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50 Things You Didn't Know About Eminem

  • Shady's back, back again... on English soil that is. Less than a year after headlining Reading and Leeds Festival, Eminem's doing two nights at Wembley Stadium in July. To celebrate, here's 50 geeky facts about the rapper. Did you know Eminem was the subject of a Secret Service investigation for allegedly threatening US President George Bush on 2003 track ‘We As Americans'?

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    Added: 17 Oct 2012

  • Eminem’s mother sued him for defamation because of the line “My mother does more dope than I do” in His single ‘My Name Is’.

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    Added: 25 Aug 2013

  • The only book he has read in full is LL Cool J’s ‘I Make My Own Rules’.

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    Added: 17 Oct 2012

  • He was shot while walking to Kim's house as a teenager.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • When Eminem wanted to get clean he called Elton John who then helped him for 18 months to kick his addiction to Vicodin, Ambien and other prescription drugs.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem’s album 'Recovery' was the best selling album of 2010 worldwide.

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    Added: 20 Feb 2013

  • 'The Eminem Show' was the best selling album od 2002.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem had two of his albums in the top five highest selling albums in 2000.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Universal and Interscope originally wanted the track ‘Cleanin Out My Closet’ as the theme for 8 Mile. However Eminem disagreed with this decision and made 'Lose Yourself' the main track.

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    Added: 17 Oct 2012

  • When he was a baby his relatives called him Mickey because he had big ears.

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    Added: 17 Oct 2012

  • If you want to be signed to ‘Shady Records’, you have to battle Eminem.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem made it to 3rd place on NME‘s ‘Cool List’ in the November 2004 issue.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem winning 2nd place at the 1997 Rap Olympics caught the attention of Dr Dre from Aftermath Entertainment and Jimmy Lovine from Interscope Records.

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    Added: 16 Apr 2012

  • Eminem failed the ninth grade a total of 3 times before dropping out.

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    Added: 15 Apr 2011

  • Eminem paid $100,000 to settle alleged assault charges to John Guerra after he kissed Eminem’s then wife Kimberley.

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    Added: 22 Mar 2011

  • ‘Shade 45’ is the name of Eminem’s radio station.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • It took him 30 seconds to write the hook for ‘Just Lose It’.

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    Added: 20 Aug 2011

  • Eminem's high school bully filed the rapper a $1million law suit as he claimed ‘Brain Damage’ (one of Eminem’s singles) hurt his reputation. A Michigan appeals court dismissed DeAngelo Bailey's legal action.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • The Marshall Mathers LP became the fastest selling solo album in the US history.

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    Added: 15 Oct 2010

  • Eminem claims he had a relationship with Mariah Carey back in 2001. But she denies it.

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    Added: 22 Sep 2010

  • Eminem refused to sing at the Oscars because they wanted him to sing the clean version of 'Lose Yourself'.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most successive US number 1 albums by a solo artist.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem has won 13 Grammys in total.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Em has an extensive comic book collection and he was also in a comic called Eminem/Punisher: Kill You.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem used to study the dictionary so he could expand on his lyrics.

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    Added: 11 Jul 2013

  • There is an Eminem inspired portrait made out of M&Ms by Florida artist Enrique Ramos.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem was bullied when he was younger because he was small.

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    Added: 20 Aug 2011

  • He has previously taken up to 60 valium and 30 vicodin pills a day.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Amsterdam was the original title for the Album ‘The Marshal Mathers LP’ because he wrote a lot of the album there and some of it was inspired by Dutch journalists.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • The character ‘Slim Shady’ was conjured up buy Eminem on whilst he was on the toilet.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem did all the three verses of 'Lose Yourself' in one take.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem has been falsely reported dead by a car crash four times and a drug overdose once.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Taylor Swift has recently claimed she wants to collaborate with Eminem as she is a “big hip hop fan”.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Andy Murray has said that he has listens to Eminem ‘You’re Never Over’ as well as Ed Sheeran and Robin Thicke before going playing in championships.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Back in 2011, ‘The Fighter’ producer David Hoberman revealed to the LA Times that the lead role of Micky Ward, eventually given to Mark Wahlberg, was actually first written for Eminem during the development process.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem has allegedly secretly dated music marketer Marissa Cirillo and it is rumoured that the Brittany Murphy character in his hit movie "8 mile", was actually based on his relationship with Marissa, not Kim Mathers.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem’s new track ‘Survival’ features in the trailer for the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Both Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean are rumoured to appear on Eminem's next album while comedian Chris Rock also suggested that he will feature.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem was supposed to take the lead role in the new film ‘Elysium’ due out this year. Instead Matt Damon took the role as Eminem only wanted the role if the movie was filmed in Detroit; his hometown.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem has been targeted in Snoop Dog, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s songs in the past and supposedly has ‘subliminal beef’ with all three rappers for a long period of time.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem wears size 10½ shoes.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem wears XXL size clothing.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Petshop Boy Neil Tennant has a crush on Eminem.

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    Added: 04 May 2011

  • When Eminem was 9, he was beaten so badly as a kid that he went into a coma for over a week.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem used to have a problem with people staring at him.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem was the first artist to win best rap album for three consecutive LPs at the Grammy’s.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Rumours have circulated that Eminem has had eye lift surgery.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Eminem gave his manager Paul Rosenberg one of the Grammys that he won in 2000.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • His favourite porn star is Janet Jacme.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013

  • Apparently he likes to be, erm, shaved down below. So now you know.

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    Added: 29 Aug 2013