Eminem turns 50: Global tributes and looking back at his career

Eminem’s milestone birthday has been met with hoards of tributes from fans and artists worldwide. Here’s a look-back at his stellar career.

Eminem is celebrating his 50th birthday. Mere hours ago, the renowned rapper took to Instagram and re-posted a heartfelt tribute made by his label, Shady Records: “Till the day that I drop you’ll never say that I’m not killing ’em” Happy 50TH bday @eminem!!” 

After experiencing a tumultuous childhood that was burdened by poverty in city of Detroit, Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers) became one of the most successful and iconic artists of our generation.

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Following his emergence in the music scene with his ’96 debut LP, Infinite, Eminem returned in ’99 with his second album and major label debut, The Slim Shady LP. This groundbreaking record scored a Grammy for Best Rap Album in 2000.

That same year, he launched his third studio record, The Marshall Mathers LP, which further catapulted him into global stardom and became a multi-award-winning, diamond-platinum certified album.


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Since those early-2000’s days, countless more acclaimed releases, features, international sold-out shows and business ventures have garnered his status as music industry royalty, and cemented his unforgettable influence as a pop culture icon.

In honor of his 50th birthday, fans and stars alike have taken to Twitter to share heartfelt messages about their love for Eminem. See a few of them below.