When she left to play bingo, he would blast the stereo and write songs.
As Eminem's reputation grew, he was recruited by several rap groups; the first was the New Jacks.
After he was evicted from his home, Eminem went to Los Angeles to compete in the 1997 Rap Olympics, an annual, nationwide battle rap competition. Dre recalled, "In my entire career in the music industry, I have never found anything from a demo tape or a CD. In the third single, "Stan" (which samples Dido's "Thank You"), Eminem tries to deal with his new fame, assuming the persona of a deranged fan who kills himself and his pregnant girlfriend (mirroring "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" from The Slim Shady LP).
He placed second, and Interscope Records staff in attendance sent a copy of the Slim Shady EP to company CEO Jimmy Iovine. Dre, founder of Aftermath Entertainment and founding member of hip-hop group N. Entertainment Weekly placed the appearance on its end-of-decade "best-of" list: "It was the hug heard 'round the world.
Eminem, under fire for homophobic lyrics, shared the stage with a gay icon for a performance of "Stan" that would have been memorable in any context." headlining the Anger Management Tour with Papa Roach, Ludacris and Xzibit. It was another success, reaching number one on the charts and selling over 1.332 million copies during its first full week.
The album's single, "Without Me", denigrates boy bands, Limp Bizkit, Dick and Lynne Cheney, Moby and others.
In 1987, Debbie allowed runaway Kimberly Ann "Kim" Scott to stay at their home; several years later, Eminem began an on-and-off relationship with Scott.