Happy Birthday, Eminem!

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Eminem in August of this year (Pierre Andrieu/Getty Images)

Eminem in August of this year (Pierre Andrieu/Getty Images)

Rapper Eminem aka Slim Shady aka Marshall Bruce Mathers III turns 41 today (Thursday, October 17).

He aspired to become a comic book artist until his late uncle, Ronald “Ronnie” Polkinghorn, gave him at the age of nine, Ice-T’s song, “Reckless.” The white boy in Detroit, Michigan was forever changed, starting to rap at age 14 as “M&M” which morphed into Eminem. He dropped out of high school at 17, and for eight years of hard work, a newborn, and constant criticism, The Slim Shady EP came out in 1997 and the rest is history.

Currently for this birthday boy, worldwide albums sales stand at more than 100 million, singles 120 million, and the estimated sale of over 220 million records worldwide. Not bad.  He is ranked for Rolling Stone Magazine as 83rd on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time; sandwiched between James Taylor and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The little brat has ripped on anyone that has ever questioned his place in show business, too.

On October 15th, two days pre-birthday party, Eminem debuted new humble song “Rap God” from his next album Marshall Mathers LP 2 coming out November 5th.

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