Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Systems Developer Technical Lead

£65000 - £70000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based i...

Energy Engineer

£25000 - £30000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Energy En...

Techincal Accountant-Insurance-Bank-£550/day

£475 - £550 per day + competitive: Orgtel: Senior Technical Accountant-Insuran...

Sales Representative, Leicester

£25-£30k Plus Car: Charter Selection: Major well established nationwide market...

Page 3 Profile: Eminem, rapper

Will the Real Slim Shady please stand up?

He’s standing up alright. Eminem, who goes by the alter ego of Slim Shady, won Artist of the Year at the first Youtube Awards, which were streamed live from Pier 36 in New York on Sunday. On the same day, the world-famous rapper and music producer also clinched the No 1 spot in the UK charts with his new single, The Monster, his first big hit since 2006. The track, which features Rihanna, is on Eminem’s eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is released this week.

Marshall Mathers being his real name…

Spot on. Marshall was born in Missouri into a life of poverty and rapping became an escape route. He would take part in rap battles under the stage name M&M, which he later changed to Eminem. In 1996 he released his first album, Infinite, to little critical acclaim. Then came The Slim Shady LP. Slim was a far more aggressive and raw character than Eminem and the album was picked up by Dr Dre and released in 1999 to huge commercial success. The rest, as they say, is history.

Ok, so tell me more about the Youtube Awards

They were all about innovation and creative director Spike Jonze wanted the event to be as spontaneous as possible. Hosts Jason Schwartzman  and Reggie Watts had to improvise from a list of bullet points and live music videos were created on stage. The winners were decided by YouTube users: Eminem was the most watched, shared, liked and subscribed-to artist on the website.

But hasn’t he been a bit quiet over the past few years?

Not exactly. The rapper took an official hiatus between 2005 and 2009 and his last album, Recovery, was released in 2010. In the interim he has been on a worldwide tour and has appeared in documentaries, including How To Make Money Selling Drugs.

How did he collect the award?

During the evening, he performed his song Rap God alongside Denaun Porter, who is his hype man or backup rapper. In true Eminem fashion he said, “I just wanna say real quick thanks to all the fans, everyone who voted. To YouTube, I’m out, peace!”

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Career Services

Day In a Page

Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment