He was mentored by Ice-T, even after his first solo album bombed.
His birth name was Erik Francis Schrody. He and Eminem carried on a very bitter and public feud beginning in 1999.
He married model and April 2005 Penthouse Pet Lisa Schrody in May 2009 with whom he fathered two daughters.
He worked with Carlos Santana on Put Your Lights On, winning the 2000 Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.