The Early Career of Eminem
Eminem, one of the most iconic rap artists of all time, began his career in 1996. His debut album, Infinite, was released that same year. After Infinite, Eminem released two more independent albums and started to gain a following in the Detroit hip-hop scene.
Breakthrough with The Slim Shady LP
In 1998, Eminem released The Slim Shady LP, his breakthrough album. It was a massive commercial success and was certified triple platinum for sales in the United States by the RIAA. The album featured some of Eminem’s most iconic songs, such as “My Name Is” and “The Real Slim Shady”. It launched Eminem into superstardom and earned him a Grammy award for Best Rap Album.
Success Follows Through
Following the success of The Slim Shady LP, Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000. The album was an even bigger success than its predecessor, selling over 19 million copies worldwide. It won two more Grammy Awards, and it is widely considered to be one of the greatest rap albums of all time.
Globally Renowned Superstar
Throughout the early 2000s, Eminem continued to have massive success with each album he released, solidifying his status as a globally renowned superstar. His albums The Eminem Show (2002) and Encore (2004) were both certified diamond by the RIAA, and he won a total of 12 Grammy Awards during this period.
Still Going Strong
To date, Eminem has released 11 studio albums, four collaboration albums, and one soundtrack album. His most recent release, Music To Be Murdered By, was released in 2020 and debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. He continues to be one of the most popular and influential artists in hip-hop and one of the best-selling rappers of all time.
Eminem’s career began in 1996 with his debut album, Infinite. After years of hard work, he established himself as one of the most iconic rap artists of all time with The Slim Shady LP in 1998. From there, he has gone on to achieve global superstardom with each album he releases. Nearly 25 years later, he is still going strong, with his most recent album topping the charts in 2020.