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Eminem to headline Reading and Leeds

US rapper Eminem will take to the stage to headline the Reading and Leeds festivals next year - more than a decade after he first topped the bill.

Hip-hop moments that shook the world

From Kool Herc spinning in the Bronx to Jay-Z blinging in the mud, Matilda Egere-Cooper counts down the flash points that turned hip-hop from a marginalised inner-city culture into a global phenomenon

Slim Shady's rap-sheet of relapse and recovery

Eminem soared from drug-filled poverty to adulation and notoriety, and then collapsed into gilded, narcotic, seclusion. But, after his latest comeback, his biographer Nick Hasted believes the future holds plenty for the master wordsmith

Album: Eminem, Relapse (Aftermath/Shady)

On 2004's Encore, Eminem appeared to have grown up considerably, exhibiting an unsuspected political acuity on "Mosh", his devastating indictment of Bush's Iraq crusade and apologising for any racial or sexual slurs he may have previously voiced in anger.

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Pandora: Blue scarf hides Ken's blushes

When the rapper Eminem crosses swords with someone, you can usually guarantee that sparks will fly. So, understandably perhaps, there has been some uneasy shuffling over at the London-based publishers Orion during the past few days.