United Talent Agency has signed Grammy-winning rapper Eminem for representation in all areas, save touring.
Having sold 1.76 million copies of his latest album, “The Marshall Mathers LP,” which is currently No. 1 on the charts, he holds the title for the single biggest debut of a solo artist ever. And having sold just under 3.5 million copies of his previous effort, “The Slim Shady LP,” Eminem is also one of today’s hottest recording artists.
He is also one of the more controversial and legally entwined: On Monday the rapper was jailed and arraigned on charges of disturbing the peace stemming from an early Sunday arrest for allegedly carrying a concealed weapon at a Detroit-area nightspot. He is also being sued by his own mother for depicting her on the “Shady” LP as a drug-addled misfit.
Such actions are, of course, almost de rigeur for success for the modern rapper in Hollywood. Brief incarceration has done little to harm the career of rap contemporary Sean “Puffy” Combs — who made headlines after speeding away from a nightclub shooting in Gotham in an SUV that had a handgun in it.
And like Combs, who starred in Oliver Stone’s “Any Given Sunday,” Eminem is already headed for the bigscreen. The rapper has inked a deal with U-based Imagine Entertainment to star in a film that is roughly based on his life and times.
Eminem, whose real name is indeed Marshall Mathers, continues to be managed by Paul Rosenberg at Goliath Artists and by Stuart Parr.