Four years ago, Eminem, one of the best-selling rappers in history, released his last album of original material, "Encore," and then essentially disappeared. The years since have been pockmarked with personal struggles. He entered rehab in 2005 for a dependency on sleep medication. In 2006 he remarried, and then redivorced, his ex-wife, Kim Scott, the subject of many of his most vitriolic songs. And that same year his closest friend, the rapper Proof, was killed in a shooting at a Detroit nightclub.
In his new book, "The Way I Am," Eminem hopes to set the record straight. "I'm really just a normal guy. You can ask my neighbors," he writes in the book. "I ride a bike. I walk the dog. I mow my lawn. I'm out there every Sunday, talking to myself, buck naked, mowing the lawn with a chain saw."
Well, one out of three isn't bad. "I do ride my bike, I don't have a dog, I don't mow my lawn," Eminem, 36, admitted in a phone interview from a Detroit studio on Monday night. But otherwise he's been living the life of a suburban father, taking care of three girls: Hailie, his daughter with Kim; Alaina, his niece; and Whitney, Kim's daughter from another relationship.