Eminem has an estimated net worth of $200 million.
Let’s take a look into the legendary rapper’s career earnings and find out what led to his enormous fortune.
Born in St-Joseph, Missouri, on October 17, 1972, and quickly abandoned by his father Marshall Bruce Mathers II, Marshall III of the same name passes his childhood between St. Joseph and Warren, a sordid suburb of Detroit. He quickly became friends with Proof, a founding member of the D12 rappers group. In districts where he is often the only white person and only armed with his mouth to respond to the violence he has to face regularly, he soon succeeds in channeling his inner anger with words. And after some early tests (from the age of 13), he released Infinite (1996), a debut album that served as a demo, which is noticed in independent circuits. Even if his style is not really affirmed and is still marked by the influence of Nas or AZ, he wants to show everyone the direction he wants to take in this music industry. His attitude is already much more recognizable on The Slim Shady EP, on which the lyrics are also darker. The critics are however totally lost with this original and disrespectful rapper, with lyrics filled with humor and, what is more, white.
Dr. Dre discovers him on the Californian radio show The Wake Up Show, where Eminem appears every week for legendary improvised parts, and immediately signs him to his Aftermath Entertainment label ,distributed by Interscope Records. He released The Slim Shady LP in 1999. The album instantly enjoyed enormous success, which led to controversies about the very nature of lyrics that were not as harmless as they appeared. “My Name Is” becomes one of the most popular tracks of this year.
The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), with a first single “The Real Slim Shady” that takes on a few stars of the era, such as Christina Aguilera or Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit). The provocative wind still blows at Eminem’s lyrics, even though the album is more introspective, as the rapper attempts to shed his personal wounds and mix his personal problems, involving his wife Kim or his mother. He also appears rather distant and sarcastic about his condition as a media puppet, his record company making him understand that he must always sell more records. The leagues defending the homosexuals are violently attacking him, offended by the remarks made by the rapper they deem homophobic, asking for the boycott of the ceremony of the 2001 Grammy Awards, until Eminem plays The song “Stan,” in duet with Elton John, which signified unity.
This does not always resolve itself so simply with the other artists that he depicts very ferociously in his lyrics. He does not hesitate to use several layers via DJ Green Lantern, Mathers official DJ, until a dispute between 50 Cent and Jadakiss forces him to leave Shady Records, seeing him replaced by the talented Producer The Alchemist. On the DJ’s “mix tapes” series called Invasion, Eminem releases all his thoughts about his main opponents, such as Ja Rule or Benzino, one of the founders of The Source, who has always criticized the rapper very severely.
Drugs are also another of his favorite subjects. On “I’m Shady” from his first studio album, he explains that chemical substances or more natural origins are not foreign to him, but that he does not take hard drugs. But if “Just Do not Give a Fuck” can suggest the opposite, it must in any case cut short any use, following a two-year test that takes effect in 2001.
He has, however, had time to celebrate his love of seals on “Purple Pills”, renamed “Purple Hills” for the radio version shed its most vulgar passages, along with his comrades D12 on the album Devil’s Night. The different members of the group then benefit from the notoriety of their leader to make a name, and appear on each of his solo albums thereafter. The soul of the collective and true master thinker for Eminem will be shot dead on April 11, 2006, Proof being killed with a bullet in the head, in Detroit.
These multi-platinum sales allowed Eminem and his manager Paul Rosenberg to discuss Shady Records at the end of 2000 under the Interscope banner. He signed D12 and Obie Trice, then 50 Cent in 2002, and Stat Quo in 2003, under the common label of Shady and Dr. Dre, Aftermath Entertainment. He took the role of executive producer on the albums of his protégés, even becoming a producer on the albums of others as with Jay-Z’s “Renegade” Nas’ “The Cross”, or on his own, Encore being co-produced with Dr. Dre. He is also the executive producer of a new posthumous 2Pac album, Loyal to the Game (2004), a project on which he does not hesitate to slow down the rapper’s voice so that Tupac can say “2005” or “G-Unit. ”
He seems to calm down somewhat with his third album, The Eminem Show, although the first single “Without Me” targets his favorite usual suspects, Limp Bizkit or Moby. It was that same year that he began his acting career in 8 Mile, which came out in November 2002. The film, without being fundamentally autobiographical, is largely inspired by his experience. The song “Lose Yourself” on the soundtrack won an Oscar in 2003, but Eminem chose not to play it on the ABC tray, the channel refusing to broadcast an uncensored version of the track. Mathers is also gifted in animated roles, notably with the Slim Shady Show originally broadcast on the web, before appearing on DVD. He also starred Interscope / Shady / Aftermath Films, starring Dr. Dre, who created 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin, or Eminem’s next feature film, Have Gun (Will Travel) , In which he plays a bounty hunter named Paladin.
Again, released in 2004, was once again a gigantic success. The first track “Just Lose It” mocks Michael Jackson, including his plastic surgery operations and ongoing trials about alleged abuses on young children. The singer reacts very badly to the attacks and calls the Steve Harvey radio program a week after the video of the song was released, on October 12, 2004, during which many fans defend it. Eminem had to laugh a lot at the chaos he generated. This was all the more astonishing because he had prevented the famous parodic singer Weird Al ‘Yankovic from making a video of “Couch Potato” (a parody of “Lose Yourself”) that appeared on his album Poodle Hat Pretext that this could harm his image.
Another piece, “Mosh,” is intended to be much more critical, and this time targeting the government, with a lively video featuring a protesting Mathers raising an army of angry people in the direction of the White House. The video ends with a message urging the Americans to vote on November 2. The end is quickly changed following the victory of George W. Bush.
After a compilation album released December 6, 2005, Curtain Call: The Hits, many understand that the rapper is bowing. Especially listening to the song “When I’m Gone” describing the tumultuous relationship between Mathers and his destructive alter-ego Slim Shady. But nobody really knows the future for the rapper, Eminem released Eminem Presents the Re-Up on December 5, 2006, promotional vehicle for new artists of his label, such as Stat Quo or Bobby Creekwater, and collaborating with Akon on “Smack That.”
In May 2009, six years after his last studio album, Relapse appeared, an album produced by Dr. Dre and retracing the course of Eminem in detoxification. Reinstating the rapper’s usual efficiency, which is always so biting to his contemporaries, it contains the hit “Crack a Bottle” with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.
From 2010 to 2013, he releases two more albums, Recovery and The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which led to massive sold out tours with Rihanna that generated enormous amounts of money.
He was named the bestselling artist of the decade from 2000 to 2010 with estimated worldwide album sales of over 172 million, His second studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP, was the fastest-selling solo album in US history.
Eminem is one of the best-selling artists in the world, so it is not surprising that he is worth over $200 million.
He currently appeared on Big Sean’s new track “No Favors” where he sounded a lot like his old self and it is rumored he is working on some new music.