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It's safe to say that The Slim Shady LP (1999) came at a time when Eminem needed it most. His first studio album, Infinite (1996), was a flop, only selling around 1,000 copies and evoking many a complaint of his similarities to Nas and Jay-Z.

After one unsuccessful suicide attempt, he released The Slim Shady EP a year later, and things started turning around. Most notably the EP gained the attention of Dr. Dre, who quickly wanted to contact Em and work on a major-label release with him. The result was this very album - a dark and demented look into Em's warped inner psyche that took all of the nastiness of the EP's introduction of the Slim Shady character and turned it up a few notches.

The album received critical and commercial fanfare, with critics praising Em's novel lyrical styles. The album itself would go on to be certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA. In the wake of SSLP's release, Em went from an underground nobody to an overnight mainstream celebrity. Additionally, SSLP won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and was given the #275 spot on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums list.

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However, Em got just as much controversy in the eye of the media as he did acclaim. The flak that accumulated would be the starting bricks to a long road of Em being called misogynistic, homophobic, nihilistic, an advocate for domestic violence, and a gimmick who merely made millions by "exploiting the world's misery", as Billboard writer Timothy White put it.

And admit it, even your mom knows the chorus to "My Name Is".


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Tracklist (asterisked tracks are skits):

  1. "Public Service Announcement"* (0:33)
  2. "My Name Is" (4:28)
  3. "Guilty Conscience" (featuring Dr. Dre) (3:19)
  4. "Brain Damage" (3:46)
  5. "Paul"* (0:15)
  6. "If I Had" (4:05)
  7. "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" (5:16)note 
  8. "Bitch"* (0:19)
  9. "Role Model" (3:25)
  10. "Lounge"* (0:46)
  11. "My Fault" (4:01)
  12. "Ken Kaniff"* (1:16)
  13. "Cum on Everybody" (3:39)
  14. "Rock Bottom" (3:34)
  15. "Just Don't Give a Fuck" (4:02)
  16. "Soap"* (0:34)
  17. "As the World Turns" (4:25)
  18. "I'm Shady" (3:31)
  19. "Bad Meets Evil" (featuring Royce da 5'9") (4:13)
  20. "Still Don't Give a Fuck" (4:12)


I just found out my mom does more tropes than I do:

