Eminem: Crossing the Line [NOOK Book]

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"God sent me to piss the world off," Eminem boasts on his breakthrough hit "My Name Is." A grandiose claim to be sure, but it's hard to imagine another rapper generating as much controversy and outrage as this bleach-blonde Detroit MC outlaw while still selling millions of records and becoming a hero to pop fans and hardcore hip-hop purists alike. The sharp-tongued product of crushing poverty and an unstable homelife, Eminem is much more than the goofy smartass he usually ...
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Overview



"God sent me to piss the world off," Eminem boasts on his breakthrough hit "My Name Is." A grandiose claim to be sure, but it's hard to imagine another rapper generating as much controversy and outrage as this bleach-blonde Detroit MC outlaw while still selling millions of records and becoming a hero to pop fans and hardcore hip-hop purists alike. The sharp-tongued product of crushing poverty and an unstable homelife, Eminem is much more than the goofy smartass he usually portrays himself as. Beyond the artist's inventive rhyming skills and appealingly warped lyrical persona, the multi-platinum major-label albums The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP present a dark, psychologically complex character whose vivid, vengeful rhymes embody a timely collision of Midwestern white trash and urban hip-hop cultures, while portraying an unpredictably violent yet absurdly hilarious world. Adopting the cartoonish yet unsettling persona of Slim Shady, Eminem spins colorfully absurd narratives involving sadistic violence while reflecting the tortured psyche of a deeply conflicted character whose real-life pain lurks beneath the surface of his outrageous alter ego.

It's those contradictions that help make Eminem a uniquely compelling artist whose primal appeal transcends boundaries of race and musical genre. Eminem: Crossing the Line, the first biography ever written of this unique pop-culture icon, offers a fascinating peek into the strange and twisted world of Slim Shady.

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Library Journal
This is the latest book by Huxley, author of several musician biographies. Skimpy and superficial, it's little more than an attempt to cash in on the popularity of rapper Eminem (n Marshall Mathers). Huxley's tendency to focus on Eminem's rise to fame, leaving the majority of his youth untouched, begs the question of whether this book is really necessary; two major label albums and a few hit singles do not an icon make. Similarly questionable is Huxley's biased prose. While he does mention the uglier, well-publicized side of Eminem's character, these instances are rare and tempered by ridiculous descriptions of him as a "mischievous man-child" and "a sensitive soul whose confidence can still be bruised by a careless callous comment." On the plus side, the discography, which lists every record that Eminem has ever performed on, will be helpful to true "Em" fanatics. Overall, however, this biography is little more than a piece of merchandise to reside next to the CDs, all of which have infinitely more heart and soul invested in their creation.--Vincent Au, "Library Journal" Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429975742
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/19/2000
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 375,857
  • File size: 500 KB

Meet the Author



Martin Huxley is the author of Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith, and AC/DC, all for St. Martin's Press. He lives in New York City.
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Eminem

Crossing the Line


By Martin Huxley

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2000 Martin Huxley
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4299-7574-2


1Though he’s sometimes described as an overnight success, Eminem—who was just twenty-four years old whenThe Slim ShadyLP went platinum—spent nearly a decade honing his rhyming skills, building a reputation as one of the finest freestyle rappers in the Midwest prior to his ascent to mainstream stardom.While certain details of his past are disputed by some witnesses, the established facts make it clear that the childhood of Marshall Bruce Mathers III was no bed of roses. Indeed, his turbulent youth was a seemingly endless series of soul-crushing hard knocks that would shape his personality in strange and unexpected ways.Eminem’s rebellious, contradictionladen character was forged through such early challenges as the desertion of an absentee father, conflicts with a mother whom he now portrays as an emotionally unstable drug user, and numerous encounters with neighborhood violence.Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 17, 1975. He says that his mother, Debbie, was only fifteen when she and his father were married; his father, Marshall II, was seven years older. When Marshall III was born two years later, both parents were members of Daddy Warbucks, a cover band that worked in hotel lounges around the Dakota-Montana border.Marshall II left the family six months after his son’s birth and moved to California. Eminem has still never met him.As a teen, Marshall would try sending letters to his dad, which were returned, unopened. But, in time-honored showbiz fashion, Em’s father would eventually come out of the woodwork to attempt a reconciliation once his son had become famous.The fatherless boy’s self-described “stereotypical, trailer park, white trash upbringing” gave him an early taste of what it’s like to be an outsider. He spent his early years shuttling with his mother between Missouri and Michigan, living with various relatives.“We just kept moving back and forth because my mother never had a job,” he now says. “We kept getting kicked out of every house we were in. I believe six months was the longest we ever lived in a house.“I was born in Kansas City. I moved to Detroit when I was five. From five to nine, I lived in Kansas City again. We moved back for five years. Then we moved to Detroit permanently.”Changing schools frequently made it difficult for Marshall to form attachments and make friends. He became increasingly sensitive and introverted, retreating into comic books and television. “I didn’t really start opening up until eighth grade, going into ninth.”The insecurities engendered by his unsettled home life were further fueled by frequent encounters with neighborhood gangs and local bullies. One of the most harrowing of these incidents later inspired him to write “Brain Damage,” which namechecks D’Angelo Bailey, a grade-school classmate who administered a savage assault that left the future star in the hospital with a near-fatal cerebral hemorrhage.The beating that nearly robbed the world of Slim Shady occurred at lunchtime recess one winter afternoon in 1983 while Marshall was in the fourth grade. After Marshall hassled a friend of Bailey’s, Bailey “came running from across the yard and hit me so hard into this snowbank that I blacked out.” The disoriented youngster was sent home from school. After his ear started bleeding, he was sent to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a cerebral hemorrhage and spent much of the next ten days in a coma.The alienated kid tapped into a much-needed source of personal validation and emotional release when he discovered rap music. He now says that his passion for hip-hop was sparked at the age of nine, at the moment he heard the Ice-T track “Reckless,” from the soundtrack album of the eighties breakdancing-exploitation flick Breakin’.He quickly became a devoted convert to the still-emerging new genre, eagerly absorbing the inventively boisterous verbal outbursts of such groundbreaking artists as Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J. “From LL to the Fat Boys, and all that shit, I was fascinated,” he says. “When LL first came out with ‘I’m Bad,’ I wanted to do it, to rhyme. Standing in front of the mirror, I wanted to be like LL.”Marshall had received the Breakin’ album from his uncle, Ronnie Polkinghorn, his mother’s kid brother and an avid hip-hop fan. Though Ronnie was just a few months older than Marshall, he became a crucial influence on him, particularly when Ronnie began making primitive home recordings of his own raps.When Ronnie committed suicide in 1993, Marshall was devastated.In 1987, Marshall, his mom and his half-brother Nathan (who was born in 1986) returned to Michigan for good, settling in a poor, predominantly black neighborhood on the east side of Detroit.Growing up in an economically disadvantaged area brought Marshall face-to-face with the randomness of urban violence, much of which carried racial undertones.Attending Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan, the troubled teen found solace from his bleak everyday existence—and found a much-needed source of self-esteem—in rap. He began writing and recording his own raps at the age of thirteen, and his budding rhyme abilities boosted his confidence, helping him to come out of his shell and make new friends. Adopting the stage name Eminem from his alliterative initials, Marshall would regularly compete in lunch-hour rhyme jousts, stacking up his already-impressive freestyling skills against those of his classmates.At fifteen, Em formed his first rap group, Bassmint Productions. Two years later, he dropped out of high school after failing the ninth grade three times in a row. “I don’t think it was necessarily ’cause I’m stupid,” he says. “I didn’t go to school. I couldn’t deal.”He soon became immersed in Detroit’s local rap scene, putting together homemade cassettes of his rhymes and hustling them around town. He and a close pal, a young black MC named Proof, would compete at Saturday-night open-mike freestyle contests at the Hip-Hop Shop on Detroit’s West 7 Mile, the epicenter of the local rap community. “As soon as I grabbed the mike, I’d get booed,” he later recalled. “Once the motherfuckers heard me rhyme, though, they shut up.”Early on, Em’s talents were noticed by Marky and Jeff Bass, a pair of Detroit hip-hop producers collectively known as the Funky Bass Team, or FBT Productions for short. The duo first heard the teenage Eminem on a late-night radio show on influential local station WHYT, and were so impressed that they called him at the station and invited him to record at their studio.Eminem also paid some early dues performing with such local groups as Champtown, the New Jacks and Soul Intent. The latter act, a duo with DJ Buttafingas, released a single, “Fucking Backstabber”/ “Biterphobia,” in 1996. Em subsequently launched an all-star rap crew, the Dirty Dozen (aka D-12), with Proof and four other locally prominent rappers.While attempting to make his mark musically, Em drifted through a series of frustrating minimum-wage jobs, including an extended stint at Gilbert’s Lounge, a family restaurant in suburban St. Clair Shores. But his real goals were never far from his mind.“I like to throw my ideas just scattered onto paper,” he told The Source. “When I was busing tables I’d write ‘em on my hand or on receipts. I wrote rhymes on the wall in my old house right above my bed. I did it in pencil but one time when I went to wipe it off, it wiped off the paint. My mom fuckin’ flipped.”On Christmas Day of 1995, Em’s longtime girlfriend Kim Scott gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Hailie Jade. His new parenthood motivated him to get more serious about pursuing his musical career. “I wanted to be a father to her, and not do what my father did to me. When Hailie was born, it was kind of a wake-up call to me. It was like, I have to do this shit, and really get up and go for it.”
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    Hottie....Hottie!!!

