Born Marshall Mathers in the Kansas City suburb St. Joseph, Eminem is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. Eminem quickly gained popularity in 1999 with his major-label debut album, The Slim Shady LP, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The following album, The Marshall Mathers LP, became the fastest-selling solo album in United States history.
Eminem's third major album, The Eminem Show, was released in summer 2002 and proved to be another hit for the rapper reaching number one on the charts and selling well over 1 million copies in its first week of release. It featured the single "Without Me", in which he makes derogatory comments about boy bands, Limp Bizkit, Moby, and Lynne Cheney, among others.
His fourth major album, Encore (2004), was another chart-topper, driven by the single "Just Lose It", notable for being disrespectful towards Michael Jackson. After a musical hiatus from 2005-2008, he released Relapse and its follow-up Relapse: Refill in 2009. His seventh studio album, Recovery, was released in June 2010, to major success, selling over three million copies in the U.S. alone.