By Leilani Naone


  • His father left
  • He has two half siblings on his father's side (Michael and Sarah)
  • One half brother on his mom's side
  • Bounced between Missouri and Michigan


  • Bullied in school
  • His uncle Ronnie committed suicide
  • His mom
  • He was kicked out several times
  • No one took him seriously as a rapper

How he overcame his obstacles

  • Open-mic at Hip-Hop Shop
  • Freestyle battles
  • Became recognized and respected
  • Joined several music groups (New Jacks, Soul Intent, D12)


  • Released Slim Shady EP
  • Became sober on April 20, 2008
  • Shady Records
  • Academy Award for best original song
  • Marshall Mathers Foundation