As mentioned in my other thread, Eminem's 40th birthday was yesterday, October 17th.
Happy Belated Birthday to the artist also known as Slim Shady.
We don't focus on rappers on the forum, but it's a sanity check / reminder as to what has been selling over the past decade, what's "popular" among a certain demographic, what's mega-mainstream, and why the aughts slipped off of your radar if you were not hot for this genre of music.
Officially, Eminem got his start in the 1990s (note, no one mentioned him in that thread :) ) but his breakthrough was in 2000. He even broke Britney Spears' record for the fastest selling solo artist's record in US history (EYE ROLL). :)
He's had an acting career; his first role was in the film, "8 Mile", for which he wrote an original song, "Lose Yourself"; he won an Academy Award (for the song) and became the first rapper in history to do so.
He's written an autobiography. He's had a well-known and self-admitted addiction to prescription narcotics. He's attempted suicide. He's had a very controversial career.
His fans think he is the absolute bomb, they love him.
Eventhough he has not been in the music scene as long as many of the musical acts you'd consider historically great, he's considered one of the greatest artists in the world, and one of the greatest of all-time.
Personally, I am not well-versed in his music or in the rap genre; I'm only a dabbler. Consider this a mere PSA on a rapper that's been hauling a-s-s in the music industry. Even if he's outside of your musical tastes and sensibilities, he deserves the recognition.