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.

14 thoughts on “Eminem’s major musical influences”

    1. This was just a non exhaustive view of his major influences…of course, there are other influences I did not mention…

  1. The list of artists mentioned here is non exhaustic…please note that there are so many artists, underground or mainstream, that influenced Eminem.

  2. i agree with his stuff rock and jazz and blues are big on the impact of todays music and african americans creating styles

    1. sorry, but there will always be forgotten emcees or other musical influences…this article didn’t mean to be exhaustive…

  3. i fink eminem style resembles Big Pun. i also think punisher must of been a big influence. Eminem is heavy mc

  4. RZA (leader of Wu-Tang Clan; just in case you’ve had your head in your ass a few years) is a huge eminem influence. The way Eminem changes the pronunciation of words and the stresses different syllables/vowels during a verse/rhyme sounds really similar to RZA. Eminem’s flow through verses is even similar. RZA, like Eminem, makes things rhyme even if the endings of the words are different. Look at this small cut of a verse of RZA’s
    “A hit was sent, from the President, to rage your residence
    Because you had secret evidence, and documents
    On how they raped the continents, and it’s the prominent
    dominant Islamic, Asiatic black hebrew
    The year two thousand and two…”

  5. No Masta Ace? Come on now. Just listen to both of them and it is so clear. Specially in acknowledge it is obvious.

  6. You forgot Proof. He has to the biggest cause if you listen to recovery, alot of the songs talk about proof and how he was a good friend to slim. Go listen to the lyrics such as “Youre Never Over” and “Going Through Changes” and youll hear that proof is still a big part even though he got shot and died. Also, listen to the album “Relapse Refill” and youll hear alot of his influnces such as Dre, Tupac, D12, and Proof.

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