hip-hop Eminem's Inspirational Journey From Broke Kid In Detroit To International Superstar  

Rebecca High

Marshall Mathers, AKA Eminem, AKA Slim Shady, has long represented Detroit and made 8 Mile famous with his Oscar-winning movie, but this biographical video reveals that he was actually born in St. Joseph, Missouri.

He moved to Michigan and got in on Detroit’s rap-battle scene, where he was discovered by legendary music producer/N.W.A rapper, Dr. Dre.

Eminem was the first artist to win consecutive “Best Rap Album” Grammies for three consecutive LPs. He also won an Oscar for the film 8 Mile’s soundtrack song, “Lose Yourself."

He's been controversial for seeming to advocate and trivialize violence, using feuds with his mother and his exes as inspiration for his lyrics. More recently through his work he's addressed his own vulnerabilities and past addictions, and taken a political stance in a hotly discussed rap against Trump. Watch this video for a look back at the controversial rapper's life and musical career.