27th Post: Eminem No4

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Travis Lyles – August 7, 2015

Eminem is the fourth largest single record producer at 107.5M in this current decade. With the overall impact of digital downloading, his total sales will possibly overtake the likes of The Beatles and Elvis. His albums were certified 12 Gold, 9 Platinum, 8 Multi-Platinum and 2 Diamond. His name at birth was Marshall Bruce Mathers III. Like a couple of the other top producing artists, he also had a tough time growing up. For example he repeated ninth grade three times and was arrested for shooting someone with a paintball gun. He is the oldest of the top five producing artists at 47. He was born in St. Joseph, Missouri but now lives in Detroit. He is considered to be a rapper, song writer, record producer, record executive and actor. In addition to his solo career he was a member of the hip hop group D12. His successes include: “Relapse” (https://youtu.be/2-Bv1-LDUUI) (RQ 6- skit) and “Talking 2 Myself” (https://youtu.be/LG369AbsWfI) (RQ 7) which both won Grammy awards. Also, within the movie 8 Mile, his song “Lose Yourself” (https://youtu.be/_Yhyp-_hX2s) (RQ 9) won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Overall he has won 15 Grammys, 8 American Music Awards and 17 Billboard Music awards.