Eminem. Detroit MC Marshall Mathers (a.k.a. Eminem) released
his debut 12" as one half of the two man crew, Soul Intent,
and soon after released his '96 debut album, Infinite, featuring
members of his crew, The Dirty Dozen.
After being featured in The Source's Unsigned Hype column in
'98, Eminem further made his name by dropping verses on indie
singles by artists like Shabaam Sahdeeq and OldWorlDisorder.
By the time he released his "Just Don't Give a Fuck"
12" and Slim Shady EP, Eminem was an underground sensation.
Eminem's solid reputation as a lyricist earned him the respect
of the powerful Dr. Dre, who signed him to his Aftermath label.
Eminem's debut on Aftermath, The Slim Shady LP, hit No. 2 on
the Billboard album charts within weeks of its release thanks
to the breakthrough success of the single "My Name Is."
Eminem received two awards at the 42nd Annual Grammys: Best
Rap Solo Performance for "My Name Is" and Best Rap
Album for The Slim Shady LP. He also records as one of the newer
members of the New Jersey-based Outsidaz crew.
Eminem's latest, The Marshall Mathers LP, was released in May
2000, causing his popularity and infamy to rise in equal measure.
Never a stranger to controversy, his appearance at the 2000
MTV Music Awards and his nomination for several awards at the
43rd Annual Grammys -- including Album Of The Year and Best
Rap Album for Marshall Mathers -- angered Gay and Lesbian organizations
like the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, who condemned
his lyrics as homophobic and misogynist. With the date of the
Grammys drawing nearer, GLAAD and associated groups vowed to
protest. as they had earlier at the MTV Awards. The Grammys,
in the meantime, announced that Eminem would perform with Elton
John at the February 21 awards ceremony.