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Eminem's major musical influences

The musicians who had a major influence on Marshall Mathers are Ice T, the Beastie Boys, LLCoolJ and Run DMC.
Ice T was Eminem’s first musical influence. When his uncle Ronnie brought Marshall the tape of Ice T’s « Reckless » Marshall was so much impressed with Ice T’s music that he made up the decision to become a rapper :

” That day I figured it’d be good to become a rapper.”

You gotta love Ice T’s wicked gangsta pimpy style. He is impressing as an artist and also as an actor.

More info about Ice T can be found on his official website :

” When I was 9 years old, my uncle put me on to the Breakin’ soundtrack. The first rap song I ever heard was Ice-T, ‘Reckless.’ From L.L. to the Fat Boys, and all that shit, I was fascinated. When L.L. first came out with I’m Bad, I wanted to do it, to rhyme. Standing in front of the mirror, I wanted to be like L.L.”

When Marshall met Kim, they were both listening to LL Cool J songs and dancing on them.

About the Beastie Boys, Eminem says :

“I would never fucking put them in a rhyme. I don’t even want them wondering if I was trying to dis them. I got a lot of love for them. I grew up on that shit. The other rappers, whatever.”

The Beastie Boy’s style is crazy, original and you will probably enjoy their sick videos that have a funny and wicked style at the same time.

You will learn more about them here :

It is also known that Eminem was a big NWA fan. He recalls about his first meeting with Dr Dre :

“It was an honor to hear the words out of Dre’s mouth that he liked my shit. Growing up, I was one of the biggest fans of N.W.A, from putting on the sunglasses and looking in the mirror and lip-synching to wanting to be Dr. Dre, to be Ice Cube. This is the biggest hip-hop producer ever.”

The listener who has studied a NWA tape has probably noticed how many rich its musical composition is :you will so many different black musical genres : soul, blues, jazz, reggae …

Since his uncle Ronnie has introduced him into rap music, Eminem’s dearest wish was to become a rapper. Rap – and mainly gangsta rap- has been a real passion for him and has influenced him for a large part.
Of course, he has also been influenced by artists (who pretend that he has copied them, an easy way for them to escape to the bitterness of their unsuccess) like underground rapper Esham.
But his ear has always been opened for other musical genres like rock. Eminem appreciates artists like Aerosmith and his wish to sample one of his songs has become true with the creation of the song « Sing For The Moment ».

Eminem’s quality is to be very creative and to be opened to different musical styles. He manages to combine and to improve the elements he chooses to use from his different influences. Since his debut career, Eminem’s albums have been in constant evolution, always improved in quality.

He is a word and sound technician. A perfectionnist who has had a major impact on the Detroit music history.

18 thoughts on “Eminem's major musical influences”

  1. im so glad i found this web page,my name is jacob dean ogletree from dunlap TN. ,j.d for short,iv been trying to get into the rap biss for 3 years now,i just need someone to give me a chance,i whont let ya down,i got kick ass rimes,class a shit,and im only 14, hope you read this,and pleas give me a call at 1423 949 5829, and im white

  2. j.d ogletree stop lyin u know u cant rap,u might be albe to put a few rhymes together like..”i got a reaction to prepare,but i still play with action men” trust me ..when u gets alot older look back on some of the shit u wrote..u’ll know wot im talkin about!!!u gotta have a plan..time will tell

  3. check this i rap like a fish with no dish of sick on a plate im full of hate with a sly box of after eights in the fridge to eat later snapedy snap like an aligator ill be back though like the terminator.dwarfed like slater from saved by the bell oh hell its all pretty random this i must be takin the piss can yall deal wid this ?to be fair its hit and miss so dont dis coz i admit this yeh see sign out ,youve been great ,,peace R.O.B

