Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known by his primary
stage name Eminem, or by his alter ego Slim Shady, is an American rapper,
record producer and actor who has sold over 75 million albums worldwide.
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 hip hop
album in history. It brought Eminem increased popularity, including his own
record label, Shady Records, and brought his group project D12 into
mainstream recognition. The Marshall Mathers LP and his third album, The
Eminem Show, also won Grammy Awards, and in 2002, he won the Academy Award
for Best Original Song for a song in the film 8 Mile, in which he also
played the lead. Eminem then went on hiatus after touring in 2005. He
released his first album since 2004, Relapse, on May 15, 2009.