By most accounts, the Mathers family was extremely poor,
which was the primary reason for their constant moves, during
which Marshall and his mother would often find themselves living
in public housing, mobile homes, and under the care of
relatives. During this time, Debbie Mathers was legally taking
the prescription drugs Vicodin and Valium; Mathers later claimed
in numerous interviews and songs that his mother was abusing the
drugs, to which she retaliated with a lawsuit pressing
defamation charges (see below). In the song "Cleaning Out My
Closet" (The Eminem Show, 2002), Mathers also accuses his mother
of having Munchausen syndrome by proxy, adding that "my whole
life I was made to believe I was sick when I wasn't." This was
not the first time someone had suggested she had the disorder; a
social worker had made similar comments following a 1996
investigation of her mistreatment of her second child, Nathan
Marshall Bruce Mathers (Eminem's real name) was especially close to his uncle, Ronald Dean "Ronnie" Polkingharn, who was born just three months before Mathers, on July 27, 1972. Polkingharn introduced Mathers to hip-hop and the two were best friends. On December 14, 1991, 19-year-old Polkingharn committed suicide, an event which Mathers has said was devastating, not just to him but to the entire extended family. Ronnie Nelson's older brother Steven suffered a stroke as a result of the stress. Mathers was so distraught he abandoned his musical career for a year. References to Ronnie's death appear in several songs, including "Stan", "Cleaning Out My Closet" and "My Dad's Gone Crazy." Mathers has a tattoo on his upper left arm that says "Ronnie R.I.P."
Before dropping out of Lincoln High School in Warren at the age of 17 (after failing ninth grade three times), Eminem made a number of significant acquaintances at the school. This included the late rapper Proof, who was to become one of his closest friends, and future wife Kimberly Ann "Kim" Scott, with whom he soon developed a long-term relationship. When she became pregnant, Eminem started working on getting a record deal to support his new family; He discusses this in "Never 2 Far" (Infinite, 1996), saying "I got a baby on the way, I don't even got a car...I still stay with my moms...we gotta make some hit records or something because I'm tired of being broke..." When the Infinite album failed to generate the revenue and acclaim he had hoped for, she ended their relationship, preventing him from seeing his newborn child, a daughter named Hailie Jade Scott (born December 25, 1995); distraught, he attempted suicide with an overdose of Tylenol. After the attempt failed, he resumed his efforts to succeed in the music industry and reconcile with his ex-girlfriend. He ultimately succeeded in doing both, marrying her on June 14, 1999, in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Eminem would go on to mention his daughter extensively in some of his songs, including "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" (The Slim Shady LP, 1999), which takes the form of a one-sided dialogue with Hailie, as well as "Hailie's Song" (The Eminem Show, 2002), "Mockingbird" (‘‘Encore’’, 2004), and "When I'm Gone" (Curtain Call: The Hits, 2005), all of which are proclamations of his love and dedication to her. In addition, he samples her voice in the track "My Dad's Gone Crazy" (The Eminem Show, 2002).
Interested in rap from a young age, Eminem began performing as early as 13, later gaining some popularity with a group, Soul Intent. In 1996, he released his first independent album, named Infinite (of which he sold about 500 copies out of the back of his car.) The album received no airplay and a mixed critical response, with people claiming Eminem's rapping style sounded too similar to Nas and AZ. Drawing on and continuing the negative experiences of his life, in 1997 he followed Infinite with The Slim Shady EP demo, which saw his lyrics take a decidedly darker turn, in songs like "No One's Iller" and "Murder Murder", the latter in which he talks about having to commit crimes to feed his daughter. He became famous in the hip-hop underground because of his distinctive, cartoonish style and the fact that he was white in a predominantly black genre. Fellow rapper Snoop Dogg refers to him as rap's "great white American hope" in the song "B---- Please II" off of Eminem's Eminem LP.
Eminem has done a notable amount of work with fellow Detroit emcee Royce da 5'9" early in his career. They referred to themselves as Bad Meets Evil, with Eminem being the evil and Royce being the bad in the song of the same name on The Slim Shady LP. Royce da 5'9" and Eminem were considered to be two of the best underground emcees in Detroit and were both respected for their battling skills. The Jay-Z song "Renegade" has its roots as a song that Eminem originally intended to do with Royce.
