Eminem and the Detroit Rap Scene: White Kid in a Black Music World

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Colossus Books, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 184 pages
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With never before seen photos and interviews and dedicated to the memory of Big Proof, the founder of D12 and Eminem, this book will take you deep into the heart of the Detroit Ghetto with Eminem long before D12 and the Aftermath with D12. With over 100 million albums sold worldwide and Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, ASCAP Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Gold and Platinum Albums, under his belt, Eminem is one of the best-selling rap artists ever. Discovered by legendary producer Dr Dre, Eminem was signed to Dre's Aftermath Entertainment Record Label in 1999 and he brought along his D12 rap group members and other Detroit rappers, all who would go on to have their own record deals and sell Gold and Platinum Albums. EMINEM and the Detroit Rap Scene: White Kid in a Black Music World chapters include: "The Detroit Hip Hop Scene"; "The Dirty Dozen - The Story Behind the D12 Group"; "Eminem's Artistic Evolution"; "White Kid in a Black Music World." Eminem and the Detroit Rap Scene: White Kid in a Black Music World was written by Isabelle Esling a graduate of the University of Metz, France, where she studied Liberal Arts and Languages. Ms. Esling has been teaching foreign languages in public and private schools as a German and French teacher. Ms. Esling's challenge was to get to the essence of the Detroit ghetto and its rappers, so that she could find the real character of Marshall Mathers III. That meant interviewing, sometimes arguing, perhaps disagreeing and spending countless hours with the people who Eminem grew up with and encountered on his way to the undisputed throne of rap. Isabelle Esling was born in Saint Avold, a little French town near the German border. She currently resides in London, England and can be reached for interviews at mathildeesling@yahoo.com.

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Isabelle Esling graduated from the University of Metz, France, where she studied Liberal Arts/ Languages. She has been teaching modern foreign languages in public and private schools, mainly as a German and French teacher. She has always had a passion for writing and music, black music in particular. She discovered Eminem in 2001 and has been very enthusiastic about hs great talent, which motivated her to write about him. It also motivated her to explore the Detroit hip hop scene, which is full of amazing artists. In 2003, Gavin Sheridan, a technical writer and professional blogger, offered Miss Esling a position as a contributing writer for his blog, which got her started as a freelance music journalist. In 2005, with help from Gavin, she started The Eminem Blog where she discussed the artist Eminem, the Detroit hip hop scene and other hip hop related subjects. Isabelle Esling has reviewed a wide range of and interviewed some important artists such as Dina Rae, DJ Butter and Big Proof of D12. She has also contributed to numerous hip hop websites such as Music Mouth UK, Detroit Rap Com, Michigan Bands and D Townie. The Eminem Blog gained her a worldwide audience. In 2006, Miss Esling did a few interviews for Jason Matthews Detroit digital magazine ILL Mag. She developed her craft, increased her knowledge of hip hop culture. Isabelle Esling was born in Saint Avold, a little French town near the German border. Being a French national of German origin, she grew up bilingual speaking German-French in Freyming Merlebach, a tiny town very close to Saarbruecken. Her parents introduced her to classical music and jazz at a very early age and she showed some interest for writing and playing with words at a very early age. As a young student , Isabelle settled in the French town of Metz, where she graduated. Some African students introduced her to James Brown and other remarkable artists like Barry White She later saw MC Hammer on TV, which triggered her passion for rap music. In 2006, Isabelle moved to London, England where she now resides.

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