Eminem is regarded as one of the greatest artists of all time — not just in hip-hop, but in music as a whole. It’s not hype, it’s fact, which is why Eminem lyrics have become so well-known and revered among music lovers.
Whether he’s indulging in his violent Slim Shady alter ego, examining domestic abuse, verbally flipping off his critics or serenading his beloved daughter, Em — born Marshall Bruce Mathers III — is always clever, poetic and downright brilliant.
That kind of clout, combined with his insanely fiery, rapid-fire flow and tongue-in-cheek wit makes narrowing down the best Eminem lyrics a daunting task. It may be impossible to truly list only 10 of the Detroit-raised rapper’s best lyrics (especially since he fits so many rhymes into so little time per track), but until we’ve got our Top 100 list squared away, here are our current favorites.
Expect more to be added to the Top Eminem Lyrics list when his new record drops — and it’s coming soon!
“Get aware, wake up, get a sense of humor / Quit tryin’ to censor music, this is for your kid’s amusement / But don’t blame me when lil’ Eric jumps off of the terrace / You shoulda been watchin’ him — apparently you ain’t parents.”
“To my babies, stay strong / Dad will be home soon / And to the rest of the world, God gave you the shoes / That fit you, so put ’em on and wear ’em / And be yourself man, be proud of who you are / Even if it sounds corny / Don’t ever let no one tell you, you ain’t beautiful.”
“My songs can make you cry, take you by surprise / At the same time, make you dry your eyes with the same rhyme / See what you’re seeing is a genius at work / Which to me isn’t work, so it’s easy to misinterpret it at first / ‘Cause when I speak, it’s tongue in cheek / I’d gank my f—in teeth’ before I’d ever bite my tongue / I’d slice my gums, get struck by f—in’ lightning twice at once / And die and come back as Vanilla Ice’s son / And walk around the rest of my life spit on / And kicked and hit with s— every time I sung.”
“All I hear is ‘Lyrics, lyrics, constant controversy’ / Sponsors workin’ ’round the clock / To try to stop my concerts early / Surely hip-hop was never a problem in Harlem / Only in Boston / After it bothered the fathers of daughters startin’ to blossom.”
“They say music can alter moods and talk to you / Well can it load a gun up for you and cock it too / Well if it can, then the next time you assault a dude / Just tell the judge it was my fault / And I’ll get sued / See what these kids do is hear about us totin’ pistols / And they want to get one cause they think the s—‘s cool / Not knowin’ we really just protectin’ ourselves, we entertainers / Of course the s—‘s affectin’ our sales, you ignoramus / But music is reflection of self, we just explain it, and then we get our checks in the mail.”
“You got some issues, Stan / I think you need some counseling / To help your a– from bouncing off the walls when you get down some / And what’s this s— about us meant to be together? / That type of s— will make me not want us to meet each other.”
“Imagine it pourin’, it’s rainin’ down on us / Mosh pits outside the Oval Office / Someone’s tryna’ tell us something / Maybe this is God just sayin’ we’re responsible / For this monster, this coward / That we have empowered / This is Bin Laden, look at his head noddin’ / How could we allow something like this without pumping our fists / Now this is our final hour / Let me be the voice in your strength and your choice.”
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