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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Those for and against him alike can't quite figure out whether he "really means it" or not. He's generally more intelligent and sensitive than his loudest detractors would admit, but still angrier and sicker than his younger fans' parents would like.
** It COULD be a case of him writing his angriest, most disturbing songs in order to get rid of his demons, so to speak. For example, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, the Master of Suspense in the movie business, once said "The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them."
** Some of his more outlandish and outrages lyrics and songs reach the point of parody, whether they are or not is debatable
* AwardSnub: ''The Marshall Mathers LP'' got awards left and right and is widely regarded as one of the best rap albums ever. Yet when it came time to award the Grammy for Album of the Year, it had two acclaimed rock albums to combat: Music/SteelyDan's ''Two Against Nature'' and Music/{{Radiohead}}'s ''Kid A''. The Academy chose the Steely Dan album, apparently because it was a safer choice than a rap album or an experimental rock album.
** Inversely, at least early in his mainstream career, he seemed to win awards in rap categories by default.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: "The Kids". The song is all about Eminem turning up as a supply teacher at a school and teaching children about the [[DrugsAreBad dangers of drugs]]... the most dangerous of which is the fact that they [[MindScrew poison squirrels]].
** In the midst of "Lose Yourself", he includes the lyric "Mom's Spaghetti" in the midst of describing someone's nervous breakdown. It's never explained what the Hell he's talking about (though it could be connected to the previous line, "There's vomit on his sweater already" as just a way of saying that the rapper in question threw up his mother's spaghetti that he ate earlier). The randomness of the line has caused it to go memetic.
* BileFascination: This is how he got a lot of his early audience, since he started his career in that transition period where people were getting tired of Gangsta Rap but hadn't fully embraced Crunk/Club Rap yet. He tended to alternate between BlackComedy and songs about killing women, and stuff you could dance to or was meant to be remixed.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Many of his jokes are of this sort. In fact, he outright admitted he was trying for this with the Christopher Reeve impersonation on "Medicine Ball."
* DracoInLeatherPants: Despite his rude behavior, his extreme harshness towards others, and his homophobic and sexist lyrics (at least, how a lot of people interpreted them to be), he was still one of the top artists of the '00s and loved by teenage girls. He isn't at all villainous, however he is a controversial figure to most who just can't understand the overlooking.
** He lampshades this in the lyrics for "The Real Slim Shady":
-->"Feminist women love Eminem/
-->Chicka-chicka Slim Shady, I'm sick of him/Look at him
-->Walking around, grabbin' his you-know-what/Flippin' the you-know-who
-->Yeah, but he's so cute though..."
* DudeNotFunny: Music/MichaelJackson did not take well towards Eminem making fun of him in his ''Just Lose It'' music video. The backlash even resulted in B.E.T. pulling the video from airwaves.
** ''Ass Like That,'' in which Em pretends to be Triumph The Insult Comic Dog and imagines him committing several sexual offenses, most of them involving minors.
* EarWorm: Put on an Eminem song - ''any'' Eminem song. Chances are it stays stuck in your head for days and days.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: There are many people who like Eminem, but can't stand rap in general, making him an Ensemble Darkhorse for the entire rap genre.
** He commonly overshadows other artists such as Music/{{Rihanna}}, Music/LilWayne, Music/NickiMinaj and even Music/{{Jay-Z}} (Whether Em was actually better on Renegade than Hov can be debated, but the reviews said Em's verse was superior) when collaborating with them. Hell, he outshone Music/KanyeWest, Lil Wayne and Music/{{Drake}} all on one song, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Forever]], Shady was indeed back.
** "Like Toy Soldiers," "Mockingbird," "Yellow Brick Road", and "Mosh" are the only tracks on ''Encore'' that most people like to remember.
** Among rap fans, he is the Ensemble Darkhorse of mainstream hip hop.
* FaceOfTheBand: He's the only recognizable member of D12 (though new fans might come to remember Bizarre, who stands out for being The Fat One and having the most ''[[BlackComedy out there]]'' lyrics). {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with the D12 song "My Band", in which the other D12 members bitch about the situation (and Em brags about it).
* FanDumb: Related to {{Fandom Rivalr|y}}ies:
** Eminem fans claim that Music/{{Cage}} ''ripped Eminem off'', even though this doesn't make any sense. Logically, since the two rappers debuted at the same and only have a ''slight'' similarity, via being from separate rap scenes and not having the same influences, it's impossible for either one to have ripped each other off; while Cage made claims that Eminem ripped him off early in his career, he has since retracted these claims for the reason that they make no logical sense. Likewise, it's equally impossible for him to have ripped off Eminem.
