Over the years, Grammy-winning rapper Eminem has been romantically involved with longtime partner Kim Scott. They have known each other since childhood and have been married twice. It all started when they were kids in Detroit, Michigan.
Eminem and Kim Scott grew up together
Eminem and Scott had a tough upbringing. As a child, Scott had to deal with his stepfather’s alcoholism at home as well as sexual abuse. She and her sister eventually ran away from home as children and began living in a youth home in 1987.
Eventually, Scott would find himself living with Eminem and his mother.
Eminem was rapping an LL Cool J song when he met his future wife Kim Scott
Eminem recalled his first meeting with Scott during a 2004 interview with Rolling Stone. “I met her the day she left the youth center,” he recalls. “I was at a friend’s house, and her sister was friends with her, but she hadn’t seen Kim in a while because she was in the youth center. And I’m standing on the table without my shirt on, on their coffee table with a Kangol on it, mocking me for the words LL Cool J’s ‘I’m Bad’ And I turn around and she’s at the door, her friend hands her a cigarette.
“She’s thirteen, she’s taller than me and she didn’t look that young. She could easily have been mistaken for sixteen, seventeen,” he continued. “I said to my friend’s sister, ‘Yo, who was that? She’s kinda hot. And the saga began. Now there’s the constant struggle of ‘Will I ever meet someone? another one that will be real with me, as real as I can tell she’s been with me?’
After Scott moved into Eminem’s house, the two began an on-and-off relationship that lasted several years. They finally started a family together in the late 90s.
The relationship between Eminem and LL Cool J
Eminem has admired LL Cool J since he started dreaming of becoming a rapper. Over the years, they worked together and Eminem got validation from his former idol.
LL Cool J’s 1987 song “I’m Bad” was a key part of Eminem’s life – and not just for its significance when he met his future wife. He explained how it changed his life in a 2021 episode of MTV behind the music series.
“When I saw the ‘[I’m] Bad video, I was like, ‘the f***?!’ He had the whole package – the look, the swag, the channel, everything! You know, you just wanted to be LL Cool J,” he said. “He was like the first rap rockstar. I’m like, ‘Yo, I wanted this.’ That’s what made me want to rap.
Years later, Eminem wanted to recreate LL Cool J’s style from the video. “Ever since I was little, I’ve always wanted a chain,” he revealed. “I was recording with Rick Rubin, and I was like, ‘Yo, can you ask LL where he got his chains from?’ So he had them made and sent them to me.[I’m] Bad video, those are the same two chains he wears in this video.
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