He is one of the most provocative, controversial rappers in contemporary music. His lyrics cover topics such as poverty and single parenthood, and they reflect a very difficuit adolescence. As a child, he and his mother had to move constantly, staying at relatives'homes in different places of the States. When Marshall was 12, his mother finally settled down on the east side of Detroit. In his songs Eminem often uses slang and frequently describes violent situations with angry words. His records have become a big success and Eminem has gained widespread popularity. Lose yourself, the soundtrack of his film 8 Mile, not only was to the top of the Billboard charts for 12 weeks in a row, making it the biggest pop hit so far in the new millennium, but it was also awarded an Oscar for the best original song in 2003.