  • Addled Addict: "Just Don't Give a Fuck" addresses battling with alcoholism, marijuana, and cocaine.
  • Alliterative Name: "Slim Shady" and "Ken Kaniff"
  • Answer Song:
    • Insane Clown Posse wrote a parody of "My Name Is" called "Slim Anus", being in a rap feud with Eminem at the time.
    • In "Just Don't Give a Fuck", Eminem disses other white rappers like Everlast, Miilkbone and Vanilla Ice, who'd all write diss tracks aimed at Eminem. Everlast had a feud with Eminem, Miilkbone released "Dear Slim" and "Presenting Miilkbone", and Vanilla Ice released "Exhale" and "Hip Hop Rules".
  • Anti-Role Model: Shady, as seen in "Role Model".
    • Em also explained this in a 2009 Rolling Stone interview:
      "My album isn't for younger kids to hear. It has an advisory sticker, and you must be eighteen to get it. That doesn't mean younger kids won't get it, but I'm not responsible for every kid out there. I'm not a role model, and I don't claim to be."
  • Anything That Moves: Referenced in "My Name Is".
    I spit when I talk. I'll fuck anything that walks.
  • Arc Words: "If I Had":
    I'm tired of...
  • Baby Talk: "'97 Bonnie & Clyde"
    I told you it's okay Hai-Hai, wanna ba-ba?
    Take a night-night? Nan-a-boo, goo-goo ga-ga?
    Her make poo-poo ca-ca? Da-da change your didee
  • The Bad Guy Wins: "Guilty Conscience". The Good Angel, Bad Angel scenario ends with the bad angel (Eminem) getting the good angel (Dr. Dre) to turn to the dark side and let Grady shoot his girlfriend as well as the guy she was having an affair against him with.
  • Bedroom Adultery Scene: "Guilty Conscience", where Grady catches his wife in bed with another man.
  • Black Comedy: Many, many, many songs sing about murder, rape, violence, STD's, pedophilia, adultery, misogyny, suicide, and drug abuse... in a comedic fashion.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • "My Name Is" got quite the cleansing in the non-explicit version, replacing some of the crasser rhymes with more cartoonish and family-friendly stuff ("raping lesbians" is replaced with "running over pedestrians in a spaceship"), or stuff that straight-up made no sense (vodka is replaced with Kool-Aid?).
    • Also happened to "Guilty Conscience"; for example, "cut this bitch's head off!" was replaced with "cut this chicken's head off!".
  • Brick Joke: In "Bad Meets Evil", his song with then-friend Royce da 5'9, the end of the chorus goes "See you in Hell for the sequel." Afterwards, they had a lengthy falling out. Once their mutual friend Proof died, they patched up their issues and released their joint album Hell: The Sequel in 2011. Given how long it took Em and Royce to get around to making it, one can say we saw the sequel in Development Hell.
    • This joke gets even more elaborate when in "Cold Wind Blows" (from Recovery), which was released just a year before H:TS, there's a few lines where God tells Slim Shady that He will send him to Hell if he does not change his ways. Apparently, he didn't.
  • The Bully: "Brain Damage" is about a real-life incident from Eminem's youth where he was beaten into a coma by bullies.
  • Buried Alive: From "My Name Is".
    I'm not ready to leave! It's too scary to die!
    I'll have to be carried inside the cemetery and buried alive!
  • Call-and-Response Song: Several examples among the songs that he's done with Dr. Dre. "Guilty Conscience" has Slim and Dre as the different sides of someone's conscience (bad angel and good angel, if you will), bickering back and forth over what the person should do.
  • Call-Back and Continuity Nod: Eminem would reference Slim Shady and Dr. Dre on all of his next albums. "Kim" on The Marshall Mathers LP is a prequel to "97' Bonnie & Clyde" from this album.
  • Capitalism Is Bad: "If I Had"
    Money is the root of all evil.
  • Country Matters: Near the end of "Brain Damage". Used as a derogatory insult towards his mom, no less.
  • Crapsack World: "Brain Damage" takes place in a world where teachers will not only allow bullying to happen, but will assist the bully in beating up their victim.
  • Cross-Referenced Titles: "Just Don't Give a Fuck" and "Still Don't Give a Fuck".
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: "My Name Is":
    All my life I was very deprived
    I ain't had a woman in years
    'And my palms are too hairy to hide
