At what age did Eminem start rapping?

Eminem, also known as Slim Shady, was listed in the Guinness Book of Records in 2002 as the "Fastest Selling Rap Artist". Born under the name Marshall Bruce Mathers III, Eminem is one of the first white rappers to shape hip-hop culture. With over 100 million albums sold and the biographical, Oscar-winning film "8 Mile", Eminem is one of the most successful artists of his time. Eminem also owns the music label Shady Records and is a member of hip-hop groups D12 and Bad Meets Evil.

Eminem's musical career began after the relatively unsuccessful 1996 album "Infinite" with the hip-hop collective D12 as Slim Shady. In the same year Eminem took second place at the Rap Olympiad and won the "Freestyle Performer Of The Year" award. The producer Dr. Dre signed Eminem and "The Slim Shady LP" made his commercial debut and breakthrough in 1999.

With increasing popularity, Eminem was controversial because of his black humor and inciting texts, his works were observed by the protection of minors and sometimes banned. He was also accused of snatching hip-hop culture from African Americans.

Eminem landed with "The Marshall Mathers LP" in 2000, especially with the single "Stan", at the top of the charts worldwide. The content of his songs was now more dedicated to his being a star and the associated influence on society.

In addition to his musical career, Eminem was increasingly noticed by scandals.

In August 2000, he was sentenced to two years suspended prison sentence for aggravated assault and illicit gun possession. In 2002, Eminem generated a more serious image. His texts were directed against racism, the US government, terrorism and contempt for women. He chose a less aggressive presentation style and generally softer tones. "The Eminem Show" became number one worldwide and achieved diamond status in the USA alone. As the "Fastest Selling Rap Artist" he was included in the Guinness Book of Records. In the same year Eminem played the lead role in the semi-autobiographical film "8 Mile" and was awarded an Oscar for the title song "Lose Yourself".

Eminem admitted his drug addiction in 2003, which he was only able to successfully rehabilitate in 2008 after a two-year hiatus. He often addressed his addiction in later albums.

Eminem achieved great success in 2009 through collaborations with music greats such as Rihanna, Pink and Lil Wayne, which earned him several Grammy nominations.

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