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Name: Marshall Bruce Mathers III
Nickname(s): Slim Shady & Eminem.
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Birthday: October 17, 1972
Active Since: 1995
Genre: R&B, Hip Hop & Rap.
Occupations: Rapper, Actor & Songwriter.
When I was just working in Gilbert's Lodge, everything was moving in slow motion. Fame hit me like a ton of bricks. A lot of truth is said in jest. I come from Detroit where it's rough and I'm not a smooth talker. Anybody with a sense of humor is going to put on my album and laugh from beginning to end. I always wished for this, but it's almost turning into more of a nightmare than a dream. Sometimes you just gotta let shit go and say to "hell with it" and move on. I am whatever you say I am; if I wasn't, then why would you say I am. I am who I am and I say what I think. I'm not putting a face on for the record. I need drama in my life to keep making music. I don't hate women - they just sometimes make me mad. I think my first album opened a lot of doors for me to push the freedom of speech to the limit. I might talk about killing people, but that doesn't mean I do it. I say what I want to say and do what I want to do.
There's no in between. People will either love you for it or hate you for it. If there's not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something. I want to solidify as an artist and show that as I grow as a person and make mistakes and learn from them, I'm going to grow artistically. I'd go to, like, six different schools in one year.
We were on welfare, and my mom never ever worked. I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I'm not ashamed of anything. It sometimes feels like a strange movie, you know,
It's all so weird that sometimes I wonder if it is really happening. I'm stupid, I'm ugly, I'm dumb, I smell. Did I mention I'm stupid? My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him. It'd be stupid for me to sit here and say that there aren't kids who took up to me,
But my responsibility is not to them. I'm not a baby sitter. Personally, I just think rap music is the best thing out there, period.
If you look at my deck in my car radio, you're always going to find a hip-hop tape;
that's all I buy, that's all I live, that's all I listen to, that's all I love. My only scheme was to be a rapper. Somewhere deep down there's a decent man in me, he just can't be found. My thing is this; if I'm sick enough to think it, then I'm sick enough to say it. Say there's a white kid who lives in a nice home, goes to an all-white school, and is pretty much having everything handed to him on a platter - for him to pick up a rap tape is incredible to me, because what that's saying is that he's living a fantasy life of rebellion. Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism. To the people I forgot,
You weren't on my mind for some reason and you probably don't deserve any thanks anyway. The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow.
Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed. Yeah, I did see where the people dissing me were coming from. But, it's like, anything that happened in the past between black and white, I can't really speak on it, because I wasn't there. I don't feel like me being born the color I am makes me any less of a person. There was a while when I was feeling like,
'Damn, if I'd just been born black, I would not have to go through all this'. These times are so hard, and they're getting even harder. When you're a little kid, you don't see color, and the fact that my friends were black never crossed my mind. It never became an issue until I was a teenager and started trying to rap. Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned.
They're only powerful when you got your back turned. A bunch of girls, swinging from a nice chandelier,
landing on top of me naked...while I lay in a pool of steaming hot water! Don't do drugs, don't have unprotected sex, Don't be violent...leave that to me! I act like sh*t don't phase me, inside it drives me crazy, my insecurities could eat me alive. Whoever likes my stuff, likes my stuff. But just know Slim Shady is hip hop. I grew up on hip hop, it's the music I love and it's the music I respect. I respect the culture...that's me. I try not to look at it that way. Being white.
I don't wake up every day and look in the mirror, 'Oh. I'm white'. I grew up listening to 2 Live Crew and N.W.A. and I never went out and shot nobody. Sometimes I`m real cool, but sometimes I could be a real asshole. I think everyone is like that. A lot of truth is said in jest.