Marshall Bruce Mathers III AKA Eminem

Educational Background and Location

Lincoln High School, Saint Joseph, MO

Brief Personal Bio

Eminem never knew his father, who abandoned the family when Eminem was still an infant Eminem was raised by his mother, Deborah Mathers but she never managed to hold down a job for more than several months at a time, so they moved frequently and Eminem changed schools often making him an outcast and a victim of bullying. Through his song lyrics, Eminem accused his mother of being addicted to prescription drugs as well as subjecting him to emotional and physical abuse. Although he failed the ninth grade 3 times and dropped out by the age of 17, Eminem loved English and devoured comic books and studied the dictionary.

These are a Few of Their Favorite Things

  • Favorite Color--Light Blue

  • Favorite Food--Fast Food

  • Favorite Book: Comic Books

  • Favorite Rappers--Tupac, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre

Common Literary Elements/Structure/Themes in their Work

Eminem "started by rapping about his struggles in life and later on his drug abuse and now raps about how awesome or bossy he is. Also, his earlier albums were full of amazing metaphors and punchlines", Eminem also "has a way of rhyming almost everything..the way he breaks words n slightly bends syllables makes it possible for him to rhyme virtually everything while maintaining clarity at that pace".

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What does it mean if you were matched to this artist? Why is it important?

When matched to Eminem, you are matched to an artist who includes many of the similar techinques you put in your piece. For example, your piece may include some of your personal struggles that you have endured combined with witty wordplay and perfectly executed rhymes. This may be an element of your poem (or main element). It is important to recognize the similarity you have to this artist because it helps you understand more of the style of your literary work. In this instance, your work would most likely contain techniques that are similar to Eminem's and recognizing this could help to further develop your style and approach at writing poems.

Literary Value

Eminem's lyrics of full of his earlier struggles in his life and are full with many metaphors and punchlines which he perfectly rhymes and executes in his songs.

List of Albums / Artist Spotify Link

Infinite, The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, Encore, Relapse, Recovery, The Marshall Mathers LP 2


Social Handles (Links)

twitter: @Eminem, instagram: @Eminem