17/10/2012 08:59 BST | Updated 17/10/2012 11:26 BST

Eminem Turns 40, Happy Birthday Marshall Mathers (PICTURES)

Eminem turns 40 today, happy birthday Marshall Mathers!

It's an impressive milestone for the enfant terrible of rap, who has battled depression, drug addiction and various criminal charges.

In August it was announced he is back in the studio working on a new solo album, away from his projects with supergroup Slaughterhouse.


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The rapper's last album was 2010's Recovery, which topped the charts and moved an impressive 741,000 copies in its first week, buoyed by singles like "Love the Way You Lie."

That song, which featured Rihanna, grew more popular when the music video was released, mostly because Megan Fox plays a spousal abuse victim. Fox donated her payments from the video to a shelter for victims of abuse.


Eminen, whose real name is Eminem is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is father to Hailie Jade Mathers, who has been referenced countless times in her father’s songs.

Mentions of the teenager are made on Hailie's Song, 97 Bonnie & Clyde, My Dad's Gone Crazy, Mockingbird, When I'm Gone, Beautiful, Airplanes Pt. II, Going Through Changes and You're Never Over.