While the two were great friends and had mutual respect for
one another both personally and musically, they eventually had a
falling out. Royce later had an altercation with D12 and made
numerous songs defaming and disrespecting the group; however,
very few lines were aimed at Eminem himself, none of which were
direct disses. The relationship between the two is unknown at
the moment but no talks of a collaboration has surfaced.
It is said that rap artist and producer Dr. Dre found Eminem's demo on Interscope Records president Jimmy Iovine's garage floor. While this did not directly lead to a recording contract, Dr. Dre agreed to sign Mathers when he won second place versus Otherwize, (though some sources say it was, in fact, MC Juice who defeated him) at the 1997 Rap Olympics freestyle battle. Other sources state that an executive at the offices of Interscope handed the demo to Iovine who passed it to Dre, which resulted in a contract.
At Interscope, Eminem released The Slim Shady LP, which went on to be one of the most popular albums of 1999, going triple platinum by the end of the year. With the album's enormous popularity came controversy surrounding many of the album's lyrics. In "'97 Bonnie and Clyde", he describes a trip with his infant daughter, disposing of the body of his wife. Another song, "Guilty Conscience," ends with him encouraging a man to murder his wife and her lover.
The Eminem LP was released in May 2000, quickly selling two million copies. The first single released from the album, The Real Slim Shady, was a huge hit, thanks in part to the catchy rhythm and chorus line, "Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?" (adapted from the catch phrase of the TV quiz show To Tell the Truth). It also created some buzz by insulting celebrities and making dubious claims about them; he implies, among other things, that Christina Aguilera performed o--- s-- on Fred Durst (of Limp Bizkit) and Carson Daly (of MTV's Total Request Live). In his second single, "The Way I Am," he reveals to his fans the pressures from his record company to top "My Name Is" and sell more records, and dismisses the alleged controversial link between music such as that of Marilyn Manson and shootings such as at Columbine High School as absurd, instead blaming the parents. In the third single, "Stan" (which samples Dido's "Thank you"), Eminem attempts to deal with his new-found fame, taking on the perspective of a deranged fan who kills himself and his pregnant girlfriend, mirroring "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" on The Slim Shady LP.
Eminem has achieved six UK #1 singles, more than any other rapper, and has also had the most #1 singles in the UK in the 21st century by an American artist.
Eminem's rise to celebrity ushered the beginning of his numerous legal troubles. The first of these was his mother's lawsuit against him in September of that year. The lawsuit was motivated by comments on her drug use made in song My Name Is, specifically the lyric "I just found out my mom does more dope than I do," and similar accusations in numerous interviews. She denied the statements and demanded more than $10 million in damages for defamation in two lawsuits. After rumors of Debbie dropping the suit, she reached a settlement with her son in 2001 for $25,000, with over $23,000 of it going to her former attorney, Fred Gibson, by a court order. Debbie's request for reconsideration of the settlement was denied by a judge. Eminem's resentful reflections on the case can be heard on the songs "Eminem" (The Eminem LP, 2000) in the lyrics "my f---in' b---- mom is suing for 10 million/ she must want a dollar for every pill I've been stealin'", and on "Without Me" (The Eminem Show, 2002) in the lyric "I just settled all my lawsuits. F--- you, Debbie!"
With Eminem 's rise to stardom, new disputes arose between
him and his wife, centered around her dissatisfaction over the
graphic fictional account of her husband murdering her and
dumping her body in a lake in the songs "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" and
"Kim" (The Eminem LP, 2000). The tension between the couple came
to a boiling point when he witnessed her kissing another man,
one John Guerrera, outside the Hot Rocks Café in Warren on June
4, 2000. Eminem threatened Guerrera with an unloaded 9 mm
semi-automatic firearm and allegedly proceeded to pistol-whip
him. Although, Guerrera is mentioned in "Sing For The Moment" on
The Eminem Show, in the line "you're full of s--- too, Guerrera,
that was a fist that hit you!" On the previous day, Eminem was
allegedly involved in a heated dispute in Royal Oak, Michigan
with Douglas Dail, an associate of the rap group Insane Clown
Posse, with whom Eminem had an ongoing rivalry. On The Eminem
LP, on the track "Eminem," Eminem calls ICP's
Shaggy 2 Dope and
Violent Jay "F----- 2 Dope," and "Silent Gay," as well as "you
two little flaming f-----s." Furthermore, a skit on this album
features Eminem's character "Ken Keniff" (a stereotypically
mincing, predatory homos--ual) receiving o--- s-- from the ICP
pair. During the confrontation, Eminem was observed to be
holding a gun, which he kept pointed at the ground. Being taken
into police custody during the Hot Rocks Café incident, Eminem
was charged with misdemeanor charges of brandishing a firearm in
public, assault with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of
concealed weapon possession, in two separate trials. After a
plea bargain in the John Guerrera case, which concluded on April
10, 2001, Eminem pleaded guilty to weapon possession in exchange
for the assault charges being dropped, receiving two years of
probation, and was ordered to pay $100,000 in damages at the
conclusion of the case evaluation in 2002. In the Dail case, he
pleaded nolo contendere to the charges of firearm possession and
brandishing, receiving one year of probation, enforced
concurrently with the sentence from the first case. He would
later recount the former incident in the song "Soldier" (The
Eminem Show, 2002) and the preceding interlude "The Kiss".
