You think you completely understand what Eminem rapped on “No Favors.” ?! The song is full of references and wordplay that you might not understand. So check the best lines and its meanings from Eminem off “No Favors”:
Line: “Fuck you lookin’ at, hater? I saw them eyes, like an ass raper”
Meaning: “Saw them eyes” is a homophone for “sodomize.” Sodomy is any non-procreative sexual act. Em compares his intimidating stare into his hater’s eyes to the relationship between a sexual predator and their victim.
Line: They blame me for murdering Jamie Lee Curtis / Said I put her face in the furnace, beat her with a space heater / A piece of furniture, egg beater, thermos.
Meaning: Jamie Lee Curtis is an American actress best known for her roles in Halloween, Freaky Friday, and Scream Queens. In Halloween, serial killer Michael Myers murders Curtis’ character, Laurie Strode. In a 2000 interview with WENN, Jaimie talked about banning Eminem’s music from her household.
Line: It may be disturbing, what I’m saying’s cringeworthy / But I’m urinating on Fergie.
Meaning: Fergie is an American singer and a member of the Black Eyed Peas. In 2005, while performing with the group, she urinated on herself.
Line: “Call Shady number 81 / Surely I’m turning into the Aaron Hernandez of rap.”
Meaning: Aaron Hernandez was a tight end for the New England Patriots from 2010-2012 who wore number 81 on his jersey. He was indicted on August 22, 2013 for the murder of Odin Lloyd, and then in 2014 for the double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Slim Shady will murder the competition in the rap game.
Line: Brady’s returning, matter of fact I may be deserving ff a pat on the back, like a Patriots jersey
Meaning: Like Tom Brady (who is often regarded as one of the best Quarterbacks of all time), Eminem is among the best in his profession. Eminem plays on Brady’s name, the Patriot’s name and a “pat” (short for Patriot) on the back to say he deserves recognition for his work.
Line: Hundred pound pistol, pull the trigger, this gun will sound and you’ll get a round, like Digital Underground
Meaning: A “round” is a single piece of ammunition for a gun. 2Pac’s classic track “I Get Around” featured Shock G and Money B of the hip-hop group Digital Underground.
Line: And fuck Ann Coulter with a Klan poster / With a lamp post, door handle, shutter / A damn bolt cutter, a sandal, a can opener, a candle, rubber / Piano, a flannel, sucker, some hand soap, butter / A banjo and manhole cover / Hand over the mouth and nose smother.
Meaning: Ann Coulter is a social and political commentator. Her unedited commentary style has led her to become one of the most disliked people in America today. Among other implements, Eminem implies that she is a racist by “fucking” her with a piece of Ku Klux Klan propaganda. The KKK is a right wing extremist organization whose ideologies are based in white supremacy and white nationalism; achieving these through domestic terrorism. Coulter was one of Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters during his campaign.
Line: I’m anti, can’t no government handle a commando / Your man don’t want it, Trump’s a bitch / I’ll make his whole brand go under.
Meaning: Donald Trump ran a controversial campaign on his way to becoming the 45th President of the United States, in which he degraded women, showed racist tendencies, and made countless outlandish statements.
Line: And tell Dre I’m meeting him in L.A / White Bronco like Elway, speeding / I’m bout to run over a chick, Del Rey CD in.
Meaning: A white Ford Bronco is the vehicle that Hall of Fame footballer OJ Simpson drove when he famously fled from police in 1994. OJ had a history of spousal abuse, and at the time, he was the main suspect in the murder case of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. John Elway is the general manager and former quarterback of the NFL’s Denver Broncos. Eminem was criticized for comparing himself to Lana Del Rey’s abusive significant other. Making all these references to domestic abuse is Em’s way of letting us know that, for better or worse, he is not going to stop writing violent lyrics about women, so urging him to cease the practice is a lost cause.
The list was made with the help of Genius.