Eminem Annotates the Lyrics of Stan, The Way I Am, The Real Slim Shady & More on Genius



Eminem continues to explain his lyrics on Genius. This time Eminem went to annotate the lyrics of Stan, The Way I Am, The Real Slim Shady, Marshall Mathers and Criminal. You can read all annotations below:


Annotations of the song “Marshall Mathers”

Line: And then to top it off I walked to the news stand / To buy this cheap-ass little magazine with a food stamp / Skipped to the last page, flipped right fast / And what do I see? A picture of my big White ass”

Annotation: Contrary to what I once thought, food stamps are NOT edible. A night in urgent care & a stomach pumping taught me that.

Line: “Now these kids diss me and act like some big sissies “Oh, he just did some shit with Missy / So now he thinks he’s too big to do some shit with MC Get-Bizzy.” 

Annotation: MC Get-Bizzy just went platinum in Guam. His single “Bizzy Bounce” has topped the charts over there. I missed out. Damn


Annotations of the song “The Real Slim Shady”

Line:And Dr. Dre said… nothing, you idiots / Dr. Dre’s dead, he’s locked in my basement (ha, ha!)” 

Annotation: Ironically, Dre’s carcass began to smell, that’s why I had the sharkskin floor installed. It kills the odor

Line:Jaws all on the floor like Pam, like Tommy just burst in the door, and started whoopin’ her ass worse than before / They first were divorced, throwin’ her over furniture.”

Annotation: I wrote this line because I had recently had a sharkskin floor installed in my home. Hence…Jaws.


Annotations of the song “Criminal”

Line:You motherfuckin’ chickens ain’t brave enough / To say the stuff I say, so just tape it shut.”

Annotation: You know whose brave??? Turkeys. Why don’t they just disappear near the second week of November?? The slaughter happens EVERY year!!!

Line: Oh, that’s Dre with an AK to his face / Don’t make me kill him too and spray his brains all over the place / I told you Dre, you shoulda kept that thang put away / I guess that’ll teach you not to let me play with it, eh?

Annotation: This is my 5th attempt at trying to kill Dre. I’m kinda surprised he still wants to be my friend.

Line:Mother did drugs, hard liquor, cigarettes, and speed / The baby came out, disfigured ligaments indeed
It was a seed who would grow up just as crazy as she / Don’t dare make fun of that baby cause that baby was me.”

Annotation: I meant that literally. My mom would LITERALLY grind up DVD’s of the movie “Speed” & snort it.

Line:My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge.”

Annotation: I wrote this as an homage to my fave R&B group….Jagged Edge. JE 4 Life!!!

Line:And you can’t stop me from dropping each March / With a brand new CD for these fuckin’ retards”

Annotations: My plan really was to drop an album every March…then I became a drug addict.


The annotations of the song “The Way I Am”

Line:No patience is in me and if you offend me / I’m lifting you 10 feet in the air / I don’t care who was there and who saw me just jaw you / Go call you a lawyer, file you a lawsuit / I’ll smile in the courtroom and buy you a wardrobe / I’m tired of all you, I don’t mean to be mean / But that’s all I can be is just me.” 

Annotation: Every time I have had a court issue since this line, I’ve been asked to provide the wardrobe for my legal team. Shout out to Mr. Alan’s and Diettrich furs for keepin’ everyone crispy…29 or 2 for 50…


The annotations of the song “Stan”

Line: Verse 3.

Annotation: When we recorded Stan I worked with a couple different engineers but this particular engineer I had never worked with before. While we were recording the third verse of Stan, he started rolling a joint and asked me if I minded if he smoked while we cut. What was I gonna do? Say no? He was already rolling it so I told him “no problem”. Everything was cool and I had gotten all the way to the last 3 lines and I screwed up so all he had to do was punch in my vocals at the end so I could re-do that line and the verse was finished. Back then we were recording on 2 inch tape, so once you recorded over something it’s gone forever. So I’m in the booth waiting and he backs the tape up all the way to the beginning of the verse and punches me in. I realize he’s in the wrong spot and I can’t hear any of my vocals so I start waving my arms and yelling in the mic to try to get his attention. He doesn’t notice so I run into the control room through a cloud of smoke and yell “Yo, I wanted to keep those vocals” he just looked at me and said “My bad man…you wanna hit this?”

The first half of the verse was GONE. I re-recorded it but you should have heard the original take that shit was WAY better…oh well!