While the trials were in the beginning stages, things were only getting worse for Eminem, when on July 7, 2000, Kim attempted suicide in the couple's Clinton Township, Michigan home by cutting her wrists. (Eminem talks about this incident from Hailie's point of view in the song "When I'm Gone.") This prompted Marshall to file for divorce a few months later, which was promptly countered by Kim with a lawsuit that sought to deny him custody of their daughter and $10 million in defamation damages. Within weeks, however, they settled the lawsuit, and agreed to joint custody of their daughter, with Kim gaining physical child custody, granting him "liberal visitation rights."By the end of the year, the couple reconciled, agreeing to dismiss divorce claims and live together. Eminem mentions her suicide attempt and the Hot Rocks Café incident on the Xzibit song "Don't Approach Me" (Restless, 2000).
The reconciliation, however, would not last, as she filed for divorce in 2001, which was finalized in October of that year, granting joint physical and legal custody of Hailie to both parties, as well as requiring Eminem to make child support payments. There was further turbulence in their relationship when Kim was sentenced to two years of probation for felony cocaine possession in 2003. This was not her first such incident, as she had previously faced similar charges in 2001, although they were eventually dropped. The incident was not to be her last, however, as she was sentenced to 30 days in jail in 2004, after failing a drug test for cocaine while still on probation. Eminem makes numerous references to her cocaine use on the Encore album, including "you're a f---ing cokehead slut" and "mama developed a habit" in the songs "Puke" and "Mockingbird," respectively. Their relationship since their divorce remained in an indecisive "on-again, off-again" state for a long time.
Eminem was no stranger to drugs and alcohol, as suggested by a large number of his songs, including "Drug Ballad" and "Under the Influence." The song "I'm Shady" (The Slim Shady LP, 1999) includes the explanatory line "well, I do take pills (ecstasy or prescription drugs), don't do speed / don't do crack, don't do coke / I do smoke weed / don't do smack / I do do shrooms, do drink beer / I just wanna make a few things clear." Other tracks do suggest cocaine use, although he has never been in a law enforcement incident involving drugs. However, with the sentence of two years of probation taking effect in 2001, during which he was subject to mandatory regular drug testing, his recreational drug use was put to an end. This fact is supported with references to his drug use in his music, which all but disappeared after 2001, and comments by late band mate Proof, who states that Eminem "sobered up". However, with rising pressures and workload in his professional career, he found it difficult to get the rest he wanted, and turned to Zolpidem sleeping pills for relief. His use of the drug eventually became so severe, that in August 2005, he cancelled the European leg of his ongoing tour, and checked into a drug rehabilitation clinic for treatment.
Eminem remarried Kim on January 14, 2006 in Michigan. His best man was longtime friend and D12 member Proof (who was shot to death in a Detroit night club three months later), while Kim's maid of honor was their daughter Hailie. They walked down the aisle to Eminem's song "Mockingbird." Guests at the wedding included the other members of D12, as well as the members of G-Unit. Kim's mother attended the wedding, while Eminem's mother did not. However, less than 11 weeks after remarrying Kim, he filed for divorce at the Macomb County clerk's office., citing "a breakdown in the marriage relationship," (which, in Michigan, is the only reason one can give for cause of divorce.) On April 5, 2006, the news was leaked to the Detroit Free Press and MTV's Total Request Live.
