|1974: Marshall Bruce Mathers III(Eminem) was
1983: Uncle Ronnie gives Em a copy of Ice
T's 'Reckless'. " That day i figured it'd be
goot to become a rapper."
|1987: Em is hooked on 2 Live Crew and NWA.
Little does he know that a decade on, he'll be working
closeley with NWA's Dr. Dre.
1988: Writes his first rhyme which disses
LL Cool J, even though he's one of his favorite rappers.
|1990: Aged 16, he gets shot at by members of
a neighbourhood gang.
|1992: Uncle Ronnie commits suicide with a shotgun.
It'll be another five years before Eminem can bring
himself to talk about it.
|1993: Makes a name for himselfe on the Detroie
rap scene as the only white rapper rocking the mic at
new talent nights.
|1994: His mother accuses him of assault and
batter on his 20th birthday. It's Eminem's only major
brush with the law
|1995: His little known debut album, 'Infinite',
lands in stores to little acclaim. Some say he's ripping
off Nas, others laugh at his unpunctual anti-Gulf War
|1996: 'Infinite' having sold under 1,000 copies,
Eminem is working as a cook. Halie Jade, his daughter,
is born on Christmas Day.
|1997: Performs at the Rap Olympics in LA, but
only comes in second. Never mind, because Dr Dre hears
his demo and signs him to his Aftermath Record Label.
|1998: Dr Dre and Eminem really hit it off,
recording three tracks in their first five hours in
the studio. The era-defining 'The Slim Shady LP' is
coming along swimmingly.
|1999: Eminem mania rages all ear and everybody
knows what his name is. In December he heads back to
the studio, putting in 20-hour sessions on his new album.
2000: He's back. "Apart from Jay Z and
Redman, hip hop is kinda dry right now. My shit is
gonna be a breath of fresh air. This album is like,
'Holy shit, I can't believe he said that!".