As Mathers succeeded in multi-platinum record sales, Interscope granted him his own record label. He and his manager Paul Rosenberg created Shady Records in late 2000. He followed this by signing his own Detroit collective D12 and rapper Obie Trice to the label. In 2002, Mathers signed 50 Cent through a joint venture between Shady and Dr. Dre's Aftermath label. In 2003, Mathers and Dr. Dre signed on Atlanta rapper Stat Quo to the Shady/Aftermath roster. DJ Green Lantern, the former DJ for Mathers, was signed to Shady Records until a dispute related to the 50 Cent and Jadakiss feud forced him to depart from the label; he is no longer associated with Mathers. The Alchemist is now officially Mathers' tour DJ. In 2005, Mathers officially signed another Atlanta rapper known as Bobby Creekwater to his label along with west coast rapper Cashis.

Acting career

Although he had a brief cameo in the 2001 film The Wash, Mathers made his official Hollywood acting début with the semi-autobiographical 8 Mile, released in November 2002. He has said the movie is not an account of his life, but a representation of growing up in Detroit. He recorded several new songs for the soundtrack, including "Lose Yourself", which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song; it was not performed at the ceremony, reportedly because ABC wanted him to perform an edited version. Mathers voiced a character in 50 Cent: Bulletproof, who is an aging corrupt police officer that speaks in Ebonics. He has also done some voice acting, both on Crank Yankers and a web cartoon called The Slim Shady Show, which has since been pulled off-line and is instead sold on DVD. Eminem will star in the upcoming film Have Gun — Will Travel in which he will play a bounty hunter called Paladin. He will also be involved in either the soundtrack or scoring. He has also started a movie production company called “Interscope/Shady/Aftermath Films” with Dr. Dre. The company has worked on 50 Cent's début movie Get Rich or Die Tryin' and will work on Eminem's next movie Have Gun — Will Travel.

Eminem was also in the running for the part of David Rice in 2008's film Jumper after Tom Sturridge was dropped just 2 weeks before filming. Concerns over not having a more prominent actor prompted the director, Doug Liman, to consider other actors for the role. Hayden Christensen was eventually chosen over Eminem.


In acceptance of his Grammy for Best Rap Album (for The Eminem Show) in 2003, he credited his rap influences, saying,

"I made me a little list of MCs that I wanted to name off that inspired me to, to bring me where I am today - cause honestly, I wouldn't be here without them. So the list goes like this, and it's not in this order, but the list is this: Run-D.M.C., the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Dr. Dre, all of N.W.A., KRS-One, Treach from Naughty by Nature, Nas, 2Pac, Biggie, Jay-Z. Thank you, 'cause I learned from all of you. Thank you."


  • 1992 Steppin' onto the Scene (w. Bassmint)
  • 1995 Fuckin’ Backstabber/Soul Intent (w. Soul Intent)
  • 1996 Infinite
  • 1997 The Slim Shady EP (demo)
  • 1997 The Underground EP (w. D12)
  • 1999 The Slim Shady LP (Chart positions: 2) RIAA certification: 4x Platinum
  • 2000 The Marshall Mathers LP (Chart positions: 1) RIAA certification: Diamond
  • 2002 The Eminem Show (Chart positions: 1) RIAA certification: 7x Platinum
  • 2004 Encore (Chart positions: 1) RIAA certification: 5x Platinum
  • 2008 King Mathers (unreleased)
  • Special Releases:

  • 2002 8 Mile Soundtrack (Chart positions: 1) RIAA certification: 4x Platinum
  • 2005 Curtain Call: The Hits (Chart positions: 1) RIAA certification: 2x Platinum
  • 2006 Eminem Presents the Re-Up (Chart positions: 2) RIAA certification: 2x Platinum
  • With D12:

  • 2001 Devil's Night - RIAA certifications: Platinum
  • 2004 D12 World - RIAA certifications: 2x Platinum

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