Eminem Editorial

Produce a transcript of a taped guide for visitors which offers a commentary as they walk around the Eminem Room of the Rock Ďní Roll Hall of Fame. The museum offers two different taped guides, one for children and one for adults.

Age Group 16 +

Hello and welcome to the Eminem room of the Rock Ďní Roll Hall of Fame. Throughout this tour you will see how Eminem developed as an artist and performer, but also how the controversial rapper got to where he is today. Come with me as we follow Eminem through this turbulent journey.

Like many other rappers Eminemís rise to stardom was far from easy, we start the journey in Detroit, where Marshall Mathers lived in a trailer park with his mother, he moved schools frequently and found it extremely hard to make friends as a result he got into trouble much of the time. Rap, however, became Eminemís only escape in what was otherwise a painful existence. He would battle with schoolmates in the lunchroom; he wanted to be like his idols, Dr Dre or Ice Cube. Although he would later drop out of school he was never interested in school, and later dropped out to work in several kinds of minimum wage jobs he focus of being a rapper remained constant.

After the opportunity arose to independently release infinite in 1996 the world heard for the first time Eminemís dark and disturbing lyrics rapped with great anger. This release was followed by the release of The Slim Shady Ep which shadowed the personal life of the young rapper at the time. This was possibly the lowest Eminem ever got attempting suicide at least once and his relationships with both his mother and girlfriend were almost beyond repair. It seemed the only way was up.

Eminem was then spotted by the head honcho of Interscope Records Jimmy Lovine, who was extremely impressed by Marshallís fresh and bold style. It was here where Eminem got the first bit of good luck for a long while and Lovine approached him after winning second place in the Freestyle category at the 1997 rap Olympics. Soon after this Lovine played Eminemís demo tape to rap super-producer Dr Dre, formerly of NWA, one of Eminemís heroes. Dr Dre contacted Eminem as soon as he heard the demo as he liked what he heard. They never looked back and hit off a sensational creative partnership. They collaborated on Eminemís first major release on a major label The Slim Shady LP, released at the beginning of 1999. It was probably the most controversial album of the nineties but still managing to sell enough copies to go triple platinum.

Eminemís next album Marshall Mathers LP was an even bigger success and sol a phenomenal 2 million copies in just 1 week following its release. This made Eminem the fastest selling Hip Hop artist of all time. Although this album was a massive success, bigger than his first album it also was more controversial.