"Sometimes you just gotta let shit go and say “To hell with it’ and move on.”
Marshall Bruce Mathers 111 (1972 - ), stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer and actor. Abandoned by his father in infancy, his father also rebuffed Mathers’ attempts to make contact during childhood. He was raised by his mother, who was unable to hold down a regular job. His childhood saw many moves and considerable time spent in public housing projects. Schools were changed two to three times per year. As a result of the itinerant lifestyle he became withdrawn, had no close friends and was treated as an outcast at each new school with regular beatings. His schooling suffered and, after repeating ninth grade three times, he dropped out of school at age 17. Nonetheless he had an appetite for reading, an affinity for language and a passion for words, reading comic books and studying the dictionary. His delight in words and his pent up anger found a release through the emerging genre of rap music. Although the rap music scene was dominated by black people, the white skinned, blue eyed Mathers frequently took part in Detroit rap “battles” in which rappers took it in turns to insult each other using improvised rap lyrics. He earned respect at his ability and assumed the name M&M, a reference to his initials, which was later changed to the phonetic version, Eminem. These early years were depicted in the film 8 Mile. Discovered by legendary rapper Dr Dre, he was signed to a contract, released the Slim Shady LP and was on his way. Eminem has achieved ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200, has sold more than 42 million tracks and 41 million albums in the United States and nearly 90 million albums worldwide. He has also founded his own charity named The Marshall Mathers Foundation, assisting disadvantaged youth.
Some other Eminem quotes:
“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride and nothing is guaranteed.”
“I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I’m not ashamed of anything.”
To know I chose my own fate I drove through the fork in the road and went straight.”
“You can do anything you set your mind to, man.”