Eminem Turns 40: A Look Back on the Rapper's Wild Ride (VIDEO)

eminemHappy 40th birthday Marshall Bruce Mathers III! Can you believe that bad boy has almost hit middle age? What am I talking about -- 40 is the new 30, especially if you're an aging maturing rapper.

Eminem has been through a lot in his 40 years -- some of it naughty, some of it nice, and a whole lot of it exciting. And he's still going strong. His successful 2010 album Recovery pretty much says it all. He's back in the studio now recording a new solo album. And he's the proud father of a (gulp!) teenage daughter, Hailie Jade Mathers. Here's a timeline of life's highs and lows in the career of Eminem.


Mid 1980s: Marshall's mom moves them to Detroit, where he spends his teens.

1995: Hailie Jade Mathers is born to Marshall's then-wife Kimberly Anne Scott. Kim and Marshall divorced, remarried, and divorced again.

1997: Eminem debuts his Slim Shady EP. A year later he signs with Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records and delivers his Slim Shady LP. It's highly acclaimed by critics and leads to collaborations with Dr. Dre. It's also criticized for a song encouraging a man to murder his wife and her lover.

2000: The Marshall Mathers LP becomes the fastest-selling album to that date.

2002: Eminem stars in the semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile.

2005: Eminem goes into rehab for his addiction to sleeping pills. After producing a string of hit records Eminem is rumored to be retiring. He releases a greatest hits album and later calls into a radio station to admit he's in limbo. His next album, Relapse, comes out in 2009.

2008: Eminem publishes his memoir, The Way I Am. He recounts struggles with poverty, heartbreak, substance abuse, success, failure, love and loss.

2012: In the studio working on his eighth studio album, Slaughterhouse.

What do you remember most from Eminem's career?


Image via Aftermath/Shady/Interscope 



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