Z107.3  wants to take the time to give you a little more information about the artists that you hear all day, everyday on Bangor's #1 Hit Music Station.

This one is a special one dedicated to one artist that has made a big impact on pop music within the past 30 years and continues to make an impact today.  That's why this is a 'Z Legend Spotlight'.

Today we celebrate the birthday of Eminem.  He may go by many names (Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady, Eminem) and may have been a controversial figure in his time but he has definitely left his mark on pop culture.  Here's his info:

REAL NAME:  Marshall Bruce Mathers III

BIRTH DATE: October 17, 1972

WHERE FROM: Saint Joseph, MO; Detroit, Michigan

MUSICAL LINKS: Dr Dre, Elton John, Dido, Marilyn Manson, Snoop Dogg, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, Ludacris, Xzibit, Tupac, 50 cent, Lil Jon, G-Unit, B.o.B., Jay-Z, Rihanna, Sia, Gwen Stefani, Logic, Ed Sheeran, Conway the Machine, D12, Yelawolf, Obie Trice

TO THE POINT POINTS:

  • Competed in a rap battle in 1997 that eventually got the attention of Dr. Dre and Aftermath Entertainment
  • The Slim Shady LP has been certified quadruple platinum
  • In July 2000, Eminem was the first white artist on the cover of The Source
  • Became widely accepted as a white rapper, opening the doors for other white rappers in mainstream musical genres
  • The movie 8 Mile stars Eminem and is loosely based on his own experience growing up and getting into music and performing music
  • Eminem was the first hip hop artist to win an Academy Award for 'Best Original Song'
  • Helped start the careers of 50 Cent, Yelawolf and Obie Trice
  • Has sold more than 220 million records worldwide making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time
  • Eminem was named the artist of the decade by Billboard for the 2000's (2000 - 2009)
  • Awards include 15 Grammy Awards, 8 American Music Awards, 17 Billboard Awards, an Academy Award and a MTV Europe Music Global Icon Award

All information obtained by artist's Facebook page and Wikipedia.

Here is a tune that will sound familiar to you, the Z listener.