  4. songs for the luvin, u say that i’m wack don’t even try to diss me bitch i’ll break your back, this is so damn pathetic, putin rymes on the screen, but you wanna be MC’s are dressed up like halloween, what the hell is this, “dwarfed like slater”, bitch i’ll kill u in a battle and come back to slay u later, and to all u other fags that’ll try to out-ryme me, it’s like i’m doin calculous whail your learning 7 times 3
    i can’t help myself y’all are swallowing glass, u live in Tennesse and call your self “bad ass” casta is the only one whos got any brain, and Robert u should serously refrain,from that bull shit that u call rap above u just go on and on BLAH BALH a question mark their, and if u try and diss me back u better fuckin beware…………

  5. aztec can rap the rest cant get fuckt pist of start to chant go smoke sum plant hav a think spew in ur sink die ur hair pink think ur dre fuck off gay im out of my bong spout its all i talk about weed and piss a rapper diss not me oh no fuk id neva get a show lataz
    i cant rap 4 shit so far aztecs da freestyile king big ups aztecs im outy

  6. sup bitch cum here and il switch keen 4 a mutha fukn scrap ill giv u a pap dont step 2 me best drop or flee im not a fuckn mc just a try hard fag rollin budz from a big bag smokin tokeing lookin 4 a bitch to be pokein like my home boy brad im rely bad but u robert make me mad ur so sad u should battle aztec then by a tapedec not a cd mr x2daz but if so u pinner fatso by mine itz a shit ryme and its past my bed time go get blazed and wreckd take a breath and get aztecd yea b.a.t 2001 and 4 eva nah haha im just plyin outys

  7. hey thre u raping queens wasup let me kick it a nickle check dis out my names robert i cum from a zoo and im jd from there a dubble rapers wet dream we a mean rap team me and boys playing with our toys sucking eath other off till i cough no drugs or piss feel free 2 dis ima pin king from the abyss am i b.a.t in hinding nah he needs finding and givin a contract with the big snoop d o duble gs pass me ur keys so i can go get hi woops i dont smoke but i toke enuff sencond hand 2 make a cammel choke ill copy em all i like cuzz im a fukin dyke bitch tryin 2 snicth and play quidicth fagot cunt ass pig bitch robert and jd 2001 and 4 eva we da men not get fuck u try hard mcs this woz a diss u little punks dont wanna c me rip it respect 2 b.a.t aztek and casta there not fuckin chumps like u 2 pin mystas try hard fuckin little punks rip it roll it fold it lick it then light it tastes gud dont it yea smoke sum wid ur dogg this is mail man seeing wasup in da net would of rap not much catch u up cuzz

  8. aztec best gimmie the respect, before i unleash the tec, and blow ur head off ur neck. i’m a crazy mental patient pacing in my basement like satan waitin for a punk ass who’s hatin so i can cut em like freddy and jason.

    I ain’t a pussy like sadam, im comin droppin bombs like this was veitnam.

  9. fuck there is some dope ass rhymes then there is some gay ones like roberts gay ass rhymesthen their are some dope ass rhymes like aztecs.So i give him a shitload of props.PEACE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. and also we all has problems in our life but ya wanna really be like eminem and sing an bitch about ur sad life well then i dunno , but keep takin them pills son……..

  11. DONT TAKE THIS wrong way though guys i aint knockin em hes cool a bit biased but so what he made money from it and u idolise him … but hay JUST LOSE IT well that sums it up…..and i dont hate him.. got most of his tunes……

  12. My one wish in the world is to become a rapper so that I could help my family ouy because they been have problems so PLZ like someone help me get started ok

  13. Man, I sick of people talking shit about “m” he rap from his heart
    everyones just wants to be him

  14. here is a dope ass rhyme for yall to find
    take what ya will
    inject what ya like
    there’s too many whack acts out today
    so best thing for dem
    i to just put the mic away
    store it in an overhead compartment on a plane
    then fly that bitch inta a 20 storie apartment
    in Adelaide. out……..

  15. cause you can be quick
    jump a candlestick
    burn your back
    fuck jill on a hill
    but you still ain’t jack

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