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Life before fame | lose.yourself


Life before fame

Before dropping out of Lincoln High School Warren as a 9th grader at
the age of 17 (after failing ninth grade three times), Marshall made a
number of significant acquaintances at the school. This included
fellow rapper Proof, who was to become one of his closest friends, the
Runyon Avenue Soldiers, and future wife Kimberly Ann "Kim" Scott, with
whom he soon developed a long-term relationship. When Kim became
pregnant, this further increased Marshall's drive to succeed through
concern over the welfare of his new family. He discusses this in
"Never Far" (Infinite, 1996), saying "I got a baby on the way, I don't
even got a car...I still stay with my moms...we gotta make some hit
records or something [because] I'm tired of being broke..." When the
Infinite album failed to generate the revenue and acclaim he had hoped
for, and Kim ended their relationship, preventing him from seeing his
newborn child, Marshall decided to take his own life. However, his
suicide attempt using an overdose of Tylenol analgesics failed, and
Marshall resumed his efforts to succeed in the music industry and
reconcile with Kim.[3] He ultimately succeeded in doing both, marrying
Kim on June 14, 1999 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

The couple's daughter, Hailie Jade Scott, born December 25, 1995 would
grow to become an important part of Marshall's life, as he became
dedicated to giving her everything he himself was deprived of in his
childhood, including a father figure and financial security. He would
go on to mention her extensively in some of his songs, including "'97
Bonnie & Clyde" (The Slim Shady LP, 1999), which takes the form of a
one-sided dialogue with Hailie, as well as "Hailie's Song" (The Eminem
Show, 2002), "Mockingbird" (''Encore'', 2004), and "When I'm Gone"
(Curtain Call: The Hits, 2005), all of which are proclamations of his
love and dedication to her. In addition, he samples her voice in the
less serious upbeat track "My Dad's Gone Crazy" (The Eminem...


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