    EMINEM is a total hottie. even thought parents dont like what he says, i think his lyrics are the best. But would you want him to go out and do what he says in his lyrics,I DIDNT THINK SOOOOO!!! also he's not afraid of saying what he thinks about someone. im a big fan of eminem!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Skinny Shady

    Skinny Shady is my nickname i luv eminem i mean i want to marry him his daughters name is Hallie Jade Mathers not Hallie Jane get it right people me im planning to be a rapper i mean i am bad like rappers i curse off anyone who gets in my way

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    AWSOME

    Eminem is the most coolest white rapper ever.I am a rapper my self and I enjoy it.Eminem is my rapping go get er'

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Love this book its was really good

    Eminem this book was good i will soon read more about him

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    I love u eminem

    Me too im a big fan of eminem too! I grew up listening to eminem when i little with my mom & sister but as i got older i just grew away from his music but now im back listening to him(: Prob my fav song by eminem would be hmm..idkk i love them all!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Good rapper

    I saw eminem at time travelers in berkley michigan and seen his mansion in metro detroit long live detroit

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    TAP TO HERE AMAZING STORY

    I got to talk to the REAL eminem!!!! It was so cool. So suck it hard!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Pretty Girl

    I luv u eminem!!!!;) !!!!! Ur a beast....nuff....said......

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Jello

    Hes my fav rapper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Eminem

    Love It

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    To below

    Great rap. You should get a record label.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Eminem is so sexy

    SO SEXY!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Eminem is the best

    He is so cool

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    He rocks!

    My fave song is till i collapse

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Love him

    Hesa awesome singer wait a amazing singer i have loved him since hrs been out whats your favorite song by him????? Put your answer in comments

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2011

    awesome

    fuggg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Eminem <3

    I luv eminembecase hes hella sexy and his sings are amazikng and he has the best personality

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    MARSHAL1$@$HORTY

    I LOVE EMINEM TO HE SUCK A FU?CKING BEATS I CAN RAPP EVERYSONG MOCKINGBIRD RAPGOD AND AFRAID MOCKINGBIRD RULES

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    to marshal

    Well i can rap mocking bird. How old are you and are you a boy or a girl?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    Alex

    Kk

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