People Staff
November 18, 2002 12:00 PM

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Down-and-out Detroiter Jimmy “Rabbit” Smith Jr. competes in rap contests, hoping for a ticket out of his dead-end ‘hood

Lives in a trailer with single mom Stephanie (Kim Basinger), a hard drinker with a good heart

Mom sticks him with a car that won’t start

Gets beaten up by rival rappers

Works in a factory stamping car parts

Defends a gay coworker

Shoots paintballs at police car; helps burn down a house–and gets away with it

Girlfriend Alex (Brittany Murphy) helps him believe in himself, treats him to a quickie on the factory floor

He forgives Alex for cheating on him

Raps his young sister Lily (Chloe Greenfield) to sleep


Down-and-out Detroiter Marshall “Eminem” Mathers III wins rap contests, sells more than 25 million albums, moves to a posh ‘burb

Calls his single mom, Debbie Mathers-Briggs, a negligent pill-popper; she sues and he settles for $25,000

Mom slams him for his “betrayal” in a cameo on a rap CD

Threatens to beat up musician Moby

Worked as a diner cook who liked to rap his orders

Condemned for homophobic lyrics

Packs a concealed weapon; pistol-whips a guy–and gets three years’ probation

High school sweetheart Kim bears him daughter Hailie Jade; a quickie marriage lasts 14 months

He raps about strangling Kim

Croons sappily to Hailie, now 6, on his latest album The Eminem Show

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