Eminem's songs typically feature anger, thoughts, questions, and statements about his life. Common topics are:
With the enormous popularity of The Eminem LP, the
controversy surrounding him grew even larger, especially when it
was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Though
Eminem had always claimed that his lyrics were not meant to be
taken seriously, and that he had nothing against homos--uals or
women, the gay rights group GLAAD organized a boycott of the
Grammys. Eminem responded to this by rapping "Stan" on-stage
with openly gay singer Elton John, ending the performance by
hugging John. This gesture failed to appease many of his
critics. He said he did not know Elton John was gay, but he told
Kurt Loder after the awards show that he respected him: "Of
course I'd heard of Elton John," Eminem said, "but I didn't know
he was gay. I didn't know anything about his personal life. I
didn't really care, but being that he was gay and he had my
back, I think it made a statement in itself saying that he
understood where I was coming from."
The two songs most often cited as examples in The Eminem LP of Eminem's supposed misogyny were "Kill You" and "Kim." Critics claimed the former portrayed extremely violent abuse against women in general and contained a line about him raping his own mother. The latter is not so much a song as it is a reenactment of a fictional fight between him and his wife, although his shouted, hoarse lines do rhyme. Despite his conflicting expressions of love and hate throughout the track, he ends up slitting Kim's throat at the end, accompanied by cries of "Bleed, b----, bleed!" Several people objected to the graphic description of domestic violence. On the clean version of the CD, the track was removed and replaced with a song almost entirely devoid of profanity called "The Kids."
Since Eminem's rapid ascent to fame, tell-all biographies of varying quality have been published, including Shady Bizzness by his former bodyguard Byron Williams. Eminem himself has written a book called Angry Blonde, released in 2000, where he reveals the emotions and intent behind the lyrics in the Eminem LP, and describes his passion for and approach to rapping.
As one of members of the rap group D12, Eminem appeared on the album Devil's Night, released in 2001. The album was certified multi-platinum. The album contained the single "Purple Pills", renamed "Purple Hills" for radio play. Another song, "Blow My Buzz", was on the soundtrack for the film The Wash (2001), in which Eminem had a cameo appearance.
Album cover of The Eminem Show (2002).Eminem's third major album, The Eminem Show was released in summer 2002. It featured the single "Without Me," an apparent sequel to "The Real Slim Shady," in which he makes derogatory comments about boy bands, Limp Bizkit, Moby, and Lynne Cheney, among others. The album reflected on the impact of his rise to fame, his relationship with his wife and daughter, and his status in the hip-hop community. He also addresses the charges he faced over assaulting a bouncer he saw kissing his wife in 2000. While there is clear anger present on several tracks, this album was considerably less inflammatory than the previous, and as such did not face any protests of misogyny and homophobia that had plagued The Eminem LP.
On November 19, 2003, new controversy surrounded Eminem when a cassette tape was played during a press conference held by The Source magazine. The cassette featured Eminem performing a freestyle rap in which he made disparaging remarks about black women, calling them "dumb chicks" in comparison to white women and claimed they are only after money. Other racial slurs and remarks were on the tape, including the use of the word "n-----."Eminem claimed he made the recording after breaking up with his black girlfriend in 1988; however The Source claimed the tapes were recorded in 1993, and old friends of Eminem's claimed he never had a black girlfriend. Eminem later filed a lawsuit against The Source for alleged copyright infringement. He also publicly apologized for the tape. The "Encore" track "Yellow Brick Road" also describes this particular controversy with the lyrics, "I've heard people say they heard the tape and it ain't that bad, but it was. I singled out a whole race, and for that I apologize. I was wrong cuz no matter what color a girl is, she's still a ho."
On December 8, 2003, the United States Secret Service admitted it was "looking into" allegations that Eminem had threatened the President of the United States after the unreleased song "We As Americans" leaked onto the Internet. The lyrics in question: "F--- money / I don't rap for dead presidents / I'd rather see the president dead / It's never been said, but I set precedents...". The song was being recorded to possibly be on Encore, but wound up on a bonus CD accompanying the album instead. The second use of the word "dead" was backmasked in that version.
A mixed song, produced by Immortal Technique and Eminem, titled "Bin Laden", blamed the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Reagan Doctrine and President George W. Bush, and also proved hugely controversial.