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The music video of "Just Don't Give a Fuck".
  • Depraved Homosexual: "Ken Kaniff" about a gay man who calls up Eminem with lewd suggestions.
  • Despair Event Horizon: "Rock Bottom" is essentially Em at the lowest point of his life.
  • Dirty Old Man: Slim Shady in "No One's Iller":
    My girl beat my ass and shot me in the back with a two-piece
    'Cause she found out I was having an affair with her 10-year old niece
  • The Dog Bites Back: "Brain Damage" has many fantasized scenarios of Em getting back at bullies that have done ill will towards him. For example near the end, after getting brutally assaulted by a bully (the principal even comes in only to assist the bully in beating him), Em plays dead to get his assailants to leave. Once they do, he turns the tables by defeating the bully with appliances from the janitor's closet.
  • Downer Ending:
    • "My Fault" ends with Susan overdosing after Em gives her a bag of shrooms and she ends up eating all of the contents inside it. To make an already bitter ending devastating, we hear Em bawling and trying to get Susan to Please Wake Up.
    • "Guilty Consience" has a Good Angel, Bad Angel scenario that ends with Eminem winning as the bad angel and getting the good angel (Dre) to turn to the dark side, not to mention how he successfully convinced someone to commit rape on an underage girl.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: "If I Had"
    Tired of always giving in when this bottle of Henny wins
    (...)
    Tired of drowning in my sorrow
  • Drugs Are Bad:
    • "Public Service Announcement"
      Dr. Dre: Anything else?
      Eminem: Yeah. Don't do drugs.
    • "My Fault" features a tale about a girl who overdoses on psychedelic mushrooms at a rave.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: "Guilty Conscience", where Slim Shady tries to convince a guy named Stan to take advantage of an underage girl who passed out at a party.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Played to chilling effect in "97 Bonnie and Clyde".
  • Establishing Character Moment: The page quote at the top, considering it's specially made to not only rope in the children that would become big fans of him, but also to make a satirical point about how parents get worked up about him yet let their kids watch desensitized violence in the form of cartoons a la Tom and Jerry.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: "'97 Bonnie & Clyde", where the dead body of the child's mother is thrown in a lake.
    Mama said she wants to show you how far she can float
    And don't worry about that little boo-boo on her throat.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • One of the last lines of "Bad Meets Evil" is "See you in hell for the sequel." Eleven years later, Em and Royce da 5'9" reunited as Bad Meets Evil for - you guessed it - Hell: The Sequel.
    • The second scenario in "Guilty Conscience" stars someone named Stan. And no, he isn't related to Stanley Mitchell, the character from "Stan" on The Marshall Mathers LP.
    • In "Brain Damage", Em mentions his palms being sweaty, a line which was slightly tinkered and reused in "Lose Yourself".
      Rap Genius annotation: Despite the sweaty palms, he makes no mention of weak knees, heavy arms, or vomit on the sweater, so he can’t be that nervous.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: The clean version of "My Name Is" took the "drank a fifth of vodka" line and replaced "vodka" with... Kool-Aid?
  • Gag Penis: One particularly memorable bit in "As the World Turns" has Em whipping out his "go-go-gadget dick" that causes an earthquake and power outage upon hitting the ground.
  • Gainax Ending: "Brain Damage" ends with Em's mom beating him upside the head so bad that his brain falls out of his skull. He then proceeds to take his own brain and yell at his mom before putting it back in his head. What.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: The basis of "Guilty Conscience", with Dr. Dre playing the good angel and Eminem playing the bad angel (reasonably). Eminem wins 2 out of the 3 scenarios, and with his last victory he gets Dre to turn to the dark side.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: The slobby overweight man and cigarette smoking woman with shabby hair in the music video of "My Name Is", as well as Eminem spitting in onion rings of a hamburger as an employee at an hamburger restaurant and looking how an obese woman takes a disgusting bite out of her hamburger afterwards.
