vSeveral musicians who succeeded in the 90s, such as Liam Gallagher (Oasis), Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Nicke Royale (The Hellacopters) and Mark Oppus (Blink-182), among others, will be half a century old in 2022 An unequivocal sign that time flies, another who celebrates his 50th anniversary during this eventful year is Detroit rapper Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known throughout the world as Eminem. Those who believe that his time ended with the best-selling albums between the 20th and 21st centuries are very wrong. The career of the golden boy of American hip hop is going like a shot and is shown by the absolute role he had in the last edition of the Super Bowl, when he prepared to perform ‘Lose Yourself’, the song with which he won the Oscar for the best original song from the movie ‘8 miles’ with the whole world at your feet.
The sporting event break is one of the big events of the year in America. For the first time in its history, hip hop was the predominant style as a trio of middle-aged heavyweights (Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem) demonstrated their overwhelming mastery of show business. There was a time not too far away when Eminem was the greatest and is a podium that refuses to leave. The numbers are on your side. He continues to break records as in the days of ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ (2000), which became the best-selling rap album in history. The record association of the United States or what is the same, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), announced in March that Emimen has released a whopping 166 million singles in its entire career, a milestone that had not achieved any another artist so far.
In total, he has placed 10 albums at the top of the Billboard list, of which two of them were the best sellers of the first decade of the 2000s. The Eminem phenomenon was unstoppable. But it was around 2005, during the presentation tour of his fifth work, ‘Encore’, when the health problems that he had been dragging since the filming of ‘8 miles’, in which he suffered from insomnia, worsened. His addiction to prescription drugs (Vicodin, Ambien, Valium) knocked him out for several years. He was forced to cancel the leg of the European tour and weighed 100 kilos.
descent into hell
In 2007 he hit rock bottom: he almost died after an accidental overdose of methadone. In a surprising turn of events, his friendship with Elton John helped him overcome drug dependency and he became a key figure during his year and a half of rehab. “When I first wanted to get clean I decided to call him. He’s someone in the music business that you can relate to and who knows how hectic things can get,” he confessed. Eminem has been sober since 2008, a black chapter in his life that he recounted in the memoir ‘The way I am’, when he was not yet 40 years old. Now bordering on 50, he enjoys his veteran star status.
“I would recommend the albums of ‘The Chronic by Dr. Dre’ and ‘The Marshall Mathers’ by Eminem”
“I’ve always loved Detroit rap”
“Some artists that I like are Vico C., Canserbero, Snoop Dog and Obie Tric”
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Eminem: The golden boy of hip hop
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