Eminem: 15 Facts About The Rapper

With Eminem touring South Africa for the first time ever in 2014 (Wed 26 February in Cape Town and 1 March in Johannesburg), here are some interesting facts about the Detroit rapper we have gathered from the Internet.

Eminem (Credit: Universal)
1. He thought of the "Slim Shady" character on the toilet, then got up and "called everyone [he] knew." - via Rolling Stone Magazine

2. The first rap song he heard was Ice-T's "Reckless," at the age of nine. - via Rolling Stone Magazine

3. He says that he decided to pursue rapping after hearing the Beastie Boys. - via Spin Magazine

4. He was still making payments on his trailer home when The Slim Shady LP dropped. - via Rolling Stone Magazine

5. In order to record Hailie's part for the song "'97 Bonnie & Clyde," from his Slim Shady EP. he lied to his now ex-wife Kim and said they were going to Chuck E. Cheese ( American family entertainment centers).  - via Rolling Stone Magazine

6. The Marshall Mathers LP was originally titled Amsterdam because he wrote a good chunk of the album there, and Dutch journalists inspired some of the content on the album. - via Spin Magazine

7. He apparently got shot at while walking to Kim's house as a teenager. - via Vibe Magazine

8. He's said that after listening to "My Name Is" and "The Real Slim Shady" a few times, they became "cheesy" to him. - via VH1 Ultimate Album Eminem

9. He cracked multiple ribs after a 10-foot fall from the stage on his first tour. - via Los Angeles Times

10. He wrote "Lose Yourself" in one take while on the set of his hit movie 8 Mile. - via Rolling Stone Magazine

11. "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" is Eminem's seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, a total matched or surpassed by only one rap artist — Jay Z, who has had 13. All of Eminem's No. 1 albums have come since January 2000. Only two other artists from any genre have had seven or more No. 1 albums in this century. Jay Z leads with 11. Kenny Chesney has also had seven. - via Yahoo Music

12. Eminem has a double. His name is Joe Pace aka ‘Partial Mathers’. He has toured with Em at the Anger Management Tour and was a part of the ‘vanishing’ act. He’s also performed with Em at the 2002 MTV Movie awards wearing the ‘Rap Boy’ costume. He also works as a decoy and does camera-blocking sessions for Em’s videos. - via eminemlounge.com
13. He is a Spiderman fan. - via 9gag.com
14. Artists looking to be signed to Eminem’s label Shady Records must compete against him in a rap battle. - via eminemlounge.com

15. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has already spawned three top 10 hits on the Hot 100: "Berzerk," "Rap God" and "The Monster" (featuring Rihanna). It's Eminem's first studio album to contain more than two top 10 hits. - via Yahoo Music