  • Heavy Meta:
    • "My Name Is", from beginning to end, but especially these lyrics:
      99 percent of my life I was lied to
      I just found out my mom does more dope than I do
      I told her I'd grow up to be a famous rapper
      Make a record about doing drugs and name it after her
    • "Still Don't Give A Fuck"
      I wanted an album so rugged nobody could touch it
  • Horrorcore: A lot of the songs fall into this genre.
  • "I Am" Song: "My Name Is" and "I'm Shady".
    • "Rock Bottom" is basically Em bemoaning how much of a wreck he is considering the state of poverty he's in, made even worse since he has a daughter to care for.
  • "I Want" Song: "If I Had", which is Eminem fantasizing about what he'd do if he was rich and famous.
  • Kids Are Cruel: D'Angelo Bailey, who is referenced in "Brain Damage", beat Marshall up so bad when he was 10 that he was put in a coma-and when he woke up, had to re-learn all his basic functions.
  • Least Rhymable Word: Only customary for Em, but there are still some pretty impressive rhyme schemes, the best of which is in "Brain Damage", which has Em setting up a 4-line rhyme scheme out of "orange juice".
    Then I got up and ran to the janitor's storage booth
    Kicked the door hinge loose and ripped out the four inch screws
    Grabbed some sharp objects, brooms and foreign tools
    This is for every time you took my orange juice
  • Lemony Narrator: "Bad Meets Evil" has a cowboy narrator telling and concluding the tale.
  • List Song: The chorus of "I'm Shady" lists off several different drugs.
    I got mushrooms, I got acid, I got tabs and aspirin tablets
    I'm your brother when you need, some new weed to set you free
    You know me, I'm your friend, when you need a Mini Thin
    (I'm Slim Shady...) I'm Shady!
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "My Fault" has an R&B/dance-like beat you'd hear in a club, but it's about a girl taking too many of the mushrooms Eminem gave her and later dying.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: "Brain Damage"
    I went deaf and my left ear started to bleed
    My mother started screaming, "What are you on, drugs?"
    Look at you, you're getting blood all over my rug!" (sorry)
    She beat me over the head with the remote control
    Opened a hole and my whole brain fell out of my skull
    I picked it up and screamed:
    "Look bitch, what have you done?!"
    "Oh, my God, I'm sorry, son!"
    "Shut up, you cunt!"
    I said: "Fuck it!"
    Took it and stuck it back up in my head
    Then I sewed it shut and put a couple of screws in my neck
  • Mickey Mousing: All of the songs have sound effects and comedic voices after each line to illustrate what just has been said.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Would you trust a guy named Slim Shady?
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Subverted in the music video of "My Name Is", directed by Philip Atwell, where Eminem dresses up like Johnny Carson, Marilyn Manson, Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.
  • Ode to Intoxication: "My Name Is"
    I just found out my mom does more dope than I do
  • One-Man Song: "Paul" and "Ken Kaniff".
  • One-Word Title: "Bitch", "Lounge", and "Soap".
  • Please Wake Up: The ending of "My Fault" has what could possibly be the most heartrending examples, considering it comes straight from Em himself.
  • Product Placement:
    • "If I Had"
      Tired of always giving in when this bottle of Henny wins
      (...) Tired of not driving a BM
      Tired of not working at GM
      (...) Tired of fucking the same blonde whore after work
      In the back of a Contour
      (...) Tired of wearing the same damn Nike Air hat
    • "Just Don't Give A Fuck"
      Then I went to Jim Beam, that's when my face grayed
    • "No One's Iller"
      Whipping 40-bittles like the fucking Pepsi clubs
      (...) Kidnapped and slapped in a van wrapped in a Saran plastic
    • "Cum On Everybody"
      So I took a hammer and nailed my foot to the floorboard of my Ford
  • Pun-Based Title: "Cum On Everybody".
  • Rape as Comedy: "Guilty Conscience"
    Dr. Dre: Yo, this girl's only fifteen years old!
    You shouldn't take advantage of her, it's not fair!

