger chain of restaurants.
Shady has also invested in the lyric and annotation company, Genius, to create a partnership between them, himself, and Shady Records.
At the time, he spoke about the deal and said, “Coming up we would always obsess over the lyrics from our favorite MCs. Picking everything apart, trying to get into their heads. I still do that today and Genius helps to make it a worldwide conversation. Pretty amazing to me.”
Eminem’s record label, Shady Records, has successfully released albums for artists like D12, 50 Cent, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9, Joell Ortiz, and Slaughterhouse.
The rapper also made big money from his clothing line called Shady Ltd., which specialized in urban wear. He cashed out for a huge amount later by selling it to Rocawear, Jay-Z’s clothing line.
Shady has his own radio channel called Shade 45, which earlier aired on Sirius XM Radio in 2004. It features many different hip-hop artists and DJs who can connect with listeners, even if they are new and just starting out. It has also given Eminem an opportunity to connect with millions of his fans all across America.
He also launched a film-making division called Shady Films. It produced several films and TV series, including the hit web series, Burn Rubber. Is there anything Eminem hasn’t has a hand in?!
Eminem Has His Own Online Store
Eminem has an official online store of his own where he sells items like hats, hoodies, T-shirts, and crewnecks. Many of the items are branded with his song and album titles, which builds an association between buyers and the rapper’s music.
The items are reasonably priced at $25.00 to $55.00, so that all his fans can afford to buy them at a decent price. Remember, Eminem wasn’t always rolling in the dough, either!
A Room Full of Awards
The rapper has won 13 Grammy Awards so far, and he isn’t done yet!
In 2002, he shared the Academy Award in the Best Original Song category for his song, “Lose Yourself.” He was the first rapper to receive this prestigious award.
Eminem’s awards include American Music Awards, Barbados Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, BMI Awards, Brit Awards, Echo Awards, a Golden Globe Award, Juno Awards, MTV Awards, People’s Choice Awards, and World Music Awards.
Living It Up in Style
Eminem has several houses of his own, and in 2017, he put one of them on the market for a price of almost $2.0 million.
The 5.69-acre spread in Rochester Hills, Michigan, has five bedrooms, seven full and three half bathrooms, an 800-square-foot living room, and a 600-square-foot family room. It also has a guard house, an octagonal poolside cabana with kitchenette, a swimming pool, a lighted outdoor tennis/basketball court, a spa, and a two-story detached guesthouse. Not bad for a guy who came from a run-down trailer park, right?
Eminem’s Car Collection
Eminem loves to own cars. His current collection boasts of the following set of wheels:
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage – $153,081
- Ferrari 575 – $250,000
- Porsche Carrera GT – $143,600
- Ford GT – $453,750
- Audi R8 Spyder – $164,900 to $194,400
- Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 – $187,500
- Porsche 911 GT2 RS – $293,200
- Lamborghini Aventador – $488,895
- Porsche 911 Turbo – $161,800
- McLaren MP4-12C – $169,900
- Ferrari 599 GTO – $879,900
- Ferrari 430 Scuderia – $250,000 to $300,000
Eminem Gives Back to Society
The rap star is not all about spending money on luxury items like cars and clothes, unlike many other successful musicians. He also gives back to society through his charitable organization.
Eminem’s charity is called the Marshall Mathers Foundation. It helps disadvantaged youth in tandem with a charity founded by Norman Yatooma, a Detroit attorney.
Using Technology to Connect with Fans
Shady is always trying to get his music to be an important part of his fans’ lives and give them the best musical experiences he can. A big step in that direction is his recently launched app called the Eminem Augmented Reality app, which gives an interactive experience to the user.
The app gives fans expanded experiences during his 2018 summer live dates, as well as extra AR experiences that can be viewed anywhere.
You can access other features like Eminem’s online store, his music videos, his 2018 live tour itinerary, and his song lyrics.
Fans can immerse themselves in this augmented reality app and have never-before experiences with all things Eminem!
Performing for a New Generation of Fans
Right now, Eminem is working hard to prepare himself for his upcoming concert tour called “The Revival Tour” to support his ninth studio album, Revival. It is all set to begin on June 30, 2018, in Oslo, Norway, and will end with the last concert on July 15, 2018, at the Twickenham Stadium in London, England.
“The Revival Tour” will see Eminem performing in countries like Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Netherland, and Germany. This is the first leg of Eminem’s tour and will feature nine shows in all.
For many of his fans, it will be their first opportunity to see Eminem performing live in their country, and the excitement is palpable. It would be no surprise if Eminem delivers sold out concerts once again and proves without a doubt that he is still one of the biggest draws in music today.
Eminem’s Estimated Net Worth Compared to Other Rappers
|Name of Artist||Net Worth (estimated)|
|Dr. Dre||$800.0 million|
|Ice Cube||$160.0 million|
|Kanye West||$160.0 million|
|Lil Wayne||$150.0 million|
|Snoop Dogg||$135.0 million|