On this day, Feb. 14, in hip-hop history...

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2001: Eminem pleads guilty to a gun charge, after being arrested for pistol-whipping a man outside of a bar.

At this point in his career, Eminem was an extremely polarizing figure, while also running into legal trouble. For this run-in, he was charged with a felony, aggravated assault with a weapon for pistol-whipping a man outside of a Michigan bar. Eminem attacked the man because he said he saw him kissing his wife, Kim, according to the police. Em chose to plead guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.

Thanks to Em's guilty plea, his assault charge was dropped as an exchange. This wouldn't fully get him out of the water, as the concealed weapon charge could have put him in jail for up to five years. It all worked out in his favor, and he ended up with two years probation, as opposed to any jail time. In 2002, Em settled out of court with the man he pummeled, John Guerra, and was ordered to pay him $100,000 minus attorney fees.

Around the same time, The Marshall Mathers LP was up for an Album of the Year Grammy, and Eminem had three other nominations. Significant jail time could have easily derailed his career. Considering he ended up with probation and took home three of four Grammys that year, things went pretty well, even with how badly they could have ended. And the rest is history.

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