Marshall Mathers was born in St. Joseph, a small town just outside Kansas City, MO. Marshall spent most of his early life between St. Joseph and Detroit, living in near poverty conditions. He was deeply attracted to rap music by the time he reached his teen years, and at the age of 14 was performing raps in his friend's basement.
On September 27, 1982, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He spent his early years growing up in the tough Hollygrove district. He started rapping at a very young age at local block parties, where he was heard by a group signed by Cash Money Records.
My Very Own Music CD was one of the largest successes in the history of the children's music industry. By crafting CDs specifically aimed at an individual child, the company was able to inspire and make happy an entire generation of children. They did this by grouping together CDs that have between six and ten songs, each grouped according to an interest of the child, and often using the child's name during the songs themselves.