Then, in 2004, Eminem made the music video "My Band" with D12. The song was the band's sarcastic response to the media's frequent portrayal of D12 as Eminem's band, giving little or no credit to its other members. The video contained various parodies, including that of the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime controversy, and of 50 Cent's "In Da Club" video.
On October 12, 2004, a week after the release of "Just Lose It", Eminem's first single off Encore, Michael Jackson called into the Los Angeles-based Steve Harvey radio show to report his displeasure with the video, which parodies Jackson's child molestation trial, plastic surgery, and an incident in which Jackson's hair caught on fire while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984. The lyrics to "Just Lose It" also refer to Jackson's legal troubles. Many of Jackson's supporters and friends spoke out about the video, including Stevie Wonder, who called the video "kicking a man while he's down" and "bulls---", and Steve Harvey who declared, "Eminem has lost his ghetto pass. We want the pass back." In the video, Eminem also parodied Pee Wee Herman, MC Hammer, and a Blonde-Ambition-touring Madonna.
Album cover of Encore (2004).Black Entertainment Television was the first channel to stop airing the video. MTV, however, announced it would continue airing the video, and "Just Lose It" became the #1 requested video on Total Request Live for the week ending October 22. The Source, through its CEO Raymond "Benzino" Scott, wanted not only the video to be pulled, but the song off the album, and a public apology to Jackson from Eminem.
Others dismissed "Just Lose It" as a tame "Weird Al" Yankovic-style knockoff. Regarding Jackson's protest, Yankovic, who parodied the Eminem song "Lose Yourself" on a track titled "Couch Potato" on his 2003 album Poodle Hat, told the Chicago Sun-Times, "Last year, Eminem forced me to halt production on the video for my "Lose Yourself" parody because he somehow thought that it would be harmful to his image or career. So the irony of this situation with Michael is not lost on me."
On October 26, 2004, a week before the U.S. presidential election, 2004, Eminem released the video for his song titled "Mosh" on the Internet. The song features a very strong anti-Bush message, with lyrics such as "f--- Bush" and "this weapon of mass destruction that we call our president." The video features Eminem gathering up an army of people presented as victims of the Bush administration and leading them to the White House. However, once the army breaks in, it is revealed that they are there to simply register to vote, and the video ends with the words "VOTE Tuesday November 2" on the screen. After Bush won the election, the video's ending was changed to Eminem and the protesters invading while Bush was giving a speech. None of the publicity helped the album however, which saw its sales stall at 4.7 million copies, a number dramatically lower than his past two albums. Critics panned the album's production and lyricism as subpar in comparison to his previous efforts.
In summer 2005, Eminem embarked on his first US concert run in three years, the Anger Management 3 Tour, featuring Lil' Jon, 50 Cent and G-Unit, D12, Obie Trice, The Alchemist, and others. In August 2005, Eminem canceled the European leg of the tour and subsequently announced that he had entered drug rehabilitation for treatment for a "dependency on sleep medication."
At the same time as he was entering rehab, his aunt and uncle, Jack and Betty Schmitt, sued him, charging that he had reneged on a promise to build a $350,000 house for them and supply them with money for the house's upkeep. The couple claimed that Eminem had kept the house in his name, and then issued them eviction orders.
Eminem has made many enemies in the music industry, including Ja Rule, former Source magazine co-owner Raymond "Benzino" Scott, Everlast, Royce Da 5'9", Canibus, Insane Clown Posse, Vanilla Ice, Mariah Carey, Fred Durst, DJ Lethal, Jermaine Dupri, Moby and others.
Nobel Laurette Seamus Heaney has praised Eminem for his "verbal energy" and for arousing popular interest in poetry and lyrics.
Eminem has also done some voice acting, both on Crank Yankers and a web cartoon called The Slim Shady Show, which has since been pulled offline and is instead sold on DVD.
Eminem has also been linked to "Songs of Hope" by U2 and supported the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Leary Fire Fighters Foundation with various proceeds donated to these causes. In "Mosh", he expressed support for American troops, but speaks against the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the Bush administration. The Raelians Religious Movement, a religious group whose beliefs are centered around communication with extraterrestrial life, tried to appoint him as an honorary priest. In addition, he has raised STD awareness in a number of songs portraying infected people having promiscuous s-- with numerous partners.