** Music/{{Esham}}'s "acid rap" style was a main source of influence for Eminem. When Esham insulted Eminem for "biting" his style, Eminem FanDumb responded by insulting Esham and claiming not to have heard of Esham, even though Em mentioned him by name in "Still Don't Give A Fuck."
* FandomRivalry: Eminem fans vs. the fans of pretty much anyone who has ever feuded with Eminem, including {{Juggalo}}s, Music/{{Cage}} fans, [[Music/HouseOfPain Everlast]] fans, Music/{{Esham}} fans, etc.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Some of his fans prefer to forget anything that he did after "Encore."
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Encore's "One Shot 2 Shot" has Em and D12 rapping about a shooting at a D12 concert. Proof's death two years later made this song even scarier than it already was.
* HarsherInHindsight: [[http://www.mtv.com/videos/eminem/39589/like-toy-soldiers.jhtml#artist=502642 The video]] for ''Like Toy Soldiers'' (released in early 2005 as a single), which depicts Proof dying of gunshot wounds. Proof was shot to death about a year later.
** Not to mention ''Kim'', an already disturbing song about Eminem murdering his then wife Kim, is made a bit more disturbing when in ''Love The Way You Lie'' he reveals they were both mutually abusive towards each other.
----> '''BBC Radio 1''': "This is not an autobiographical lyric [...] It's one of Eminem's flights of fancy, albeit one into a very real situation. Clearly he understands the psychology well, and can express the feelings with enormous clarity. Rihanna's role in all of this is interesting though."
** Most of his songs about partying and drugs, especially "Drug Ballad", become this in light of his overdose.
** In "Fast Lane", Royce Da 5'9" says "You let me take a shovel, dig up the corpse of Jack Kevorkian". Jack died exactly one month later.
* HilariousInHindsight: During the third verse in "Without Me," Eminem takes a shot at Music/{{Moby}}, claiming "Nobody listens to Techno!" Several years later, {{Kesha}}, LadyGaga and other techno-based artists take over the charts. Just as hilariously, the year "Without Me" came out (2002), Music/KylieMinogue and her electro-poppy "Cant Get You Out of My Head" take over the charts world wide, as -- of course -- does Moby with "We Are All Made of Stars."
* SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: In ''Film/EightMile''.
* HoYay: Memorably in the Dr. Dre song "What's the Difference", "I love you dawg." Though he did mean it in a father-son sort of way. Him and Music/FiftyCent though...
** Also in "My Dad's Gone Crazy", "All this time me and Dre have been fuckin' with hats off!" ...in a song in which he unfavorably compares retiring as a musician to a lifetime of performing cunnilingus.
** Retroactively taken to new levels with Proof in several songs on ''Recovery'', most notably "You're Never Over". Apparently they had pet names for each other...
** "Just Lose It" is full of {{Accidental Public Confession}}s.
-->Now I'm gonna make you dance\\
It's your chance\\
Yeah, [[FreudianSlip boy]]; shake that ass\\
[[ThatCameOutWrong Oops, I mean girl]]\\
Girl, girl, girl...
** Not to mention "Lighters":
-->And pardon me if I'm a cocky prick but you cocks are slick\\
Who you dicks try to kid, flipped dick, you did the opposite\\
You stayed the same, cause cock backwards is still cock you pricks\\
I love it when I tell em shove it
* HypeAversion: More cynical listeners believe Eminem's success is 30% talent and 70% because he's white, and that critics treat him as if he single-handedly invented hip-hop.
** In some interviews (and stated in "White America") he kinda agrees with that cynical opinion.
* HypeBacklash: "Recovery" was hailed by fans and media as a return to form when it came out, but now it's considered among Em's weakest albums; "still better than "Recovery"" was heard from many "MMLP2" reviewers in 2013.
* ItWasHisSled: Everyone knows the the twist from ''Stan''.
* JumpingTheShark: For those who believe his drug addiction killed his rap talent permanently.
* MagnumOpus: Eminem has two: Stan and Lose Yourself. They're his most critically acclaimed songs, with the former regularly appearing on "Greatest ____ Songs Lists" and the latter won him an Academy Award.
* MemeticMutation:
** "Where the fuck is Music/{{Kanye|West}} when you need him? Snatch the mike from 'em, bitch, Imma let you finish..."
** In some corners of the internet, 'stan' and 'stanning' are terms for hardcore fanning. Mostly used in jest.
*** A lot of those places have been using it so long that the original meaning/origin is often completely unknown to people.
*** Many rappers have referred to Eminem's "Stan", like Music/{{Nas}} on "[[TakeThat Eth]][[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic er]]" (you a fake, a phony, a pussy, a Stan) and Music/LupeFiasco on "[[PunBasedTitle Lu Myself]]" (Like Stan, I'mma stand till it answers me).
