Before Eminem became one of the greatest rappers of all time, and best selling artists ever, he was just a kid who loved reading comic books and listening to hip hop.
The first time Eminem ever heard a rap song was when he was 9 years old. His late uncle Ronnie introduced him to “Reckless” – a 1984 record by Chris “The Glove” Taylor and David Storrs which featured Ice-T.
The song was featured on the Breakin’ soundtrack, and it was the first time Ice-T had ever been featured on an album; he had released a couple of 12″ singles prior.
In an interview on Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, Eminem recalled the experience:
Eminem: The first time I heard anything, my uncle Ronnie brought over a tape, The Breakin’ Soundtrack. And it had ‘Reckless’ on it from Ice-T. My Uncle Ronnie started in rap before me. Then he introduced me to it. And right around that time I think. The movie had just come out, I saw the movie. And I loved it. It spoke to me in a way no other music did.”Mike Tyson Interviews Eminem | Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson