Breaking Down Eminem’s Net Worth
|Given Name||Marshall Mathers|
|Date of Birth||Oct 17, 1972 – Age 47|
|Label||Interscope Records / Aftermath Ent. / Shady Records|
Eminem is one of the richest rappers in the world, with an estimated net worth of $210 million as of 2020. What sets Eminem apart from most of the other richest rappers is that almost all of his net worth is directly tied to his music. He’s the best selling rapper of all time, with sales of the Marshall Mathers LP exceeding 35 million copies.
Eminem is widely considered to be one of, if not the greatest lyricist of all time, and his influence resounds heavily throughout the current rap game. There are very few on his level when it comes to both wordplay and success – to date, he’s sold an estimated 115 million records worldwide (as well as 120 million singles) and has achieved no less than ten #1 albums on the Billboard 200.
Throughout his prolific 17-year career, he’s collaborated with the likes of Dr. Dre, Rihanna, Elton John, Busta Rhymes, Pink, B.o.B., Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Adam Levine, Dido, Missy Elliot, Kid Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Akon, Nas, 50 Cent, T.I., Slaughterhouse, The LOX, Sticky Fingaz, Xzibit, Redman, The Outsidaz, Buckshot and many more.
Most recently, he released The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which has already been certified platinum despite renewed accusations of homophobia (the original Marshall Mathers LP remains the fastest-selling hip-hop album to date), also gracing the covers of multiple notable publications. Rap success aside, Eminem is among the best-selling artists of the 2000s, period. His legacy is undeniable.
First Album and Commercial Success
His early work with Dr. Dre led to the release of “The Slim Shady LP,” an album that received critical claim and that would go on to sell millions of copies. Although popular, the album was heavily criticized for its violent, mysoginistic, and homophobic lyrics. This criticism would continue to dog Eminem throughout his career.
The release of the Marshall Mathers LP in 2000 would elevate Eminem to the highest tier of commercial and critical success. The album was the fastest selling rap album in history, shipping over 1.7 million copies within a week of being released. It would go on to become the highest selling rap record of all time, shipping an estimated 35 million copies worldwide.
The album has now established itself in the rap canon, and is frequently listed as one of the greatest albums of its generation by Time, Rolling Stone, Complex, and Pitchfork.
It was also nominated for Grammy Album of the Year, and went on to win the award for Best Rap Album. Although the album was critically praised, Eminem had come under heavy criticism for the homophobic lyrics in the album. In response, he performed alongside Elton John at the Grammys.
After his third successful album, Eminem tried to make the leap from music to acting, a transition that usually trips up most musicians. But Eminem is not most musicians, and the movie that came out of his foray into acting, 8 Mile, was a commercial and critical darling. The film went on to win an Oscar for one of its songs, the first time that a rap song had won the award.
Eminem says that the filming of the movie was grueling, requiring over 16 hours of work per day. He took the role seriously, fearing that he would not be able to act as well as he rapped. To prepare, he enrolled in an acting boot camp.
The physical and emotional toll of filming “8 Mile,” combined with a number of upheavals in his private life, led to a dramatic worsening of Eminem’s addiction to pills. He continued to record music despite his addiction, releasing the acclaimed “The Eminem Show” in 2004.
Despite his perseverance, the rapper’s personal demons eventually caught up with him. Mired in a messy divorce and a custody battle over his daughter, Eminem sank further into his addiction. In 2007, he was admitted to the hospital after overdosing on pills. Doctors were able to get to him early and save his life.
Addiction forced Eminem to step away from music for a period so that he could focus on getting off pills. His struggle to get clean was boosted by Elton John, who had his fair share of struggles with sobriety decades earlier.
FACTS ABOUT EMINEM
- Eminem is left-handed.
- When he was only 9, Eminem ended up in a coma after being beat up by a bully on the schoolyard.
- He was first arrested at age 20 for shooting a police car with a paintball gun.
- The Beastie Boys inspired Eminem to pursue a rap career.
- He took a bullet as a teenager.
- When he was younger, Eminem had dreams of becoming a comic book artist.
- His sophomore album The Marshall Mathers LP was originally titled Amsterdam.
- The first rap track he ever heard was Ice-T’s “Reckless”, at the age of nine.
- He met his muse Kim when he was fifteen years old (she was thirteen).