** Rearranging the lyrics of "Lose Yourself"; in particular, spamming the line "Mom's spaghetti".
* MisaimedFandom[=/=]ComicallyMissingThePoint: "Stan" has become a term to describe [[ImYourBiggestFan sick, obsessed fans]]... and Eminem's fandom.
* OneSceneWonder: His guest appearances have a habit of outshining the host artist, like in Music/{{Drake}}'s song "Forever".
** Or on "Drop the World" from the Music/LilWayne rock album. Most people weren't fans of the album, except for the song Em was on.
*** Judging by the sales on-line, his appearance in "That's All She Wrote" on T.I.'s latest album is being viewed the same way.
** His duet with Music/{{Jay-Z}}, "Renegade", is the most literal example of [[OneSceneWonder this trope]]: Em's the only guest on the whole album. This was even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Music/{{Nas}} during his feud with [[Music/{{Jay-Z}} Jay]], saying "Eminem murdered you on your own shit!"
*** The ironic thing is that his verses were prerecorded before Music/{{Jay-Z}} got a hold of the track. It was originally supposed to be a Royce da 5'9" song[[note]]the "Jigga-Ji-Jigga" near the end of Em's first verse was recorded over the words "Royce, the king of Detroit" when Jay picked it up[[/note]].
* SampledUp: Results tend to be SugarWiki/{{Awesome|Music}}, as shown by:
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSLZFdqwh7E&ob=av2e Stan]]" for Dido's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TO48Cnl66w&ob=av2n Thank You]]".
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4hAVemuQXY&ob=av2e Sing for the Moment]]" for Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKuchOdtcFs&feature=related Dream On]]".
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lexLAjh8fPA&ob=av2e Like Toy Soldiers]]" for Martika's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpJy46o_7b0&feature=fvst Toy Soldiers]]".
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgT1AidzRWM&ob=av2e Beautiful]]" for [[Music/{{Queen}} Queen + Paul Rodgers']] "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o77jpbegrqc Reaching Out]]".
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab9176Srb5Y Berzerk]]" for Music/BillySquier's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLHc-yIAPbg The Stroke]]".
* SeasonalRot: Apparently, there are some who think Eminem's music was better before he kicked the drug habit.
* SequelDisplacement: Go ask someone what Eminem's first album was.
* SignatureSong: "My Name Is" (and possibly "The Real Slim Shady") for the post ''Infinite'' period, "Lose Yourself" for the post-''The Eminem Show'' period.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: For the fans who were disappointed in ''Encore'' and ''Relapse'', ''Recovery'' was a significant step forward in quality. [[CreatorBacklash Given how poorly Eminem thought of the albums himself]] in some ''Recovery'' tracks, he feels the same.
* TheyJustDidntCare: Another common theory among haters of ''Encore''.
* TrueArtIsAngsty: {{Website/Cracked}} notes [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15631_the-10-best-sci-fi-films-never-made_p2.html here]] that "As [Eminem] gets his life together his songs sound more and more like remixes and covers of the old ones. He'll never do 'Bonnie & Clyde' again."
** Averted in the case of his more humorous songs, if one looks mainly at the songs themselves and not at Em's state of mind when he composed them.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: "Murder, Murder" off ''The Slim Shady EP.'' The second stanza sees him looting a house for, among other things, a Nintendo 64 (to sell it at triple the price once shops run out) and some Beanie Babies.
* WeirdAlEffect: "Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?" is actually derived from the 1960s/70s game show ''ToTellTheTruth'''s catchphrase "Will the real [person's name] please stand up?", used to reveal the true mystery guest.
* WTHCastingAgency: Anybody else thinks it's a little strange to hear him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETOeWgISQeM on the same song as]] [[Music/{{Paramore}} Hayley Williams]]?
** Considering the popularity of "Airplanes," [[TropesAreTools maybe not]].
** On that note, a song featuring BrunoMars? As shown on the song itself ("Lighters"), it's quite a big contrast.
** Most examples of this (him working with Fun., with Music/{{Pink}}!, with Akon) etc. are proof that TropesAreNotBad.
* WinBackTheCrowd: ''Recovery''.
** ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'' was this to those who were unsatisfied with ''Recovery's'' more somber tone and sometimes heavy-handed lyrics, instead opting to go back to the more slightly more wicked and slick tone of ''The Slim Shady LP'' and ''The Marshall Mathers LP'', while still retaining the lightning-fast flow he showcased in ''Hell: The Sequel'' and parts of ''Recovery''.
* TheWoobie[=/=]JerkassWoobie: Let's face it, he's been through some ''bad'' stuff.
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