Here’s An Incredibly Detailed Eminem Biography Created Entirely Using His Lyrics

Lyrics annotation website Genius have once again released something remarkable, this time publishing an amazingly detailed biography of Eminem – entirely made up of lyrics from his songs.

“I almost died,” it begins – a lyric from Stronger Than I Was. “They said they found me on the bathroom floor. Technically, I’m not even really supposed to be here right now. Guess I’m lucky. Some of us don’t get a second chance,” which includes lyrics from Cinderella Man and Deja Vu.

It’s very long and absolutely astounding to read – here’s a few choice excerpts. See how many lyrics you can guess the song they’re from.

Journey with me as I take you through this nifty little place I once used to call home sweet home, from the Kansas City projects to this 8 Mile Roadtrailer park in Detroit. Lemme tell you the whole story of Shady’s origin. I was born to brew up storms. Since birth, I’ve been cursed. Ever since the day I was born, nearly 44 years ago, I was very deprived. I’ll take you back to ‘73. It all started with my father. He left my momma, Debbie Mathers,when I was just a little baby boy, maybe I was just a couple of months. My momma used to tell me my daddy was an evil man. She used to tell me he hated me. So I never asked where the fuck my deadbeat dad was.

My adolescent years weren’t shit. Just shy and awkward, since age 12.They said I never knew which way I was going. I used to be the type of kid that would always think the sky is fallin’. Why am I so differently wired? Am I a martian? Felt like I don’t belong in this world. Class clown, scoffin’ at authority. Noncompliant at home and at school like “Fuck the next lesson! I’ll pass the test guessin’.” My English teacher wanted to flunk me in junior high.

I dropped Infinite for the ‘96. I was underground. They laughed. Said I’m way too soft and I sound like AZ and Nas. Had to change my style. No labels wanted to sign me. Almost gave up. I was like, “Fuck it.” Now he’s back. He’s turned into a beast. It’s that Sound Bombing fresh and authentic flow. New Slim Shady EP’s got the attention of the mighty D.R.E. Went to California and met Dr. Dre. I’ma be what I set out to be, without a doubt, undoubtedly.

Spoke to a generation of angry teenagers. I related to the struggles ofyoung America. When their fucking parents were unaware of their troubles. I never woulda dreamed in a million years I’d see so many motherfuckin’ people who feel like me. I’m the one they can relate to and look up to better. A bunch of little kids wanna swear just like me. Became a commodity because I’m W-H-I-T-E. MTV was so friendly to me.

Look at my sales. Let’s do the math: if I was black, I woulda sold half. They connected with me too because I looked like them. In the beginning, a few of the people who had a problem I was this good scoffed. Probably reminded you of the first time you saw Tiger Woods golf. Never thought about how much my race and nationality meant. But based on how I ascended, see how plain it was now.

All of this controversy circles me. Going toe to toe with a Benzino.Threatening to shut me down at fucking Source magazine. One of the ways I came up, was through that publication. Now the owner of it has got a grudge against me for nothin’? Well, fuck it, that mothafucka could get it too, fuck him!

We inherited 50’s beef with Murder Inc. We actually tried to stop the 50and Ja beef from happenin’, me and Dre had sat with him and asked him not to start it, he wasn’t gonna go after him until Ja started yappin’ in magazines how he stabbed him. I heard him say Hailie’s name on a song and I just lost it. Fuck it, 50, smash him! Ain’t got no more targets, shit Irv and Jeff, we done beat em to death. Benzino went deaf. Can-I-Bitch don’t want no beef with Slim, no!

My songs can make you cry, take you by surprise, at the same time, can make you dry your eyes with the same rhyme; what you’re seeing is a genius at work. I’m thankful for the talent in which God gave me. And I’m thankful for the environment that he placed me, in the neighborhood daily, they jumped and chased me. It only made me what I am today.

This is truly just an amazing piece of work. I would hate to think about how long this would’ve taken the Genius team to put together.

Read the whole story here.

Eminem is no stranger to the lyrics website, having annotated lyrics to many of his own songs. He and his label Shady Records also announced a partnership with Genius late last year.

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