Did Marshall Mathers "Relapse" back into his role as Slim Shady?
Marshal Mathers III, born 1972 spent much of his childhood in a troubled, single-parent home, with many years in Detroit. He began rapping in his early teens and initially battled MCs in basements, and then the clubs. Earning a rep was hard-fought, considering he was a white rapper in a dominantly African-American urban arena.
He at first adopted the moniker M&M, for his initials, and eventually switched to Eminem. Before dropping out of high school at 17, he drafted "Infinite," his first album and set of demos, released in 1996 under indie label Web Entertainment.
By this time, Eminem's future wife Kim Scott had already gave birth to their daughter, Hailie.