The white rap artist known as Eminem, which are his initials of his given name Marshall Mathers, III, back in 2006 had a yearly income of $17.8 million dollars. In 2009, it was reported that Eminems income grew to $180 million.
Back in 1996 is when Eminem debuted his first solo album ‘Infinite’, which launched his triple platinum ‘Slim Shady’ LP three year later. Eminems mixture of irony and anger in his lyrics reached a climax in the 2000’s, culminating in ‘The Marshall Mathers’ LP, where his bitter personal experience reached a high level of exposure to the entire world. The undeniable success of the album was followed by a series of extremely dramatic events aired in the public realm and opened the floodgates to all the media’s coverage of several battles, one with the singer Christina Aguilera over a lyric concerning her sexuality, another lawsuit from his very own mother over defamation of character, and the split from his wife for the song ‘Kim’.
Eminem, grew up as the only child of a teenage mother and a father who abandoned both of them when he was only 1 1/2 years old. He and his mother kept getting kicked out of every house they were in, so by the time Eminem was 12, he and his mother finally found a small house on Eight Mile Road, which is the basis of the his movie ‘Eight Mile’. Eight mile road was the dividing line between Detroit’s white and black communities. Eminem explains that Eight Mile Road was a borderline but not between the rich and the poor, but between the blacks and the whites with similar incomes. He grew up on both sides, which gave him the context for most of his songs and helped him hone in on his very unique rapping style; a style that has made him a multi-millionaire.