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music, which he soon came to adore, by his uncle Ronald Polkingham. A high school drop-out, Mathers entered the hip hop world with gusto. Taking the name Eminem (after his initials), he performed from the age of 13, and quickly built a reputation as a skilled wordsmith (in the local scene at least). Early work with the ...

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley
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, a psychiatrist might add, is a self-defence mechanism. Either way, after writing for Run DMC in the mid-1990s, 50 Cent found himself without a deal until Eminem and Dr. Dre signed him to their label/publishing company, after hearing him on mixtapes. He is now six albums into his career, the best of which is Get ...

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley
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top two positions in the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. The following year he started his own record label, Konvict Muzik, and has featured on tracks by artists from Eminem to Michael Jackson. Styles & Forms | Twenty-First Century | Rock Personalities | Lily Allen | Twenty-First Century | Rock ...

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mid-1990s. But encouraged after providing vocals for some of his tracks, her own songwriting came to the fore. When 1998’s serene ‘Thank You’ was sampled in part by rapper Eminem for his own ‘Stan’ single, music lovers around the globe clamoured to find the source. The profile provided by the sample provided fresh interest in her No Angel album ...

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(Producer, rapper, songwriter, b. 1965) Adopting the name Dr. Dre, Andre Young is colossally influential in rap. A creative force behind Niggaz With Attitude, he pioneered gangsta rap and has a vast number of production credits, including Snoop Dogg and Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity’ to his name. Dre also created the more laid-back G-funk musical style. ...

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the officially sanctioned anthem for their country’s World Cup football squad, offering a track called ‘World At Your Feet’. Styles & Forms | Twenty-First Century | Rock Personalities | Eminem | Twenty-First Century | Rock ...

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Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., earned the title of one of the hardest-working stars in the US during the Noughties. He collaborated with a who’s-who of hip hop artists from Eminem to Usher, while still releasing five studio albums during the decade. The New Orleans native secured a US No. 1 album in 2008 with Tha Carter III and, ...

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley
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mainstream yet eternally credible, they are one of America’s least deified rock bands, but a five-album, double Grammy-winning career shows they are not totally forgotten. Rap superstar Eminem, on debut single ‘My Name Is’, opted for a closeted reference to the band in the lyrics. Largely a showcase for Reznor’s prodigious multi-instrumental talent, NIN (as it ...

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Digital Underground’s cartoon antics paved the way for Ludacris, and Wu Tang Clan’s whole presentation owes a great deal to the P-Funk concepts of twenty years previously. Then there’s Eminem … ‘The whole meaning of Digable Planets is they operate on their own terms, which is the essence of hip hop. Not for selfish reasons, but as an example ...

Source: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music, general editor Paul Du Noyer
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black violence and unpleasantness, increasingly irrelevant to many of its original audience. Ironically, the narrative power and vocabulary of the medium was taken up in spectacular fashion by Eminem (who also used Dr. Dre as a producer) to create a situation where the world’s greatest rapper is white. But then the world’s greatest golfer is black, so anything’s ...

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April California Music Awards Whilst their critical stock may have been low in other territories, it remained high in the Bay Area. This was confirmed when Green Day won eight statuettes at the annual California Music Awards (formerly the Bammies) held in Oakland on 24 April, hosted by Huey Lewis. Warning won Outstanding Album, and Outstanding Punk Rock/Ska ...

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former Alecia Moore appeared to mix a little controversy and punk attitude into her pop songs, which Ms Spears and Aguilera lacked. But when it came to controversy, Eminem was the man. Raised on the seamy side of Detroit by his teenage mother, Debbie, he never knew his father but became one himself at 22. His inability ...

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