* BlackSheepHit: While the majority of Eminem's music deals with dark and brooding topics, usually about his personal life, he also has a habit of always releasing at least one [[MoodWhiplash "joke" song]] on each album that mocks pop culture and celebrity gossip. Because of the more {{light|erAndSofter}}hearted tones of these tracks, they often serve as the lead singles to his albums and, as a result, are some of his more popular and well-known songs:
** "My Name Is" from ''The Slim Shady LP''
** "The Real Slim Shady" from ''The Marshall Mathers LP''
** "Without Me" from ''The Eminem Show''
** "Just Lose It" and "Ass Like That" from ''Encore''
** "We Made You" from ''Relapse''
** Averted finally on ''Recovery'', which consists entirely of sober and serious subject matter.
** ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'' mixes the two styles.
* BreakawayPopHit: "Lose Yourself" was this for ''Film/EightMile''. Though ''8 Mile'' was not obscure, "Lose Yourself" completely outstripped it. It won Eminem an Academy Award (the first ever for a hip-hop song), remains his best-selling single, and was ranked at #166 on ''Rolling Stone's'' Top 500 Songs of All-Time.
* ColbertBump: Pleasant English singer/songwriter Dido went global after Em sampled part of her "Thank You" for "Stan".
* CreatorBacklash: He became so sick of "My Name Is" that after a while, he would only play snippets of it at his concerts - often stopping the song to declare that he was sick of it. He lampshades this in "The Way I Am."
** Judging by "Headlights", he's not too fond of "Cleanin' Out My Closet" these days. Or any of his potshots at his mother, for that matter.
* CreatorBreakdown: Eminem even lampshades this in ''Relapse''.
* ExecutiveMeddling: ''The Marshall Mathers LP'' was 100% complete before Eminem was forced to add one more track, per request by the Interscope Records execs. They wanted a SpiritualSuccessor to the zany pop anthem "My Name Is" for the lead in radio single. As we all know, the result was "The Real Slim Shady". The song's intent is quite obvious, since it doesn't sound like anything else on the entire album. Interestingly enough, Eminem went through a mountain of writer's block to reach that point, and he let out his surmounting frustration with the vitriolic (though excellent) "The Way I Am". [[WordOfGod According to Em]], his displeasure with being typecast by the higher ups fueled a brief feud between him and Interscope, [[OhCrap which nearly got him kicked off the label]].
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: While he's had some evil moments outside the stage, Marshall is a caring father, and both Dido and Elton John expressed shock in seeing he's more sympathetic than he looked\sounded as Slim Shady.
* OldShame: ''Infinite'' and the songs with racial slurs on them that were uncovered qualify. On the topic of ''Infinite'', Eminem explained that he hadn't really found his own style yet, that he sounded like a Music/{{Nas}} wannabe, and that it felt more like a demo tape that got released than a proper debut album. And about the racial slurs, he's apologized about them, and even made a song on the ''Encore'' album, "Yellow Brick Road", that discusses them.
** He tends to take this view towards "Relapse." It's not an album he regrets making, but he doesn't feel it's up to par with the rest of his catalog, due in part to the fact he was stuck in a mindset throughout and in part to the repeated usage of fake accents.
* OneOfUs: He seems to be [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1180800/Bizarre-bonding-session-Eminem-Jonathan-Ross-buddy-comic-books.html a big comic book fan]], and [[https://subscriptions.marvel.com/digitalcomics/view.htm?iid=12466 has even appeared]] in ''ThePunisher''. He also loves ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and ''[[http://retro.nintendolife.com/news/2010/03/eminem_prepping_donkey_kong_high_score_attempt Donkey Kong]]''.
** In his short about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuhgW3uEN4g going back to high school]], he's seen hanging out with nerds, wearing a big Superman costume and questioning the owner of the comics store about various superheroes.
---> '''Eminem''': [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]]! Bruce Banner; he's having sex...[[OhCrap and he gets angry]].
---> '''Owner''': ...oof!
** [[http://www.metrolyrics.com/2009-rapper-eminem-has-revealed-he-has-swapped-his-drug-addiction-for-american-cartoon-hey-arnold-news.html And he loves]] ''[[WesternAnimation/HeyArnold Hey Arnold!]]''
** Is most likely a fan of ''CallOfDuty'' considering he's contributed two songs to the series so far. "Won't Back Down" was in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' and "Survival" is in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts''.
** In his song "So Much Better", he references the "L word" joke from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''
* ProductionPosse: Expect Dr. Dre and Paul Rosenberg (his manager) to have some involvement in any new music; and expect features from Royce da 5'9', 50 Cent (though he's been absent from Em's last 2 albums), Skylar Grey, The New Royales and/or {{Rihanna}}.
* ReclusiveArtist: A downplayed case. He's never been very comfortable with the spotlight and nowadays tends to stay away from most publicity, preferring to stay in Detroit when he's not working on his music. In fact, when "Lose Yourself" was nominated for an Oscar, he was at home dead asleep when the song won.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Allegedly, Eminem wanted to collaborate with the Detroit rap group Music/HouseOfKrazees, but plans fell through. Two of the members in the group formed Music/{{Twiztid}}, who Eminem ended up dissing for unrelated reasons.
** He was originally planned to play the lead in ''Film/{{Elysium}}'', but the idea was dropped when filming in Detroit wasn't permitted to the crew.
** Before he decided on rapping, he wanted to make comic books. To that end, he picked up quite a bit of skill as an artist.
** "Hailie's Song" was not intended for public release--Dr. Dre talked him into it after playing it for his friends.
** ''The Marshall Mathers LP'' was considered complete before "The Way I Am" or "Real Slim Shady," however, the higher-ups didn't feel it had much in the way of single-worthy material.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: He is often either the speaker or the subject of his works.