This weekend, Eminem's major label debut, The Slim Shady LP, celebrates its 14th anniversary.

You know the story. He exploded onto the music scene with "My Name Is," and with almost constant rotation on MTV, an instantly recognizable bleach blonde hairdo, and some of the most shocking rap lyrics ever heard, became an immediate pop culture fixture.

What feels like an endless amount of material has been written about the now 40-year-old superstar, but over the years, so many of the details of his biggest profiles and interviews have fallen to the wayside in favor of the most definitive moments and highlights of his career. But where's the fun in that?

We went on a reading spree and dug up a ton of old information about Marshall Mathers, from the first hip-hop song he heard, to the only book he's read, to the extravagant (and titillating) gift he once got for his pal Elton John. So read up about how he used to get beat up, and a lot more than that.

These are the 50 Things You Didn't Know About Eminem.


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