With US sales of 47.4 million albums and 42 million tracks as of June 2014, Eminem is the second best-selling male artist of the Nielsen Sound Scan era, the sixth best-selling artist in the United States and the best-selling hip-hop artist.
In addition to his solo career, Eminem is an original member of the Midwest hip hop groups Soul Intent and D12.
He is also known for his collaborations with fellow Detroit-based rapper Royce da 5'9"; the two are collectively known as Bad Meets Evil.
Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States.
Throughout his career, he has had 10 number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
In Missouri, they lived in several places, including St. Friends and family remember Eminem as a happy child, but "a bit of a loner" who was often bullied.
One bully, De'Angelo Bailey, severely injured Eminem's head (mentioned in his song "Brain Damage"); Debbie filed a lawsuit against the school in 1982, which was dismissed the following year.
In 1987, Debbie allowed runaway Kimberly Ann "Kim" Scott to stay at their home; several years later, Eminem began an on-and-off relationship with Scott.
Eminem worked at several jobs to help his mother pay the bills, later maintaining that she often threw him out of the house anyway.
Eminem heard his first rap song ("Reckless", featuring Ice-T) on the Breakin' soundtrack, a gift from Debbie's half-brother Ronnie Polkinghorn, who later became a musical mentor to him.
When Polkinghorn committed suicide in 1991, Eminem stopped speaking for days and did not attend his funeral.
During this period, Eminem's rhyming style, primarily inspired by rappers Nas, Esham and AZ, lacked the comically violent slant for which he later became known. In his second single, "The Way I Am", he reveals the pressure from his record company to top "My Name Is".