Eminem crashed the mainstream in the late '90s. With super-producer Dr. Dre behind the boards, the Detroit emcee quickly became a cultural touchstone. Combining cartoonish rage, ear-tickling beats, a distinct flow and gushing rhyme skills, he drew the praise of critics and the scorn of rap-hating political interests. His second album was darker, loaded with moody singles "Stan" and "The Way I Am." Eminem's private life soon mirrored his bad-boy image, and he found himself getting divorced, sued by his mom and arrested for weapons violations. After teaming up with Elton John at the 2001 Grammy Awards (to quiet the resounding charges of homophobia), he went to work on the semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile. Eminem's third record, The Eminem Show, dropped in the summer of 2002. Encore followed in 2004. It took Eminem five years to complete a follow-up. The 30-something was busy bouncing in and out of rehab and trying to decide whether or not to rekindle a relationship with longtime girlfriend Kim. Out in 2009, Relapse was as disturbing as anything he'd released, and recast the pop culture spotlight on the bratty kid from Detroit. The next year, he released another chart-topper, Recover... See More
Eminem Concert Films
Behind the Lyrics
Runtime: 57 minRapper, record producer and songwriter Marshall Bruce Mathers III, commonly known as Eminem was born in 1972 in Kansas City, USA. Having sold over 100 million albums worldwide, he is regarded as one of the best selling artists in the world and has been previously ranked as the best selling artist of the 2000's. Eminem burst on to the US charts in 1999 with a controversial take on the hip hop subgenre, horrorcore. His first major label debut album Slim Shady EP contains a provocative fest of violent, twisted lyrics and is claimed to be written from the perspective of his alter ego Slim Shady. While offending an array of individuals and various other artists named in his album lead him to become one of the biggest starts on the planet. Eminem isn't just about controversy and shock value. The often misunderstood major talent has given white rappers credibility with his string of Grammy nominations , his critically acclaimed film 8 mile and three multiplatinum studio albums. Aside from Eminem's musical success, he has continually hit headlines with his turbulent relationship with Kimberley Ann Scott and ongoing legal disputes with his own mother. With an eighth studio album on its way, Eminem continues to take the world by storm. We take an intimate look into the colourful life and career of this bad boy rapper including interviews with industry experts and unseen footage and clips from his most popular hits.
Eminem Top Tracks
Drop It Like Its Hot
Runtime: 1 hr 8 minThe leading figure on America s West Coast gangsta rap scene and recognised as one of the world s foremost rappers, Snoop Dogg s highly controversial lifestyle frequently blurs the line between fantasy and reality. His 1993 album Doggystyle became the first debut album to enter the American charts at number one where it stayed for several weeks, achieving quadruple platinum status. Snoop s flamboyant image and cutting edge music has gained him a host of fans around the world and have made him a living legend. Deliberately playing down the early violent element in both his music and his public image, he has become one of rap music s most successful crossover artists and its principal superstar. This DVD features Snoop Dogg in a spectacular concert performances filmed in Brussels in 2005, it also features two bonus tracks from Snoop s appearance at Jamaica s Reggae Sumfest in 2001, where he was charged with using profane language.
Classic Album: Reasonable Doubt
Runtime: 54 minJay-Z has been one of the most influential figures in Black American music since the mid-nineties. Initially as a performer racking up an incredibly successful string of hit singles and albums and latterly as an executive, having taken on the presidency of Def Jam Records in 2004. "Reasonable Doubt" was his debut album and is still considered by many to be his finest achievement. A much harder hitting and edgy record than his later more polished and pop orientated releases it announced to the world that a new rap star had arrived. This latest addition to the Classic Albums series sees Jay-Z take us back through the whole creative process behind this stunning first release.
Live at Tabernacle 2008
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minLudacris performs live at The Tabernacle in 2008. The show, in support of his sixth studio album, Release Therapy, which won Best Rap Album for the 2007 Grammy Awards, features performances of “Money Maker,” “What's Your Fantasy” and “Runaway Love”.
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minIn this film we take an intimate look into the lives of one of the most famous rappers in the world. Including interviews from industry experts and Lil Wayne himself, this is a must see for any Lil Wayne fan.
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minMusic producer, Apple executive and N.W.A. rapper recently announced that he would be releasing his first album since 1999, featuring guests such as Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg amongst many others. From his humble beginnings with the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, to his brash coming out party with N.W.A., and now as a mentor to some of the greatest recent talent in rap, the Compton-born producer has never eased his stranglehold on the game. Ranked at the top of the Forbes rich list in 2014, Andre Romelle Young, aka Dr. Dre is set to become one of the first hip-hop billionaires in the world!
Live at the Lovebox 2014
Runtime: 56 minNas comes to London’s Lovebox Festival with his iconic “Illmatic” album (meaning “beyond ill” or “the ultimate”). This album uses samples galore in the best example of hip hoppers honoring banging beats.
Up in Smoke
Runtime: 27 minMaking an appearance at the sixth annual Smokeout Festival in San Bernardino, California, was multi-platinum rap artist DMX. The only rap artist to have five consecutive platinum and number one albums simultaneously, DMX performs some of his most popular jams in this final performance before his decision to concentrate on his acting career. See the King of Rap perform his most powerful thug-life anthems, "Who We Be" and "Ya'll Gonna Make Me Lose My Mind," plus two of his biggest hits, "X Gonna Give It To Ya" and "Kaido." In this show, DMX ignites the live crowd like no other rapper can, and demonstrates how he became one of the prime forces behind mainstream Hip Hop's return to street realism during the late '90s.