“I wanted the fame but not the cover of Newsweek, Oh well, guess beggars can’t be choosey.” In 1972, a genius was born. Back when Eminem was first on the scene, the world wasn’t seeing much. The underground rap battles in the 8 Mile district of Detroit had a future Rap God. Marshall Bruce Mathers III is arguably the biggest superstar the world never saw coming. A bonafide lyrical genius who has out-sold every other rapper on the planet, Eminem remains the best-selling artist of the 2000s. The Real Slim Shady has sold 220 million records. Ten number-one albums, 15 Grammy Awards, and one reminder that Khloe is “the ugly Kardashian” later, the kid who got pushed around by other kids on the block has earned his comeuppance.
There are two kinds of Eminem fans. Those who “totally started worshipping him” when he collaborated with Rihanna in 2010. Then there’s the other half – the huge Eminem fans. The ones who have followed this quick-witted, tongue-twisting loudmouth from the minute “My Name Is” dropped. Everyone who clicked on this is either one or the other.
From Em’s dressing room foods to the lyrics we never knew existed, fans have come to the right place. For all who “post pin-up pictures on their walls all day long… idolize their favorite rappers and know all their songs,” know this. Here are 16 amazing facts about Eminem that even his biggest fans forgot.
16. HE CAN RHYME “ORANGE” IN FOUR WAYS
Seriously, name one word that rhymes with “orange.” According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the only word that rhymes with “orange” is “sporange.” Since “sporange” is an uncommon botanical name for a part of a fern, that’s basically a polite way of saying “zero.” Eminem’s rhyming abilities make Drake look like a pre-schooler. “Dumb enough to walk in a store and steal, so I’m dumb enough to ask for a date with Lauryn Hill.” Eminem has been dishing out the rhymes with the same lighting speed that saw him shut down the competition in 8 Mile. Anderson Cooper was interviewing Eminem on 60 Minutes, because seriously, what rhymes with orange?
“I can think of a lot of things that rhyme with orange. I put my orange, four-inch door hinge in storage and ate porridge with George.”
Think he stopped there? In his “Brainless” song, Em rhymes 24 out of 36 words with “orange.” Fans will remember the “oranges, peaches, pears, plums, syringes,” from the song “Business.” Then again, there are two types of fans. Those who think they know Eminem from the minute he was born, and those who don’t.
15. EMINEM WASN’T BORN IN DETROIT
If you’re an Eminem fan, you’ll know the lyrics – and this guy doesn’t hide. We know that Eminem was “born to brew up storms.” We know what he was “witnessin’ his momma poppin'” in the kitchen. You’d need to be living under a rock not to know that Eminem didn’t have two dimes to rub together, growing up. Those Detroit trailer parks? They didn’t come decked out in luxuries. But this rapper wasn’t born in Detroit. In fact, Eminem wasn’t even born in the state of Michigan. On October 17, 1972, Eminem was born in St. Joseph, Missouri – the birthplace of the American outlaw, Jesse James.
Eminem’s mom nearly lost her life during the 73-hour labor, although the real Eminem fans will know that Deborah “Debbie” Nelson never really topped Eminem’s “most-liked” list. Eminem’s childhood was basically one giant shuttle back and forth between Michigan and Missouri (which you’ll hear about in “Groundhog Day.”) His father abandoned the family when the rapper was just a baby– something that many fans feel Em never really got over. “A corny-looking white boy, scrawny and always ornery, cause I was sick of brawny bullies picking on me,” Eminem didn’t have it easy. “Why am I so differently wired?” he asks himself in the song, “Legacy.” The answer is right there in the title.