On “In Your Head,” Eminem reflects about his regrets throughout his career. In particular, it appears that he’s most frustrated with his Slim Shady persona. His alter-ego, as described by Eminem, was his evil, yet funny side of him:
“Slim Shady is just the evil thoughts that come into my head. Things I shouldn’t be thinking about. Not to be gimmicky, but people should be able to determine when I’m serious and when I’m fuckin around. That’s why a lot of my songs are funny.”
Because of his persona, he blended real-life problems with his music. The most popular example would be “Kim”, where Em kills his wife out of frustration.
In the song, Eminem raps: “Fuck it, I’ve done enough in this rap shit, Recovery brought me nothin’ but back to right where I was and perhaps this coulda been my victory lap if I wasn’t on the verge of Relapse.”
The song is produced by Scram Jones and samples “Zombie” by The Cranberries:
Eminem has some heartfelt words to his daughter too: “Hailie, baby, I didn’t mean to make you eighty percent of what I rapped about. Maybe I shoulda did a better job at separating Shady and entertaining from real life. But this dang thing is still the hardest thing to explain. It’s the craziest shit I ever seen, and back then it was like I ain’t even bothered taking into consideration, You one day being older and may hear me say things.”
Listen to the song below: