In addition to his solo career, Eminem is an original member of the Midwest hip hop groups Soul Intent and D12.
Eminem worked at several jobs to help his mother pay the bills, later maintaining that she often threw him out of the house anyway.
Eminem's home life was seldom stable; he frequently fought with his mother, whom a social worker described as having a "very suspicious, almost paranoid personality".
When her son became famous, Debbie was unimpressed by suggestions that she was a less-than-ideal mother, contending that she sheltered him and was responsible for his success.
Eminem went on hiatus after touring in 2005, releasing Relapse in 2009 and Recovery in 2010.
Both won Grammy Awards and Recovery was the best-selling album of 2010 worldwide, the second time he had the international best-selling album of the year (after The Eminem Show).