    Slim Shady: Yo, look at her bush, does it got hair?
    Fuck this bitch right here on the spot, bare
    til she passes out and she forgot how she got there!

    Dr. Dre: Man, ain't you ever seen that one movie, Kids?
    Slim Shady: No, but I seen the porno with Sun Doobiest!
    Dr. Dre: Shit, you wanna get hauled off to jail?
    Slim Shady: Man, fuck that, hit that shit raw dog and bail!
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: A lot of songs have autobiographical elements, though Eminem often dramatizes things a bit more for effect.
    • The line about The Spice Girls in "My Name Is" was inspired by the fact that many radio DJs asked him which Spice Girl he would date if he had the choice.
    • "Brain Damage" addresses Eminem's childhood experiences with being bullied at school and going into a coma as a result. DeAngelo Bailey, one of the people accused of being a bully in the song, filed a lawsuit, but the judge later dismissed the case. Eminem also blames his teachers and his mother for not helping him. In reality his mum sued the school for not protecting her child better. The line where the principal too beats up Eminem is also fantasy.
    • Eminem wrote "Rock Bottom" after being fired from his cooking job at a restaurant.
    • Eminem attacks his own mother in "My Name Is" by rapping, "When I was little I used to get so hungry I would throw fits / How you gonna breastfeed me, Mom?! You ain't got no tits!" She filed a $10,000,000 slander lawsuit for the assumption that she does drugs in that song and claimed in her autobiography, "This line was horrible and upsetting, because I'd contracted toxemia-blood poisoning when I gave birth to him and hadn't been able to breast-feed." After a two-year-long trial, she was awarded $25,000, of which she received $1,600 after legal fees.
    • Eminem also attacks his own wife, Kim, in "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" and even felt the need of letting his then infant daughter go to the recording studio and make a vocal contribution to the latter song.
    • "Guilty Conscience" has Dr. Dre play the voice of the conscience, but Shady wonders why he would listen to him with the line: "You gonna take advice from somebody who slapped Dee Barnes?" , in reference to a real life incident where Dre allegedly either beat up or just pushed TV presenter Dee Barnes at a party. Dre was fined, put on probation and community service for this. Eminem was nervous what Dre would think of this line, but to his delight he "fell out of his chair laughing."
  • Really 700 Years Old: Dr. Dre cites this as a reason why Eddie shouldn't go through with a robbery in "Guilty Conscience".
    Look at the store clerk, she's older than George Burns.
  • Recognition Failure: "No One's Iller"
    Ripped this old lady, hung her neck by a hook
    Didn't realize it was my grandmother 'til I checked her pocketbook
  • Record Producer: Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mark & Jeff Bass and Mel-Man.
  • Refrain from Assuming: Technically "The Slim Shady EP" (1997) was the first appearance of his Slim Shady alter ego, but many people assume he debuted on this album. The songs "If I Had" and "Just Don't Give A Fuck" also debuted on this EP first, while the EP track "Just the Two Of Us" was retitled as "'97 Bonnie & Clyde", which was put on the LP. But the EP only started selling when The Slim Shady LP became an unexpected hit.
  • Refuge in Audacity: All over the place, but most notably in these lines from "I'm Shady".
    You gotta make em fear you 'fore you make em feel you
    So everybody buy my shit or I'mma come and kill you
  • Sampling:
    • "My Name Is..." contains a sample from Labi Siffre's "I Got The..." The openly gay singer only allowed use of his song if the misogynistic and homophobic references were removed from the song.
    • "Guilty Conscience" features a sample of "Pigs Go Home", composed by Ronald Stein for the film "Getting Straight". While the album notes mentioned that the song is an "interpolation" of "Pigs Go Home" Stein's widow filed a lawsuit for not being paid royalties. She won her case.
    • "If I Had" has a sample of "Impeach the President " by The Honey Drippers.
    • "Cum On Everybody" relies on a sample of "Gimme What You Got" by Le Pamplemouse.
    • "Bad Meets Evil" has a sample from "Me & My Girlfriend" by Tupac Shakur and "Modaji" by Dave Grusin.
    • "Rock Bottom" samples "Summertime" from Janis Joplin's Cheap Thrills.
    • "I'm Shady" is based on "Pusherman" by Curtis Mayfield and "I'm Your Pusher" by Ice-T.
    • "Just Don't Give A Fuck" samples "Beverly Kills" by Insane Clown Posse and "I Don't Give A Fuck" by Tupac Shakur.
  • Sexy Nurse: Invoked in "Brain Damage"
    Eminem: Teacher, teacher! Quick, I need a naked nurse!
  • Shout-Out: All over the place.
    • "My Name Is" namedrops Nine Inch Nails, The Spice Girls, The Incredible Hulk, Pamela Anderson and Kriss Kross. The music video also makes reference to Johnny Carson, The Brady Bunch, Marilyn Manson, Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.
      • The line preceding the Nine Inch Nails reference ("Hi kids, do you like violence?") is actually bowdlerised in the clean version to eschew "violence" for "Primus" (another 90s rock band), effectively killing two birds with one stone.
    • "Guilty Conscience" references the age of centerian comedian George Burns.
      Look at the store clerk, she's older than George Burns
    • "Guilty Conscience" also namedrops the unconscious rape scene in the film Kids as well as rapper Sun Doobiest, who later made a porn movie.
      Slim Shady: Fuck this bitch right here on the spot, bare
      'til she passes out and she forgot how she got there?