Dr. Dre's leading protégé, Eminem succeeded in multi-platinum record sales. He was granted his own record label, a sub-label of Aftermath Entertainment. He and his manager Paul Rosenberg created Shady Records in late 2000. Eminem and Dr. Dre had signed 50 Cent on a joint venture between Aftermath & Shady Records. His own Detroit collective D12 and rapper Obie Trice were signed to the Shady Records label. In 2003, Eminem and Dr. Dre signed on Atlanta rapper Stat Quo to the roster. DJ Green Lantern, the former deejay for Eminem, was signed to Shady Records until a dispute with 50 Cent forced him to depart from the label; he is no longer associated with Eminem. The Alchemist is now officially Eminem's tour deejay. In 2005, Eminem officially signed another Atlanta rapper known as Bobby Creekwater to his label along with west coast rapper Ca$his.
In the Anger Management Tour of 2003 The Alchemist hurt his wrist, preventing him from being the tour's DJ. Clinton Sparks filled in for him, and his name is mentioned on the album numerous times.
In 2005, some industry insiders speculated that Eminem is considering ending his rapping career after six years and numerous multi-platinum albums. Speculation began in early 2005 about a double-disc album to be released late that year, rumored to be titled The Funeral. The album manifested itself under the name Curtain Call, and was released on December 6, 2005.
In July 2005, the Detroit Free Press broke news of a potential final bow for Eminem as a solo performer, quoting members of his inside circle who said that he will begin to fully embrace the role of producer and label executive. The Free Press, Eminem's hometown paper, wrote that the aptly titled Encore album would now stand as his final solo album.
Album cover of Curtain Call: The Hits (2005).Eminem recently announced via MTV News that he does not plan on retiring soon, though he is planning on taking a break to produce music. He is still uncertain whether another album will be released, but his career has not come to a full stop. He is continuing to work out of the spotlight, including producing the Redman album Red Gone Wild.
At "Anger Management" in Madison Square Garden and Atlanta's HiFi Buys Amphitheater, he openly announced that he is not retiring and indicates this is all just gossip by saying the moon exploding is a more credible rumor. However, many still speculate that he will be retiring and the announcement at Madison Square Garden was only a ploy to distract the fans.
Adding to the already feverish rumors from fans, Eminem released a track on Curtain Call entitled "When I'm Gone." The lyrics feature the topic of Slim Shady's destructive power over Eminem' life, and talks of laying his alter ego to rest, one line featuring the lyrics "Find a gun on the ground, c--- it./ put it to my brain, scream 'Die Shady!' and pop it./"
On December 6, 2005, the day of Curtain Call's release, Eminem denied that he was retiring on Detroit-based WKQI's "Mojo in the Mornin'" radio show, but implied that he would at least be taking a break as an artist, saying, "I'm at a point in my life right now where I feel like I don't know where my career is going ... This is the reason that we called it 'Curtain Call,' because this could be the final thing. We don't know."
Eminem has had some activity since the release of Curtain Call. DJ Whoo Kid is to be releasing a new Eminem mixtape, entitled, "The Re-Up." Eminem also rapped a verse in a live performance of Busta Rhymes' "Touch It" remix at the 2006 BET Music Awards on June 27, 2006.
On August 15th 2006, Obie Trice released "Second Rounds on Me". Eminem produced 8 tracks on the album. A stick out track was "Jamican girl" because it was so out of Eminems style.
In 2001, Eminem brought his rap group, D12, to the popular music scene. In 2001, D12 released their hit debut album Devil's Night. The first single released off of the album was "Purple Pills," an ode to recreational drug use (although this was preceded in the UK by a song called "s--- On You," which was included on the Special Edition version of the album). The version of the song released on the radio and music television was heavily rewritten to remove many of the song's obscenity-laden lyrics, and renamed "Purple Hills." While the first single was a massive hit, the album's second single, "Fight Music," was not as successful, in part due to its timing in relation to the 9/11 attacks. After their debut, D12 took three years in hiatus from the studio, later regrouping to releasing their sophomore album, D12 World, in 2004, which featured the popular hit single release "My Band." The other members of D12 have also appeared as guests on all of Eminem's albums since The Eminem LP. D12's third album was tentatively scheduled for a 2006 release, D12 member Bizarre had said that the crew had spent time in the studio. However, it can be expected that the album will be postponed due to the untimely death of one of D12's biggest stars (and Eminem's closest friend) Proof, on April 11, 2006.
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