      Dr. Dre: Man, ain't you ever seen that one movie, Kids?
      Slim Shady:
      No, but I seen the porno with Sun Doobiest!''
    • Lastly "Guilty Conscience" also references Dr. Dre's earlier gangsta rap album Straight Outta Compton with N.W.A.''.
      (...) Uhh-ahh, temper, temper, Mr. Dre, Mr. N.W.A., Mr. AK,
      Coming Straight Outta Compton, y'all better make way
      How in the fuck you gonna tell this man not to be violent?
    • "Role Model"
      Take you on Jerry Springer and beat your ass legally
      (...) Cause when I smoke out I hit the trees harder than Sonny Bono
      (...) Hillary Clinton tried to slap me and call me a pervert
      I ripped her fucking tonsils out and fed her sherbet, bitch!
      (...) Grabbed Vanilla Ice and ripped out his blond dreads
      (...) I slapped Garth Brooks out of his rhinestone shirt
      Jumped in a Chickenhawk cartoon with a cape on
      And beat up Foghorn Leghorn with an acorn
      I'm about as normal as Norman Bates
    • "Just Don't Give A Fuck" references Jim Brady, assistant to Ronald Reagan who got paralyzed after being shot during the 1981 assault on his life. He also namedrops American football coach Marty Schottenheimer, boxer Mike Tyson, rapper DeShaun Holton, O.J. Simpson murder victim Ron Goldman, "Fuck the World" by Tupac Shakur, Voltron and Rage Against the Machine.
      Slim Shady, brain dead like Jim Brady
      (...) Cursin' at you players worse than Marty Schottenheimer
      (...) You getting knocked the fuck out like Mike Tyson
      The proof is in the pudding, just ask DeShaun Holton
      I'll slit your motherfucking throat worse than Ron Goldman
      (...) Screaming "fuck the world" like 2Pac
      (...) But I form like Voltron and blast you with my shoulder missiles
      (...) On stage screaming like Rage Against the Machine
    • "As The World Turns" references the character Les Nessman from WKRP in Cincinnati, loss of weight book author Jenny Craig and Inspector Gadget
      Class clown freshman, dressed like Les Nessman
      (...) You walked into Vic Tanny's and stepped on Jenny Craig
      (...) Then I remembered this magic trick
      Den den den den den DEN DEN. Go go gadget dick!
    • "Cum On Everybody"
      My favorite color is red, like the blood shed
      From Kurt Cobain's head when he shot himself dead
    • "Cum On Everybody" namedrops The Beastie Boys, Kid Rock and the Loch Ness Monster.
      Got bitches on my jock out in East Detroit
      Cause they think that I'm a mothafuckin' Beastie Boy
      So I told 'em I was Mike D.
      They was like: "Gee, I don't know who he might be?
      I told 'em: "Meet me at Kid Rock's next concert
      I'll be standin' by the Loch Ness monster
    • "Bad Meets Evil":
      Two of the most wanted individuals in the county
      Made Jesse James and Billy the Kid look like law-abiding citizens
    • "Still Don't Give A Fuck"
      I'm a cross between Manson, Esham and Ozzy
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: The woman with shabby hair in the music video of "My Name Is" smokes a cigarette and has a Gross-Up Close-Up where she blows smoke in the camera.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: "'97 Bonnie & Clyde". Which manages at the same time to be unbelievably sweet and unbelievably scary at the same time.
  • Special Guest: Dr. Dre raps along during "'97 Bonnie & Clyde", "Guilty Consience" and "My Name Is". The narration during "Guilty Conscience" is done by actor Mark Avery note , but in the music video this part is performed by actor Robert Culp note . "Bad Meets Evil" features Royce da 5'9", who closes the song by saying: "See you in hell for the sequel", which would become the name of his own debut EP: "Hell, the Sequel". In "Ken Kaniff" rapper Aristotle plays Ken Kaniff. On later albums Eminem played the part as he and Aristotle had a falling out. The woman calling during "Bitch" is Zoe Winkler, daughter of Henry Winkler.
  • STD Immunity: Averted in many songs
    • "Cum On Everybody"
      You thought I was ill and now I'm even more so
      Shit, I got full-blown AIDS and a sore throat
      (...) I told the doc I need a change in sickness
      And gave a girl herpes in exchange for syphilis
    • "I'm Shady"
      So fuck it, I've got herpes while we on the subject (uh-huh)
      And if I told you I had AIDS y'all would play it
      'Cause you stupid motherfuckers think I'm playin' when I say it
      (...) And I don't have herpes, my dick's just itchin'
      It's not syphilis, and as for being AIDS infested
      I don't know yet, I'm too scared to get tested
    • "Role Model"
      I've been with ten women who got HIV
      Now don't you want to grow up and be just like me?
      I've got genital warts and it burns when I pee
      Don't you want to grow up to be just like me?
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Eminem's daughter Hailie can be heard during "'97 Bonnie & Clyde".
  • Take That!: A lot of celebrities and even people within Eminem's own family and vicinity get diss raps targeted at them.
    • "My Name Is"
      But I can't decide which Spice Girl I want to impregnate
      (...) Got pissed off and ripped Pamela Lee's tits off
      And smacked her so hard I knocked her clothes backwards like Kris Kross
    • "Just Don't Give A Fuck" disses white rappers Prime Minister Pete Nice, MC Serch, Everlast, Miilkbone and Vanilla Ice.
      I'm Nicer than Pete, but I'm on a search to crush a Miilkbone
      I'm everlast-ing, I melt Vanilla Ice like silicone
      I'm ill enough to just straight up diss you for no reason
    • "Role Model" targets Hillary Rodham Clinton and rappers Canibus and Cage. He also claims he was the one to murder O.J. Simpson's wife and lover.
      Killed 'em both then smeared blood on the white Bronco (We did it!)
  • Take That, Audience!: "My Name Is"
    This guy at White Castle asked for my autograph
    So I signed it:
    "Dear Dave, thanks for the support... asshole!"
  • Time Marches On: The song "97' Bonnie & Clyde" has dated since 1997 passed by.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: "Just Don't Give A Fuck".
    My name is Marshall Mathers, I'm an alcoholic (Hi Marshall!)
  • Urban Legend:
    • "Cum On Everybody" makes reference to the urban legend that Lauryn Hill presumably claimed that she didn't want any white people buying her records.
      Bought Lauryn Hill's tape so her kids could starve
      "I can't stand white people"
    • Referenced again during "Role Model".
      So I'm dumb enough to ask for a date with Lauryn Hill
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • "'97 Bonnie & Clyde", where the protagonist kills his wife, her new husband and their four-year-old son too.
    • "No One's Iller"
      Rob this little boy in his fucking paper route
      Trowing bombs at day care centers and yell: "Everybody get out!"
      My girl beat my ass and shot me in the back with a two-piece
      'Cause she found out I was having an affair with her 10-year old niece

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